There are times when you look at a book and desperately want it. You have no idea how the book might turn up or how the writing style or story would be. But knowing all these pointers, still, you kinda crave for the book, Mango People in Banana Republic is that book which I really wanted to read. Maybe my intuition guided towards it, I don’t know but what I can say is that this book is worth the read.
Ravi Bhalerao is a top of the rung business strategy consultant struggling with two disquiets in life – a festering career disillusionment and a festering wound in his posterior. Stung by an unfair performance appraisal, he pulls off an outrageous stunt at his workplace, drops off the urban map and reaches his ancestral land, a village in drought-prone Vidarbha. There he encounters India in its elemental form. Convinced that his destiny is somehow entwined with that of his country, he sets off on a truth-seeking mission. On that mission, he finds love, revolution and most importantly, a redemption for the disquiet in his rear.
Anand is a former physicist on a spiritual quest through esoteric India. He realizes that the path to realization is beset on all sides by gurus, their cults, and their boundless quirks. As he hops from one ashram to the other, he grows convinced that liberation does not come with a user manual in a neat little box.
One actually doesn’t need to get intrigued much, the description does its job. There are so many minute details thoroughly written by the author, it becomes very difficult to put the book down. Nowadays it has become a trend in a way to leave the corporate world and start exploring. There are so many unknown opportunities lying out there no one has any idea about and that’s exactly what Ravi wants to search for. On the other hand, Anand being a physicist goes on to look for spiritual enlightenment. The most fascinating part for me was the transitions happening all across the book, starting from the Conference rooms in Electronic City, Bangalore through the dry farmlands and Ancient forests in Central India all the way to the Himalayas.
Talking about the characterization of every single individual. The author has dealt with that side very beautifully and thoughtfully. Every single character has its own charm and weirdly, the character takes its shape as the story builds up. The character of Ravi, his sarcasm, and his confusions is so relatable. Including the character of Anand and Devang, in a way I find all the character’s story merging in a way. They all are very much relatable and especially if you understand the issue of corporate life.
The title is beautifully wacky Mango People In Banana Republic, don’t you just love the title. A very light-hearted book which is nice. All the three characters are teamed up in such a smooth manner. The few aspects of Kundalini powers which come in between feel a little out of place. Other than that, the book is written at a steady pace, the writing style is smooth and simply which is an added bonus and I am in love with the book cover truly. I am going to be recommending this book to those who want to go for a light read with a touch of an unusual story.
Author(s): Vishak Shakti
Publisher: The Write Place
Release: March 2018
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