Keep Off the Grass by Karan Bajaj ~ Book Review

Book Description: 

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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About the Author: 

Karan Bajaj is the #1 bestselling novelist of KEEP OFF THE GRASS (HarperCollins: 2008) and JOHNNY GONE DOWN (HarperCollins: 2010) with more than 250,000 copies of his novels in print. Both novels were optioned into films, the latter just entering pre-production and slotted for a 2016 international release. He was selected as one of the “Top 35 Under 35 Indian” by India Today and was nominated for all of India’s top literary awards—the Crossword Book of the Year, Indiaplaza Golden Quill and Teacher’s Indian Achievers Awards(Arts).

THE SEEKER, Karan's first international novel, will be published by Penguin-Random House in India in June’ 2015 and US/world in early 2016. It was inspired by Karan’s one year spiritual sabbatical learning Yoga in a South Indian Ashram, meditating in complete silence in the Vedantic tradition in the Indian Himalayas and living as a Buddhist Monk in a Scottish monastery. Now back in New York, Karan is a certified Yoga teacher attached to the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center while working his day job as the Chief Marketing Officer of the cult mom brand, Aden and Anais.

Born in 1979 into an Army family, Karan is an engineering graduate from BIT Ranchi and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. 

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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.*~


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