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The Portrait of a Secret

The Portrait of a Secret

A Novel Inspired by True Events

Tarun Mehrishi
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What can a patriot do when he has to make the choice between self-preservation and love for his country?

As India’s Chief of Intelligence, Amitabh has spent a career battling India’s enemies, domestic and foreign. Now, in the winter of his illustrious career, he is faced with his most daunting challenge yet—averting a nuclear strike against his homeland that he knows very little about—except that it is coming.

As Indian intelligence works feverishly to uncover the truth, Amitabh’s path crosses Kamal’s, a senior IAS officer, who is investigating the theft of two priceless paintings from India.

Even as they work together to accomplish their missions, the paintings reveal a secret thought to have been lost in the fires of Partition. The discovery unleashes a global battle between the RAW, the ISI and the CIA, as each scrambles for control over a secret that would permanently swing global geopolitical power towards them. Innocent lives and intelligence assets built over decades are ruthlessly sacrificed for something far more valuable—control over the Indian subcontinent.

Everything is at stake until one man is forced to make an impossible choice—one that will decide the fate of the world.

Imprint: Ebury Press

Published: Mar/2023

ISBN: 9780143458432

Length : 288 Pages

MRP : ₹299.00

The Portrait of a Secret

A Novel Inspired by True Events

Tarun Mehrishi

What can a patriot do when he has to make the choice between self-preservation and love for his country?

As India’s Chief of Intelligence, Amitabh has spent a career battling India’s enemies, domestic and foreign. Now, in the winter of his illustrious career, he is faced with his most daunting challenge yet—averting a nuclear strike against his homeland that he knows very little about—except that it is coming.

As Indian intelligence works feverishly to uncover the truth, Amitabh’s path crosses Kamal’s, a senior IAS officer, who is investigating the theft of two priceless paintings from India.

Even as they work together to accomplish their missions, the paintings reveal a secret thought to have been lost in the fires of Partition. The discovery unleashes a global battle between the RAW, the ISI and the CIA, as each scrambles for control over a secret that would permanently swing global geopolitical power towards them. Innocent lives and intelligence assets built over decades are ruthlessly sacrificed for something far more valuable—control over the Indian subcontinent.

Everything is at stake until one man is forced to make an impossible choice—one that will decide the fate of the world.

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Tarun Mehrishi

Tarun Mehrishi is a lawyer from the National Law School in Bengaluru and a graduate of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. He has worked as a corporate lawyer with two of India's leading law firms, as the chief operating officer for a sports marketing company in Delhi, and as the head of consulting for India's leading sports marketing outfit. In addition to writing, Tarun is currently pursuing his other passion in entrepreneurship and is the co-founder of Astylos Energy, an EV start-up. Once an avid sportsperson, age and the lack of fitness have converted him into an avid golfer, one that is self-proclaimed as getting better each day. Tarun lives in Delhi with his wife, Aastha, and son, Shaurya, and his parents, Rajiv and Mira.

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