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A review of Sacred Games (the book)

This post contains spoilers. Please don’t read if you haven’t watched the Netflix series or haven’t read the book, and would like to enjoy the story with all its twists and turns.

Ganesh Gaitonde is dead. Ganesh Gaitonde, once one of the most ruthless and feared gangsters of the Mumbai Underworld, has killed himself while hiding in an impenetrable fortress he had built for himself.

Ganesh Gaitonde is dead, but in Vikram Chandra’s Sacred Games, he continues to speak from beyond his grave. He talks about his birth as a gangster, the people he killed, the power he acquired over the years, his atheism, and his subsequent religiousness when he met his guru. Then he talks about his insecurities, his escapades, his time in jail, his lost family, his friend Jojo and his mistress Zoya. He relives his entire life through such recollections from beyond.

Sartaj Singh, on the other hand, is an ordinary police inspector, thank you very much. He is divorced from his wife, and spends his time catching small time criminals along with his constable Katekar. He’s not very ambitious, this Sartaj Singh. He is content with his life. He does not want any more excitement in his life. He’s had enough. Perhaps his apathy towards his job is what makes him a favorite of his superior Parulkar, who doesn’t find himself threatened at all by sharing his secrets with him, and even once gifts him a pair of ridiculously expensive Italian shoes.

However, an absurd twist of fate brings him face to face with the formidable gangster. Gaitonde called him, of all people, to tell him the story of his life while holed up in a nuclear fallout shelter (really). Sartaj is impatient. He wants Gaitonde and he wants him now. So he hires a bulldozer to slice through the ramparts and goes inside. Gaitonde, clearly wanting to keep talking, commits suicide to escape capture.

It is evident that Chandra has done his homework while researching for the plot and the characters. Instead of simply opting for black-and-white personalities, he has worked hard to imbibe shades of gray to each person. By conveniently failing to mention any date whatsoever (the only hints are the mentions of the Babri Masjid demolition and Mumbai blasts, and later, references to contemporary Bollywood movies), he has managed to create a timeless masterpiece of a book.

Not all is hunky-dory with the text though. At 925+ pages, Sacred Games is not a small book by any measure. For an action-packed thriller, the novel moves with a leisurely pace of A Suitable Boy rather than the highly energetic one of Gone Girl. There are too many subplots, too many irrelevant characters, and too many superfluous words… One wonders whether the story arcs free of such fluff would have been much better? (The answer is yes.)

Chandra has worked hard writing this book. A little too hard in my opinion. He has written elaborate back stories for each of his characters… even minor ones like Sartaj’s mother and Anjali Mathur’s mentor at RAW… and has felt the need to include everything in the text. None of these stories add any weight to the main plot and only serve as needless distractions. Personally, I feel that there is enough material in Sacred Games for two, totally independent novels.

Two of the most underrated characters in the book have got to be the Mascarenas sisters – Jojo and Mary. (None of whom, sadly, find much mention in the TV series.) Jojo is easily the one with the most spunk in the entire novel. This multitasking, foul-mouthed, cracker of a woman ostensibly finds herself in a long-distance platonic relationship with Gaitonde. Her unfiltered conversations with the gangster are crucial for some of his hardest realizations in the story.

Mary’s budding romance with Sartaj in the later part of the book provides a welcome distraction from all the violence happening all around, and for once does contribute to the overall story.

The climax, again, is a sluggish, sordid affair. The police surrounds the bungalow, the culprits are caught, and the threat to national security is eliminated. That’s all. After reading more than 900 pages of boring text interspersed with action-packed sequences, one is certainly left wanting for more.

There’s more, no doubt. But hey, it’s the entire backstories of yet another couple of minor characters. :(

Sacred Games is a fine novel, but sadly nothing more. It is an ordinary Magnum Opus, completely run-of-the-mill. Enjoyable yes, but only in parts. There are many sections in the book where you either want to rush through, or simply skip altogether. And it’s not your fault!

Given all its shortcomings though, is Sacred Games a masterpiece? Funny as it may sound, but I have to say yes. It’s a great story, only that it’s narration has fizzled out a bit. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t apply the power of your imagination and enjoy it up to the hilt.

Give it a shot!


In totally Vikram Chandra style—Inset. What prompted me to read this book, and write this review.

The first I heard about Vikram Chandra’s Sacred Games (rather, the first I heard about Vikram Chandra) was when Netflix came out with a series with the same name, and which opened to rave reviews from critics and viewers alike. I binge-watched it during a train journey to Amritsar last year and generally agreed with the majority about its gripping plot, its vivid characters, and its portrayal of Mumbai as a gangsta-heaven of the 80’s. The show was a hit. It made the likes of Ganesh Gaitonde and Sartaj Singh household names, spawned a new string of memes on social media, and for me personally, increased the respect I had for Nawazuddin Siddiqui as an actor. It was great.

Now, whenever I watch a screen adaptation of any novel or a short story, I just have to read the text too. I find reading a lot more enjoyable than any visual medium. The experience of watching a movie or a TV show is limited by budget allotted to it, but when you read a gripping story, there’s no limit to your imagination! So I checked out how the book was received when it had been released in 2006. I was surprised to find out that even though the book was highly anticipated (and had got Mr. Chandra one of the highest advances ever by the publisher), it had flopped. There was no denying it. It had a rating of less than 4 on GoodReads, and its online reviews were less than flattering. I was terribly confused.

Nevertheless, I purchased the book and started reading. From the first few pages itself I realized that Netflix’s Sacred Games is very different from Vikram Chandra’s. Hence an unduly critical reading. Hence this review.