Escape To Nowhere is loosely based on a true incident, which was in the news in , surrounding the disappearance of a high ranked intelligence officer, after being suspected of espionage against the country. As the investigation probes deeper, irrefutable evidence against the suspect comes to light, pointing to his being found guilty of stealing highly classified data. For the Agency, this throws open a sea of hard debates and decisions regarding handling of the situation. As they ponder over getting him to confess through the use of physical force, or letting him walk away free, the Chief of the agency is pressured for an appropriate response, and for Jeevnathan, it is a challenge to maintain peace in the department, and keep the watchers from getting off course.
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Escape to Nowhere by Amar Bhushan. A whistleblower nervously drops in to share his suspicion about a senior colleague's involvement in espionage with Jeevnathan, head of the security division of the Agency, India's External Intelligence Service. An inquiry is promptly launched and Ravi, the suspect is placed under an elaborate regime of surveillance.
The investigation subsequently throws up a huge amount of A whistleblower nervously drops in to share his suspicion about a senior colleague's involvement in espionage with Jeevnathan, head of the security division of the Agency, India's External Intelligence Service. The investigation subsequently throws up a huge amount of evidence, showing the suspect stealing sensitive data.
As panic sets in, investigators acrimoniously debate whether to allow the suspect to walk free or physically force him to own up his crime. For Jeevnathan, the problem also is how to keep the tiring watchers going and persuade an edgy Chief to stay on course. As the story enters 96th Day, paradoxical consequences follow. Loosely inspired by a true incident that took place in when a senior intelligence officer suspected of being a spy for decades vanished, the story also treats us to a rare insight into the state of security awareness of employees in the Agency, constrains in conducting aggressive operations, pitfalls in liaison relationship, competing interests of intelligence services, hazards in co-ordination of intelligence inputs and the Kashmir imbroglio.
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Before writing this review, some advance disclaimers. I was one of the discussants at the launch of this book in May or was it June , which was published by the same publisher that brought out my debut book. However, I have not interacted with the author before or after the event. I revisited the book some weeks ago, as it is one of the few 'insider' accounts of an intelligence agency that This review is part of my resolve to write consistently about debut Indian authors and their debut books.
I revisited the book some weeks ago, as it is one of the few 'insider' accounts of an intelligence agency that must remain ever so discreet that it might evoke gross circumspection at times. Interacting with some illustrious ex heads of the agency, I was told that the success record of our intelligence agency is a lot more impressive than the public cares to believe.
Unfortunately, successes cannot be trumpeted, while failures come to the limelight and can not be brushed under. The story is about the defection of an Indian intelligence officer who was a double agent. But do not expect to find a plot that takes you to exotic locales in Switzerland,Columbia etc.
You only get as far as Nepal, that too in a jeep. Don't look for someone wanting to assasinate the head of state etc. No, there's no vamp either. Well, there is one, without action. The book is more about the red tape inside the agency and the frustration of a diligent intelligence team that doesnt get support or clear directions from above.
It is a babu versus field operative conflict in all its Indian richness. What they achieve despite the resistance, if true, is already a good mark for the state of our intelligence folks.
I loved the part dealing with covert internal surveillance of colleagues under the needle of suspicion. Realising that the book was written by someone who is not a trained writer, I would say it is a good first book, rich with facts, written like a diary because it is probably based on diary notings.
You will then be able to appreciate the book lot more. I give it three stars for the honesty and the guts shown by an insider who chose to write about the folly. I think I recogised the author in the story. Maybe you will too. Aug 26, Amit Tyagi rated it did not like it. Hardly worth a read, unless you are interested in a garrulous self serving defense of a discredited RAW officer written in the form of a daily diary.
Jan 20, Raghu rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There are books written by many investigative journalists which unravel the mystery behind the spectacular life of espionage of renowned spies like Kim Philby of MI6, Markus Wolfe of the Stasi, Aldrich Ames of the CIA and so on.
I have read B. Raman, who retired from RAW and wrote newspaper columns on security There are books written by many investigative journalists which unravel the mystery behind the spectacular life of espionage of renowned spies like Kim Philby of MI6, Markus Wolfe of the Stasi, Aldrich Ames of the CIA and so on.
Raman, who retired from RAW and wrote newspaper columns on security issues, mention that R. Kao, who used to head RAW in the s, being regarded as one of the top six spy masters in the world during his time by the French Intelligence service. Unfortunately, the book is such a damp squib, leaving the reader with the impression that RAW is just a bureaucratic and inept organization, hobbled by a whole lot of constraints and lack of security awareness among its own employees!
The book starts by laying the background to the suspicion that Ravi Mohan proxy for Roben Singh was copying documents from RAW and taking them home for possible transfer to a foreign agent.
This happens inside the first thirty pages and then till page , it is a boring narrative of secretly watching him, taping him, recording him and more watching and recording him and so on. Perhaps, real life spy craft is just drab, unexciting and repetitive like this rather than the dashing adventure of blondes, brunettes and redheads that one sees in the Bond movies.
But this is purported to be a novel, rather than a memoir. So, the author has the freedom to embellish the novel with a bit of his imagination. Instead he chooses to be a poor story teller as he goes on endlessly spitting out the dull conversations between the RAW officials, looking for concrete evidence to nail Ravi Mohan. It seems as though the author just wanted to write a memoir on this case by just changing the names.
In the end, there is really no indication as to the nature of the sensitivity of the documents that Ravi Mohan had transferred to the foreign agent.
So, one is left with the impression that a rather incompetent, two-bit spy in RAW did some treachery by transferring material to foreigners and then escaped easily through Nepal even as he was under watch by RAW all along.
The book has the usual tone of retired and disgruntled govt officials and bureaucrats in painting a dismal picture of the departments they worked for. The only passage in the book where there is some perceptive observation is in the Epilogue when the author writes about investigative journalism.
In both cases, building an asset is a tortuous process, fraught with prospects of frequent failures. It demands enormous investments and painstaking efforts over a long period of time.
But, who has the time and patience to pick the chaff from the grain..? Overall, a disappointing book. Apr 14, Pushkar Joshi rated it really liked it. This book gives us insights in the celebrated intelligence agency of India. It's very much realistic. Writer claims the book to be based on true story A search on Google about the case after reading the book confirms this claim.
Because it is being written by a formal bureaucrat and it is meant to be informative, we should not spent much time in criticizing it with literary genres. It is evident that the characters are inspired by real people to whom the writer was close. A suspected espionage agent is a highly ranked officer of the agency. He is kept under surveillance by an officer. The story unfolds his espionage activities.
The title gives the hint of the ending. What is more pleasing about the book is that it gives us the firsthand account of the agency's working.
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Post a comment. One of the most-known cases of infiltration involved an officer named Rabinder Singh who in fled to the US via Kathmandu, taking his wife with him. At that time, C. Sahay did not escape lightly either. Escape To Nowhere is literature and in the guise of fiction, albeit thinly disguised, Amar Bhushan attempts to explain not justify his actions.
Escape to Nowhere
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Rabinder Singh, a joint secretary, disappeared from Delhi though he was under hour surveillance. The former Indian Army officer's disappearing act was as dramatic as was his spying career. But even as he made a safe getaway, a couple of eleventh hour mistakes he and his handler made helped the Indians to realize that the man had flown to the US under the protection of the CIA, whose agent he was. The book under review is meant to be fiction; but it is clearly THE story of the traitor, his spying career, how he came to be suspected, how RAW's counter-espionage unit mounted a major surveillance on him, how the civilian brass at the highest level wanted the surveillance ended because they did not want anything to spike India-US ties, how the committed ones in RAW continued to keep a watch on the spy, and how, sadly, he got away via Nepal.