- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Notion Press; 1 edition (2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 164429513X
- ISBN-13: 978-1644295137
- Package Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
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In modern day America, amidst the contentious presidential election campaign of November 2016, immigrant author Hureen Saghar Gandhi finds that humor is the only way to keep her family and her friends’ spirits high. Living a fast and furious life in Northern Virginia, surrounded by quirky characters, she decides she has no choice but to weave them into her satirical anecdotes in her book: Page 6 And Beyond. This book will have you laughing out loud as she embarks on a spy mission to: bond with long-lost childhood school friends on a sensational WhatsApp column; fulfill her bucket lists; chronicle encounters with her kids, and challengers; relate her childhood escapades; relive her misadventures in the Nordic region; and supply readers with extraordinary stories of her friends living in different continents.
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The picture in the very first chapter evoked my interest since it had a 007 on one-half and Mahatma Gandhi on the other. Author was a late adapter of technology and it took her almost 7 years to understand the nuances of WhatsApp. However, the book revolves around couple of WhatsApp groups namely SXH School Group and PAGE 6 CEO which validates the most used quote "It is better to be late than never". As she struggles to read various emojis, she decided to buy "How to Speak Emoji" from Amazon and creates a To-Do list for the same.
The book revolves around various incidents but predominantly of WhatsApp chat since the characters were spread across the globe. The usage of words were so good that it brings out the humor in the most natural way from the author. The book brings out the stark truth of how the social media can also lead to indifference among family members and friends, though it has its own advantages. The comparison of "Swayamvar" with "SwayamBhai" was such an irony. The headlines gets posted in this group from time to time. I do not want to mention them here but this one since this would give you a hint of how interesting this book could get - #Page6🔨News which translates to Page6 Braking News. Correct me, if I am wrong ;-)
How many of you know that Burhanpur is India's Venice? If you also wanted to check a place which remained unaffected despite technological advancements, one should visit this place. The mention of this place is the sarcastic best by the author which brings out the sad plight of Indian geography. The comparison of an Indian Village with Facebook as to how information traveled real fast is something we need to cherish.
Well, I can keep writing since each and every chapter of this book deserves a special mention but that means, I end up giving more information than I ever wanted or allowed to. Hence I would end up here saying that I had a real great time reading this hilarious book and I do not have even 1% of doubt that it would fail to make you laugh
The story begins with an introduction by the protagonist Hureen, about the characters that are going to take part in her narration. After an encounter with her school friends, Hureen and they all decide to keep in touch and form a Whatsapp group. Not just any Whatsapp group but a “Breaking News” Whatsapp group wherein a couple of people will be breaking news about the other members just for fun. From resolving issues to matchmaking, the group tries it all. Amidst all the continuous chatter of the group, Hureen breaks the flow with anecdotes from her past, ranging from her childhood vacations to her daughters’ childhood vacations. With funny entrants in her life every now and then, Hureen takes the reader on a giggle ride.
Page 6 And Beyond: Let's stir the pot... by debutante author Hureen Gandhi is quite interesting in a way. Whatsapp is weaved as a character in the book.
The book is a work of fiction but a large number of things are taken from real life including the characters. The author herself, her husband and daughters, her neighbor, her friends, and family,... are the characters in the book. The characters are nicely explored. At times the book works as a satire and at another time it is just like a SitCom. It also takes the readers to travel through various countries and more importantly introduces them to various cultures.
The lives of the people living abroad are explored brilliantly in the book, so does the tantrums thrown by young kids to their parents. And yes the book talks about the current happenings (of the time when the specific part of the book is being written), for example, the presidential elections in the USA.
The chapter exploring Burhanpur, a town in India will remind you of Magudi days, the magnum opus by R. K. Narayan.
Here is a fantastic line which explores the reality in a quite an interesting way. You need to read the book to understand its context. You can find an illustration for the same incident in the book trailer as well.
"Never underestimate the power of a baby, she can not only rule your life but also possesses the capacity to bend the rules of the Indian embassy. "
The print version of the book is of a really good quality. Be it the cover page or the internal pages. So it gives a fantastic reading experience. But, we cannot say the same of the Kindle version of the book. It seems that the pages are simply scanned and uploaded (or exported like a PDF) and made available as Kindle version. They, don't automatically rearrange the content based on zooming (as in typical Kindle Ebooks), so the readers need to keep Zooming in and out throughout. And it, of course, disturbs the smooth reading. It is costly too. So you can purchase it when a book promotion is running. I see that as of now the Kindle version price is slashed to Rs. 100.
I would give it around 3-3.5 stars out of 5. (The stars above are rounded off.)