Book Review : Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai

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

OUTTOMName: Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai by Rishi Vohra
Genre: YA Fiction  Language: English Pages: 266
Published: 2013
My Rating: ★★★
Started: 13th Sep, 2013 Completed: 16th Sep, 2013
Total Reading Hour: 20-25 Hrs

…. Completely Entertainer….

Excerpt from 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?

Rail Man a fearless, real-life hero who succeeds in doing all that Babloo secretly wishes to do is Babloo his inspiration or is it the other way around?

A random twist of fate on Mumbais endless, serpent-like, jangling local train tracks 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.

“Once Upon The Tracks of Mumbai” is story of Babloo. He always stays quiet and talks with himself. He understands things very slowly. Most of the time, He fails to differentiate people or fails to identify what is good and what is right. But his family doesn’t understand his behavior or better to say his inner turmoil. People mock him and make fun out of it except Vandana. Babloo loves her secretly and at one point, he realize that if he wants to spend his life with Vandana then he has to do something but he is still confused about what to do. But he was borned to do some great stuff. At one point, he searches for a vent for his pent up frustrations and there Rail Man – Super hero – is born. He starts fighting with miscreants and rescue people on the railway tracks.

I loved three characters most in the book.
Babloo – Author described his both personalities very well
Vandana – I loved this character a lot. She is just like perfect girl next door.
Sikandar – Bad guy who can go at any level to bring girl to bed.

I was enjoying Rail Man and Babloo characters and looking for more of Rail Man and suddenly it comes to end which disappointed me a little. But overall novel is full of emotion – action and love – hate. Grab it and read it.

Note: I received a copy of book from Author Rishi Vohra and I am very much thankful to him to share such an amazing novel.

About Author:

Rishi-Final-Author-Picture-NEWRishi Vohra recently relocated back to Mumbai after completing a Green MBA from San Francisco State University and a Masters Diploma in Environmental Law, prior to which he had a successful career in the Indian Entertainment Industry. After featuring as a guest columnist for various newspapers in India, he currently writes for delWine and is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW). ‘Once Upon the Tracks of Mumbai’ is his first novel.

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Extra Shot:

विद्वत्त्वं च नृपत्वं च नैव तुल्यं कदाचन ।
स्वदेशे पूज्यते राजा विद्वान् सर्वत्र पूज्यते ॥

                                 –  Chanakya Niti

Meaning: Scholar and king are never comparable. King is worshiped in his country, but scholar is worshiped everywhere.

Enjoy Reading!!!

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