Title: Mango People in Banana Republic
Author: Vishak Shakti
Publisher: The Write Place
Publication Date: 27th March, 2018
My Rating: 4 stars
The Title! Yes! Isn’t it appealing enough to push your mind to think about it. What thoughts comes to your mind when you go through the title? Well! Have you heard of Seven chakras or kundalini?
This book is involving recital of genuine position of country’s citizens, spiritual awakening, country’s regime and backdrop.
Ravi Bhalerao, a strategic consultant, the main protagonist of the story left his job at Payne Consulting in an appalling ridicule fashion. Then, he visits his village in draught prone Vidarbha. Disheartened by the state of the farmers, he decided to work for them. After being downcast, he ended up in Dandakaranya. And the end of the book, he is at distinct path altogether.
Anand Reddy, another main character, a physicist, left everything behind him with the aim of seeking spiritual awakening. He moves from one ashram to another learning meditation, shanti mantras, yogic knowledge and the techniques used by Gautama Buddha for self-realisation.
The mention of seven chakras have been used to divide the book into seven parts. The meaning of these somehow gets related with the series of events and it’s absorbing how the last one clinch.
I was surprised how the paths of both the main characters crossed. Where in the midst of reading, I have coined about the Anand’s fate to be somewhat opposite.
Besides, I was jolted up at the happenings in the end of the book and amazed how the author has managed to change the complete scenario of Ravi from the beginning of the book to the end.
The book also includes realistic account of farmers’ state and sharp exposition of country’s welfare parties and groups. The interwoven of the story with drama, satire, awkward humour and spirituality is laudable.
The narration was impressive though in first half, I felt too much use of hefty words restrain the reading flow. Also, in the first half, the story of Ravi was little pulled.
Why to read this book
With it’s catchy title and book cover, the story is a thought provoking satire. I would definitely recommend this book to all the contemporary fiction lovers.
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