He is a different person from NDTV’s Vikram Chandra as I figured out after seeing this book. But his family and he himself had several Bollywood and media connections through their work. Sacred Games for me was one of the contemporary Indian crime thriller that really excited me. There are not too many books from India that can boast of such a huge canvas for a story and still keep it gripping and thrilling enough till the end.
The book narrates the story of police inspector Sartaj Singh and underworld mafia and through them the writer has brought in a picture of contemporary India, its politics, working of police and intelligence agencies, connections between police, Bollywood and underworld, religious terrorism, nuclear threats and how this all affects day-to-day life of common people. The book is also about dreams of common people who may get into underworld or police or Bollywood and how they fight for their aspirations.
It is one of those books where police is shown as corrupt but intelligent, they take bribes from dance bars but also solve murder cases, they are ready to dance to the tunes of their bosses and underworld but when it comes to security of their city and country they know how to draw the line, they take care of the families of martyrs, they fall in love and they also make mistakes. In essence, they are humans and just like other common people.
Another important aspect of the book is language used. The colloquial abuses are used throughout the book making it more life-like. The author has not tried to sugarcoat the story and has shown it as is. But this is a large book and you need to have a bit of patience to be able to go till end and since the narrative keeps on going back and forth in story, you may tend to get confused at times.