Jaipur, January, 2018. Introducing Veena Nagpal’s 4th novel, Radius 200- The story of a fragile love caught in the crossfire between two nuclear nations warring over scarce water resources.
Radius 200 is a richly imagined and painstakingly researched romantic thriller that grapples a deeper environmental issue.
Like the meeting point of three rivers, RADIUS 200, is the confluence of three stories. The story follows Kyra, a journalist in search of her lost love and Arjun, a geologist, passionately seeking the lost river Saraswati. Their narrative is intertwined with the story of Om, an Indian Army officer, now in a vegetative state, grappling with lost memories of two decades ago, when a General triggered a nuclear attack by blowing up China’s dam on the river Brahmputra. The core of the plot set against the deadly power struggle within a tiny band of nuclear survivors, desperately seeking water within the 200 kilometers radius of a devastated Exclusion Zone. The book depicts two contrasting realities – the life of the tiny band of survivors inside the Zone and life outside.
A formal launch of the book is scheduled to take place at the 11th Edition Jaipur Literature Festival on 27th January 2018, where the author will be in conversation with writer & critic, Rakshanda Jalil.
The book is available for purchase at Amazon (Paperback & Kindle) and Flipkart.
Veena Nagpal is an Indian writer known for her genre bending fiction featuring love, passion, intrigue andboldly etched characters exploring vital issues facing humankind.
RADIUS 200 is her fourth novel.
Her earlier novels include The Uncommon Memories of Zeenat Qureishi (Tara); Karmayogi (Jaico) and Compulsion (Sterling).
She has also written four books for children.
A passionate environmentalist, she has conducted more than five hundred environment workshops for school children in the NCR region.
She loves travelling. “Must have inherited gypsy blood from somewhere,” she laughs. She is also an avid photographer and dabbles in oil painting.
ELEVATOR PITCH/WHAT THE BOOK, RADIUS 200, IS ABOUT
USED ON FRONT COVER OF BOOK:
The story of a fragile love trapped between two nuclear nations warring over scarce water resources.
A richly imagined, painstakingly researched romantic thriller with an environment message embedded in page-turning action.
A painstakingly researched, richly imagined story of a fragile love helplessly caught in the cross fire between two nuclear powered nations warring over limited water resources
BRIEF SYNOPSIS/BOOK BLURB
USED ON BACK COVER OF BOOK:
What if a nuclear powered neighboring nation was to ‘steal’ an entire river from under our eyes?
What if a top-ranking Indian General was to take a unilateral decision to strike back, thereby triggering a cataclysmic reaction?
What if, in the aftermath of the nuclear attack, India was left with a devastated Exclusion Zone, 200 kilometers in radius?
And what if your love was stranded inside the Exclusion Zone…
Like the meeting point of three rivers, RADIUS 200, is the confluence of three stories
The story of Kyra, a journalist in search of her lost love and Arjun, a geologist, passionately seeking the lost river Saraswati.
The story of Om, an Indian Army officer, now in a vegetative state, grappling with lost memories of two decades ago, when a General triggered a nuclear attack by blowing up China’s dam on the river Brahmputra, and Om lost his love.
And the story of a deadly power struggle within a tiny band of nuclear survivors, desperately seeking water within the 200 kilometers radius of a devastated Exclusion Zone…
In the year 2040, India is a highly water stressed country. The Ganga and Yamuna have dwindled and the search for the mythical river Saraswati has yielded no result.
At this point, China is building the world’s largest dam to divert the waters of the Brahmaputra to its own territory.
Angered by Government inaction in stopping China’s move, a top ranking Indian General takes a unilateral decision to blow up the dam.
China retaliates with a nuclear attack that leaves northern India devastated. An Exclusion Zone, 200 kilometres in radius, is declared.
Kyra, a young journalist, is shattered because her love, Colonel Om Prakash, is inside the Exclusion Zone.
Twenty years later, she gets a chance to enter the Zone. Can she hope? Is it even possible that anyone could survive a nuclear attack?
Caught in the aftermath of a web of choices made unmade, a band of forgotten survivors of a nuclear attack, are preparing to sacrifice a child to appease the rain gods, even as two brothers are locked in a tussle for power over the water starved community.
A bed-ridden old man struggles to remember a past that might help save the future, a past when in the year 2040, as a young officer in the Indian army, he was witness to a faceoff between two nuclear nations over the diversion of a major Himalayan river.
What if a nuclear powered neighboring nation, to meet the demands of its thirsty millions, decides to ‘steal’ an entire river from under India’s eyes?
What if a top-ranking Indian General takes a unilateral decision to strike back, thereby triggering a cataclysmic reaction? What if, in the aftermath of the nuclear attack, India is left with a huge devastated Exclusion Zone, 200 miles in radius?
And what if your love is stranded inside the Exclusion Zone…
A legendary river lost in the sands of time.
A bountiful, living river ‘stolen’ by a neighboring nation.
A unilateral strike back by a top ranking General that triggers a cataclysmic nuclear reaction leaving one woman’s love trapped within the Exclusion Zone, 200 miles in radius.
Will Kyra find her love? Will the lost river ever run free?
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PRAISE FOR RADIUS 200
Radius 200 is such an engrossing novel that once started it becomes difficult to put it down. A compelling tale of human relations, it probes motives arising from conflicting and confusing emotions of love, steadfastness, jealousy, revenge, sibling rivalry and hatred.
Interwoven are espionage, limited nuclear warfare and relations with China, together with indomitable human endurance that makes people survive against all odds.
A dominant motif is the loss and finding of river Saraswati. The quest for water and the extreme depredation caused by the lack of it also become metaphors for the thirst for life, knowledge and love that constantly evade us.
Eventually the understanding of human foibles and the need to let go of the past for larger good prevails, bringing about a much-needed catharsis
Kavita A Sharma
South Asian University
A racy thriller set against the backdrop of two Asian giants warring over river waters.
Indeed the first novel I have read that tackles the serious geo-political issue of water wars between India and China – a nightmare that could hit civilization much earlier than anticipated.
More power to the author’s bold pen.
Maj Gen (Dr) GD Bakshi (R)
Editor, Indian Military Review
Set against the backdrop of a nuclear strike on Allahabad, Radius 200 is a poignant story centering round love and longing and the very spirit of mankind to survive all odds.
It very effectively delineates the theme of search for water.
A complex narrative exploring an ancient myth, it delves deep into the human psyche of power and control as it looks at the world through the eyes of two women living in two completely different realities and yet bound together through the one glue that propels humans forward: love!
Organizer, Jaipur Litfest
A compelling read from a gifted storyteller.
The enormity of a nuclear holocaust, the lost river Saraswati; human intrigue, passion and more… Radius 200 is a tantalizing trapeze of imagination soaring from the groundwork of meticulous research.
Commodore Uday Bhaskar (R)
Ex-Director, Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis
Boldly etched ‘grey’ characters that continually question morality make one wonder at the collective wisdom of the human species.
Veena Nagpal’s Radius 200 is a grim forewarning of a not-so-distant future.