Wednesday, 25 October 2017

#BookReview: Blowfish by Siddharth Tripathi

Title: Blowfish 
Author: Siddharth Tripathi
Publication Date:20th September 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury India 
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9789386643115


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. 


The cover of Blowfish is very beautiful and colourful with navy blue colour as the base colour and having a cartoon type,geometrical image of three men one with a gun and a pigeon. The backside of the book also has an image of a girl. The way images are made make the cover very attractive and funny.The cover design is by Kalyani Naravane.


Blowfish by Siddharth Tripathi is a dark comedy revolving around Mukund Bhandari and Rohit Chaddha who live in a rented apartment in Srijan Vihar in Gurgaon. Mukund  very casually quits his job just to write a book and do activities like learning guitar while on the other hand, Chaddha is fired from his job. The book is very relatable to today's generation working in MNC's.  
The book is written in first person from the point of view of Mukund and the language of the book is clear and simple. The main characters such as Mukund and Chaddha as well as the supporting characters like Sampu,Suman are very well developed and are interesting. The author has described all the events really well and can be visualized and the author has wit, humour in his writing making the reader laugh at various points while reading it. I really liked the showdown of air guns between Colonel Harpal Singh and Mukund and also the conversation about Bhishma of Mahabharata and Parashurama. The love stories in the story are sweet and simple. The pace of the book is neither too fast nor too slow. Mukund faces not just one problem rather problems one after another. A blowfish means a fish which has an ability to inflate and the same is with Mukund that his ability was to increase his own problems. Thus, the title of the book is very well justified. Overall, the story is very gripping filled with elements of friendship, love and wit. I really enjoyed reading the book a lot.
I would recommend this book everyone interested in reading a light funny, witty and an engrossing story.

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About the Author

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Siddharth Tripathi was born in Allahabad and went to school in Banaras. He is a B.E from NIT Trichy and an MBA from MDI, Gurgaon. Siddharth lives in Gurgaon with his wife and five-year-old son. The Virgins, published in 2013, is his first novel. 

* I received a copy of the book from Bloomsbury India in exchange of a review. Thank You.

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