Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy by Pawan Mishra ~ Book Review

Book Summary:

Coinman, a junior level office worker in India, has a number of eccentricities. The laughingstock of the office, he finds no relief at home; his wife Imli, an obsessed actress, completely vanishes into each role. When tough bully, Hukum, beautiful enchantress, Tulsi, and the office sage, Ratiram, unite the office to conspire against Coinman, they have no inkling of an apocalypse looming inside the office.

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About the Author:

Pawan Mishra is a leader in the technology and finance industries. He completed his education at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He spent the first eighteen years of his life in the small town of Aligarh in India and discovered his love of storytelling, reading, and writing during this time. This debut novel, Coinman, tells the story of the protagonist's peculiar habit and the incredible animosity it provokes in the people around him.

Pawan now lives in Morrisville, North Carolina, with his wife, Ritu, and two daughters, Mitali and Myra.

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**** 4 out of 5 stars

This book is as colorful and unique as its cover. You can immediately immerse yourself in this ordinary, yet extraordinarily corky cast of characters as the story of Coinman is unfolded by the narrator. 

Kesar rightfully earned his nickname of Coinman, with his incessant jingling and fiddling of the coins in his pocket. The author described this so well, I felt like I could hear the coins myself, and I have to admit I began to feel annoyed just like his peers! This obsessive behavior leads to his alienation from his peers,  eventually resulting in an identity crisis for Coinman. 

Where the beauty of this story lies is in the characters, who almost seem larger than life - caricatures, if you will. The satire of the book really shines through in the different perspectives of each character, and the author keeps you engaged with the pace and intricate plot line.

This story is simple and clean; at no point does it try to be any more or less than it needs to be. In other words, it never comes across as contrived, which I could have seen easily happening if handled by another. The real life perspective of hostile work environments was woven in effortlessly as a gentle reminder that this story is not so far from reality.

This isn't a typical read for me, so I expected it to feel different. I've now come to realize, this isn't a typical read. Period. I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for something entirely distinct that you can connect with emotionally. Oh, and for a few laughs here and there!

~I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.~


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