Once Upon the Tracks of Mumbai #atozchallenge

The A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2013   has been a blast so far, and I’ve made a host of new friends! I’m co-hosting it on Amlokiblogs, so drop me a comment there if you have something to say about the challenge itself. On this blog, I’ve been featuring mostly indie-published book excerpts for all of April. I love reading, and supporting author-friends, and this is a good way to do both.

Today, for O, I give you a romantic novel: Once Upon the Tracks of Mumbai by Rishi Vohra.

Once Upon a Time in Mumbai
Once Upon a Time in Mumbai

Elevator Pitch: The novel shows us the world through 24-year-old ‘autistic’, ‘psychotic’ Babloo’s eyes. Vandana is the only one who sees him differently, and inspires his journey through a series of twists and turns that change his life forever.

Excerpt: I awoke again to a metallic sound.  It was broad daylight.  The bed next to me was empty.  I got out of bed and looked out the window, searching for the familiarity of the railway tracks.  But it had been replaced by a manicured green lawn.  I looked around the room and saw that the old, peeling walls of my room had been replaced by neatly painted, light green walls.  The dusty, brown tiles has been replaced by smooth, clean, white ones.

The metallic sound was the morning bell.  And it rang every morning to wake us up and start us on our daily routine.
In an instant, it all came back to me.  In court, Barrister Lalwani had whispered to me that the only way out was to plead insanity.  He said that I would be able to get away with a few years’ sentence in a mental asylum, which was much better than a harsh prison term.  I had agreed only because I wanted to go back home faster.  That was almost a year ago.
When I first came here, I was scared.  I had seen many films which showed mental asylums.  The thought of living among crazy people scared me and I felt that I had made a mistake by coming here and should have gone to jail instead.
However, over the months I realized that these people were not crazy but victims of circumstances just like me.  They were not boring like the people outside.  They all had a history, something that made them interesting.
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Reviewers have called this book an engaging read, and this is Vohra’s debut novel. Would like to explore the sights and sounds of Mumbai through Babloo’s eyes?

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  1. pinksocks

    Very interesting. I guess recco is strong enough to pick the book and waltz with Babloo.

  2. Roshni

    The excerpt, as usual, made it sounds very interesting. And, my friends’ comments recommending the book convinced me to try and get it!

  3. blogwatig

    I’ve read this book. If you are a Bombayite, you will love it. If you are not, you will know the finer things that make the city what it is. And for the record the author is such a down to earth person. Read it for his honest attempt. I quite liked it and reviewed it too.

    • Rishi Vohra

      Hi Blogwati! Thank you for your kind and encouraging words! Once again, I do appreciate you taking the time out to read and review the book! Thanks again!


    • Rishi Vohra

      Please do! And please do let me know what you think! Look forward to hearing from you through the FB page/website (www.rishivohra.com). Thanks for stopping by!


    • Rishi Vohra

      Hi Cynthia,

      Yes, writing on such a subject was challenging. I did immense primary and secondary research on the same. At the time, I was in San Francisco studying an MBA. My University’s Psychology department was very helpful and, among other things, put me in touch with students with similar disabilities. But I have tried not to overly highlight these disabilities in the book. Would love to know what you think once you read the book. Thanks for stopping by!


    • Rishi Vohra

      Hi Laxmi,

      Thanks for stopping by. The subject is slightly offbeat, but have tried to give it a commercial flavour. Look forward to your feedback. Please email me through my website http://www.rishivohra.com. The website is down now for some reason, but am having it looked into.


  4. afshan18

    The author Rishi Vohra is a vry nice person 🙂 Got a book from him and liked reading it as well as reviewing ! feels good to read this