April 14, 2017

Book Review: Veerappan- Chasing The Brigand by K. Vijay Kumar

VEERAPPAN- Chasing The Brigand

Author: K. Vijay Kumar
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Rating: 4.5/5

“...some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”
Michael Caine

Who hasn’t heard of Veerappan, the bandit who made people stop dead in tracks? While people dreaded the moment of encounter with this man, there were some people out on the field, who battled their fear and qualms and promised the civilians to get rid of all the pain and fright. Written by K. Vijay Kumar ‘Veerappan’ is the most legitimate account of the life of this bandit. Housing all the minute details of Veerappan’s life- right from his childhood to his adulthood, the book is sure to pique the interest of the readers.

From being a small time trespasser to becoming a brutal fugitive and killing many without even a fraction of guilt, Veerappan came into the limelight because of his detrimental encounters with the officers and his escapades. A lot has been printed and showcased in media, but still, a significant element of the story of his death remained a question until now. K. Vijay Kumar, with a strong nerve, has penned down the planning, execution, and encounter of Veerappan by giving an extremely detailed account.

It is very rare when books like this come out in the public domain and I am really happy to be the one to review it. The author has done a fabulous job with the narration and Rupa stands tall. With a fine quality of print and a splendid cover, this book is a must read. A word of caution: some readers might not like the genre because of the sensitivity of the content. But why would one want to miss out on a truly thrilling story?

The content organization is something that has been well thought of and pictures act like the icing on the cake.

Overall, a must-read and a must-have on the bookshelf.

Best wishes to the author! 

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