A simple Banaras city scene on the cover does not give you much. It’s just nice and colourful. So, like me, if you love colourful covers, too, then the book will definitely pull you towards it.
Name: Banaras Talkies
Author: Satya Vyas (Translated by Himadri Agarwal)
Number of pages: 210
Availability: Amazon (Buy it here)
The title is simple and straight forward. Reminded me of another book I read – Bolly Talkies a couple of years ago.
The language was easy and simple with a few unheard-of words here and there.
The story is about the life of law students (enrolled in the Banaras Hindu University) with a little twist towards the end. In the beginning I was a little lost with the 6 characters thrown at the reader in the first chapter itself. There is Bau Sahib, Jaivardhan Sharma (popular word – ghanta), Anurag De (aka Dada/Dada Bhaiya who talks, walks and sleeps cricket), Suraj (Baba – who loves girls), Rampratap Narayan Dubey (who has only 1 formula to study), Rajiv Pande (important scholar who makes a guest appearance) and Navendu (good boy who is a films expert).
There is no real plot here. The story is simple. It starts with counselling, ragging and thereafter tricks, proxying and much more. The book is about professors yelling for normalcy, students begging for attendance, love, conspiracies and finally danger. In short, it is about an eventful 3 years of law school in someone’s life.
*I read the book in 2 days. I have kids or I would have finished it in 1!
*The cover was colourful.
*The font was spaced well and easy to read.
*Best quote – The difference between a criminal lawyer and a criminal is sometimes just of a degree.
*As the description of each character was done so well in the beginning, I think their personalities could have been brought out a little more in the story.
*Not an improvement as such but I read the first chapter twice to make note of the 7 characters. Thank goodness the rest of the characters are introduced in chapter 2.
*A little bit of efficient translation would have probably made the book even more fun to read.
*A non-Indian may not be able to enjoy this book.
On the whole, I quite liked the book. I imagined being with the characters and listening to all their talks like how some of my friends communicate with each other. Though I’ve not really attended physical university, it did bring back a few memories from school and beyond!
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