Each of us, Indian, would want to turn back time and go chase that Dyer who was responsible for Jallianwala Bagh massacre. It’s a fact that Britishers not only plundered our country but caused a mayhem, a bloodshed. The traces of which cannot be erased even centuries after the Empire receded from India. Operation Dyer by Anirudh Singh is a historical fiction that reimagines the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and gives us it poetic closure it well deserved.

Amanveer Singh had come to Jallianwala Bagh with his family on the occasion of Baisakhi. But the volley of bullets that were fired from the narrow gateway killed thousands of people. The situation was dreadful and out of control. Amanveer was the lone survivor from his family. He was tucked in safety and nursed back to health by Bebbe, Brij and Ajmal Khan. And on one of those nights when enraged Bebbe told Dhanraj, Ajmal and Aman to avenge the deaths of the innocents killed at the Bagh, the trio decided to pick up weapons.

In an interesting way this book traverses from past to present, and from India to England to Kabul and Amritsar. It’s quite a voyage and intriguing too because the topic is emotionally engrossing and closer to our hearts. The author has lucidly penned the entire manuscript and packed enough action amidst the pages. Also, there are nuggets of wisdom peppered throughout the narrative which made this story more appealing for me. Succinctly the author explains the Crawling act and the reason for the massacre. With fine research, he mixes facts and fiction to give us a riveting read.

All in all, we know what we are reading is fiction and yet there’s a part of us that wants this to be reality. For a debut this one was a good read.

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