- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (5 August 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9789351363156
- ISBN-13: 978-9351363156
- ASIN: 9351363155
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Manan Paperback – 5 Aug 2014
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About the Author
Mohit Parikh's works have published in Identity Theory, Specs Journal of Arts and Culture, Out of Print Magazine, The Bombay Literary Magazine and others. He was shortlisted for Toto Awards 2014 for Creative Writing in English. Presently he is filming a movie based in Mcleodganj, India. Manan is his first book.
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Why dint I find you earlier?
Why I see myself in you?
Why you seem to know me in and out?
What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.” - J.D. Salinger
I wish I found Manan earlier in my life when I was a late bloomer (Maa took me to a physician every second day, like that beetroot juice wasn’t enough!! Additionally, the looks of the doctor assured me, ‘Tui, that’s it! Leave chancing your arms, you will die a weirdo!!!), a woolgatherer, a cogitative child who was given to long silences and a silent lover of a boy who stayed next to my house and never took any notice to my oh so celestial love for him. Phew!! Good news, I somehow managed to cut the mesh and grow up, but I thought I could share my feelings with Manan, he would understand me. He is just like what I was and I bet many of you will find yourself in him too.
“Except that today, oblivious to everyone, there is a hair standing tall inside his shorts: a single hair: long, black and shining. Sprouting out of nowhere, it stands rebelliously erect on his tiny barren orb, not thwarted by the force of the cloth of his underwear, announcing its eventual arrival with élan.”
Manan, an intelligent boy but a late bloomer has finally hit the bittersweet changes of puberty, the first signs of which he accepts with euphoria. What follows then is his struggle to cope with the underlying cognitive, social, and emotional development that is brought by pubescence.
Mohit, was successful in enlivening the mind of an adolescent. He concocted all elements of an Indian household into a realistic account of fiction. The turning point for me in this book was when Manan confronts his mother, a quintessential Indian woman, for the unnecessary whining followed by pages powerfully packed with coherent, expressive and thought provoking sentences. I assume, you will find your turning point too.
All characters -the mother, sister, taiji – the situations make you nostalgic. A slice of life that we have left behind when we embarked into adulthood has been crafted articulately by the author. Lest I forget, the book is a lucid account of the 90s when India was just entering the era of information and brings to memory some very interesting points. Now, if you remember the cyber cafes which charged obnoxiously for tortoise speed internet? And the small pigeonhole cubicles with blotchy curtains somehow hanging from the strings attached? But what could budge the decision of an adolescent child? I still went and sat for hours there, chatting. MSN & Yahoo messenger was a rage in our small town then.
Those were the days!!
Once upon a time there was a tavern
Where we used to raise a glass or two
Remember how we laughed away the hours
And dreamed of all the great things we could do
Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way - Mary Hopkins
The story is vivid and takes you to your past, a past we all miss I am sure, therefore worth the read. Definitely recommended to all!!
Favorable Points : Short, Easy and Smooth- flowing language, good characterization, interesting illustrations, humorous & vivid plot
Bonus: A trip to childhood
Unfavorable Points : The story is protracted at times, climax could be better.
You will live those days again.