Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister by Tabrik C is a political thriller. I have read mythological thriller like The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi and sports thriller like The Big Fix by Vikas Singh but political thriller is first of its kind.
Though there is Chanakya Chant by Ashwin Sanghi which is also a political thriller but Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister is based on the contemporary political situation of India with which one can easily relate.
Election being the most hottest and trending news right now in India. So much so many political books has been released during this period like The Accidental Prime Minister by Sanjaya Baru, Crusader or Conspirator by PC Parakh, Redesigning the Aeroplane While Flying – Reforming Institutions By Arun Maira etc are also hot books among readers. In such a situation a fiction political thriller will be icing on the cake.
The first thing which caught my attention about the book is its unique title Prisoner, Jailer, Prime Ministers. Why it is named so. The lead character of the story Siddhartha Tagore himself answers this query. He says that the fate made him Prime Minister, now he has become a prisoner of his fate and is guarding his deeds and reputation like a jailor.
The story is about Siddhartha Tagore who is a a musical maestro but fate has other plans for him and he end up becoming the Prime Minister of India. Immediately he faces challenges like terrorist threats and internal disintegration.
Tabrik’s writing style is unique and marvelous. The story keeps shifting from past to present narrating Siddhartha’s life story from a musician to politician. The narrative style also shifts frequently from first person to third person. But never once the author looses his grip on the story and maintains the equilibrium very efficiently.
Amazing characterization , interesting story and its relevance to the present scenario makes the book a must read.