FROZEN WAVES.by SAMPATH KUMAR
It is a tantalising title for an absorbing novel.Just finished reading this and it was an experience which is hard for me to explain.This is a novel,which is part history of abundant treasure and many secrets buried for many centuries, and part fictional.Suddenly the interest erupts in three different groups of people for different reasons.All the three stories are told interestingly and independently but interlinked expertly in the end.The centre of action is the wilderness of Sundarbans,with its own mystery and suspense around it.There is lot of action,matching the best thrillers,mystery bordering on the supernatural,adventure and all the same lot of tenderness in approaching the issue.It is evident,Sampath Kumar has done lot of research in the course of his many travels.I am bowled by his knowledge about various international issues,apart from those in espionage,scientific details,and also those on geological surveys.I admit there are portions which I could not understand fully.His depth of knowledge ,so vast that I found myself deficient in the same.
About the author,I would like to quote”a well known face in industry and academic circles and has held high positions in national trade bodies.
He is a renowned photographer,poet,painter and social worker and has earlier published two coffee table books “Darjeeling,the queen of the Hills.” and “Silhouettes of Sundarbans”. Kumar has travelled to Sundarbans several times and dreamt of portraying the tiger infested mangrove forests,weaving with it history and human struggle.”This is his debut novel,hard to believe but true since he has dealt with it with expertise.He was knighted by the Italian Government in 2006.
For me he remains a multi talented,dear friend but very grounded and can put one at ease with his friendliness.One misgiving is I am still to meet him.