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Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

Book review: What happens when author Sami Ahmad Khan reports Aliens in Delhi?

Sami Ahmad Khan’s book has many a parallel plots including an alien invasion, an investigative journalist’s search for her Indian roots, and a Kashmiri militant’s idea of freedom.

books Updated: Jul 27, 2017 13:27 IST
Nabanita Das
Nabanita Das
Hindustan Times
The cover of the book, Aliens in Delhi.
The cover of the book, Aliens in Delhi.

What happens when a political thriller is clubbed with a science fiction? The result is an engaging narrative with a series of twists and turns. And since the story is set in the Capital, it provides the perfect background as the city has remained under terror threats for long.

From an alien invasion, a European undercover investigative journalist’s quest to find her roots in India to a terrorist associated with a Pakistani terrorist organisation planning an attack in the city — the narrative has quite a few parallel plots that are both intriguing and engaging.

And all these plots are somehow interconnected to culminate into a strong narrative. But the loophole in such a multiple plot structure is that it tends to become too complicated. That’s what happens in this story by Sami Ahmad Khan too. In order to bring in too many elements in the story, Khan loses the simplicity of writing.

Also, keeping a track of the narrative, due to this, becomes tad difficult. But, if the reader is able to grasp the flow of the intriguing story, then this book will hook you on.

  • Title: Aliens in Delhi
  • Author: Sami Ahmad Khan
  • Publisher: Niyogi Books
  • Price: Rs 350

First Published: Jul 27, 2017 13:27 IST

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