#BookReview: Ambling Indian by Aina Rao

Book Review:

“This book, a fun trip through India—with all the peculiar experiences of the country, has the ingredients to intrigue, the spice to savour, and the nuggets of reflection to delight! Meet the characters of Chand TV and Changa Times—Madam Chandni, Mr. Chatu, Mr. Raja Chata, voluptuous Ms. Kitry Kat; and the others—the boyfriend Runny Singh, Tinuji, swashbuckling Mr. Anal Manbee, Jamal and the Mangoman. Watch their lives intertwining with the young and lively Ambling Indian’s, as they navigate through the lanes, bylanes, gallis, and mohallas that make up much of India. Coast through Bollywood, the elite Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institutes of Management—hallowed Oxbridges of the East; weddings, politics, and modern offices. Duck and dive as you avoid the cows, potholes, and street dogs. Celebrate the functions and everything else that is the substance of modern India; chaotic yet captivating. Sit back, brace yourself for a quirky, rollicking auto rickshaw ride, and lose yourself in time as you travel with the aam aadmi (the common man). Discover an India like you have never seen before— through the mirror of the Ambling Indian, Aina; who discovers an unknown side of herself too.”

Review:

I am not sure exactly how to review this book. A hilarious take on India is a very dicey topic of late, with everyone’s sentiments getting hurt about practically everything. Nevertheless, Aina Rao has done a pretty decent job. The over the top characters and their names are funny, though after a time, they start getting on my nerves.

What Rao has done is taken real life events, and put them together in a hilarious account . Her sense of humour is unique and different. The cover of the book is attractive and definitely a crowd puller. India, Indians and the situations we brave practically every day of our lives has been put together in this book. As you read the book, you will be travelling with the common man of India and seeing a regular person’s life. The characters have very over the top names and are particularly interesting, upto a point.

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 Describing India is a daunting task, some would say it is an impossible task. The cesspool of life inspires and intrigues a legion of creative souls, but many find it simply impossible to do justice to the great experience that’s India.

And of course, this muse of their makes her way into their work of fiction. While many have described the typical Indian life in their books, The Ambling Indian may be the first book that is a straight up diary of an Indian in India. This is a slice of India that can rarely be seen anywhere else.

Though the way the book is written is unique in itself, what remains with the reader even after the book is written is the sense of humor. And many would say it is this same sense of humor that is the greatest strength of a typical Indian.

Walk down the paths of India any day and you will find that through all her problems, her inadequacies her quirks and kinks, Indians have learnt to grin and bear it – and The Ambling Indian is a just a humorous take on the attitude that’s known as desiness.

So, with a dash of humor and a heavy pinch of sarcasm, you get an idea of how the ‘system’ in India works, a quick, amusing peek into the life of the common man on the street – well, a man who’s literally making a living off the street – and other colorful characters that make India the country that it is.

The Ambling Indian gives a peek and tackles almost every issue that dogs ‘our desh’ today. Right from corruption to nepotism to the ‘chalta hein’ attitude, everything becomes an account in this diary of an Indian in India.

The Ambling Indian is a refreshing take not just on India but also the very aspect of fiction writing. Definitely something that every avid reader should read.

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Foreword by noted author Ravi Subramanian:

“I find it an intriguing story, full of humorous suspense- well worth the read. Go ahead, plunge into India. You are sure to enjoy it as much as I did.”

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Blurb:
This book, a fun trip through India- with all the peculiar experiences of the country; has the ingredients to intrigue, the spice to savour, and the nuggets of reflection to delight!
Meet the characters of Chand TV and Changa Times – Madam Chandni, Mr. Chatu, Mr. Raja Chatu, voluptuous Ms. Kitry Kat; and the others – the boyfriend Runny Singh, Tinuji, swashbuckling Mr. Anal Manbee, Jamal and the Mangoman. Watch their lives intertwining with the young and lively Ambling Indians, as they navigate through the lanes, bylanes, gallis and mohallas that make up much of India.

Reviewer’s Reflection:

One’s book is the apple of one’s eye and only the author of the book understands it best. Because, the book is the child, it is the lover, it is the sibling and yes, parent too. No wonder, many authors are misunderstood.

The theme of ‘AMBLING INDIAN’ is impressive as it perceives India and its pet peeves from a woman’s point of view (‘aam aurat’). And because these are personal views resembling occurrences in society, the author reserves the right to be judgemental.
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Issues like unwarranted fat grand weddings, the hula-hoop over the very western concept of Valentine’s Day, the game of buying a house in the city, the bukwaas of Bollywood, numerology and its fan material, etc are all spread over the contents of the book.

Current issues plaguing the society are discussed in a seemingly fictional narrative but the satire inherent in the characters’ names and their actions are a thorough give-away. In fact, the book is less about an amble, it is more about a race against time!

The words in the book move faster than the mind can grasp and, before one can even warm up to a thought, a view or a satirical joke, one is moved away like a gust of wind ( and a stormy one at that!) to the next page, the next thought, a new topic. And, one is left wondering – what was it that one just read? Complimentary in ways but not entirely comfortable at times because, for people like me who need time to warm up to a character or a situation, the amble becomes a speed racing machine and I lose track of the path.

For those with a quick and agile sense of humour that perceives satire in every amble, then, this IS THE BOOK! There is no need to go anywhere else.
But, I recommend caution for the dull-witted (like me) who need some time to come to terms with an idea or an opinion before diving into a pothole of humour.

Disclaimer by the author for the chapter, ‘In the Public Eye, May 2014’
“This is in no way a reflection of any views on any political issues or parties. I have immense love and respect for all people and parties, political or otherwise. Please do not read this seriously.”

Book: Ambling Indian
Publication: Frog Books/Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd
Genre: Fiction
Price: 130/-
Author:
Aina Rao is a silver medallist from IIT Delhi and a topper from IIM Bangalore. She is a financial services professional by training and a singer and writer by passion.

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Pls. Note: The book has been sent to me for reviewing by the publisher and is NOT a paid review.

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Book Name        -  Ambling Indian
Author                -   Aina Rai
Publisher            -   Frog books
No.of Pages       –    189
Publishing Year –   2015
Edition               –    Paperback
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Rating : 3.5

Blurb

“This book, a fun trip through India—with all the peculiar experiences of the country, has the ingredients to intrigue, the spice to savour, and the nuggets of reflection to delight! Meet the characters of Chand TV and Changa Times—Madam Chandni, Mr. Chatu, Mr. Raja Chata, voluptuous Ms. Kitry Kat; and the others—the boyfriend Runny Singh, Tinuji, swashbuckling Mr. Anal Manbee, Jamal and the Mangoman. Watch their lives intertwining with the young and lively Ambling Indian’s, as they navigate through the lanes, bylanes, gallis, and mohallas that make up much of India. Coast through Bollywood, the elite Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institutes of Management—hallowed Oxbridges of the East; weddings, politics, and modern offices. Duck and dive as you avoid the cows, potholes, and street dogs. Celebrate the functions and everything else that is the substance of modern India; chaotic yet captivating. Sit back, brace yourself for a quirky, rollicking auto rickshaw ride, and lose yourself in time as you travel with the aam aadmi (the common man). Discover an India like you have never seen before— through the mirror of the Ambling Indian, Aina; who discovers an unknown side of herself too.”

My review

The foremost thing that came to my mind is whether the book is fiction or nonfiction. Well, the book is invariably a fictional work for the names are imaginary. Keeping that aside I could see a true portrayal of India. The book is about living in India, living with India and living as an Indian . If you want to enjoy the book, you should know India.

Ambling Indian is not a story. It is a collection of events witnessed by Aina Rao- the ambling Indian. The real aam aadmi. Not a pretentious mangoman.

The book has sarcasm, satire, criticism, reflection and moreover an out pour of the heart feelings. The most commendable quality of the book is the phraseology and uniqueness. Authoress proved that we need not use sleazy dialogues or double meaning to pull off humor. The book might not make us laugh our bowels out but it will surely touch our funny bone.

The book is a simple and light read but with an inherent message that reaches deep inside. The pace is not steady. Some events felt like an unnecessary addition, which stuck out of the whole context of the book.

The design of the book cover is in tune with the book. Rustic, and unique.

Highlights

Unique writing style.

  • Humour

Drawbacks

Inconsistency

One Liner

India portrayed humorously, sincerely and effectively.

Reviewed for the publisher
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author


Aina Rao is an alumnus  of the Oxbridges of the East (IIT and IIM ), who lived and worked in London before relocating to beautiful Bangalore. She is a Financial Services Professional by training, and a writer ( genre-humour), a singer( Bollywood ) by passion. She writes and sketches as the ambling indian, the aam aadmi, aam aurat, common man or common woman of India, bringing out the fun and the joy of being here.

 She is available to write guest columns and speak on various topics, or host sessions with special reference to the Indian context, including “ Innovation”, “ Humour”, “Life”, and “Ethics” .
Aina Rao is a silver medalist from IIT Delhi, and has worked in the Financial services industry for several years as a fund and investment manager. She has written for various publications including
Financial Times Advisor,London
Inmarkets, London
She has been a blogger for Msn.in, writing editor’s picks and is now writing a series of hilarious books on India, the first one titled AMBLING INDIAN.
She lives with her family, the amblingindians, in the heart of Bangalore – both rural and urban.

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