A book that’s got it’s heart in the right places.
Having said that let me elaborate.
It’s the same story that Indian authors have fed us over the years. Guy in corporate job, hates his life, wants to escape, one fine day calls its quits.
But Ravi is not the average protagonist, he is one with an anal fistula and so he withdraws all his savings which is a hefty sum of seventy four lakh rupees and burns it all down. The technical jargon is detailed and gets to one sometimes though probably people who are acquainted with it my enjoy those parts.
Mango People in Banana Republic wins with it’s satire. The cynical Ravi with his sarcasm and his confusions is relatable, messy as well as adorable. The quirky title and cover are added perks.
After quitting his plush job, Ravi finds himself back in his hometown Vidarbha where farmers are dying from famine. His life takes him to the jungles of Dandakaranya, the hub of Maoists. Embroiled in the Maoist movement, a sympathiser or enemy of state, Ravi is certainly lost.
Searching for his personal identity is not as easy as it sounds. Set against the backdrop of a country struggling with the new and old, the rich and poor, the good the bad, Mango People in Banana Republic highlights all that is wrong with this country and more.
What I really love about the book is it’s tryst with spirituality, though seemingly far fetched to the normal mind is certainly true or atleast has been.
Shakti’s effort in trying to bring awareness among the readers about these massive differences that exist in our country is appreciable. He acknowledges the problems that we as a nation face ; and that is really important because most of us don’t know that it is existing. We are too busy leading our infinitesimally small lives without ever trying to bring about some change or to make a difference in the lives of others.
Well, sorry for the unrelated rant but I kind of get carried away sometimes.
My Rating : 3.5/5
Author : Vishak Shakti
Publisher : The Write Place
Pages : 248
Link to buy the book – https://www.amazon.in/dp/9387282171/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_apa_i_GgF4AbJYZ028Q