Raaz Mahal – The Palace of Secrets


Raaz Mahal – The Palace of Secrets

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Third Place Book Award

Third Place Award

Fiction > Thriller - Historical


“The magnificent mausoleum in marble, a symbol of love, erected by Mughal emperor Shahjahan for his wife Mumtaz that took 22 years, 20,000 laborers, and architects from far off places to build.” Or so goes the legend of the Taj Mahal. Agra, India – the city of the Taj Mahal. The Bureau of Archaeology (BoA) receives a bizarre petition under the Right-To-Information (RTI) Act, demanding the bureau disclose authentic historical evidence for the legend of the World Heritage monument. The bureau dumps the case on Vijay Kumar, a brilliant but maverick archaeologist, who discovers that the RTI case is not as straightforward as it sounds. Mysterious deaths and an Interpol alert make matters worse. Vijay Kumar sets off on an international pursuit to discover the truth, where he can trust no one but himself. Has someone set up Vijay Kumar? Is he in danger? And above all, will he be able to unveil the truth, OR . . . will it forever remain a secret . . . Raaz?