Chief Minister’s Mistress

Chief Minister’s Mistress

Chief Minister Ravindra Pratap Singh waited for his wife Sunita’s counter. Sunita didn’t bluff. Sunita waited until she had you cold, then she let you have it, right between the eyes.
“Ravindra,” she said grimly, “I have information that a certain young woman has re-appeared in this city – “
“Damn it, Sunita!”
“ – who supposedly had left this city for good – “
“Do you really think – “
“ – and if you see her, if you speak to her, if you so much as utter her name in my presence….”
He slumped down in his chair.
“….I will pack my bags and leave!”
Ravindra Pratap leaned back in his chair, studied the ceiling, then sighed inwardly. His face remained inscrutable. For a moment he thought he heard the silence broken by the “Hang the rapists now!” chant from the protesters outside the CM’s residence, but he guessed it was only his imagination, for his home office was soundproof. But not wifeproof.
“Don’t threaten me, Sunita,” he said smoothly, once again putting to test his favorite strategy of going on the offensive when cornered.
“It’s not a threat, it’s a fact.”
“You’d be insane to leave. You went through a lot to get here.”
“Perhaps that was the insanity, Ravindra. The fact is that if I left, my life would improve in every way that matters, whereas your life, insofar as politics is your life, which it is and always will be, would become rather difficult. Think about that, Ravindra, and perhaps you’ll make your plans for this evening rather carefully.”
She smiled and left the office room. Ravindra Pratap sat frowning at his desk and pondered his next move. She had him by the throat – he knew it and she knew it too. She could destroy him, just by walking out and filing for divorce, and he wouldn’t put it past her, not for a minute. Yet he found himself smiling, savoring the challenge. Somehow, he thought, he could control the situation, could get what he wanted, as he always had. The immediate problem, he decided, was not Sunita, who had said her piece, but Priyanka, his mistress, who was waiting to say hers. You always let people talk. Friend or foe, you gave them their say. Ravindra Pratap grinned at the madness of it all, and reached for the phone.

(Published by Fingerprint Publishing / Prakash Books and available on Amazon and uRead, among others)

Chief Ministers Mistress

Chief Minister’s Mistress Is Everywhere

The marketing team of Fingerprint Publishing / ‘Prakash Books’ has shared with me photos of my new thriller “Chief Minister’s Mistress” pasted in bookstores in Delhi. Difficult to describe the feelings of pleasure/happiness and the sense of achievement I am presently experiencing … .

Photo of eight different bookstores inwhich windows the book of Joygopal Podder is placed.


More statements in newspapers and blogs throughout the country:

# Chief Minister’s Mistress is readable…having written 16 books in five years, author Joygopal Podder seems to have gotten his formula down pat. – Shantanu David, “The Indian Express”
# Joygopal Podder has definitely written a great page-turner. Right from the first page…the book goes on in the same fast pace and doesn’t let you lose interest. – Abhilash Ruhela Blog / DNA of Books.blogspot / Indiblogger / booksareworld.blogspot
# Rarely does one comes across this kind of combination for book lovers. An author who holds the Limca Book of Records for writing at the fastest pace and a publisher who delivers the best. We expect a crime thriller to have a mind blowing speed and this particular book doesn’t disappoint you on this quarter. Ratings….Cover : 4/5; Story : 3.5/5; Characterization : 4/5; Writing Style & Narration : 4/5; Presentation : 4/5; Overall : 4/5. – Sandeep Sharma, “The Author’s Blog”
# “Interesting and gripping novel….all the very best”. – Nilima Pathak, Correspondent, ‘Gulf News’ Dubai
# “Chief Minister’s Mistress is a masterpiece murder mystery… I thoroughly enjoyed the political thriller.” – Gunjesh Bond, Author
# Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
# The author uses straight forward narrative…He uses very simple language throughout the book…The story is interesting. – Vijayta Lalwani,
# Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars

(Recently released by Fingerprint Publishing / ‘Prakash Books’. Available at a book shop near you and in all online bookstores. Happy Reading!)

Featured cover photo of Chief Ministers Mistress by Joygopal Podder

Just saw this very heart-warming latest book review of my new thriller “Chief Minister’s Mistress”, recently released by Fingerprint Publishing / ‘Prakash Books’.
Ratings……Cover : 4/5; Story : 3.5/5; Characterization : 4/5; Writing Style & Narration : 4/5; Presentation : 4/5; Overall : 4/5.

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How I met Priti

Photo of The Podder Family

With less than six weeks to go for elder daughter’s wedding, my mind goes back almost 26 years to when I first met her mother.

It was at a late evening terrace dance party on top of a house in south Delhi. Friends and sisters Pushpa and Prabha Nair lived there on the top floor and had organised the party for their close friends (many of us did not know many of the others before this party).

I had strutted in wearing a leather jacket and, as my future wife told me many years later, had immediately put off Priti (who was standing in a corner of the terrace sipping a soft drink) with my ‘I am a stud’ swagger. She had cast one disgusted look at me and averted her eyes. I, on the other hand, could not stop staring at this cute looking elfin-type girl in the oversized yellow pullover the moment I laid my eyes on her. (We have been debating ever since whether it was Priti or her yellow pullover which first attracted me, since it was I who mostly wore the sweater during the first few years after our marriage.)

With five years of heavy duty partying behind me (ever since I got my first job and company car) I was not short on confidence. I walked up to Priti and with my (well practiced) charmer’s smile asked her for a dance. I extended a hand for hers before she could think of refusing. We spent the whole evening dancing and talking, and I taught her my favorite ‘box dance’, which has been a family favorite ever since. We were married just four months later.

Our daughters Panvi and Piya cannot believe that their now very ‘propah’ and rapidly graying parents were such swingers even into their late twenties, but that’s the way it was….

Chief Ministers Mistress

Chief Ministers Mistress

AN EXTRACT FROM MY NEW BOOK Chief Ministers Mistress: When Detective Inspector Badrish Sharma uncovered the body, the man cried out and fell to his knees. He reached out and touched the woman’s face, then gasped at the chill of her skin, at the reality of death. He knelt beside her, pale, tears welling in his eyes, whispering something that might have been her name.

Badrish Sharma watched it all professionally. He had watched such scenes a thousand times. He had seen hysteria, laughter, fainting, shock, anger, fear, heart attacks, and, occasionally, the little signs – too much emotion or too little, nervousness, ill-concealed delight – by which killers sometimes gave themselves away. This man Rajat Verma’s grief seemed real enough. Which meant absolutely nothing.

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National Record Certificate from LBR

Friends, it’s been a journey of 5 years and 15 books, but well worth it. This is my National Record Certificate from LBR (received today)……


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The crow and the rabbit

I found this very profound; so sharing (below). Wish friends a nice weekend.
A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A rabbit asked him: “Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?” The crow answered: “Sure, why not.” So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow and rested.
A fox jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very high up.

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