Sunday, April 10, 2016

Book Review: Cabbing all the way by Jatin Kuberkar

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-9385854064
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers:Readomania
  • Price: Rs. 222/- (I got this book from the author for a review)
Twelve people agree to an idea of running a shared transport service from a common residential locality to their out-of-civilisation office campus. Twelve different minds with equally diverse personalities gel with each other to fulfil a common need. At first, the members collide on mutual interests, timings, priorities and personal discipline, but in the course of their journey, they become best friends, make long-lasting relationships, mentor and help each other on various mundane matters. The journey goes on fine until one day some members try to dictate terms over the group. The rift widens with each passing day, the tension surmounts and finally all hell breaks loose... Will the journey continue? Fasten your seatbelts for the journey is about to begin...

Behind the book
Source: Amazon.in


About the author

Take an ounce full of imagination and a scoop of humour. Mix them well. Now put a few teaspoons of feelings and emotions and stir until it smells good. Put the mixture on the pallet of dreams and garnish it with a few peanuts of desires; that is all it takes to be Jatin Kuberkar. A software engineer by day and a passionate writer by night, Jatin wants to experiment with different genres. When not tangled in software codes, he writes poetry, short stories and essays. He is deeply interested in spirituality, philosophy and observing life as it turns into interesting ways. He lives in Hyderabad, surrounded by his friends and well-wishers. His family consists of his mother, wife (who happens to be his childhood love) and his son, Arya. Jatin can be reached at: itsjatink@gmail.com. Know him more Behind the Book.

Me thinks

This is the second time I am reading the author Jatin Kuberkar and also a work from the house of Readomania. I had loved Jatin's previous book and enjoyed those short stories which was his debut work. In between he was a part of few anthologies where again he showed his writing prowess by experimenting with varied genres with equal elan. And today when I read this book I can see how much he has grown as a writer. He has not only improved his art but has also dared to try a completely different genre (humour / satire writing) and that too successfully!
I laughed along the characters all through the book and enjoyed it thoroughly. I really liked the simplicity in his writing and that is something he has retained since his first book. No complex words or language used and yet the most effective tone in the stories is what Jatin Kuberkar's biggest strength is. The story revolves around 12 people who are facing the woes of living in a big city and commuting to work daily when they decide to come up with a unique solution, that of hiring a cab to ferry them to and fro from office everyday. If you think that this was the happy ending then make no mistake this is just the beginning. I will not play a spoiler and reveal what happens next in the book but all I can tell you is that it is a fun roller coaster ride till the last page. The characters are completely connectable, lovely descriptions which make the beautiful city of Hyderabad come alive for you with awesome camaraderie and human emotions makes this book a thoroughly enjoyable read. Added to it the beauty of the Hyderabadi colloquial language with its authentic sounds intact which bring the much needed tang to the whole joy of the dialogues.

Now that I have spoken about what works, I would also like to highlight what doesn't work for me. There are some very minor negligible editing errors in the book. This book heavily reminded me of One night in Call centre by Chetan Bhagat which is something I enjoyed reading a lot. The only difference (and a major one at that according to me) was that the characters drawn here were not strong enough to stay with the reader for long. Maybe a little back story of theirs could have done that. Having said that I firmly believe it is a very miniscule point to take away the actual charm of this book.
Because in its own this book is a perfect read with witty one liners and loads of lessons on life to take back to along with the story.  It can be easily compared with One night in call centre and if you loved that book you will love reading this one too. This talks about the beauty of life in its ugliness due to the chaos created by us.

I would strongly recommend this book to each and every reading enthusiast. It is a very light read. A must have to add some laughter to your life at any moment.



Foodie Verdict


This book is like Lasagna - delicious in every bite (read: entertaining), filled with cheese (read: loads of laughter) and yummilicious!
Source: cooking.nytimes.com

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