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UNRESOLVED – A PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

NINE – VENGEANCE OF THE WARRIOR

NINE - RISE OF THE KALINGAN

Hindustan Times 18 December 2013

Shobha Nihalani’s ‘Nine: Curse of the Kalingan’ is a fantasy thriller set in ancient times. The first book of a three-part series, the trilogy is a mix of fact and fiction where history finds its way into the present world and what ensues is the battle between the good and the evil.

Said to be one of the oldest secret societies in the world, Nine was formed by King Ashoka in 3rd century BC and is the inspiration behind the novel, as apparent in the title of this book. The novel makes for an interesting read for those who like reading on society, history and mystery.

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Verve Online 11 November 2013

We are back to our love for mythology and historical fiction. Nine: Curse Of The Kalingan is a new premise, set at a fast-moving pace between the times of Emperor Ashoka and the present. It starts from the epic war between his Magadh Empire and Kalinga – winning it led to the transformation of Emperor Ashoka from a mighty ruler to a devoted Buddhist. From the corpses of the Kalingan warriors rose an angry spirit bent upon avenging the Kalinga empire, destroying the Nine .

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Tribune India 8 September 2013

hong Kong, Gaya, Calcutta, London, Amsterdam, Minneapolis, Dharamsala, New York, Cambodia…no, this is not a lesson in regional geography but the epicentres of Shobha Nihalani’s ‘Nine’ – a history-inspired, mythology-nurtured, magic-imbued, conspiracy-laden, modernism-fed pot-boiler that weaves a million threads into a coherent whole.

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Books All Around me 20 August 2013

Nine: Curse Of The Kalingan (Book – 1) is a modern tale which has been brought out by the author from the depths of ancient history. The Kalinga war, fought by Emperor Ashoka, took place in 261 B.C. The war brought enormous destruction, death, and devastation. This was the war which brought about a profound change in the most famous Mauryan Emperor. The war shattered the Emperor, who then converted to Buddhism and pledged never to wage a war again.

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Flipkart

TNine by Shobha Nihalini starts with a curse that a dying warrior of the Kalingan clan lays on Ashoka and his army/followers. The same warrior comes back, this time in the form of an evil spirit who possesses a young man, Vayu. The power that Vayu thus possesses is limitless. The sole purpose of this man and his kala yogis team is to destroy the NINE, a secret society formed by Ashoka to spread knowledge and peace.

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Abook Wormsmusing 29 August 2013

I’m happy that the book starts with the history, and the fallen Kalingan warrior’s curse, so as to set the setting. After that part, there is attention to detailing characters, while still keeping pace with the action around the Trinity. The book has the pace needed for a thriller to work, and it kept me hooked to it. The narration also had a little humor when it came to the part of letting the Trinity know, and I especially liked the dialogue back and forth between Dr. Bose and Tara. The detailing when it comes to the Kalingan spirit entering Vayu’s body was very raw, and I think the book called for that as well.

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The Book Aholics 21 August 2013

Shobha Nihalani’s Curse of the Kalingan- NINE is a fantasy thriller which churns up an astonishing tale from the depths of ancient times. The novel is a mix of fact and fiction with an imaginary plot, while its foundation is based in historical fact. Nihalani has named the book after the legend of ‘The Nine Unknown Men,’ which is also the inspiration for the story. In the 3rd century BCE, this secret society was founded by King Ashoka. It is often cited as one of the oldest secret societies in the world, and is believed to still exist today, with the Nine holding tremendous powers and knowledge, which were handed down through the ages.

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Read In Park 8 August 2013

Nine: Curse Of The Kalingan (Book – 1) is a modern tale which has been brought out by the author from the depths of ancient history. This book is fantasy thriller. The Kalinga war, fought by Emperor Ashoka, took place in 261 B.C. The war brought enormous destruction, death, and devastation. This was the war which brought about a profound change in the most famous Mauryan Emperor. The war shattered the Emperor, who then converted to Buddhism and pledged never to wage a war again.

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Good Reads

When I glanced at the publisher of this book, I was taken aback. Penguin under their Metro reads imprint have always gone for the usual love stories, fast-paced youth-based kind of titles, but NINE: Curse of the Kalingan written by the pretty Shobha Nihalini was indeed a welcome change considering the kind of books they have been coming out with since the past few years. I had stopped reading any Penguin Metro Reads books and this one came along in my hand.

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The Big Thrill 31 July 2013

For thousands of years, the wisdom of the Nine has protected mankind from destroying itself. But a vengeful ancient spirit has returned to shatter the peace. With the help of magical powers, he has possessed a young man and mobilized black yogis to destroy the Nine. Plucked from their ordinary lives, empowered with special abilities, Tara, Akash and Zubin are swept into an occult world of kala yogis and siddhis to fight an ancient warrior spirit.

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CNN IBN Chat 9 July 2013

261 BC: After his bloody battle with Kalinga, the Mauryan emperor Ashoka, overcome with remorse, swore never to wage another war. And to make sure no one else did. His Navratnas – the Nine – zealously guarded their powers and knowledge, handing them down through millennia and generations to ensure lasting peace. Except that it was not to be! From the corpses of the Kalingan warriors rose an angry spirit bent upon avenging the Kalinga empire, destroying the Nine and using their hidden knowledge to rule the world and change its destiny

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Time Out Hong Kong 2 July 2012

There are plenty of authors in Hong Kong who hail from, well, Hong Kong. And there’s a handful of writers from the UK, the USA and Canada in this city too. But India hasn’t been particularly well represented in the past. However now, with writers like Anita Moorjani, Manreet Sodhi Someshwar and kids’ author Bhakti Mathur, times are changing. And the next in line for local success is Shobha Nihalani.

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Laura Besley Blog 25 April 2012

A young journalist is murdered for discovering hidden secrets in the caverns of the Taj Mahal. His widow decides to continue his work with devastating consequences. What I liked best about this novel was that it was set in India. I love reading books about different countries, cultures and peoples. I was especially interested to learn about the character’s different backgrounds and how these differences affect their daily lives.

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Deccan Herald 18th July 2011

Shah Jahan was believed to have interred his lady love Mumtaz along with a lot of precious stuff. Historians and treasure hunters have speculated on that.
But, Shobha goes beyond. It is something that “is going to rock the very foundation of our heritage”.

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Deccan Chronicle 22nd June 2011

This is a bold new book by a fearless and passionate young writer. Author Shobha Nihalani is a tenacious writer who, like her female characters, is clear about her interests and leanings.
Having studied business, she pursued journalism, copywriting, book-keeping, teaching and sales options in her nomadic life before she settled down to her first love — writing.

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Interview in the DNA: Bangalore 1st June 2011

Shobha Nihalani, a journalist-turned-author, was recently in Bangalore to launch her book The Silent Monument. The book is set in the backdrop of the Taj Mahal where a journalist stumbles across an ancient scroll and is murdered. His widow now has the scroll and has to decide on its fate. An outfit that includes a famous dancer,

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Coverage in the Hindu 27th May 2011

Lately the trend has shown that anyone who has anything to do with the written word is authoring a book. Shobha Nihalani, who has authored two books, has another quartet in the pipeline. The call is always the same — the need to do something more creative.

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Hindustan Times 30th April 2011

Dan Brown has made it though for authors to delve into the realm of historical thrillers. it won’t surprise us if Shobha Nihalani is also ‘vixtimised’ by the comparison. Leaving that aside, the discovery of an ancient scroll inside the Taj by a journalist sounds twice as good as the book itself No doubt

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The Silent Monument

‘The Silent Monument’. The name sure is intriguing and so is the book jacket cover. And those were the very reasons I happily acquiesced to review this book. This is Hong Kong based author Shobha Nihalani‘s second novel… and the first to be published in India.

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Denmark 26th September 2011

Journalisten Parag findes dræbt uden for helligdommen Taj Mahal. Hans ven, politikommissær Yadav, finder liget og sørger for, at den tekstrulle, som Parag holder i hånden, bliver overgivet til han enke Manzil.

Taj Mahal, der blev bygget af Shah Jahan i perioden 1631 til 1647 som et mausoleum over hans hustru, er en muslimsk helligdom, men fundet kan måske påvise, at Taj Mahal er ældre end hidtil antaget og bygget oven

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Denmark 21st September 2011

Krimi fra Indien helt præcist fra Agra, syd for Delhi. En journalist bliver dræbt tæt ved Taj Mahal, og hans enke, Manzil, modtager efterfølgende en rulle med gamle skrifttegn, som han har fundet i Taj Mahal. Manzil får teksten oversat, og det viser sig, at der er tale om et skattekort, og at skatten er mere værdifuld end diamanten Koh-i-noor – engang kendt som verdens største diamant. Sammen med kommissær Yadav –

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Denmark 07th September 2011

Handlingen er tæt og lækker, navnene er indiske og eksotiske, og har man rejst i Indien i Kerela-området siger bogen naturligvis noget mere, og man tilgiver så også forfatteren/oversætteren, at Ernakulam er stavet med to ll´er, selv om det retteligt kun staves med ét. Det udstrakte universitetsområde ved Cuchin-Ernakullam-Universitetet . . .

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