Rustom And The Last Storyteller Of Almora Paperback – 3 May 2015
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Gaurav Parab is a marketer with a leading technology company. He has played many successful roles in life, including the favourite child of the multi-talented Nilima and Ullhas Parab, sticky salesman of chewing gum and adhesives, evil brains behind a betting syndicate at his B-School, reluctant dog walker, good-looking quizzing enthusiast, poet with the most thoughtful look on his face, that kid who attended a dozen schools and got kicked out from a few on circumstantial evidence, and motivational speaker. In addition to contributing to newspapers and websites, he blogs at the cleverly titled Gaurav Parab Says. He lives in Pune with his beautiful wife Juhi, and their sloppy dog-child Joko. Joko is convinced that he is a horse, and Gaurav spends a good part of the day helping Joko deal with his multiple personality disorder. You can connect with Gaurav at facebook/pages/Gaurav-Parab, on email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and through his blog Gaurav Parab Says.
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It just doesnt go low at any paragraph of any page and raises your curiosity to a level that makes you hold even the nature's call at times and want to read just one more page before taking a break.
I read this book in 3 days which is not quite quick of a reading for readers but after i finished the first half , I realised that I was finishing the reading of the story and I didnt want that. Such is the presentation of the characters and situation, it felt like I had some intriguing visitors at home and they were going to leave as soon as I finished it.
Most wonderful part of it is that there are a few pages that are so beautifuly and simply emotional that you wonder how Gaurav has managed to fit them in thsi fast paced story.
Kudos Gaurav Parab and thanks for this beautiful little book!
Rustom, our green eyed protagonist, is a man of a strange kind of integrity ' his actions display a weird mismatch with his thoughts. By outward appearances, he seems reckless, thoughtless, even. But since we're privy to his thoughts, we know that he is conscientious, trying to right the wrongs, ensuring that his family is safe after him. He is a man who is a sum of many parts. Thinking about tidbits of wisdom that his mother shared with him, thinking about his wife (in her various avatars), thinking about his sister's last days in the hospital (suicide, he believes). I was touched by how real he was. The rich Parsi family with a 'history' of suicide provided the perfect backdrop ' especially the grandfather whose will allows for the family to inherit money only if Rustom kills himself.
He is desperate, and desperate people do desperate things. Even things like plotting to take their own lives.
But Rustom is not the depressed, suicidal kind ' he was driven to it ' thinking himself into a dark corner, whence the only escape is the narrow window that suicide allows him.
Enter Kahani Baba, the lovable, rotund psychic who shakes Rustom's consciousness with his visions. In each vision is hidden a clue that could end Rustom's misery. The clues are random and non-linear ' as a reader, I found myself sucked into the vortex of Rustom's mind, trying to solve and make sense of the Kahani Baba experience.
Will Rustom crack the clues? Will he be able to get out of the corner he's boxed himself into? For Rustom, the entire story plays out between the bullet and the skin ' which, by the way, was an alternate title for the book, I hear!
On the writing ' even while dealing with a subject like suicide, Gaurav keeps it pacey, and full of mystery. As a reader, you'll find yourself turning the pages swiftly. The shorts within the main story were fantastic ' each one a gem. The characters are well fleshed out and engaging - even in bit parts, the people stand out and have their own personalities. Gaurav has a wonderful insight into the human condition - some lines from the book will stay with me forever. Well done, GP!
The Statesman review called it, 'an almost perfect debut' and I couldn't agree more. Go grab your copy! Highly recommended.
There were moments in the train, at home when I blurted out large LOLs, thanks to GPs wit and unpredictable sense of humor.
There are so many wisdom filled sentences that I have had to mark and re-read, one, because they were so brutally honest and yet so unobvious to the normal mind and two, because I thought I knew GP!! I know he is the smart and intelligent types and all. But, this took it to a level of super human EQIQ. I realised GP has an alter-ego that needs to be worshipped. Maybe they should make a movie outta Rustom. maybe just maybe he is the next Deepak Chopra or robin Sharma, but true blue GP style.
Thank you for a wonderful book and please do the world a favour and write many more.
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