Rishi Vohra, new author on the block contacted me a couple of days back and asked me to read and review his book Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai and I agreed to it in no time. With so many new authors coming in, to boost their morale and to keep them going, I never say no to them and also the book is about Mumbai and I love the city.
Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai is a pleasant read. Balwant Srivastava aka Babloo, an autistic, schizophrenic and psychotic person is the protagonist of the book. Thats how the world sees him. Balwant was differently abled since his birth but his family somehow couldn’t accept him. His dad loathed him and always gave all his love to his brother who worked for a finance company. Babloo’s love interest, Vandana, is a calm and collected person, who sees him from a different perspective altogether. There are lot of other side characters who ridicule and make fun of the protagonist from time to time and Babloo being a soft hearted and innocent soul, falls for their pranks and non-sense stuff time and again.
The Rail Man, who changes Babloo’s life and brings a whole new flavour to the book. He has almost everything that Babloo wants to do with his life which leaves Babloo in a confused state of mind.
All and all, the book is a simple, captivating and is an interesting read. You sail swiftly through this 263 page book and connect with Babloo from the very first page. The characters are well defined and the way Rishi has created Babloo’s characters shows that he has done an intensive research about autistic people. Babloo most of the times reply in monosyllables, which is a trait of autistic people. The things Babloo says to himself and in his mind, make you feel good and bad for him. All and all, thumbs up for Rishi Vohra’s first book. I recommend it if you are looking for something light for reading. You will like it.
Book Source : Author
Publisher : Jaico Publishing House
Genre : Fiction
ISBN : 978-81-8495-305-3