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Monday, August 08, 2011

The Book of Answers

One an absolutely ordinary day, Patros Patranobis bumps into a fat man who is coincidentally looking for who to pass on a legacy to him. This legacy is so called book of answers which have been compiled by his ancestor, based on the predictions of an oracle of sorts whom he closely knew.
The problem is that the book is locked and the key is somewhere in Kerala.

Though Patros tries hard not to accept the book from the lawyer, the book ends up with him much to the joy and anticipation of his social worker partner Rose. Rose strongly believes that Patros must use this book to save the masses fro destruction and downfall.

Patros disagrees with her sentiments and for a paltry sum; he sells the book to Tarachand (Starmoon), the local kabadi.

Tarachand realizes the potential of the book and changes careers. He grows locks and turns into a Godman and uses the book of answers as the guiding force for counseling the local politician Ishwari Prasad, who in turns uses the Godman’s advice to formulate new policies.

Patros realizes his mistake and feels that it is his moral duty to set things right. He goes about obtaining the book back from the clutches of the politicians and sets about to look for the key.

The book has in store for the readers, a hilarious yet frustrating journey for the search of the book and the key running parallely with Rose’s attempts to do good for the women she encounters in her women shelter and otherwise and Tippy their son’s obvious deftness and boldness in handling corrupt policeman and baseless exam systems.

We go through the motions of corruption, the unethical politics, and the never ending fight of the common man against the system.

Does the Book of answers have answers at all?
Can the complex problem of mankind be solved by an all purpose book of answers?
I leave it to the readers to find out.

While the book is enjoyable and the chapters are served in easy to read bytes, one may not be able to finish it in a hurry. Take it slow an steady.

1 comment:

Sue said...

Would you recco it, Itchy? I loved Gopinath's 'Travels with the Fish' but that was a different kind of book, of course.