Foreword by noted author Ravi Subramanian:
“I find it an intriguing story, full of humorous suspense- well worth the read. Go ahead, plunge into India. You are sure to enjoy it as much as I did.”
This book, a fun trip through India- with all the peculiar experiences of the country; has the ingredients to intrigue, the spice to savour, and the nuggets of reflection to delight!
Meet the characters of Chand TV and Changa Times – Madam Chandni, Mr. Chatu, Mr. Raja Chatu, voluptuous Ms. Kitry Kat; and the others – the boyfriend Runny Singh, Tinuji, swashbuckling Mr. Anal Manbee, Jamal and the Mangoman. Watch their lives intertwining with the young and lively Ambling Indians, as they navigate through the lanes, bylanes, gallis and mohallas that make up much of India.
One’s book is the apple of one’s eye and only the author of the book understands it best. Because, the book is the child, it is the lover, it is the sibling and yes, parent too. No wonder, many authors are misunderstood.
The theme of ‘AMBLING INDIAN’ is impressive as it perceives India and its pet peeves from a woman’s point of view (‘aam aurat’). And because these are personal views resembling occurrences in society, the author reserves the right to be judgemental.
Issues like unwarranted fat grand weddings, the hula-hoop over the very western concept of Valentine’s Day, the game of buying a house in the city, the bukwaas of Bollywood, numerology and its fan material, etc are all spread over the contents of the book.
Current issues plaguing the society are discussed in a seemingly fictional narrative but the satire inherent in the characters’ names and their actions are a thorough give-away. In fact, the book is less about an amble, it is more about a race against time!
The words in the book move faster than the mind can grasp and, before one can even warm up to a thought, a view or a satirical joke, one is moved away like a gust of wind ( and a stormy one at that!) to the next page, the next thought, a new topic. And, one is left wondering – what was it that one just read? Complimentary in ways but not entirely comfortable at times because, for people like me who need time to warm up to a character or a situation, the amble becomes a speed racing machine and I lose track of the path.
For those with a quick and agile sense of humour that perceives satire in every amble, then, this IS THE BOOK! There is no need to go anywhere else.
But, I recommend caution for the dull-witted (like me) who need some time to come to terms with an idea or an opinion before diving into a pothole of humour.
Disclaimer by the author for the chapter, ‘In the Public Eye, May 2014’
“This is in no way a reflection of any views on any political issues or parties. I have immense love and respect for all people and parties, political or otherwise. Please do not read this seriously.”
Book: Ambling Indian
Publication: Frog Books/Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd
Aina Rao is a silver medallist from IIT Delhi and a topper from IIM Bangalore. She is a financial services professional by training and a singer and writer by passion.
Pls. Note: The book has been sent to me for reviewing by the publisher and is NOT a paid review.