#BookReview : Mango People in Banana Republic by Vishak Shakti

Title: Mango People In Banana Republic
Author: Vishak Shakti
Publisher: The Write Place
Published on: 1st January 2018
Pages: 238
Binding: Paperback


Ravi Bhalerao is a top of the rung business strategy consultant struggling with two disquiets in life – a festering career disillusionment and a festering wound in his posterior. Stung by an unfair performance appraisal, he pulls off an outrageous stunt at his workplace, drops off the urban map and reaches his ancestral land, a village in drought-prone Vidarbha. There he encounters India in its elemental form. Convinced that his destiny is somehow entwined with that of his country, he sets off on a truth-seeking mission. On that mission, he finds love, revolution and most importantly, a redemption for the disquiet in his rear.

Anand is a former physicist on a spiritual quest through esoteric India. He realizes that the path to realization is beset on all sides by gurus, their cults and their boundless quirks. As he hops from one ashram to the other, he grows convinced that liberation does not come with a user manual in a neat little box.


The cover page of the book is very different and unusual in shades of black, white and red. I found it quite unusual as it has an image of an Indian saint with a barcode on his face. It is attractive and funny.


Mango People In The Banana Republic by Vishak Shakti is a very interesting satire book and it's been quite a long time since I read a satire. The story revolves around Ravi Bhalerao who is a business strategy consultant in a firm and gets frustrated with his daily professional life and decides to quit everything and the other character is Anand, who is on a spiritual quest to find his own self.

The story line of the book is quite different and very interesting having different elements such as of disappointment, betrayal, love, affection and spirituality. It is an engaging blend of these elements in which author has also discussed about the various problems which are existing such as the problems faced by the farmers, political issues, naxalites etc and the events are very well described in a detailed manner with various twists. There are also some scenes of Rama and Dasaratha.

The book is written in a simple, easy and in a flowing language. The narration and the writing style is also very solid, witty and magnetic that one is not able to put the book down and story line moves at its own pace, neither too fast nor slow. It is divided into seven chapters based on the seven chakras of the human body which are the Root chakra, the Sacral Chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra, the Heart Chakra, the Throat Chakra, the Third Eye Chakra and the Crown Chakra.

The two male protagonists are Ravi and Anand and apart from them other characters are Madhu, KR,Rama etc. The characters of the male leads are very well developed. I really liked the character of Ravi as it was really fun to read about him. He was sassy and sarcastic. The book is not so heavy, it is light which will make you laugh as well as make you think a lot about various issues.

When I read the title I was quite confusesd but after reading the book I got it. Mango means 'aam' which means 'common' in English language and Mango Republic means a country which is unstable. Thus, the title is very well justified. Overall, it is very enjoyable read which is humorous, witty, enlightening and insightful. I really enjoyed reading it a lot and I would recommend this to the satire readers.

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Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.in/People-Banana-Republic-Vishak-Shakti/dp/9387282171


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Vishak Shakti is a writer by compulsion. He writes to vent, to purge, to indulge, and sometimes just for the heck of it. He has written for publications such as MSN India, The Hindu, and Clean Bowled. He thinks that a good book has three essential ingredients – entertainment, artistry and relevance, in that order. He has a liking for literary thrillers, philosoifiction and compelling non fiction. He has peculiar liking for writers with irrelevant voices. Cricket is his guilty pleasure, both Tests and T20s. He is a Tech.Product Manager in his day job and lives in Bengaluru.

*I received a free copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange of an honest and an unbiased review.

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