Another book by a debut author, another set of expectations and in the end you feel good about reading the book. This was my experience with Siddharth Tripathi’s debut book, The Virgins. The titles gives you an impression of it being about, you know “that” kind of stuff but it is not all about “that”.
Set up in the spiritual capital of India, Banaras, “The Virgins” is about three friends, Pinku, Bhandu and Guggi. Dealing with the chaos in their lives in their own way and trying to become a man. Pinku, a 19 year old, overburdened with the responsibilities towards his family, who is also a school dropout has this dream of marrying this girl because of whom he got into a trouble. Bhandu, as quirky as the name sounds is himself in a mess, his parents are getting divorced and no luck on the “love angle” of his life too. Guggi, mischievous and a tyrant, he is always up to some or the other act in the name of thrill. His partners Bhandu and Pinku are his partners in crime and ….. Oh Well, you need to read the book to know in what all troubles they land up.
When I started reading this book, I had put it down after reading a couple of pages, I just couldn’t connect with it at any level. I gave it another shot and voila, 320 pages in a single go. The book grips you so well that you just can’t put it down. The conversations between the three main characters, the people around them and the whole setting of the book has been crafted well. The “Rawness” of Banaras comes across vividly through author’s writing and that is what made this book work for me. Siddharth Tripathi shows promise through The Virgins. I recommend this book to all those who like reading light and funny stuff. This book would definitely tickle you and at times you will laugh out loud.
Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Fingerprint Publications
Genre : Fiction
ISBN : 9788172344542