The Last Chai: Varun Tejwani


Book Title: The Last Chai: Bringing the Nation to a Halt
Author: Varun Tejwani
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 250 pages
Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
Language: English

The year is 2019. The world, as we know today, is not the same anymore.
Blatant threats of war by ‘world leaders’ is the new normal. Gone are the days when mobilizing armies at borders, or aiming missiles at adversaries, was a rare phenomenon.
With every nation or their allies possessing nuclear weapons, victory through conventional means is no longer possible, paving way for covert warfare to emerge as the preferred weapon.
New Delhi is an easy target and Doshi, the unassailable supremo of the regime, is on the ‘hit list’. The threat assessment being at an all time high, Ajay Kaamte, the director of SPG (Special Protection Group), is tasked with protecting the PM. Intelligence claims that the PM is susceptible to cyanide attacks and situation is grim, to say the least. Will Doshiji survive to serve another term or will he very soon be having his last chai?

An unique book “The last chaii”, revolving around politics. Being a keen observer of politics and inspired by honest and political leaders and their writings, I felt this book will be a best bet for my interest, looking at the book cover its quite evident that person having his tea(chai) is last as he is under the gunpoint. This book is a real page turner and political suspense thriller, readers relate to the contemporary political conditions of the words with a pinch of fiction.
The story is nicely plotted around Ajay and Doshi. Doshi is the Prime Minister who is poisoned and Ajay is arrested. The elements like Doshi’s visit to Pakistan, SAARC summit, 9/11, Taj Attack, political pressures which every person(Indian) can correlate.

My Verdict:
Story grips after few chapters, initially i felt bit boring and made me to guess it is a routine political stuff in typical movies however, twists that turn up in the middle of the story makes the progress as nail-biter, special mention to the character Poorvi, the sensational journalist who succeed in exposing SPG, Author would have taken extra care in naming the characters as I felt the names are obvious to our current politics , overall its a realistic narration, flawless plot with a political thriller.

Book Title & Cover- 5/5 (Well justified title and cover)
Story & Narration: 4/5 (Impressive narration with contemporary story)
Characters & Plot: 4/5 (Well Plotted characters, few may not completely involved in story)
Language and Vocabulary: 4/5 (Perfect blend of grammar and vocabulary)

As a whole I personally rate “ The Last Chai: Bringing the Nation to a Halt” as 4.5/5 which is quite impressive plot, and go to see indian authors coming up with non romance and love story genre, quite paced and page turner with a mix of twist and thrill.

Kiran K Adharapuram

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