It's been a long time since I had taken up a work by an Indian author. Chetan Bhagat has scarred me. An involuntary twitch passes over my face every time I recall the absurdity that was " One night @ the call center ". So despite a conscious effort to not read any Indian works of fiction, Ashwin Sanghi's name appearing again and again on my screen, made me visit the nearest bookstore and take up "The Rozabal Line".
The book packs a plot that brings together history, conspiracy theories and religion across time. Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Atheism, Vatican, Al Qaeda, Illuminati, Opus Dei, Mossad, R&AW, CIA all come together in this book and across time. Despite the volume of different theories that he has brought together, the author has managed admirably to fit all the pieces together well. Yet, the book falls flat on the story when it comes to the protagonist's part. It almost seemed as if the author was more passionate about all the historical events and organisations and talking about them more than the base upon which he made them rest. Comparisons to Dan Brown's work is to be expected. However, the author has brought up new ideas and events regarding Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism that Dan Brown's work didn't include and hence, TRL feels richer in these areas.
Also, the style is that of a non linear narrative. You dip in and out of various points of time in history, which makes you dazed and provides you with no orientation as to where the story is heading. I consider it as a plus point.
It makes for an exciting read. While it lasts.