Book Review – Once upon the tracks of Mumbai

Posted: May 24, 2013 in Book Reviews
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“Rishi Vohra brings to life, a character named Babloo who will not only win your heart but also render you, at the end, to think like him or feel like doing what he does. From a world where no one understands or takes advantage of him to a world where he tries to develop a world he wants to , to where he actually learns, improves, understands and gets accepted; this story will not only move you but also give you a feel of belongingness to the protagonists.”

Plot of the book:-

“Once upon the tracks of Mumbai” is not only a story of babloo (Balwant Sriwastav) but also of Vandana and small countless stories of lives of middle class parents, Street Hunks like Sikandar, pampered and stupid brother of Babloo, i.e. Raghu and many other people like Railway Employees, Media Agency Boss and so on playing small roles in the story. While Babloo happens to be a neglected kid because of him suffering attention deficit order, autism, psychotism and so on. Parents never seem to understand his problem and keep hovering and feeling proud about their younger son who had not only graduated with good grades but also joined a job where he was supposedly going to earn more than his father’s income after years of employment at Railways.

In these circumstances, how Babloo finds a purpose for himself, how he confides into street junkie Sikandar about his love for Vandana, how he meets Rail Man and develops a purpose, how he ends up at a place where he is understood and he finally improves, develops, receives respect and recognition and also his parent’s love and apology.

The story is also about Vandana, the female lead who has big dreams like any other girl in the city of Mumbai which gets thrashed at the talk of Marriage which her parents decide for her. The story revolves around how she ends up making a new friend, developing trust for him, being proved wrong about existence of good men in this world and then coming across Rail Man and at the end when Babloo proposes her.

The story will also make you go through a series of happenings, events where parents meet for arranged marriage, gossipy neighbors, lustful boss, a street hunk who makes his way to gaining trust of girls by enacting and screws them, and so on.

There are some really funny, some really thoughtful and some really intense lines which will either make you ponder over and think about it taking your life as centre picture, or laugh or feel for it. The best part is when Raghu and Vandana meet and how Raghu behaves with her, it will make you laugh as much to fall down from your seat.

There is one silly mistake done by Author, where he shows Babloo and Vandana taking Virar Fast from Churchgate at peak hours to get down at Bandra. Not that it doesn’t stop there or something, however, any train commuter would think hundred times before stepping in Virar Fast if he has to get down at Bandra especially during peak hours, for we all know, how the commuters inside start hitting, hurling abuses or don’t let you get down till Mira Road or Dahisar if they get to know where you got to get down. (Statutory Warning for those who aren’t frequent at railways – Do not take Virar Fast in Peak Hours if you have to get down anywhere between Mumbai Central to Borivali).

Why this book should be read:-

This particular book should be read for the flow of story by Rishi Vohra. It makes you go along like as if a movie is being played, or your childhood circumstances are brushing you. Its a nice short read about the events which we have all been through. As Prahlad Kakkar (Ad Film Maker) rightly said, You’ll find of yourself in this book.

The language is simple while the story takes unexpected turns leaving the readers gripped to the book.

About the book:-

ISBN – 13-978-81-8495-305-3

Price – Rs. 175/- (Available at discounts if purchased online from sellers like Flipkart).

Publisher – Jaico Books

Ratings for the book:- 3.5/5

About the book:-

“Autistic, Schizophrenic, Psychotic…”

‘They use these words to describe Babloo – the doctors, his family, his teachers .. everyone .. except Vandana. She treats him the way he wants the world to see him.

Mumbai .. the city that defines his ultimate desires. Will it allow him the love and ‘normalcy’ he so craves?

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?

RailMan .. fearless, real-life hero who succeeds in doing all that Babloo secretly wishes to do… is Babloo his inspiration or .. iis it the other way around?

A random twist of fate on Mumbai’s endless, serpent-like, jangling local train backs ties all these characters together in a complex weave of love, heartbreak and courage. Babloo draws the reader into his fascinating, heart-rending journey through the twisted, choked lanes of Mumbai, into an open space where he can finally exhale, be born again.

One of the coolest thing is to receive the book personally autographed by the Author :D

One of the coolest thing is to receive the book personally autographed by the Author 😀

About the Author:-

Rishi Vohra recently relocates back to Mumbai after completing a Green MBA from San Francisco State University and a Masters Diploma in Environmental Law, prior to which he has had a successful career in the Indian Entertainment industry.

Having been a guest columnist for various newspapers in India, he currently writes for delWine and is a Certified Specialist for Wine. This is his first novel.

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