- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing; First edition (26 December 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8175994185
- ISBN-13: 978-8175994188
- Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A little boy who never grew up. A wise man who didn’t need to. A smartass who didn’t bother.
Revolution on my secret agenda. World domination plan B. Need ten hands. Or a cult. Conscription on. Apply.
Love breathing road dust on two wheels. Love playing with a three year old. And love Bachchan.
Went to IIT Kharagpur, IIM Ahmedabad and Stockholm School of Economics. Run own company. Advise start-ups. Practice karate.
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I would recommend this to all my friends, all would be able to relate to some portion/character of the book.
WHAT?? This was exactly what I felt after finishing this book. I didn't expected this end at all and it just made me think, what just happened? Is it true or just my mind is blabbering and expected this end?
This was my first political/crime/thriller and this book did proper justice with the genre. I won't say that it kept me fascinated or hooked from the very first page, rather the truth is opposite. It took me really long to get a grip on the story. After reading a few chapters in the starting, I felt as if I am watching a typical Bollywood crime drama and nothing is different. And I also thought, at one point to DNF the book, but I am glad that I didn't and finally completed it.
The story starts with our main character who happened to be a gangster/sharpshooter some 35 years ago and now he is a shopkeeper who packs Jeera (hence the title) and lives a simple life with his wife and son. But wait, what was his name? Did I missed it or was mentioned somewhere?
Other main characters are CM known as Dada, for whom our Jeera packer used to work. Then there was Lal Mani, who is best friend our hero and now is hoe minster of the state and works closely with Dada. There is another friend Abdul, who make him realise that how important it is to achieve your dream and make your own Tajmahal!! God, I loved this line :D
After the realization of his dream, he decided to return to his old job, the sharpshooting, for once and all, for killing the CM. This is the part that I failed to understand and took the rating down. I can't understand why the hell he even decided to kill the CM in just a flash and declared it as the moto of his life, which was rather going simple? Nevertheless, the story is about how he did it or planned to did it, how the political rifts are happening between Dada and Lal Mani, his brother and son, and hw the conditions changed.
The best part of the book was characterization. All the characters were developed really well and are well written. You can tell enough details about each of them after finishing this. The story telling was also simple and was written in simple language. But there was too much use of abusive language (obviously to make the plot real) so it is strictly recommended for 16+ age groups.
There were some great dialogs written, which made the situations humorous sometimes, and also made you think.
"Missed chances do not hurt just you but everyone connected to you "
If you will read it with full attention and if you are a big fan of Bollywood crime movies, then you would really feel as if you are watching a real movie. This is a perfect choice for Bollywood fans.
The first half was slow for me and was not interesting that much, but as the story progressed and reached towards the end, it just got exciting, and the end was just out of the blue.
All in all, this book was a good read. I enjoyed reading it. As a debut novel, Prashant Yadav has done a good job and I feel that in the near future, you may see a Bollywood movie based on this. :D
What is a good life though? That’s a profound question mankind has been struggling with since eternity. Herman Hesse explored that, for example, in Sidhhartha. Though buried under a mountain of profanity, Prashant Yadav too is dealing with the same question in his debut novel The Jeera Packer. The northern India that he is faced with is considerably different from Sidhhartha’s times and Prashant discovers a desi angrezi to convey what he wants to communicate. Here he follows the good tradition of a Shrilal Shukla or a Kashinath Singh.
The story develops at a fast pace and forces you to finish the book in one go. You do want to know if having a regular life teaching your son how to ride a Bullet is a good life or is it about building your Taj Mahal? However, it is not clear as to why it has to be a trade-off. Also, killing a powerful evil person and getting away with that as a superlative art performance seems to be clouded with the urge to undo irreparable impotency inflicted by the newly-found knowledge that the protagonist has lived a borrowed life. In fact, this internal conflict deserved greater space and appears to be a lost opportunity. This would have required developing the protagonist’s character in greater detail. Relatively speaking, the characters of Professor and Lal Mani have received more attention.
Prashant has worked hard to ensure that the characters and incidents are strange. Since life is stranger than fiction he has waded freely into real waters to draw his inspiration. While all resemblances are ‘purely coincidental’ you do get a feeling that you are reading a series of newspaper articles, especially if you have followed the politics of the Uttar Pradesh even remotely. Unfortunately, the politics, which could have provided a rich substrate is reduced to caricature and to an avenue of infusing some hasya ras. Talking of ras, the book does have, for sake of completeness, enough of the sringar ras as well. This again is draped in a desi way, most strikingly through the Mohra outfit. This is dealt with reasonably well given that it is his first book.
Editing is good but could have been better. One may get confused with different numbers and models mentioned for the white Maruti car in different places. Also, Ballia is spelt as Balliya couple of times.
Overall, I congratulate Prashant for producing an excellent thriller and am almost certain that it will get made into a movie. However, I hope he doesn’t stop here. I believe he is capable of writing something that outlasts an adrenaline rush, something that would be timeless, and something that he can consider his Taj Mahal!
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