When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. -Khalil Gibran
Author: Siddharth Tripathi
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Blowfish is a fast, funny and irreverent take on the overhyped pursuit of passion in a country where flashy cars and posh bungalows remain the only lasting symbols of success and happiness.
Mukund and Chaddha spend their days comfortably ensconced in their cushy jobs, wallowing in regrets that make for good conversation. Mukund, in a fit of bravado. resigns to pursue his “calling”; the only hitch is that he doesn’t know what it is yet! Chaddha is fired and seeks solace in shooting pigeons at point-blank range. Mukund’s life spirals out of control when Colonel Harpal Singh, the housing society secretary, finds in him a reflection of his estranged son. Harpal places Mukund under “house arrest”, puts him on trial in a kangaroo court and coerces him to fight a ludicrous duel.
Constantly under threat, and running out of time and money, Mukund is about to go back to being a man with bad dandruff, a small car and even smaller dreams, when he meets Suman, a girl who, like him, is trying to figure out what life is all about.
It’s a witty read. The story focus on Mukund who works in MNC and stays with his friend. with good salary and lifestyle that every young generation wishes for. It revolves around how the life of people working in MNCs is. One fine day, Mukund decides to quit his job to find his talents, he wants something of his own and not this 9-5 job. He then decides to focus on writing which he feels he is good at. Mukund decides to leave a job, while on other hand, his friend Chaddha got fired.
The story has a good plot with proper narration. There’s a lot of slang language used. Without a job, these two friends go through too many situations which concluded with leaving the flat they lived in.
A new place was a new start for both of them. There were many supporting characters which played a great role, Sampu, Bumbum, Suman, Vanya, Nisha, and Cornel. I felt Suman’s character must have been little more elaborated. There was a missing puzzle in the story I felt, but too much fun it is.
The narration is good, so is the pace. The events can be visualized as it’s the reality that we all face.
Its a fun read with little romance and a lot of friendship. I loved the way Hoshiyaar helped these friends and email to Cornel’s son, emails to Nisha, Suman’s part, and so many surprising elements.
I really loved the book, it a fun, witty and light read.
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** I received a copy of the book from Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**