India’s Money Heist: The Chelembra Bank Robbery

India’s Money Heist: The Chelembra Bank Robbery

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From the creator-producer of Savdhaan India, the producer of Crime Patrol, and the bestselling author of The Deadly Dozen: India's Most Notorious Serial Killers, comes the true story behind one of India's biggest and most sensational bank heists 31st December 2007. New Year's Eve. A sleepy town in Kerala called Chelembra finds itself in the national headlines for India's biggest bank heist to the tune of a whopping Rs 8 crore which included 80 kg of gold. A crime that…

What a maverick Anirban Bhattacharya is! I have read his previous thriller (non-fiction) The Deadly Dozen and so I was even more excited when this one came up in the same genre. I am familiar with the author’s writing and so I was super excited when this new book came out.


India’s Money Heist is a wonderful recollection of the events as they unfolded and how the reader gets engaged with each event as if watching it in front of their eyes. The book is an edge-of-the-seat thriller and helps you visualise even the smallest of details. What I love about the author’s style of writing is that even a non-fictional account is presented in such a manner that it makes you feel excited with every event, detail, action as it may have occurred. It is well-researched with even the minutest of references kept in check, which makes for an exhilarating page turner as if one is reading a fiction thriller.


The motley ensemble of characters in this book is brought to life with the descriptions such that I could imagine a certain actor playing a certain character once the motion picture comes out. Now for me to see how it eventually turns out to be as a movie. Coming back to the characters, what I liked was that not only are they mentioned as a part of the jig-saw but their backgrounds have also been researched well and brought about such that the reader can make an association and relate them to their actions and how they translate into the narrative. This is such a  plus because even the secondary characters are given their own space and time to grow into your imagination.


After The Deadly Dozen, Anirban maintains his tempo with this non-fiction as well. If you have read that one, then this one will be even more enjoyable. Most certainly the author has picked up a new style of storytelling which worked with this book. The references and research notes are also provided at the end of the book for the reader to pick up facts.


I would suggest everyone to read it so as to understand what goes behind a chase by the forces to nab a perpetrator- their challenges, their anguish, their mini victories, before the final show of triumph. I am looking forward to more from the author.


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