· ISBN # 978-81-8495-305-3
· Genre: Fiction
· Publishers: Jaico Books
· Price: Rs. 175/- (I got this copy from the author requesting for a review)
Since the time I have started reading and reviewing books I keep frequenting flipkart and good reads for recommendations. Not to forget the various tips my other reader friends manage to give me depending on the books they have read. Once upon the tracks of Mumbai by Rishi Vohra was a book which was very much talked about in my circles and I was really looking forward to catching up with it soon (Being an investment banker cum blogger cum reviewer cum traveler cum photographer cum cook cum dancer cum…. Pheww the list is long... You get the idea right as to what keeps me so busy!!)
The author Rishi Vohra contacted me requesting me to review his book and I thanked God for granting my wish so soon. Here I need to mention that the author has been very kind in autographing the copy with my name on it adding a special touch to it and the most wonderful part was when I noticed that he had done this for all the reviewers. I truly admire such authors who go an extra mile to make the reader feel very special and privileged. Thank you so much Rishi Vohra, truly appreciate this!
Behind The book
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“A fresh, well-plotted, human story about love against all odds in middle-class Mumbai, with a “hero” for whom you care deeply. It’s an entertaining read!” – Kabir Bedi, International & Bollywood Actor.
About the author
Rishi Vohra recently relocated back to Mumbai after completing a Green MBA from San Francisco State University and a Masters Diploma in Environmental Law, prior to which he had a successful career in the Indian Entertainment Industry. After featuring as a guest columnist for various newspapers in India, he currently writes for delWine and is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW). 'Once Upon the Tracks of Mumbai' is his first novel. (Source: www.rishivohra.com)
Ok I will be honest here the first time I had read about this book I felt it must be some typical romantic story set in Mumbai something like Saathiya. But gradually I read the blurb, the reviews and then finally read the book I realized that this book is much more than just romance. Though it talks about friendship, family and many other things it is about life more than anything for me.
This story is about Babloo – a normal guy with normal dreams expecting the world to see him normally.
It is about Vandana – a simple girl next door with an eternal quest for undying love in the form of her soul mate.
And lastly it is about the Rail Man – A super hero for whom nothing is impossible.
Bring along all these characters with the back drop of railway colony and you have a wonderful masterpiece called Once upon the tracks of Mumbai.
A brilliantly written story, touching, exposes the humane side what otherwise seems like missing in today’s world. The trauma a person suffering from some mental ailment has to go through for no fault of his is really heartening to read. What brings a smile on your face is when you see the way he looks at life. It is so beautiful that it touches your heart. You pray for him when he shares his dreams and fears with you. No wonder you will fall in love with this character as he is truly so affable. I would not like to play a spoiler here and declare the way this story ends. But I can just say this book is yet another addition to “triumph of good V/s evil” category.
A light read, recommended for people who enjoy reading such books which are full of the 3 Ls of life – Life, Love and Laughter.
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Tiramisu- Delicious, melts in the mouth, yummy and mouth watering.