Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Book Review: Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai by Rishi Vohra

On the jacket: 

Autistic. Schizophrenic. Psychotic... 

They use these words to describe Babloo the doctors, his family, his teachers everyone except Vandana. She treats him the way he wants the world to see him. 

Mumbai the city that defines his ultimate desires. Will it allow him the love and normalcy he so craves?

Vandana yearns for a soul mate to rescue her from the confines of the Railway Colony they all live in. Is she looking in the right place?

Rail Man a fearless, real-life hero who succeeds in doing all that Babloo secretly wishes to do is Babloo his inspiration or is it the other way around?

A random twist of fate on Mumbais endless, serpent-like, jangling local train tracks ties all these characters together in a complex weave of love, heartbreak, and courage. 

Babloo draws the reader into his fascinating, heart-rending journey through the twisted, choked lanes of Mumbai, into an open space where he can finally exhale, be born again.


Okay, this was yet another surprise. I will not give spoilers on the story, you can get a hint of what it is about in the section above. 

I wasn't very sure how the book would be, but I actually enjoyed reading it. So much, that once it was over, I spent a few minutes visualising and imagining the characters and how their future would shape! That definitely calls for a thumbs up, right!

Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai is a light read, where the plots and sub-plots have been very nicely spun. Good, simple language and characters to identify with at some levels, make it enjoyable for average Indian readers. The author got into the protagonist Babloo's head so well, that as a reader, after a point, I started thinking like he would, as the story progressed. 

The story gives the reader an understanding of perspective from an autistic's point of view, and how while Babloo isn't able to react visibly to everything, his mind is reacting to it all. How Babloo's life changes, is extremely interesting. And, as I mentioned earlier, one will be left wondering, what happened to Babloo and Vandana after the story ends, how did their life progress.

My rating ****/5

Book Source : Author
Publisher : Jaico Publishing House
Genre : Fiction
ISBN : 978-81-8495-305-3

[This is an author requested reviewThe opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

1 comment:

  1. Yes.. the best part was that we as readers could instantly relate to Babloo and feel for his inner struggle.
    And yes, it was more of a visualisation than a story reading thing.
    Kudos to author for that.

    My review of the novel, Once upon the tracks of Mumbai, by Rishi Vohra -


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