Monday, May 27, 2013

Book Review: Bombay Rains, Bombay Girls by Anirban Bose

On the jacket:

On learning that I was going to study medicine in Bombay, someone had said to me, ' You've got to see two things in Bombay: the Bombay rains and the Bombay girls.' 

When Adi - a small town eighteen year old with a gaint inferiority complex lands a chance to study medicine in big, bad Bombay, he is overjoyed. Although plagued by the thought that his success is a fluke and hence ill gotten, he plunges headlong into the sights and sound of this dazzling city.

Adi's initiation into college life isn't the most promising...... A night of ragging by a bunch of sniggering seniors brings him and his equally vulnerable batch mates close to tears..... But gradually, he finds his feet in the world and makes friends with a motley crew. He also has his heart broken and falls in love ..... In that order.


The plot is yet, another run-of-the-mill story of a small town boy coming to Bombay to study and his life thereafter. The author being a doctor, it was not a surprise that the protagonist was a medical student. With strong reminders of 3 Idiots, Bombay Rains, Bombay Girls has anecdotes which any guy who has spent a few years in boys' hostel would be able to relate with.

The book begins in first person and from the second chapter, it abruptly moves to third person. Back in the last chapter, the plot is back to being told in the first person. This was confusing and a sure shot bad influence on the reading experience.

Love, heartbreaks, fun, a bit of studying, and finally getting serious about the career sprinkled with a lot of my favourite city Bombay. Rains are the best in Bombay, however inconvenient life gets during those months. Not a literary masterpiece, but a good read specially during travel.

Rating: ***/5

[This was a personal read.]

1 comment:

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