Book Review : Johnny Gone Down

★ Avoid ★★ No Great Loss ★★★ Worth Reading ★★★★ Close to Masterpiece ★★★★★ Masterpiece

Johnny Gone Down
Name: Johnny Gone Down by Karan Bajaj
Genre: Fiction – Thriller Language: English Pages: 311
Published: 2010
My Rating: ★★★
Started: 28th March 2013 Completed: 30th March, 2013
Total Reading Hour: 20-30 Hrs

Deeper… Darker…

I bought this book almost a year back but never got time to read it. Last weekend, I was traveling to my native place and I wanted not-so-heavy book for reading and so picked-up Johnny Gone Down. It’s little different title for a book written by Indian author. After reading the novel, I felt that title and story doesn’t suit with each other.

Protagonist – Nikhil Arya – has been fallen numerous time or we can say he has been fallen in particular pattern. Once, he was a scholar in MIT with a promising future at NASA. His innocent vacation to Cambodia with his friend turned into an epic intercontinental journey and became first genocide survivor which led him to Buddhist monastery and served as Buddhist monk. His journey didn’t complete at Thailand. It extend it to Brazil – as a drug lord to a homeless account, to USA – as a software game programmer, to India – as a broken middle age looser.

I know, its impossible for single person to travel at so many places, fallen with so many issues and risen/come out as successful person but that’s the fiction right? Its not like a classic novel like “God Father” but I liked the concept/story of Johnny Gone Down. Worth to read.

About Author: 
Karan BajajSource [Wiki]: Karan Bajaj is an Indian American author of two contemporary Indian novels, Keep Off the Grass (2008) and Johnny Gone Down (2010). Bajaj’s first novel, Keep Off the Grass, which became a bestseller with more than 70,000 copies sold worldwide, was a semi-finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and was longlisted for the Indiaplaza Golden Quill Award. Together his novels have sold more than 200,000 copies in India.

Extra Shot:
Endowed with conduct and discipline,
Who practices control of self,
Who throws out all his bondage,
He attains the eternal place.
                                  – Lord Mahavira (Uttaradhyayan Sutra, CH. 20, VERSE 52)

Enjoy Reading !!!


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