Thursday, 30 October 2014

Review: Yatrik the Traveller by Arnab Ray


Review: Yatrik the Traveller by Arnab Ray

*Publisher: Westland Ltd *ISBN: 978-93-84030-50-6 *Publication Year: 2014 *No of Pages: 262 *Cover: Paper Back *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 295 *Rating: 4/5

My View:

“Best” a thought provoking book. This book is something like watching your life as a movie, where you are given a choice to select three incidents of your life. Anushtup Chatterjee the protagonist of this novel selects two childhood events and one adult. Something like Anushtup is doing his own Post-mortem of his events or rather important incidents of his life.   

The way of expressing this whole event is excellent i.e. life after death is totally outstanding and this is first time I have read something new in a novel where after death events has been perfectly portrayed by the author. Although I have read many real incident books on life after death but in this novel ‘yatrik’, author has very well intertwined the whole story perfectly. 

Somewhere I thought unnecessary importance is given to politics by the author, and because of that it seams novel has been stretched little bit. In many ways this novel is a good satire for the Indian society, true reality of pressure and “how will society think about us if we behave differently from them” is very well described by the author. This is an every Indian story; many times you will find that you have gone through these types of incidents.

The pace of the book is fast and engaging from the very first page, character build-up and writing style is good, you will never get bored.

It’s a spoiler free review so not providing the plot of this novel. Grab this book, you will not regret. A must read for middle class Indian citizens.
        
Blurb:

‘Anushtup Chatterjee, I am really sorry to have to tell you this. But you have died.’

Anushtup Chatterjee is thirty-two years old. He hates his mother. His job is a dead end. And his girlfriend has left him.

Then one silent moonlit night, he wakes up in a deserted field in the middle of nowhere, with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. His wallet is gone. So is his cell phone.

He is not alone though.

There is another man there, a stranger with a gentle voice and a humble moustache, who has something rather unbelievable to say to him.

That he, Anushtup Chatterjee, has already died.

Mysterious and poignant, Arnab Ray’s latest work of fiction Yatrik is a story about hope and aspiration, love and regret, of the choices we make and those that life makes for us.

About Author:

Arnab Ray, better known as Greatbong, is one of India's most widely read bloggers who blogs at Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind. He is known for his sarcastic takes on the Indian film industry, Indian politics and society in general. His blog was awarded the "Indiblog of the Year" at Indibloggies in 2006[1] and 2008. He has written for several media outlets like the Washington Post, Outlook magazine and Live Mint. He graduated from Jadavpur University as a Bachelor in Computer Science and Engineering and went on to finish his PhD in Computer Science from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is presently employed as a research scientist at the University of Maryland and resides in the suburbs of Washington DC. His first book "May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss", published by Harper Collins, was on India Today's Bestsellers list.