Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
The success of the ‘Smiling Buddha’ nuclear test marked the rise of India as a nuclear power in 1974. But what went unreported in the media was the nuclear fallout that had lasting impact on the inhabitants of Pokhran, especially Chaitanya. It quickly becomes clear that the conspiracy surrounding this radioactive fallout runs pretty deep in the establishment. Those who have had a hand in covering it up are willing to go to great lengths to ensure that the secrets stay buried. Chaitanya sets on a journey to expose the truth. With Zara by his side, he is sure to bring justice to his people. But when fate snatches Zara away from him, he is consumed by revenge. Undeterred by threats, he embarks on a mission that takes him from the deserts of Pokhran to those of Syria, and into the halls of MIT. A heady page turner, at its very core, Pokhran is an exceptional journey of revenge, courage, love and the unbeatable human spirit.
A fast-paced story starting from India's first successful nuclear test, ending with a deep understanding of the world, its people and how governance and growth can be all-inclusive.
Uday is a philosopher, economist, and engineer with a firm belief in the progressive march of humanity towards a better and brighter future. He has travelled and lived across countries and continents, which has given him a unique outside-in perspective on India.
With a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University, when he is not writing, he works at an investment bank in New York city and likes to spend time with his family in Princeton, New Jersey.