"The year is 1852. A fire has engulfed the entire nation. India is under siege and her people are waking up to the realities of a foreign rule. Whispers of a rebellion are doing the rounds; a rebellion which would take the nation like a storm and uproot the East India Company from power, forever."
Set in a fictional universe, Pratidwandi (The Opponent) is the story of how a people’s revolution shook a global empire. It revolves around a band of Indian martial art fighters, who decide to fight against the oppressive rule of the British East India Company, in the backdrop of the Revolt of 1857.
Author of 'Daughters of Char Chinar'
"Ambuj Gupta’s Pratidwandi is deep, dark and disturbing but definitely worth a read ...Read more
This gripping nationalistic saga takes one hurtling through the incredible resistance movement pioneered by the heroic Indian martial arts exponents against the inhuman British in Kerala. Gupta writes like H. Rider Haggard. I read it in one go. Strongly recommended."
Author of 'Rage Against the Dying of the Light'
"This historical fiction showcasing the beauty, bravery and richness of lesser written....Read more
Indian martial art Kalaripayattu fighting their existential battle against the tyrannical British rule is a gripping tale. The easy flow of narrative style complements beautifully both the vividity and grandiosity of imagination, giving it a magnificently fictional texture."
Author - Be Better Bit-By-Bit
I am a non-fiction reader and the reason I pick fiction to let my emotions and senses...Read more
experience the ups and downs. Pratidwandi ticks all the boxes. Romance, heroes, villains, super girls, war, suspense, drama, thrill, emotions.Ambuj Gupta has packed loads of stuff in this beautiful meal. The characters are lively, the theme and stage are almost cr ying for a Bollywood calling. Ambuj finds an interesting connection between an ancient martial art form, its tutors & pupils, British regime and then sews them together to narrate a war story. A must-read for its characters. And, now eagerly waiting to experience the next story from Ambuj's imagination locker.
“This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or used in a fictious manner. Any resemblance to actual person, living or dead, or actual events, places, locales or incidents is purely coincidental.
The views, opinions and beliefs expressed are solely of the author in his personal capacity and do not express the views, opinions and beliefs of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas or any other individual or organisation.”