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He Lost His Mobile And... Paperback – 2016
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It was supposed to be the day when Gautam would witness his friend Amit get married in court to his longtime girlfriend Nazneen. But he lost his mobile which triggered an avalanche of events that threw his life in utter chaos: Amit and Nazneen couldn’t get married and then went in hiding; Nazneen’s influential and powerful family started a full-fledged search operation for Nazneen using “all means” at their disposal; Gautam couldn’t contact or meet his wife Manasi which greatly complicated matters; and to top it all, Gautam’s daughter went missing! The city of Pune, which is where the story is based, didn’t help matters and in fact added to the chaos. Do Gautam and Manasi finally meet and if so where and in what circumstances? Do they find their daughter? And above all, do Amit and Nazneen get married? Do they get any divine help or are they all by themselves on the toughest day of their lives? He Lost his Mobile and… is a blow-by-blow account of what happened on that fateful day and will have you turning pages furiously trying to find the answers to all these questions… Amol Kulkarni is an engineer by profession. He has a genuine interest in story-telling mediums like books and movies. His deftness in blending real life circumstances with imaginary situations, in his story, is more than a hobby, and had to be told.
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The story revolves around Gautam, Manasi and their daughter. The city of Pune and it's various facets are described nicely.
The book keeps the reader hooked to it throughout the story. A perfect combo of suspense, thriller, humour.
So to find out what can happen if one loses one's mobile phone, do read the novel!!
It is morning and Manasi is preparing tiffin for Neha while Gautam is sleeping. She gets a call from Neha’s school bus driver, saying that he couldn’t make it today due to a family emergency. True to her nature, Manasi, after disconnecting the call, keeps the phone on the kitchen counter and while throwing the peels of the veggies in the dustbin, dumps it too. You see, Manasi is a woman in hurry, always. Unfortunately, that phone belongs to Gautam, and even more unfortunately, it was taking it last breaths, before Manasi unknowingly chucks it, making sure it dies. So when Gautam gets up and looks for his phone, which he doesn’t find (of course!), he asks Manasi to look for it before leaving to drop little Neha. on returning, when the phone has still not been found, they try ringing, but alas, it has long been dead in the bin. So, when Manasi has to leave for her friend’s place urgently, Gautam asks her to drop a message to his boss informing his leave from office today. Why? Because he has to go and get his best friend married to his Muslim girlfriend!
The other hand sees Amit and Nazneen waiting for Gautam to arrive and sign as a witness for their court marriage, but as fate would have had it, he is late, and also can’t inform them, no mobile you see. Dejected, the couple has no option but to leave and get into hiding before Nazneen’s family comes to tear them apart. While Gautam is now unable to locate Amit and Nazneen, he is picked up by the Haiders, Nazneen’s family, for questioning regarding their whereabouts. This is witnessed by KK, Gautam’s boss and his colleague, thinking that he has been kidnapped! To make matters worse, both Gautam and Neha, forget to pick Neha from school, and when they do reach there, she is nowhere to be found! Apparently, a man claiming to be her distant uncle has picked her up.
What ensues is a cat and mouse game, with the Haiders’ men shadowing Gautam and Manasi, unreachable Amit and Nazneen and to top it all, their kidnapped daughter, Gautam has to race to get his best friend married under the very eyes of the Haiders and also find his girl. How will he do it? With no communication with anybody (he can’t remember phone numbers) he has to find out his way to settle all. Does he succeed?
Narrated in third person, the language is simple and easy to understand, no use of words which will make you reach for thesaurus. This tale of chaos is utmost tragic and hilarious at the same time. It is probably the first book, which while reading, I converted into a Bollywood movie - with all the characters in mind and place - a story that reminded me of the good old Amol Palekar comedy - a small city, a middle class man, haggard and harrowed, doing all that is possible to save his family, while falling into traps himself and managing to come out unscathed. A self-confessed fan of the comedy of the era gone by, I couldn’t help think that this particular story would have aptly fit into the mould - a little old world charm, a little funny, a little suspense, a little tragic, though it lacks romance. The characters are built well, each has a role to play which is not undermined by the other. The plot is a little too predictable, but has twists when you least expect it. Since I read it on my kindle, I couldn’t know how much of the book was left, until I checked the percentage, and when I thought it was about to end, it went on for another 2 hours! The book is a slow read, the use of time is too much, and at times I felt that it would have been better, had there not been so much of tedious details of each and every minute and the intricacies of the city roads.
The after effects of the loss of a valuable commodity, an indispensable part of our lives - a mobile, is shown beautifully during the course of the story, the helplessness, the wait, the multiple levels to reach someone, all contributing to the in their own subtle way to bring out a orderly chaos - with all the action being connected to each other in some way. Another point that I would like to mention here is the criticism of the government, the city of Pune is in shamble during monsoon, and the author couldn’t help but give a little speech about the leaders, making it look like a part of the narration.
Suggested to all those who wish to go back to an era when comedies were actually comedies and simplicity was the king.
Blurb: It was supposed to be the day when Gautam would witness his friend Amit get married in court to his longtime girlfriend Nazneen. But he lost his mobile which triggered an avalanche of events that threw his life in utter chaos: Amit and Nazneen couldn't get married and then went in hiding; Nazneen's influential and powerful family started a full-fledged search operation for Nazneen using "all means" at their disposal; Gautam couldn't contact or meet his wife Manasi which greatly complicated matters; and to top it all, Gautam's daughter went missing! The city of Pune, which is where the story is based, didn't help matters and in fact added to the chaos. Do Gautam and Manasi finally meet and if so where and in what circumstances? Do they find their daughter? And above all, do Amit and Nazneen get married? Do they get any divine help or are they all by themselves on the toughest day of their lives?
* I would rate this book 4/5.
He Lost His Mobile And is a Fiction/Thriller & Suspense novel written by Amol Kulkarni and published by 'apk publishers'. Amol Kulkarni is an engineer by profession. He has a genuine interest in story-telling mediums like books and movies.
Now, I would like to express about it's various aspects:
Talking about the cover of the book, it could have been better. Though I liked the back cover as it is of a vibrant yellow colour which itself conveys that the book is a roller coaster ride. But still the front cover felt like it was lacking something. But let's not judge the book by it's cover.
Setting: The story is set in the city of Pune in the year 2006. Through his book, the author has described every single element which made the story as a whole. From it's never-ending traffic to it's unseasonal monsoon till it's long lasting roads. The arrangement of the sub-settings like the series of areas and parts of the city is commendably put together. Which apparently explains that the author is Pune based.
Characters : (Focusing on the major ones)
1) Gautam Awasthi : Gautam Awasthi is the protagonist of the story. Though the plot of the story has a different aim, gautam plays a pivotal role in the book. He is a Senior project manager at an engineering firm who lives a settled life with his wife Manasi and daughter Neha. The only problem of Gautam that bothers everyone is his 'numerical problems'. He never remembers anything consisting of numbers. Let it be contact numbers, dates, anniversaries, nothing he remembers zilch. That is what lands him in life-threatening problems.
2) Manasi Awasthi : Manasi is Gautam's wife. She is a typical house-wife albeit has one drawback. She has a hasty personality. She always does things in such a hurry that she always forgets some or the other thing in the process. Manasi's one unconscious act also plays a major role in landing Gautam in a chaotic situation.
3) Neha Awasthi : Neha is Gautam and Manasi's 6 years old daughter. She also becomes a major concern in the second half of the story.
4) Amit : Amit is Gautam's friend on whom almost the entire plot is based on.
5) Nazneen : Nazneen is a character who is linked with Amit. And later somehow links with Gautam and Manasi.
There are also a lot of characters in the story. The atmosphere of the plot is very chaotic and hustling which might make you to re-read some of the incidents but I must say the author has very skilfully planned and arranged the entire plot.
Features I liked about the book :
1) The protagonist of the book is very well built. The leading characters has such an aura that makes them more conceivable.
2) Though the story has a lot of confusing episodes, they were quite flawlessly laid out making it more stark for the readers to understand.
3) As I mentioned earlier, there being loads of characters in the story the author has quite effortlessly linked everyone together.
Features I disliked :
1) The conclusion of the book could have been better. It literally ended like a fairy tale, which I personally don't
2) The climax of the story was undoubtedly a replica of a typical Bollywood movie. Which honestly irks me.
3) And the events in the last chapter of the book were extremely coincidental which I honestly couldn't digest.
Eventually speaking about the book altogether, I would recommend it. As it is a fresh approach by the author in Indian literature comparatively to the other current authors.