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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Post 20: Book Review 15: Mumbaistan By Piyush Jha

Title:  Mumbaistan
Author:  Piyush Jha
Date:  2012
Publisher:   Rupa Publication
Price: Rs. 195

I would like to begin by thanking the kind words and belief in me that the author of this book Piyush Jha sir, displayed when he first read reviews on this blog and decided to get this book reviewed by me. Its this motivation that boosts me. 

SNAPSHOT: This book is a collection of three stories, crime thrillers Bomb Day, Injectionwala and Coma Man set in the backdrop of Mumbai. The stories keep one guessing till the end and twists are too good.

The Book:  This novel is a collection of three different stories, each in the backdrop of Amchi Mumbai. The first story Bomb Day begins with a love story of a prostitute with a normal guy, who turns out to be police agent on a mission. As the name suggests the mission is to stop a bomb-blast being planned by terrorits at a prime location in Mumbai. All that is known is that RDX is being entering the city recently. The prostitute in the story holds importance as the chief suspect of these terrorist activities is in love with her. On the day of their nikah however there are terrible turn of events and she discovers the truth about him. Will she now help him or her ex-lover(the suspected terrorist) in their mission? Will the police be able to find out what place is being bombed? What will happen when terrorits come to know about everything? Who will succeed and who gets killed? This story has been my personal favourite. It is rightly the first story that gets you on to gripping the book till u finish the last line.

The second story, equally interesting is about "organ trafficking", a topic that one normally cant stop reading about. This story revolves around the entire scam and the entire heirarchy of traders that are involved in the same. It begins with a murder of the chief doctor involved, by a man who is in love with his daughter. He does this only to revenge his fathers death, who was caught in the kidney racquet by the same criminal doctor. When he confesses it to her, she forgives him if he promises to kill every person involved. Then begins the most interesting phase as layer by layer each individual involved is unmasked. Parallely another story runs, of the police inspector involved, a kohli(fisherman) by caste, who missed enginnering and worked his way up to be in Mumbai from his earlier posting areas where someone was posted only as a punishment. The hunt for the criminal, his motivation, all of these take him through a journey of soul searching, bringing him close to his true inner self. This results in a great twist at the end of the story and the way the world shall remember "The Injectionwala".

The thirs story is Coma Man, as the name suggests a man who was in coma, Samir Khanna, recovers after 20 years! The nurse taking care of him as everyday talks to him, as if to herself about a birthday party. He wakes up from his 20 year sleep remembering only that it was his wife's birthday. However this mans presence in the hospital is important and is kept a secret, known to only a few. Now comes into picture another man Raghu, whose father's death is a mystery only known to 'coma man'. Howvere Sammer escapes the hospital in search for his wife, whose birthday falls on that day. Raghu is on a hunt for Sameer. As he begins his serch his memory comes in bits that he was caught in fire that burnt his company in the Hindu-Muslim riots. However that wasn't where he died. He survived as he was moved out of there and attacked elsewhere. Will Sameer find his wife? Will he remember everything? Will he help Raghu reach his dad's murderer? How far would the Coma man go to recover all that is lost in 20 years???

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The Verdict!!!
Positives :  All the three storylines are very powerful and can draw one into it. 

Negatives: The  book has some Mumbaiya words (and slang too) but in my opinion i cant strictly call it negative as one cant bring "the feel" of mumbai and the characters without the language. The storyline demands it!

Final statement!!!  Rather than going for a movie its a better deal....bole toh "Ek ka teen ;)". Undoubtedly a good read with awesome twists. 

About The Author: Piyush Jha is an acclaimed film director, ad filmmaker and a first-time novelist. A student political leader at university, he pursued a career in advertising management later acquiring an MBA degree. Later, he switched tracks, first to make commercials for some of the countrys largest brands, and then write and direct feature films. His films include Chalo America, King of Bollywood and Sikandar. He lives in his beloved Mumbai, where he can often be found walking the streets that inspire his stories.

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