Book Review: The Taj Conspiracy
Book: The Taj Conspiracy
Author: Manpreet Sodhi Someshwar
Publisher: Westland Ltd
Mughal scholar Mehrunnisa Khosa stumbles on a conspiracy to destroy the Taj Mahal, when she discovers the murder of the Taj supervisor, and the Quranic calligraphy on the tomb of Queen Mumtaz altered to suggest a Hindu origin of the Taj Mahal... That urban legend had always existed. Now, though, someone was conspiring to make it come true. In the case of the famed marble monument, all was not on the surface.
A vast labyrinth ran underneath - closed to visitors - where Mehrunnisa was trapped once. In a series of suspenseful twists and turns, the action traverses from the serene splendour of Taj Mahal to the virulent warrens of Taj Ganj, from intrigue-laden corridors of Delhi to snowy Himalayan hideouts...
As a right-wing Hindu party ratchets up its communal agenda and Islamic militants plot a terror attack, in the dark corners of his devious mind a "behrupiya", a shape-shifter, is conniving to divide the nation in two. To save the Taj Mahal, Mehrunnisa must overcome a prejudiced police and battle her inner demons as she sifts the multiple strands that lead to the conspirator.