Title – 3:02
Author – Mainak Dhar
Publisher – Westland
Genre – Fiction / Thriller
Though at first glance the name do not provide much information to readers, it do suggests that book is about series of event which has begun at 3:02 AM as title is written in time format HH:MM.
This is also confirmed from the blurb:
‘At 03:02 on a Sunday morning, the world as we knew it came to an end.
Mumbai suddenly went black — no electricity, no phones, no internet and no working cars. It was as if someone had turned off the master switch of our civilization, turning us back hundreds of years overnight. We learned that it was not just Mumbai, but much of the world that had been impacted.
We also learned that it was no accident. A deadly enemy was behind it. An enemy that was now in our midst, seeking to conquer us and destroy our way of life. This is how our war for freedom began. A war that was to be waged not on the borders or by the Army, but in our homes and streets, with us as the soldiers.’
Mainak Dhar did his schooling at Modern School, Barakhamba Road, and his undergraduation at Hindu College, Delhi. He is an alumni of of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has spent two decades in the corporate sector, starting with Procter & Gamble in India.
Mainak is author of over a dozen books, some of which have been bestsellers in India and abroad. These books have been translated into Turkish, Vietnamese, Japanese, French, German and Portuguese.
This book is worth reading. The book deals with an unexpected event which has gripped Mumbai at one Sunday morning. The book provides an interesting account of how people learned the basics of survival when all the modern amenities were gone and how they faced this deadly enemy who has brought the world to stand still.
The book also highlights how we have changed as a society – how as an individual we always look for friends in the virtual world of social media and not in the real human beings. This book is a story of survival, bravery and love. The book is quite interesting and will keep the reader hooked till the last page.
I would rate the book as 4/5.