Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
Two men are murdered in two major towns of India, in settings, which speak volumes of involvement of some sacred cynicism. Is a psycho-killer at loose? Or is this the beginning of something much more grave and dangerous?
Troubled by the murder of two of his most trusted allies followed by two subsequent heists in Kolkata and Bikaner, the working head of National Society for Hindu Consciousness, Mrityunjai Pradhan turns towards the Intelligence Bureau of India for help in one of the most mysterious cases in their history.
Finders-Keepers is the tale of how Deputy Director, Intelligence Bureau of India, Shoumik Haldar and celebrated author Ishan Vajpayee exercise all their tools and methods of conventional and unconventional deduction to solve the puzzles thrown across by the enemy, yet unrevealed.
Intertwined intensely with the opulent mythological tales and specimens attributing to the rich cultural heritage of this country, the story depicts the resurgence of a dormant historical sect, which attacks the very foundations of one of the most powerful and secreted organizations of all times.
Spread across the length and breadth of the entire Indian sub-continent, the mystery force the duo to travel from Haridwar to Allahabad to Srikakulam to Lucknow to Bikaner to Dhauli Hills to Baramulla to Kolkata to Varanasi to Bharuch to Rishikesh to Guwahati to Sri Lanka and Nepal.
The main characters of the novel are:
Shoumik Haldar: Born and brought up in the city of joy, Kolkata, Shoumik Haldar showed his mettle as a bright student and then as a bright officer of the Intelligence Bureau of India. Having solved some of the most complex of cases of the organization, Shoumik Haldar scaled the stairs of success at the Information Bureau of India at a very early age. Soon enough, he became the Deputy Director of the organization, the youngest Indian to achieve the position. Immensely interested in the science of deduction, he made it a way of life at an early age, and has since used it in all walks of life. When called upon the duty to serve the nation on a really mysterious yet important mission, he readily agrees without even knowing what is in store for him. How he solves the pieces of puzzle in a completely rational yet untraditional methods of deduction solves the rest of the story
Ishan Vajpayee: Not much is documented in national news about the initial days of Ishan Vajpayee. Best Selling author of Indian history and mythology, Ishan has an immediate connect with his readers and listeners alike. Having let go of a prominent career option, Ishan decided to dedicate his life to the cause of learning more about the culture and the history of the country. Deciphering the signs and symbols of ancient Indian history and mythology, his thoughts never fail to strike a chord with the audience. He is on a campaign trail for his latest book on Indian history when he is called upon by Shoumik Haldar seeking his help on a very important and urgent assignment of national importance. Though reluctant at first, he agrees to be a part of the case once he sees the photographs of the murders
Mrityunjai Pradhan : Current head of the National Society for Hindu Consciousness, Mrityunjai Pradhan started out as a teacher at the Punjab University. Soon enough, having earned the respect and love of students and peers alike, he became a friend, philosopher and guide to all his students and followers alike. He shifted his base to Haridwar on being made the head of the National Society for Hindu Consciousness, the very headquarters of the organization. Termed Intellectual Rockstar by his colleagues and students, Mrityunjai Pradhan is the face of new-age modern philosophers and Gurus. Living in Haridwar, he holds conferences all round the globe on invitations.
Markandey Trivedi: Once a very simple and honest man, has rose to something much bigger and better in his own eyes. But, is it the right path?
About the author-
Brought up in the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, Sapan did B. Tech in Information & Technology from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad. He started taking interest in writing on various spiritual and mythological subjects during his college days and his work found place in leading newspapers on many occasions. His profession is engineering but writing is his passion. He connects and finds links of modernization with mythology having keen interest in the same.
Sapan married in the year 2011 and is now the proud father of a toddler. A responsible father, a loving husband, a supportive brother and a caring son, Sapan generates time to write.
The present book is a fictional work, a perfect blend of riddles with history and mythology, and is full of suspense till the last page.