** I have received a review copy from Bloombury India in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Bloomsbury **
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.
Blowfish is a fast, funny and irreverent take on the overhyped pursuit of passion in a country where flashy cars and posh bungalows remain the only lasting symbols of success and happiness.
In my view, this book can be a good lazy read after you have read 3-4 heavy duty books, with too many metaphors or mind-boggling action or a flamboyant display of fantastical elements, back-to-back. Its simple, funny, fast-paced, realistic — sob story of all youth in India, who don’t want to grow up but they have, slightly haywire that we tend to be. One can very much connect with the different characters, a college topper gets lost in the corporate race; a temperamental punjabi; a stubborn yet whinny old dad; nosy, dominating society head; over caring mother; a confused first timer dad; a pregnant woman on severe mood swing. You’re in for a hilarious, ‘face-palm’-ing ride.