Kolkata, Mar 26 IBNS | 7 months ago

Writer Juggi Bhasin's novel 'The Avenger-This Time It's War', which tells the tale of one man's mission for lasting peace, was released in Kolkata on Tuesday.


The novel narrates the psyche of a terrorist who plots vicious and brutal attacks, the grief stricken father overpowered by intense sentiment of loss , the state of a nation with weak government that has all power but no will, the enthusiasm of a journalist with the ability to change the course of a story and the mind of an avenger who is hired to put the killer and his schemes to rest, forever.

Hailing from the league of the first trained journalists in India, Juggi Bhasin has translated his experience in covering insurgencies in Kashmir into an intense story that portrays the characters closely tied in an around a terrorist attack in the Indian and Pakistani settings.

"I happened to work at a time when separatist militancy was at its height in India. In the mid 80s the country was facing terrorism in Punjab, Kashmir and the north-east provinces and this gave me the rare chance to speak to the terrorists in custody of the armed forces. Here is when I came to learn about the psyche of a terrorist, and also what entails on army officers to take up the job ," Bhasin said explaining his choice of subject for the trilogy.

The writer said, "I found terrorists are just the same human beings as we are. The only difference occurs between them and us is our ability of tolerance, which they lack."

"More often young boys are pushed into militancy for want of money and livelihood and then there is peer pressure," he noted.

Even though half the book is set in Pakistan, the author revealed he has never been to the neighbouring county.

Meanwhile, the book has already gained recognition as a perfect Bollywood potboiler and Juggi Bhasin has been approached by Anurag Kashyap of Phantom Films for movie rights.

The Avenger is the second book in the the series of trilogy, the first being 'The Terrorist' also linked to the terrorism in India.

The final book of the series 'Simran's Blood Song' based on Khalistani terrorism is already half way to completion, Juggi Bhasin revealed.

The book is published by Penguin Books India and is priced at Rs 299.

(Posted on 27-03-2014)

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