Thursday, June 26, 2014

#BookReview : Manhattan Mango by Madhuri Iyer

On the jacket:

 Q. What happens when three ambitious, high-achieving, 20-something Mumbaikars become New Yorkers?  A. Madness.  Zipping through life’s ups and downs like a high-speed elevator during rush hour, buddies Shri, Shanks, and Neel hold on to each other, and their sanity, with a bro-hood bonding that chipkos them together, fevicol se.  Neel’s the driven hedge fund guy, with a weakness for scotch and women. Tam Brahm Shanks, a techie, falls for the "wrong” girl. Good Son Shri, a banker, holds a secret he means to take to his grave. Their intertwined lives buzz with high-voltage drama — explosive secrets, super-charged romances, and a-fuse-a-minute meltdowns.  There’s alcohol-fueled passion, Devdas style. Inter-racial hook-ups. Even a fake affair, because money can’t buy the real thing. When their skyscraper-sized dreams are tested, this “desified” saga of friends in Manhattan is like the city’s rapid transit express subway line. You won’t want any stops in between.


Mahattan Mango is the author's story of three Indian guys living in New York. And these guys are right out of pages of most of our lives, we all know at least one such guy living it up in the States. A story about Shree, Neel and Shanks, their lives, their Indian-ness in foreign land, fun, heartbreaks etc.

A powerful narration, characters we can relate with, Manhattan Mango is a visit through the lives of three Indian boys in the US. And as friendships go, these have their own ups and downs, experiences, fun, acceptances, confrontations and the works. They call themselves The Ganpat Gang, because of their common love for a popular song. Along with these three, other characters are also introduced into the plot, slowly. Best part about the book is it's pace. A steady pace and a well spun story, Manhattan Mango was a delight to read. It's not all fun and frolic; life gets it's usual serious twists and turns when more people come into the guys' lives. From accepting Shrre's reality, to Neel's and Shanks' relationships in their personal lives, Iyer has written a very fine, fun story.

One thing though, for a group which calls themselves The Gannpat Gang, these guys form a very sober gang. A racy read.

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Fingerprint Publishers. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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