Saturday, July 13, 2013

Book Review: Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai

Name of the Author: Rishi Vohra
No of Pages: 262
Price of the Book:  INR 116
Rating:  3/5
Publishing Company:  JAICO PUBLISHING HOUSE 

Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai, is a tale of Mr.Babloo Srivastav who finds himself disconnected from the world which calls him ‘autistic’, ‘schizophrenic’ and ‘Psycho’ except Vandana who understands him the way he expects to be to. 

Railman…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?
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?

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

The Author, Rishi Vohra, Green MBA  succeeds in plotting the characters well be it Babloo’s so called ‘Autistic Nature’, ‘Vandana’s Smartness’ or Sikandar’s chameleon personality. However, the Rail Man’s identity is difficult to believe even in the name of fiction and straight away looks a pick up from movies like Krish and Ajooba.         Also, some repeated incidences of Railman’s bravery make the story dragging.

The Verdict - A manageable read only for book lovers. The boor is a read only for Babloo’s Character which takes away an extra rating.   

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