Journal of Eurasian Studies - EPA

Journal of Eurasian Studies - EPA

April‐June 2010 JOURNAL OF EURASIAN STUDIES Volume II., Issue 2.




In most cases the second book of a bestseller’s writer is a litmus test; it is a visible sign of the author’s

talents and potential. It is clear evidence to the public that the author in question possesses more talent

and imagination than what is required for a one time hit.

Vikas Swarup, author of the bestseller novel Q&A upon which the blockbuster Slumdog Millionaire

movie was based, passed this test brilliantly. His second novel entitled Six Suspects even surpasses the

first one in certain aspects. On the surface is a nail biting detective story, focused on a high profile murder

case: the murder of the son of a high‐profile minister of an Indian state, who has been shot dead by one of

the guests at his own party. Six guests are found with a gun at the party and consequently they are

arrested as suspects. The lives and backgrounds of the six suspects: a bureaucrat, an actress, a tribal, a

thief, a politician, and an American constitute the core of this thriller. Through the intricately woven web

of stories the author provides us with a view on the different segments of the current Indian society, with

linkages to both the Third World, and to the West. It is a microcosm that reflects the macrocosm of the

modern world.

Six Suspects is a highly rewarding book, since it can be read in multiple ways: as a detective story, as a

socio‐political commentary, as a foreign‐affairs thriller, or as a treasure house of great sayings. Or all these

together. For many years I always underline as I read, just as a character in Orhan Pamuk´s The New Life

suggests to the protagonist. I have had the great pleasure of reading Six Suspects underlining heavily.

It is quite amazing to see the versatility of some of the senior members of the Indian Foreign Service.

Just to name another example next to Vikas Swarup: L.N. Rangarajan, who was India’s Ambassador to

Greece, Sudan, Tunisia, Norway and Iceland, has also made a significant contribution to the world of

letters besides to his day‐to‐day diplomatic activities by translating to English Kautilya´s Arthashastra. In

fact this type of work is also diplomacy.

Flórián Farkas


The Hague, June 15, 2010


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