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Autistic. Schizophrenic. Psychotic... They use these words to describe Babloo the doctors, hisfamily, his teachers everyone except Vandana. She treats him theway he wants the world to see him. Mumbai the city that defines his ultimate desires. Will itallow him the love and normalcy he so craves Vandana yearns for a soul mate to rescue her from theconfines of the Railway Colony they all live in. Is she looking inthe right place Rail Man a fearless, real-life hero who succeeds in doingall that Babloo secretly wishes to do is Babloo his inspiration oris it the other way around A random twist of fate on Mumbais endless, serpent-like,jangling local train tracks ties all these characters together in acomplex weave of love, heartbreak, and courage. Babloo draws the reader into his fascinating, heart-rendingjourney through the twisted, choked lanes of Mumbai, into an openspace where he can finally exhale, be born again. About the Author Rishi Vohra recently relocated back to Mumbai aftercompleting a Green MBA from San Francisco State University and aMasters Diploma in Environmental Law, prior to which he had asuccessful career in the Indian entertainment industry. Having been a guest columnist for various newspapers inIndia, he currently writes for delWine and is a CertifiedSpecialist of Wine. This is his first novel. Visit for more information.SPECIFICATIONS OF ONCE UPON THE TRACKS OF MUMBAI (PAPERBACK) Title:Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai Author:Rishi Vohra ISBN-10:8184953054 ISBN-13:9788184953053 Language:Unknown Binding:Paperback Publisher:Jaico Publishing House Publishing Year:19-08-12 Number of Pages:272

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Language English
Publication Date August 5, 2012
Publisher Jaico Publishing House
Contributor(s) Rishi Vohra
Binding Paperback
Edition First
Page Count 272
ISBN 10 8184953054
ISBN 13 9788184953053
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Product Dimensions 14 cm x 1.5 cm x 21.6 cm
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  1.  A remarkable debut work of fiction 2 January, 2013 On
    Its hard to believe that this is the author's debut work of fiction , the reasons being the extra ordinary plot and the enticing style of writing . The plot , with the main protagonist being a psychologically challenged person is not a well beaten path and the manner by which Babloo's inner conflicts has been depicted is laudable . The author manages to portray Babloo as an individual who thinks and reasons like a sane person , while his family looked upon him as a good for nothing young man. For the same reason , as a reader i could empathise well with his character , view the nuances of life around him through his eyes and thus connect to his yearning to transform the world to a better place through the label of the rail man . Vandana is yet another favourite character , who is every bit the modern independent working woman , who stands up for herself , her strength of character solidified by her approach to Sikhander towards the later part of the story . She is driven by dreams to settle in America , but never stoops down to indecent levels for the purpose , which includes resisting the sexual innenduos her boss used to throw at her .

    The author also brings to lime light the gruelling mishaps that teenage girls tend to welcome into their life when they fall prey to the gimmicks of morally degenerated men and through Vandana he sends across a strong message against this . The families of vandana and Babloo have been sketched in the typical Indian manner, with marriage and a decent job to flaunt playing the centre stage of their discussions . The gossip mongering colony dwellers also point to the ubiquitous scenario that we see around us with people inclined to deal with the life of others' more than they do with their's .

    The writing style is lucid , with the author indulging deeper into the subtleties of Babloo's thought processes , thus sprinkling a layer of elegance over the words. The characters are dissected to its deepest level which inturn imparts a classy edge to the writing . The title could have been a better one , however i guess it would be stupid to judge a book by its title alone . Almost impossible to stay clear of the book once you have ventured on reading it and needless to say , i happened to plunge effortlessly into the gripping plot that was unravelling before me like in a movie , making it a neccesity that i finished the book in one sitting . I would definitely not have second thoughts before grabbing a copy of the next work by the author . I recommend this book to all lovers of good fiction . You shouldnt miss this one !
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  2.  Engrossing. Fascinating. Page-turner. Insightful. 18 January, 2013 On
    When you pick up a book by an Indian author you have certain expectations which precisely includes plain pedestrian language among many others. Hinglish is their mother tongue and a lousy story with some pages plastered with steamy sex scenes and explicit language makes them a national bestseller. OUTTOM drains all your expectations down the drain. (Thankfully!) The language is extremely good. It is a bit toned down for the masses yet it doesn't disappoint you.

    Balwant Srivastav known as Babloo throughout the book is the protagonist of the story. He is autistic, schizophrenic and psychotic in words of the society but brave and nice in words of Vandana, an independent and romantic-at-heart whom Babloo sees himself with throughout the story. The book deals with his mental dilemmas and his ultimate path to self-discovery. The villain of the story is the society. He is not accepted by the society and not even by his parents. He is the ignored and is the less-loved kid and is constantly nagged by his father for being a social disgrace. He has ideas, he has notions on how the society should work and how the government should work but soon realizes that there is no other way to make sure that the changes take place until he takes law in his own hands.

    As the title suggests the book revolves in Mumbai and especially around the railway tracks. The author explores the whole of Mumbai from slums, railway quarters to posh localities, from hard-working honest people to cable-wallas that telecast porn movies at night on viewer demands and pirated movies, from political gangs to grateful and enthusiastic television reporters, from mean and selfish people to real life heroes.

    The other prominent character in the book is Vandana : A typical middle class Indian girl fascinated by the freedom of thought and action in the west. Like most of the people she has huge ass dreams but doesn't take a single step to have them fulfilled. She leaves her life and also her dreams to destiny and cribs about her life without actually doing anything about it.

    Characters like Sikander and Raghu disappoint you. One is this extremely charming bastard who takes advantage of naive girls while the other is a desperate, horny, male chauvinist pig that has opinions on what his to-be-wife is "supposed" to do and not do the moment his marriage is fixed.

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  3.  A Heart touching story! 8 February, 2013 On
    Once upon the tracks in Mumbai touches your heart. Babloo the protagonist and the way he deals with the society and situations is presented in such a way that makes you think over a lot of things. Rishi Vohra's first attempt at writing is simply superb and I am already looking forward to read more from him !
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