Loyola alumnus comes up with fifth thriller - The Edge of Power focuses on crime against women, will hit stores on Christmas-eve

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By ANTARA BOSE
  • Published 2.12.13
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After a hiatus of 19 months, alumnus of Loyola School, Jamshedpur, Tuhin A. Sinha is all set to release his fifth book — The Edge of Power.

The 312-page Hachette India publication is likely to hit the markets on the eve of Christmas.

However, formal launching ceremonies will be held across the country and Jamshedpur may be one of the venues.

A sequel to his last publication The Edge of Desire, which was released in May last year, the new book turns the spotlight on the quality of governance and politicians. While the earlier book was set in 1998-2003 Bihar, this one is set in 2013 and moves across the country.

“The book questions the quality of governance and politicians we have in our country and tries to draw a connection with the increasing crime against women. As far as my research and experience goes, at least 15 to 20 per cent of our politicians have a criminal background,” said the 36-year-old Mumbai-based author.

Finishing school in 1995, Tuhin then went on to pursue graduation in commerce from Hindu College, Delhi. He also holds a diploma from National Institute of Advertising.

Tuhin already has four books to his credit. While his first book, That Thing Called Love, was released in 2006, his second release, 22 Yards, came in 2008 and has been one of his biggest successes.

Starting of with a soft love story and then cricket, Tuhin gradually made the shift to political thrillers.

In 2010, the author came up with Of Love and Politics — a book that dealt with personal relationships in the backdrop of political ideologies. His fourth release, The Edge of Desire, saw the struggle of protagonist Shruti Ranjan, who is caught between her married life and a political career.

Asked whether his interest had shifted from writing love stories, the author said, “I have started writing political thrillers from my third publication. The reason being, I think, over the years I have seen politics from very close quarters and now the genre comes naturally to me. Also, as a responsible citizen, I feel that women are constantly illtreated and thus I choose to connect the two.”

Before penning books, Tuhin also used to write screenplays for a couple of Hindi daily soaps. No, he does not want to try out scripts for the silver screen. Tuhin is happy being a full-time author.

“The problem with the Hindi film industry is that either you write something like The Lunchbox and wait for years for some producer to realise its potential or you write as the director asks you to. I am happy with my books,” said an uninhibited Tuhin.

After The Edge of Power, Tuhin will offer two more publications and he has already started working on them. While one will be part of the Edge series, the other will have a completely different storyline. However, he refused to reveal details.