“Vijay stuck his ear on the door and pressed the eye of the cobra as if he pressed a button, he heard a latch unfasten itself. Immediately the two halves of the door started to slide in their respective sides. With a creaking noise the legendary door slid open.”
The story of “The Relic” revolves around the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala – the treasure it holds and the mystery around it. The tale begins with the government trying to find out whether the money had been misappropriated;
Vijay an intelligence bureau officer, is sent with orders to open a secret vaults of the Shri Padmanabhaswamy temple; He finds ways to open the vault and is particularly fascinated by a pot he finds in a metal box amid heaps of golden ornaments and precious gems.
After completing the formal investigations, he sets out to find out for himself the secret behind the pot.
The Relic is a journey of the officer on his quest to unravel the mystery behind the pot and incorporated into the plot is the intrigue of the Aghoris in Banaras – some of them practice rituals that are gory and grisly.
It talks of ascetics and their divine yogic powers, through which they could teleport their souls into other people’s bodies. It also talks about astrology and also warns how people in the modern world are being misled by fake astrologers.
The story also incorporates Vijay’s personal life and his curious past and is both a thriller and an insightful glimpse into a protagonist’s mind.
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