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Blood on the Sands

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

Blood on the Sands

Author: Sujata S. Sabnis
Publisher: Amaryllis

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

Ripping off the lid on the problems that simmer under the surface of modern-day India,
Blood on the Sands is a riveting murder mystery that unfolds in the inhospitable but mysterious expanse of the Rann of Kutch.

Quiet Mankor stays in Kuran, the last Indian village on the Indo-Pak border and takes care of her two children, Samar and Ranu. Her husband Virender is a tracker at the BSF headquarters in Rapar. Virender returns home during Navratri, triumphant after nabbing Shaukat, a member of a militant outfit involved in a terror plot against India. But terrible news awaits Virender in Kuran. Soon, Virender gets murdered under mysterious circumstances, Virender’s boss, Commandant Ranbir connects it to the unravelling terror plot. But was he missing something? And then little Ranu goes missing! As Ranbir sets out to seek the truth, he discovers a terrifying web of deceit. Will he be able to save Ranu, find Virender’s killer and save the country?

About the Author: 

An Alumni of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, Sujata S. Sabnis has worked as a journalist with The Indian Express, and as a regular columnist for Mid-day, Pune. She is the principal writer for a web series that’s currently being produced by MX Player. She is also a co-organiser of the Pune chapter of Kalam, a national organisation that promotes literature. Her previous books include Silent Whispers, A Twist in Destiny and Songs of Stone.


"For killing a human is a complicated thing. There is so much to kill. The primordial gut-wrenching instinct for survival has to be stamped out, the voice silenced, the live-wire energy doused, the desperation for the next breath strangled."

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