Quest for Kriya



Haunted By Tragic Loss In The India Earthquake, A Broken Shakti With A Tenuous Hold On Life Is Sheltered By Her Soul Sister Kriya But When Kriya Vanishes Without A Trace, Shakti Is Unwittingly Swept Into A Cataclysmic Vortex Of Greed, Lust And Betrayal Shakti Meets Shiva, A Struggling Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, And Discovers That Love Is An Enigmatic Cosmic Force Shakti And Shiva Are Thrust On A Frantic Race Against Time Through The Dark Mumbai Underbelly, Forbidden Thailand Islands, And Treacherous Cliffs In The Andaman Sea, Where Danger Lurks In Every Shadow As They Get Closer To The Truth, They Realize That Millions Of Innocent Lives Are At Stake Quest For Kriya Is An Epic Saga Of Love, Friendship And Sacrifice The Journey Is Incredible The Emotions Are Real The Transformation Is EternalQuest for Kriya

Rahul Deokar is the author of the bestselling thriller, Quest for Kriya Winner 2016 Beverly Hills Book Awards, Gold Medal 2016 eLit Book Awards, Finalist 2015 International Book Awards, and hailed as an extraordinary work , a true gem , a modern spiritual classic and a Zen of Oz philosophy toward the Light Rahul grew up in Juhu, a western suburb of Mumbai, India, famous for its sprawling beach and home to Bollywood celebrities He graduated with top honors from VJTI, one of the oldest founded in 1887 engineering colleges in Asia.He emigrated to USA as a student pursuing a Masters in Computer Engineering and later an MBA at Iowa State University, New York University, and Santa Clara University Rahul rode the customary rollercoaster start up journey in the Silicon Valley technology industry,being eventually acquired by a leading software company Today as a seasoned executive, the excitement of innovation and passion continue to enthrall him In his debut novel, he brings together two worlds, and takes you on a thrilling romantic adventure where East meets West, technology talks to tradition, and hope dances with despair He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his loving Wife 1.0 and two adorable kids.More information at

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  • Paperback
  • 282 pages
  • Quest for Kriya
  • Rahul Deokar
  • English
  • 10 April 2018
  • 0990516202

10 thoughts on “Quest for Kriya

  1. says:

    Intoxicating to the thrill loving reading taste buds Quest for Kriya marks an engrossing tale of mystery, love and sacrifices And my star rating says that I relished reading it.Story starts with the tragic scene of 1993 earthquake in Latur Shakti s life is shattered Her family is dead She has only one relative to support her They take her to their place Soon Shakti finds out that she is about to be sold by her relatives She runs away from there and reaches to Kriya who helps her At the Intoxicating to the thrill loving reading taste buds Quest for Kriya marks an engrossing tale of mystery, love and sacrifices And my star rating says that I relished reading it.Story starts with the tragic scene of 1993 earthquake in Latur Shakti s life is shattered Her family is dead She has only one relative to support her They take her to their place Soon Shakti finds out that she is about to be sold by her relatives She runs away from there and reaches to Kriya who helps her At the same time, Shiva, a product manager in Silicon Valley leaves his job to built his own company.They meet by accident and since then their life is never the same Meanwhile, One day after 10 years, Kriya is missing from Bombay Nobody has a clue of what has happened It is up to Shakti and Shiva to not only rescue Kriya from catastrophic events but also all the lives that are at the stake This is a story of romance, friendship andto that, mystery Danger is lurking everywhere Shakti and Shiva have never really confronted with such situations before but now they are left with no choices.These stories are told in an alternative fashion Reading this book, it doesn t seem as a debut novel The story smoothly engages you until the end The switch between the two paralleled stories is rip roaring Bit by bit, the story unfolds itself in a steady manner Character development is one of the great thing to watch for in it A lot of creativity could be seen in the language It was fast paced and yet detailed The build up was pretty good The action scene would leave you astonished The breath taking cover pays it all off All in all, I enjoyed reading Quest for Kriya

  2. says:

    Life for Shakti and Shiva, living on two ends of the earth, and the two main protagonists in Quest for Kriya, begins with an earthquake, shattering both lives Shakti picks up her life in Mumbai with the help of Kriya Fast forward ten years, Kriya is missing and Shakti, through powerful visions that give her the strength to go on, makes finding Kriya the quest of her being put on this earth She s a flight attendant and meets Shiva who s late for his flight.Shiva himself on cross roads, can nev Life for Shakti and Shiva, living on two ends of the earth, and the two main protagonists in Quest for Kriya, begins with an earthquake, shattering both lives Shakti picks up her life in Mumbai with the help of Kriya Fast forward ten years, Kriya is missing and Shakti, through powerful visions that give her the strength to go on, makes finding Kriya the quest of her being put on this earth She s a flight attendant and meets Shiva who s late for his flight.Shiva himself on cross roads, can never forget this chance encounter with a slender woman with lustrous skin and dark brown hair A rainbow colored halo shone all around her In her search for Kriya, Shakti is thrown into the dark world of violence and drugs that begins in Mumbai and ends in Thailand.Shiva has started a new start up that is financed by a man who insists that Shiva, Harry and Hong base their start up in Mumbai Shakti follows Kriya s trail to Thailand, and with Shiva manages to burn down a cocaine production just before a tsunami hits the Thai coast.Quest for Kriya starts slow in two corners of the world, both physically and socially Midway, it explodes into a fast paced thriller.In a sudden sweep of destiny, Shakti is left homeless and alone Kriya, the one person she knows in Mumbai, takes her in.On the other side of the world in San Francisco, Shiva, their last names are never revealed, wakes up to face an earthquake of his own We meet sexy Glee, who disappears soon after from the narrative, and Harry also without a last name for a long time Only the third part of this trio s, Hong, last name is mentioned Lee.The trio s pitch to a VC has flopped and they re desperate to get new financing to get their product off the ground.c Shiva is in Mumbai once again, visiting his parents and getting a business ready While trying to find the missing Kriya, Shakti gets a taste of the Mumbai world of organized crime There are a few surprises along the way, which set the stage for a fast paced thriller.The juxtaposition of great prose like Smoke meandered and discoed its way. and face fungus is off set by the few unfortunate ones held a scowl on his slanted mouth and I become a hostage who follows his whims There are abrupt flashbacks and awkward transitions These are overcome by the fabulous settings in Pukhet, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Lee.Quest for Kriya shows the shocking reality of the Bombay I grew up in Even then a ride on the bus was a traumatic experience for a young girl Sad thing is, four decades later, that situation has not changed This book was a journey down memory lane for me Nariman Point, Malabar Hill, Hanging Gardens, Towers of Silence are all places I was once familiar with.Deokar s portrayal of Rocky and Vicky is on the money It made me want to kick Rocky in the groin His absolute disregard for women is another frightening aspect of life in Mumbai It made me tear at my hair at the numerous times Shiva abandoned a presentation all for a good reason, of course There is a delicate touch of humor now and then The trio shows up in red kurta pajamas to an important presentation because they have no clean clothes.Shiva and Shakti personify lovers who are meant to be together and overcome enormous odds to finally do so The ending stumped me I thought it was too abrupt Then it made me wantAre they ever going to be together again Reviewed by Nalini at www.whisperingstories.com

  3. says:

    Combining the warm emotions of family and friendship with the cold, high tech corporate setting of Silicon Valley, Quest for Kriya pulls its readers into a compelling, vivid and intense mystery, and gives the story of two sisters Both were traumatized by an earthquake in India during the early Nineties Shakti is trying desperately to track down her beloved sister Kriya before she loses her forever, and with the help of her best friend Shiva, she ll be going on a worldwide journey to locate the Combining the warm emotions of family and friendship with the cold, high tech corporate setting of Silicon Valley, Quest for Kriya pulls its readers into a compelling, vivid and intense mystery, and gives the story of two sisters Both were traumatized by an earthquake in India during the early Nineties Shakti is trying desperately to track down her beloved sister Kriya before she loses her forever, and with the help of her best friend Shiva, she ll be going on a worldwide journey to locate the truth Quest for Kriya is amazing, and I highly recommend it

  4. says:

    I got a free copy for an honest review I m not a romance reader, and I agreed to read this book in my every day frenzy I thought it was a fantasy adventure and I missed the rom part So, it s not my genre This book is a big eventful adventure with a lot of drama.The story rolls well on with the characters that are well built.There s a part happening in Silicon Valley this is a second Silicon Valley romance book, written by a guy Is the life of computers so cold, one needs to warm it up I sm I got a free copy for an honest review I m not a romance reader, and I agreed to read this book in my every day frenzy I thought it was a fantasy adventure and I missed the rom part So, it s not my genre This book is a big eventful adventure with a lot of drama.The story rolls well on with the characters that are well built.There s a part happening in Silicon Valley this is a second Silicon Valley romance book, written by a guy Is the life of computers so cold, one needs to warm it up I smile , and some technical business babble, and one part in India But, for my taste there s a bit too much clich s and over the top culminations and expressions Also, writers, please don t list a lot of song titles, and bands who played them, describe rather a music Screenplays are different.This book is like a Bollywood film, mixing genres, and entertaining

  5. says:

    I really enjoyed Quest for Kriya by Rahul Deokar In my mind this book sort of falls into the category of an action packed epic that everyone can enjoy sort of like the Indiana Jones stories Quest for Kriya has incredible action, gut wrenching suspense, heartfelt romance and interesting characters that I was rooting for at the end I want to describe the book for you but I hesitate to give you too much detailed information as not to spoil the Ah Ha moments Mr Deokar has created a cast I really enjoyed Quest for Kriya by Rahul Deokar In my mind this book sort of falls into the category of an action packed epic that everyone can enjoy sort of like the Indiana Jones stories Quest for Kriya has incredible action, gut wrenching suspense, heartfelt romance and interesting characters that I was rooting for at the end I want to describe the book for you but I hesitate to give you too much detailed information as not to spoil the Ah Ha moments Mr Deokar has created a cast of believable characters like Shakti who experienced tragic events as a child in India and has started a new life thanks to her family friend Kriya You ll get to see what happens to Kriya as the story goes on Shiva lives in America and has stepped out on his own to create a new hi tech business with a couple of his buddies The two stories run parallel for a while and then intertwine Once the storylines come together it really kicks into high gear with a lot of action and energy, with much of it due to the evil deeds unleashed by the diabolical character named Rocky I really enjoyed the Rocky character as he is a slimy, dangerous drug dealer who has ties to organized crime throughout the country And the ending let me tell you It s a doozy Mr Deokar blends tragic, real world events into the ending that gives it a huge bang Get it Read it You won t be disappointed

  6. says:

    This starts off following a tragic earthquake in India in 1993 Shakti loses everything she knows and her world has crumbled She leaves to visit and old family friend, Kriya Shakti is emotionally and physically distraught, Kriya does her best to care for her and help her However, it all changes when Kriya disappears Shakti then meets Shiva, a businessman in San Francisco Danger lurks around every corner as they discover the mysteries that could endanger millions of lives I had a lot of t This starts off following a tragic earthquake in India in 1993 Shakti loses everything she knows and her world has crumbled She leaves to visit and old family friend, Kriya Shakti is emotionally and physically distraught, Kriya does her best to care for her and help her However, it all changes when Kriya disappears Shakti then meets Shiva, a businessman in San Francisco Danger lurks around every corner as they discover the mysteries that could endanger millions of lives I had a lot of trouble getting into this book because I feel like there are a lot of unnecessary details I am one of those readers who does not love all the details However, the details are beautifully described and it s the type of thing my husband would love The imagery of it is amazing as everything is described However, I have trouble getting into books that are written like this, but I think that s just a reader s opinion This author is very skilled in writing and the cover is gorgeous I recommend this book, especially if you enjoy beautifully written details

  7. says:

    I must say, it is absolutely fantastic for a first time author This book has all the elements of a block buster bollywood movie..this is a story of a girl guy next doorof their dreamsof love at first sightof hardship.of successof failureandApart from the entertaining factor, there is an underlying message, message of the eternal truth, truth of triumph of good over evil..Lord Krishna says in Bhagvad Gita Dharma sampsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge. , makes me wonde I must say, it is absolutely fantastic for a first time author This book has all the elements of a block buster bollywood movie..this is a story of a girl guy next doorof their dreamsof love at first sightof hardship.of successof failureandApart from the entertaining factor, there is an underlying message, message of the eternal truth, truth of triumph of good over evil..Lord Krishna says in Bhagvad Gita Dharma sampsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge. , makes me wonder if that meant that the God within a common man awakens to fight the unrighteousness This is a story of one such young girl, a survivor, a fighter, a winner who overcomes many challenges, fights with extraordinary courage, not just to protect her own people, but to protect the people of her city A very well told story that takes a reader through ups and down

  8. says:

    Quest for Kriya is a fantastic thriller which kept me at the edge of my seat throughout the book The author has done a nice job at narration which mixes fiction with real time events I liked the way the story is told as you can relate with some of the incidents that happened in history and how that would play on the minds of those affected in such events The main characters, Shakti and Shiva are well developed throughout the story with a deep soul and intriguing past, complete with their feel Quest for Kriya is a fantastic thriller which kept me at the edge of my seat throughout the book The author has done a nice job at narration which mixes fiction with real time events I liked the way the story is told as you can relate with some of the incidents that happened in history and how that would play on the minds of those affected in such events The main characters, Shakti and Shiva are well developed throughout the story with a deep soul and intriguing past, complete with their feelings and lessons There is diversity and depth with all the characters in the book which in fact reflects the reality of the people we encounter in our lives.Overall, I felt the author did a great job and left some intriguing unanswered questions which would make you to want

  9. says:

    I was drawn to The Quest for Kriya by the names of some of the protagonists Shiva, Shakti, and so on I had imagined that it would explore deep issues, and make interesting mythological or religious connections The preview passage that you get to see onand elsewhere tends to support this idea The opening chapter, set around one person s terrible experiences of the 1993 Latur earthquake in India, was very successful at drawing me in and built up a lot of promise.But we then jump to what I was drawn to The Quest for Kriya by the names of some of the protagonists Shiva, Shakti, and so on I had imagined that it would explore deep issues, and make interesting mythological or religious connections The preview passage that you get to see onand elsewhere tends to support this idea The opening chapter, set around one person s terrible experiences of the 1993 Latur earthquake in India, was very successful at drawing me in and built up a lot of promise.But we then jump to what might vaguely be called an earthquake like change in another character s life in the United States The parallel was loose, seeing as how the person concerned only lost their job, and was therefore motivated to start something new Compared to losing one s home, family, friends and neighbours, suffering betrayal, and having to relocate to Mumbai, this seemed kind of lightweight, but I think the purpose was to set up friendships and enmities which would persist through the rest of the book.From here on, though, the story suddenly diverted into a long, complex plot all about crime syndicates and drug dealers in India and nearby countries Our two protagonists manage to break all this up almost without meaning to, by successfully threading their way through a series of amazing coincidences Their rather bumbling approach to the whole affair mysteriously carries the day, aided by timely intervention from friends and well wishers.The plot is suspended between two cataclysms the above mentioned Latur earthquake and the 2004 Asian tsunami and this basic device worked very well But I got a bit lost in the intervening drug dealer story and didn t find the rather gooey romance between the male and female leads very believable They seemed never able to get beyond a kind of adolescent idealisation of each other into acredible and adult relationship Insofar as the characters developed at all, they basically learned to conform to a set of behaviours and expectations set up by others This is not a story of individuation or self actualisation, but rather it is one of submission to external norms As a result, everyone s emotional responses are very muted, as they increasingly take on board the philosophical position that nothing should disturb one s equanimity, and in the long run over many lifetimes everything will pan out for the best.On the plus side, the book has been extremely well and carefully prepared, and for all of its heavy reliance on coincidence, the plot does keep moving along I couldn t say if it accurately reflects police practice in the various countries, but to a casual reader it seems credible And the basic structural device of hanging the story between two Asian natural disasters was a really compelling feature.I guess my main difficulty was the mismatch of expectations If there are parallels with any of the original tales of Shiva and Shakti, they are extremely well veiled You will find little of the lively and authentic passion of the Khumarasambhavam, for example The protagonists potential for spirituality or real emotional engagement seems to be increasingly marginalised through the story, rather than liberated I felt let down by the ways in which these two protagonists conducted themselves, given that their names hold so much mythological weight.So, if you go in expecting a pacy crime plot set mostly in Asia, you will probably enjoy Quest for Kriya If, like me, you were looking for something withcosmic depths and resonances, it is best to revise your expectations and just go with the flow of what s there.This review was originally written for the New Podler Review of Books

  10. says:

    First of all a huge thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of the book and giving me an opportunity to get acquainted with his work Quest for kriya is a thriller ride at the core of it but to be honest it takes a lot of build up time to reach that point where you are right in the middle of the action and you know exactly what is happening The basic tone of the book is a bit monochromatic which means the pace follows one path You won t find sudden turbulence or track change Yet witFirst of all a huge thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of the book and giving me an opportunity to get acquainted with his work Quest for kriya is a thriller ride at the core of it but to be honest it takes a lot of build up time to reach that point where you are right in the middle of the action and you know exactly what is happening The basic tone of the book is a bit monochromatic which means the pace follows one path You won t find sudden turbulence or track change Yet with the way things unfold makes it smooth sail and delightful readTwo things that I noticed in the book are, the book consumes a lot of space to give background details It flutters to flashbacks and in flashbacks, there are kind of too many background information to grasp on So I would advise to not skim through the book as you might miss out on a lot of background details that could give youclues towards the book and it s charactersSecondly I noticed the language which can be a bit on the adorned side The author has used his creative aesthetics with his language and in my review language I call it a bit elaborate Those who love their language will be able to enjoy it while those of who like me who enjoy simpler language will take a while to get into the flow of narration but in either case it is a great support factor to the book.In whole I loved the book because yes after the initial build ups and gradual preparations towards the main events the book does catch up brilliantly and makes for a fantastic read

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