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July 29, 2013

Book Review - 128 : The Paperback Badshah

Publisher : Srishti Publishers & Distributors
Author : Abhay Nagarajan

The Paperback Badshah...The comical journey of a 100 Rupee' make the same mistakes while narrating the story as its protagonist fumbles all through as an author. In the end result, the story is too long, convoluted and a well intention satirical tale on the journey of publishing a mass fiction reduces to a plodding sermon, quite literally. The story flounders as and when the drama picks up but till the climax it falls apart like a pack of cards in a clunky, overblown ending which has very little justification or fun.

Things are interesting right at the start when author of the book concentrates on the central protagonist ambitions seeing another successful author cracking cheap jokes and garner publicity on a book launch. But as the story unfolds, there are long portions which have little significance to the narrative and just adds to the length of the book. There are dream sequences inserted which are genuinely funny and are the best bits in the book.

I am going with 2.5/5 for Abhay Nagarajan's 'The Paperback Badshah'. It could have been a great satire, unfortunately it squanders the potential by concentrating too much on smaller details and in turn, missing out the big picture. A one time read to be quickly consumed and forgotten in its present form.

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