Monkey Goes To Mountain

By A.P.Joshipura

Tanzania is a home to a wonderful wild life and great natural monuments like Mount Kilimanajaro, Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, and Rift valley. It offers plenty of excitement and adventure for fiction and romance. Raj, a young civil engineer based in Mumbai, knows he is a mediocre person. However, he is a sincere and a hard-working man, who has had a raw deal with his ex-bosses, who have not appreciated his work or paid him adequately. He takes a family friendÍs suggestion and decides to go to Tanzania in East Africa to work on a project erecting mobile phone towers throughout the country. He travels all over the country and meets with, sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic but exciting experiences of African life like bus robbery, ship sinking, human skinning, Serengeti adventure and a Tsunami in Lake Victoria. He finds solace in the innocent and sentimental African people and their simple life. He suffers a loss of relationships at home and falls in love with an African girl.RajÍs quest for professional and personal success in the face of his familyÍs dismay would categorize this novel as a bildungsroman. His gentleness and good nature, which would probably disqualify him for the Mumbai rat race, are what make him a lovable hero. Externally, he excels in human relations and enjoys a happy-go-lucky life but internally, he hates himself for his mediocre self. His obsession with climbing Mount Kilimanjaro epitomizes his effort to drag his life and his achievements out of obscurity and mediocrity into the blaze of heroism and glory. Does he achieve his goals?  The story is for those who love Africa and its wonderful natural treasures.

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Akhilesh Joshipura ïJoshieÍ was born in India. He graduated in Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and post graduated in Management from India 1984. After working for more than a decade in Indian manufacturing industries, he went to Tanzania as an expatriate to set up manufacturing projects. He was fascinated by Tanzania. He travelled extensively and enjoyed working with Tanzanians. While travelling upcountry, he was cut-off from family, friends, and usual means of entertainment like TV, Internet, cinema etc. Being a teetotaller, he could not kill his evening time in bars. He decided to use his spare time in writing this book on Tanzanian theme.