Rupa Publications to publish Curse of the Blue Sapphire by Avik Davar


A rich Delhi socialite dies, leaving behind a peculiar will. To inherit his estate, his wife Gurleen Rambal must confess to an infidelity and name the father of her only son, or face expropriation. But, the gritty and honourable Gurleen spurns the will and loses all her wealth. Even her son deserts her, but not before making her take a huge loan to help him settle in the US.  

Picture Credit: Rupa
Picture Credit: Rupa

Down yet defiant, Gurleen begins life afresh as a taxi driver on the streets of Delhi where, not long ago, she was driven around in her Bugatti and Rolls Royce. Just when she thinks the worst is over, fate kicks her down again when she faces manslaughter charges for saving a foreign tourist from a lecherous taxi driver. An unusual friendship between Gurleen and inspector Chameli Singh gives her a new lease on life, and the two women gang up to win it all back for Gurleen. However, hurdles confront her at every turn, for her journey is cursed by the ancient blue sapphire locket that she carries with her at all times. Will the locket with the ancient spell, carried forward from the time of the last Maharajah of Punjab, Duleep Singh, son of Maharajah Ranjit Singh, hold the answers to all her troubles?


By profession, S.V. DIVVAAKAR is an independent evaluator and advisor to the United Nations agencies and governments, helping build a better world, a better tomorrow, for all. Writing under his nom de plume, Avik Davar, which is an anagram of his real name, his stories draw from his extensive travel (he has been to over a hundred countries) and his first-hand experience of the rich diversity of the world and its people, besides a collection of real-life incidents that are stranger than fiction.

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