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Mr Iyer Goes To War Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 31 Jan 2017
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A clever reworking of Don Quixote ... Much haphazard hilarity ... Weaves a nifty path between mayhem and genuine emotion. A satisfying and touching ending * Daily Mail * By reimagining the story of the errant knight Don Quixote in contemporary India, Ryan Lobo has created a touching, hilarious and insightful meditation on the ills of contemporary society * Hannah Rothschild, bestselling author of The Improbability of Love * A wicked, scuttling jaunt of a book filled with unforgettable characters ... Utterly bonkers * Tishani Doshi, author of The Pleasure Seekers * A compelling, humane story ... Filled with witty characters, easy humour, insightful quotes and most importantly, with a protagonist who's like a classic Shakespearean fool - wisest of all ... A delightful read. Unputdownable * Asian Age * An audacious Cervantes-inspired romp across a nation that might just be in need of a concussed hero * Jerry Pinto, author of Em and the Big Hoom * I finished it in one sitting! It has a great climax and is really well written * Shrabani Basu, author of For King and Another Country *
About the Author
Ryan Lobo is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker based in Bangalore. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Boston Review, The Caravan, and Bidoun Magazine.
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You would find meaning in his madness, philosophy in his crazy ramblings.
He is set to kill his nemesis from Mahabharata, Bakasura and he finds its presence in everything that is wrong with our society.
This is story of friendship of him and Bencho, a love story with an acid victim Damayanti, a beautiful goddess in his eyes . At the same time it talks about the cruel politics, meaningless caste system and everything that's eating up our country at this moment from the eyes of an innocent, lunatic man with nothing but his ideologies.
Ryan Lobo has done a fine job at his first novel and you can see the touch of a photographer when you read descriptions so vivid . It is mad, witty, sarcastic, looney and so heart warming. Definitely not for a light reader.
Reminded me of Don Quixote's exploits.
Ryan Lobo has woven an intriguing tale using the complex threads of Indian culture and immerses us in the Kaleidoscopic imagery of Kumbh Mela, Holi, Kashi and deftly opens a worm whole between the epic Mahabharata in the past and present day India as Lalgudi Iyer remembers that he indeed is Bhima, the strongest of the Pandavas!
There are Leadership insights strewn in the tale as well!
A heady concoction of past, present, fact, fiction, reality, fantasy, mythology, Leadership and spirituality with enough wit and dark humor that deserved 5 stars from me.
This one's definitely material for a great film!.
The story is about an unlikely hero - 65 year old Mr. Iyer living in a home for the dying on the Ganges. A concussion causes him to hallucinate and begin to believe that he is Bhima - the eternal warrior locked in an eternal battle with Bakasura.
He strikes an unlikely friendship with Bencho whose only goal is to become a politician and make a small fortune for himself. Together they head down the Ganges on a boat in search of Bakasura.
Along the way they get up to all kinds of crazy adventures - freeing a boat with 30 hard-core criminals, tussling with molesters and generally trying to protect the weak and downtrodden.
The finale had me gasping as Iyer and Bencho lock horns with the local MLA. They risk their lives to bring him down and in the process show the world that it’s not physical strength alone that gives you victory. Sometimes, attitude, belief and courage can overcome even the strongest of forces. In this youth and beauty obsessed world, Mr. Iyer comes as a breath of fresh air showing you that having heart and an unbreakable spirit is what counts the most.
The book is layered and underneath it all, it meditates on the real purpose of why we are here and what is really important. It celebrates those qualities that lie embedded in all of us but are often buried in the rush for material success. Qualities like kindness, courage and standing up for the little man.
As I slowly worked my way through the pages of this book, I found myself laughing, crying, breathing fast, breathing slow and, like the protagonist, enjoying the spaces between breaths.
Even though this is a debut book, this author is right up there in my list of favourites. Right up there with Hermann Hesse (Siddhartha), Richard Bach (Illusions) and Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist and 11 Minutes).
Overall, a beautiful book which will remind you to enjoy stillness and rediscover Truth, Beauty and Goodness.