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January, 2022: A dark monstrous twin-headed apparition – Apophis – feverishly races past the expanse of the Milky Way galaxy and bolts to the edge of the solar system. Recklessly accelerating, the sinister rock-dyad enters the gravitational keyhole of the blue planet and continues its resolute inebriated journey – to soon arrive with an apocalyptic impact on Earth.

December, 2012: Five sentient beings born in different cities – New York, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Azores Islands and Istanbul, discover amongst haunting memories of their phantasmal past lives, that it is their destiny to save humanity from the evil forces unleashed by the alien fiends – the Skyllats.

And now, the reincarnated 9-year-olds must rely on their shared, ancient wisdom to prepare humanity for the war across the galaxy that is imminent.

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About me

Raj Anand

Savinder Raj Anand is an architect and has been teaching Architecture & Design at various Universities in India for more than 12 years. A long-distance runner with a wanderlust to explore the world, and write stories that traverse across diverse cultures. He lives in Goa with his daughter, a dog, and two cats.

Inspired by his then 18-month-old daughter – when she quoted Socrates – while they together sat in a children’s bookstore in Bangalore (LIGHTROOM) in early January of 2015, he has completed this – his first book – as she turns 7 years old.

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What Readers say

“1400 years is a long time to wait for December 21, 2012!”

And I could not put the book down…

Written passionately and restlessly-paced, ‘Apophis’ binds beautifully science and philosophy. It has intrigue and solemnity. I found myself teamed up with the five sentient beings, as they journey through the impossible to realise their destiny… and every bit of it, amazing!

- Anupma Gajwani

Being an avid reader when Raj mentioned that he had written a book, I was more than happy to start reading the mighty manuscript, albeit without much expectation.

From the moment the story "bit" I was transported into the lives of the 5 sentient beings (children), their trials & tribulations and the mix of science & historical fiction was exhilarating.

Raj has made the story flow seamlessly from the past to the present to the future & written a page turner that had me gasping at times at the scale & the vision of the story. All backed up by an amazing depth of research.

An absolute delight, this book has me wanting more from the author.

- Mihir Tewari

Having been an ardent fan of the Harry Potter and the Lord of the ring series, I am delighted to start the journey into another series of the same genre.

Taking it a step further, Raj has found the sweet spot between science fiction and philosophy, and backed it by rigorous historical research, adding an unprecedented depth to the storyline.

I love the characters and the story line which resonates both with the young kid in me who loves Sci-Fi, and the adult who enjoys exploring philosophies of different places and cultures.

- Dr. Anvita Arora

When Raj gave me the book to read, I just couldn’t keep it down from the word go. I managed to finish it in five straight days. The story took me on a journey with the children, where each aspect of their adventures was so vividly written. It was as if I was on the journey with them.

The book is so exciting and nail biting. Although science fiction it ties the story vividly to our historical past. I found the book revolutionary, just wanted to go inside the book and live the story myself.

Absolutely privileged to have read the book. Can’t wait for the next!

- Swati Singh Narang

Congratulations to my friend Raj Anand for accomplishing this book we had all been waiting for… he shared the draft with me about a year ago and I must tell you that it is one of the most exciting Science Fiction & Philosophy books I have read in a very long time. Am so excited about the launch …

- Manish Gulati


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