THE CURSE OF NALANDA

Devahuti, a young widow who lived in the times of Nalanda, is burnt to death in a big fire in the university. People said History would never forgive her for the disaster that destroyed Nalanda, blaming her for the fire. She carried the Curse of Nalanda. A TV journalist, Chandni, gets an opportunity to cover a big international summit in London. However, when she lands there, she gets embroiled in a terrible terror plot. The lives of two women are similar, they are betrayed by the people they loved and trusted. But, how are they connected and what is their reality. Will they be able to restore their faith, will they be able to reclaim their lives?

Reviews

'Manna Bahadur has always written in a manner that not only spells intrigue but also heats up the atmosphere several degrees higher.  This story juxtaposes fact with fiction, the ancient with the modern, love with danger, and relationships with detachment. The whole suspense and adventure is built around two very strong women who exist in two different eras- Devahuti ‘of debatable values, who loved talking to students and sharing their knowledge’, in a time when girls were considered outcasts for intellectual discourse; and Chandni the journalist, intelligent, and a little too liberal-minded. I loved the two women – full of gumption and so much chutzpah! This is a book that you would want to eat, to pray, to love! It is unputdownable!'

Anita Karwal
IAS. Principal Secretary, Gujarat; Author and Columnist DNA

"Author Manaa Bahadur mines the backyards of her childhood, reaching into the past, to the fiery conflagration of Nalanda no less, shuttling back and forth between that time of terror, and the present, to spin a yarn shuttling between two timelines. In one, the bold and spritely child-widow Devahuti contends with the acts of a rampaging Bakhtiyar Khilji. In the other, TV journalist Chandni finds herself embroiled in mysteries beyond breaking news. Between an imagined history and a contemporary take on writing it on the run, what's on offer is a fast-paced thriller, spiked with intrigue and drama." 

Siddhartha Basu,
Quiz Master, Actor, Director - Producer of Kaun Banega Crorepati

'Manna Bahadur has always written in a manner that not only spells intrigue but also heats up the atmosphere several degrees higher.  This story juxtaposes fact with fiction, the ancient with the modern, love with danger, and relationships with detachment. The whole suspense and adventure is built around two very strong women who exist in two different eras- Devahuti ‘of debatable values, who loved talking to students and sharing their knowledge’, in a time when girls were considered outcasts for intellectual discourse; and Chandni the journalist, intelligent, and a little too liberal-minded. I loved the two women – full of gumption and so much chutzpah! This is a book that you would want to eat, to pray, to love! It is unputdownable!'

- Anita Karwal
IAS. Principal Secretary, Gujarat; Author and Columnist DNA

The Curse of Nalanda is a book by Indian author Manna Bahadur and the story of the book revolves around the historic and traditional old Nalanda University. As you would have guessed from the title of the book, the story envelopes a curse that was given centuries ago and how it was responsible for various mishaps including the destruction of the glorious Nalanda university. The book also makes an attempt to establish a common between practicality and spirituality, though the focus is more on the practical side of our lives.

- Kaushal Gupta, Blogger

"The story is fascinating because it is based on Nalanda University of yester years,when its glory was its peak. 
The author has written this so well, very descriptive, intelligent, full of incredible imagination. All that combined, really draws you right into the story, and holds you there until the very end. 

- Book Reviews and Authors Blog

The novel brings together diverse personae and interplay of events, past and present, into the fabric of the storyline that has been well crafted. 

- The Hindu