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 email@example.com, and through his blog Gaurav Parab Says.
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Charming, thoughtful, and often funny, ‘Rustom …’ is a decidedly mature story of a man seeking redemption. It is one of the few stories that I have read where homor is alloyed with pathos in the most deft way possible. It will also surprise you in how profoundly honest it is, and in the wonderful recognizability of the flaws of each of its characters.
The central character, Rustom, has elements of Shakespearian tragic hero in him – fallen, gullible and self-destructive – whose battle is not with the world, as he believes, but rather with himself. And then, there is Jennifer, Rustom’s wife, pompous and stoic, is sort of antithesis of Rustom. The most fascinating character, though, might actually be Kahani Baba, whose unwitting style of telling stories about his strange visions will engross you and at the same time, will make you think. With such kaleidoscopic characters in play, the story is naturally engaging and swift. Without going into too much detail of the story itself, let me tell you this: If the humor of the story doesn’t get you, the mystery of it surely will.
Anecdotal in his style, Parab keeps readers engaged with his gift of creating humor out of the most unexpected situations, while never losing the grip on the story itself. He dexterously plays around with multiple sub-plots only to cohesively bring them all together for an engrossing finale. While there is no doubt that Parab is a master story-teller, what is even more impressive is his keen sense of observation, which allows him to accurately depict Parsis, Yogis, Mumbaikars, Pahadhis -- all with the same ease and nuance. His musings about the existential questions about life, death and God were what I, personally, enjoyed the most.
A book with such unique story-telling and sensibility as ‘Rustom ..’ is a rare event in India. If you have even tiniest interest in reading books, make sure that you don’t miss this one.
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.
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!
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