Operation Jai Mata Di – Pratik Shah – Book Review

OperationJaiMataDiGoodreads blurb: In a daring midnight operation by armed men, over 10,000 pilgrims are taken hostage en route to the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi, a popular Himalayan religious-tourist destination in the troubled state of Jammu & Kashmir in Northern India. The hostage-takers threaten to shoot pilgrims every day, unless the incumbent Government accedes to their demands.

With the largest Hindu festival of Diwali just around the corner and elections less than six months away, the Government at the center is under immense pressure to act. What will the Government do? The army? The intelligence agencies? The common man?

No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Who are these men? Is there a larger plot? Faced with such unprecedented events, will the country descend into unimaginable anarchy or will it rise above the issues of collective apathy and greed that have plagued it since Independence?


This is the second book that I reviewed for The Tales Pensieve, and a detailed review can be found at this link [Link to review].

In a nutshell, Operation Jai Mata Di will surely be recommended by me as a good read for anybody who loves books in the political thriller genre, with the added bonus that it is set in India and speaks of people and events that all of us can easily relate to.