Hello everyone! How are you all doing? I hope you all are doing great 😊 I am back with another review. The book I’ll be reviewing today is ‘The curse of Mohenjo-Daro’ which I read recently and fell in love with it. I bought this book on one of my casual visits to Crossword. I picked up the book solely because of its cover and the title 😁 and I am so glad I did.
A little about the Author.
Maha Khan Phillips is a multiple award winning financial journalist, and the author of Beautiful from this Angle and The mystery of the Aagney Ruby. She grew up in Karachi, Pakistan. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International relations and a Master’s in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent at Canterbury. In 2006, she completed a Master’s degree in Creative writing from City University in London, where she currently lives with her husband and son.
To be honest, History was my favorite subject in school (not kidding) and Ancient History is my favorite. I had fallen in love with the Indus valley civilization ever since I had studied it in school. Whatever information about the civilization I got my hands on, I used to read. I was that fascinated. So when I saw this book sitting all pretty on the shelves, I bought it right away and started reading it the very next day!
The book starts with a team of archaeologists excavating present day Mohenjo-Daro, which is in Pakistan. The team had found an ancient copper coffin and a box which was made of lead in it. One of the archeologists in the team, Layla Hussain opens the box, despite the team’s warnings which contained a jagged rock which appeared to be pulsating. Next, a YouTube video of the team bursting into flames goes viral and Layla’s sister Nadia sees it and is convinced that her sister has survived. While the world suspects it to be a terrorist attack, Nadia thinks otherwise.
Nadia’s search takes her to London where she gets to know about Layla’s life and some secrets about the excavation. Nadia has broken all ties with her father’s side of the family, because her Father used to head a sinister cult which believed that humans existed on this planet billions of years ago and that civilizations were built and then destroyed because of greed and desperation and then rebuilt again. Nadia doesn’t believe this “insane ideology”.
However, she is forced to contact her Grandmother in Pakistan, because she said she knew what was going on with Layla. Left with no choice, Nadia goes to Pakistan where she learns about her family secrets which were haunting generations. Nadia confronts her dreams, which she had been dismissing as “just silly dreams”, about a Meluhan woman named Jaya.
Jaya, the Meluhan woman, is a “Goddess-Blessed”, the only one who can read the “Bloodstone”, which is the heart of Goddess Shakari whom the Meluhan’s worship. But, greed for power has taken it’s toll on Meluha and it’s people. What will Jaya do to save the city from the corrupt priests and their leader, Iaf, or the “High One”.
Why did the team of archaeologists burst into flames at Mohenjo-Daro? Why was Nadia having all these dreams about Jaya and Meluha? What was the family secret? Will she find her sister? Read the book to find out.
MY TAKE ON THE BOOK:
This is one book which had me hooked to the edge of my seat. This novel has it all! Suspense, romance, cults, fights. I love how the author has beautifully blended all these elements to create a power packed book. It’s not predictable at all, I was always like, ‘What will happen next?’ I was glued to the book like a moth is to fire. I loved reading this book.It was an experience in itself. I urge everybody to read this book NOW. For me, this book is a sure winner.
Do read it guys and let me know whether you liked it or not. 😊 Follow me on my Instagram @thebookishtales
Until next time, See you.