Story of a lost journalist

September 16, 2009

Vertigo by Ashok Banker

Filed under: Books — Cris @ 15:50

On an attempt to restart blogging I decided to write about a book I finished recently. Finished reading that is (writing one still remains a distant dream). Vertigo by Ashok Banker.

Mumbai. Early 1982 to 1984. Jayesh Mehta in his early 20s, caught in the rat race. Plus he has got an alcoholic mother and an ever-demanding girl friend.

After reading nearly 400 pages of tiny font, I am left wondering what was really there in all these pages. Really, couldn’t it have been written in less than 10 pages?

It was easy reading no doubt about it. But it doesn’t really move. I felt the book ended the same place it started at. You could have told the story without moving through all these pages. Predictability is not a problem. I mean, it could have been a little different – it could have moved in a different direction. But then maybe it is just 2-3 years of a normal everyday person, like me. There wasn’t supposed to be any big surprises, any supernatural effects – it is just an ordinary life of an ordinary individual – a troubled individual at that.

Still, somehow I am left unsatisfied. I couldn’t say what exactly is missing, but it just feels incomplete – heck it feels like I just read chapter 1. And there is a lot more to go.

Anyway, the book is written in simple easy-to-read language and that’s what attracted me in the first place. And maybe it is not about moving things in the life of Jayesh Mehta. It is just about the fast and furious life in Mumbai, about how people live there, about what happens… about what does not happen.



  1. that’s the meanest review I’ve ever read! i am not giving my first novel to you

    Comment by nithin — September 18, 2009 @ 00:01 | Reply

  2. @nithin, honesty dude, honesty is important in all reviews! Unless of course you are talking about free biriyanis and wine treats before you give me your first novel :p

    Comment by admin — September 25, 2009 @ 12:44 | Reply

  3. yeah nice try dude, but i am not letting you anywhere near my first novel

    Comment by nithin — September 26, 2009 @ 00:20 | Reply

    • @nithin, by the time you finish it maybe I will be too old to be critical!

      Comment by admin — September 26, 2009 @ 17:02 | Reply

  4. nice try again

    Comment by nithin — September 27, 2009 @ 00:22 | Reply

    • @nithin thats it! I am stealing your book!

      Comment by admin — September 28, 2009 @ 22:34 | Reply

  5. If Vertigo was uneventful, what would you call the book “Snow” by Pamuk or “Beatrice and Virgil” by Martel? Wow.

    Comment by Ms. Kenche — February 1, 2012 @ 20:44 | Reply

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