Bunker 13

Novel , 2001

Bunker 13: A Novel is a 2003 novel about an Indian journalist working on a weekly news magazine, who is investigating reports of corruption in some rogue outfits in the Indian army in the Kashmir sector. Drugs, sex and espionage are the central themes and is the first novel by Aniruddha Bahal. It achieved international attention and positive reviews. The first edition was published June 2, 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (ISBN 0374117306). It received Bad Sex in Fiction Award by Literary Review magazine.

Aniruddha Bahal’s Bunker 13 is a drugs, sex and espionage nail-biter on the Indo-Pak border. Published by Faber & Faber of London, the book promises to be one of the biggest fiction titles of the year worldwide. After two years he is ready with a Tehelka of the publishing kind!

Prolog (Fragments)

" Investigative journalist Aniruddha Bahal’s first novel Bunker 13 has created a sensation in the literary world and promises to be one of the biggest fiction titles of the year worldwide. Aniruddha Bahal is no stranger to fame and controversy. In 1997, as a sports writer of a national weekly, Bahal wrote a string of exclusives about match-fixing within Indian cricket that resulted in some players being thrown out of the team. "

‘Before he wrote Bunker 13, Aniruddha Bahal had an extraordinary career as an investigative reporter with the controversial website Tehelka, best known for a sting operation that caught several Indian defense officials on the take. TIME talked with Bahal about his transition from journalism to fiction.
TIME: Tehelka means "sensation" in Hindi, and the site has lived up to its name. Your most sensational story came in 2001, when you filmed government officials taking bribes. .’