Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai - Book Review

A few days back, I received a signed copy of the book - Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai, for review. The title itself was very intriguing!

It all happened when the author mailed me to see if I could review his debut novel.He also sent me a press release and going through it really increased my eagerness to read the novel.

About the author...

The author,Rishi Vohra,has been a columnist for various newspapers in India and being a Certified Specialist of wines , currently writes for delWines.

Rishi recently relocated to Mumbai after a Green MBA from San Fransisco State University and a Masters Diploma in Environmental Law.

Story line...

Now, coming to the book, it talks about the life and love of an autistic person who is the 'hero' of this book, fondly called Babloo.

Autism, which is a disorder of neural development ,is characterised by impaired social interaction and communication and repetition of behaviour. It is a very sensitive topic and has been dealt in a very beautiful way.

Babloo is seen by all differently ,except for Vandhana who lives in the same colony and Babloo has a secret crush on her,He walks her to the station and waits for her return from office.But is unable to express his love.

On a Holi day, Babloo saves a women from harassment and the lady terms him 'Rail Man'. From then on Babloo walks around the tracks, looking out to help people in distress.

Meanwhile, a local Romeo,Sikandhar, tries to seduce Vandhana .He promises Babloo to convey his[Babloo's] love to her but his intentions are not that though. Vandhana is engaged to Babloo's younger brother but Babloo is totally unaware of it!

Who gets married to whom,what becomes of Babloo and the Rail Man,is the climax,....

Here is what I like about this book..

This book is not a thriller but it has a beautiful love story inter woven by the thoughts and daily routine of an Autistic person and how he wishes to lead a normal life. The other characters in the book add the necessary dimensions to make this a great read. 

 I will happily give a 4/5 for this book.

If the author is planning to release a second book,I will definitely be keeping an eye open to grab it....

At a Glance....

Book - Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai

Author -Rishi Vohra

Publisher - JAICO Publishing House

No. of Pages - 266

Price - INR 175

Get in touch with the author @ his Website - Rishi Vohra

Note : This is not a paid review.

Happy Browsing...

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