[Blogger’s Note: This Book Preview is at the author’s request. I haven’t read the book (it’s not out yet!), but I do hope to pick it up when it’s available.]
Author Vasant Dave’s debut novel, ‘Trade Winds to Meluhha’ is set in the Bronze Age and weaves a tale of adventure, love and strife between two ancient cultures – Mesopotamia and Harappa.
In the year 2138 BC, a youngster named Samasin worked as a stable boy with a wealthy Babylonian named Nergal. One day he was falsely implicated in the murder of a visiting Meluhhan businessman. Tipped off by Nergal’s divorced wife Elati, he fled to Lothal in the distant land of Meluhha, searching Siwa Saqra whose name the dying man had uttered. During the voyage, he met the beautiful Velli with whom he fell in love but was dismayed to find that she was still devoted to a man who had jilted her. He also met Anu, a Mesopotamian woman who concealed her identity because she was searching for a couple of faceless men for revenge.
On the way, Samasin learnt about the ten glyphs of Dholavira and with the help of Anu deciphered them, leading to an adventure in the ravines of the Saraswati. He faced a series of obstacles including a few which almost killed him. Finally when he found Siwa Saqra in Mohenjo-daro, he was surprised to learn that there was more to the murder in Babylon than met the eye.
Circumstances brought all characters together in Babylon when with awe they discovered the truth about the trade between Meluhha and Mesopotamia, and the identity of the brain behind the diabolic operations. A trial before the Council of Elders turned ironically to jeopardize the judiciary itself. That was when Anu spoke up and shocked everybody, but more so Samasin.
For what happens after that, we’ll have to wait for the book!
‘Trade winds to Meluhha’ is scheduled to be published as an eBook on Amazon and Barnes & Noble by December, 2011.