What do you do when you are a twenty-five-year-old Yale graduate making half-a-million dollars a year as a hotshot investment banker on Wall Street?
You bust your ass and become a millionaire by thirty, of course.
Not if you are Samrat Ratan, born in the USA to immigrant Indian parents; you quit and enrol in business school in India instead.
Samrat's rollercoaster journey begins at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Bangalore, where he spends his time getting high on marijuana while his grades – and self-confidence – plummet. Soon, Samrat's quest for identity turns increasingly bizarre as it takes him places he hadn't planned on visiting – prison, for example – and makes him do things he hadn't banked on doing: 'meditating' stoned with a sexy Danish hippie in the Himalayas, hanging out with a cannibal on the banks of the Ganga, and peddling soap to the formidable Raja Bhaiya in Benares.
Does Samrat – Yale valedictorian, investment banker, convict, pothead – survive his fall from grace?
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This was a totally different read for myself. I am not into business or Wall Street but I was really into this book. It really was a new story line for myself, with some ganja, sex and foul language. I have been fascinated by stories taking place in India lately and have enjoyed both books I have read by Karan Bajaj. This is a book about Samrat who is wanting to find out more about himself by venturing to India where his parents left to set up a life in the US. Samrat decides to head off to India on a whim to take courses at a business school where he meets some very interesting new friends. Smoking pot, drinking and not sleeping is what Samrat and his two friends do during the two year program. I love how his one friend can smoke up all the time, skip classes and still ace everything. This journey takes so many turns and keeps you glued to the pages to see what else can possibly happen. Will Samrat find what he is looking for or will he float through two years in India lost. I really enjoyed the characters in this book and found the story line to have a steady flow to it. I'll admit to having a ah ha moment when I figured out the play on words with the title but closer to the end there is another ooh maybe that is what the author means. The story is told by Samrat as a memory of his journey.
If you are looking for something different than the normal mystery, fantasy or contemporary romance this is a fun read about college life in India while just trying to find oneself and being truly happy.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~