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The launch of a thriller

It sounds like fantasy, looks like science fiction and reads like a political thriller with a literary bent. The title in question is Dipika Mukherjee’s Thunder Demons (Gyana Books) launched recently at Oxford Bookstore on Park Street in the presence of academic Krishna Sen.

Dipika’s “labour of love” took eight years to write. It revolves around a young girl, Agni, who’s an engineer brought up in Malaysia and Jay Ghosh, a scientist who used to be Agni’s mother’s friend. Jay comes back to Malaysia after a long time and slowly the story unfolds. Dipika describes Thunder Demons as a “grim book”, a lot of which is “inspired from recent politics”, referring to a case where a Mongolian girl with connections in high places was detonated with C4 explosives in 2006.

But Thunder Demons is also a love story. Abhik, a lawyer and activist who’s protesting the government’s divisive policies that believe in Malay supremacy, is Agni’s boyfriend.

So is it chick lit? “No, as much as I enjoy reading them, I’m not too good at it. Those heroes who are mean to you and then nice to you I don’t get them!” laughed Dipika.

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