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MARATHON BABA (English)

Author: Girish Kohli
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Publisher: PRAKASH BOOKS
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Marathon Baba, written by Girish Kohli, is a funny, irreverent novel that touches on most aspects of modern society.

Summary Of The Book

The plot centers around Karna, who finds everyday life hard to deal with. So, he runs. He runs to understand life, he runs away from life, he runs and keeps on running. Karna runs for seven long years through the country. At one point, he suddenly turns red, for no apparent reason. He then decides to set up an Ashram, and calls it the Marathon Ashram. The novel relates Karna’s story from his young days, living with his quarrelling parents in a fictional city. Later in life, he is dumped by his girlfriend. He also finds his IT job unbearable.

So, at the age of 23, he runs away from his life, leaving everything behind. He runs through several fictional cities, keeping himself alive by eating at temples and other places of worship. On his journey, he makes an acquaintance with a rock-star dope peddler name Bawa. On being released from jail, Bawa changes his name to Java and joins Karna. Karna, after turning inexplicably red, is now setting up an Ashram.

The Marathon Ashram promises to give refuge to people who are runaways. It attracts several disciples like the beautiful Karishma, whom Karna calls Ma. Another disciple is a superstar who turns the spotlight on the Ashram and Karna is soon referred to as Marathon Baba. A pair of shoes that Karna found during his legendary run play an important role in the story.

Witty, irreverent and wacky, Marathon Baba is fast paced and focuses on the absurdities of life.

About Girish Kohli

Girish Kohli lives in Mumbai, India. Kohli is a software engineering graduate and previously worked for an IT company, before working in his father’s business. He demonstrates his love for absurdities in his statement that he was born on the day a dog in the US was convicted and executed for barking too much. He has written two novels, which have not yet been published. Girish has also directed a music video and two short films. Among other things, he is a fan of Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, Rahul Dravid, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, McDonalds and Muhammad Ali.

Specifications of MARATHON BABA (English) (Paperback)

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Author Girish Kohli
Book Details
Publisher PRAKASH BOOKS
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9788172343910
ISBN-10 8172343914
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 256 Pages
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Ajita Nair
12 Mar 2012
first to review
Must Read - Totally radical and fresh

This is such a great book. It grabs you from the very first line. I was enthralled by the pace, the wit, the humor and the philosophy all weaved together that made it such a fascinating read. The character write ups are so cool. The author has invented a totally new style of writing so radical from anything you have read before. If I have to slot it its a combination of Cowboy meets Tarantino meets the Dalai Lama. Seems impossible right ? But Girish Kohli has certainly managed that. Unputdownable. So many firsts this book is credited with...in one word WOW. Ive already read it twice. Certai... ()

This is such a great book. It grabs you from the very first line. I was enthralled by the pace, the wit, the humor and the philosophy all weaved together that made it such a fascinating read. The character write ups are so cool. The author has invented a totally new style of writing so radical from anything you have read before. If I have to slot it its a combination of Cowboy meets Tarantino meets the Dalai Lama. Seems impossible right ? But Girish Kohli has certainly managed that. Unputdownable. So many firsts this book is credited with...in one word WOW. Ive already read it twice. Certai...
This is such a great book. It grabs you from the very first line. I was enthralled by the pace, the wit, the humor and the philosophy all weaved together that made it such a fascinating read. The character write ups are so cool. The author has invented a totally new style of writing so radical from anything you have read before. If I have to slot it its a combination of Cowboy meets Tarantino meets the Dalai Lama. Seems impossible right ? But Girish Kohli has certainly managed that. Unputdownable. So many firsts this book is credited with...in one word WOW. Ive already read it twice. Certainly a great read and one you want to keep and gift to all your friends. I certainly look forward to the next from Girish Kohli. Way to go!!!!!

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Nagwa Kureshi
14 May 2012
Action meets wisdom!

Adrenaline on print would almost do justice to describe the gripping narrative that Marathon Baba is. The book is sprinkled with unusual similes that give the language a unique flavour while the writing style makes it easy to connect. The characters are well etched and the way Girish Kohli has connected different plots has to be read to be believed. One book after a long time that really blew me away!
Kudos sir, for your effort; waiting to read more from you.

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Rohit Sharma
29 Jul 2013
A whiff of freshness and dark humour

One of the few good(really good) novels from a new breed of Indian writers that I've come to like. The entire story has a cryptic dark feel to it and the way the author objectifies the surroundings is really good.

Note : You won't ever regret picking up this novel.
@Author : Keep up the good work Girish !!

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V K Ravi Mohan Varma
21 Jul 2012
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Marathon Baba - A Must Read & Enjoy Service

Great,fabulous,wonderful,original in plot & style and presentation,crisp and brisk flow,feel like reading at one go.
Humour wise,Oscar Wilde of India.Can be a great entertaining movie at low cost.Waiting for Author' other works,someone pl. publish soon.

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Girija Dalvi
20 Jul 2012
Chasing Peace; The marathon way!

Marathon Baba makes you feel like you’ve run a 42km marathon while reading a book. The writer creates a realm in this intriguing tale that captures the reader’s complete attention.
Infused underlying currents reflect social and personal dilemmas individual’s face which are often neglected. This book takes you on a journey through the eyes of the protagonist who gets wiser through his experiences.
The different plots are woven very well making it a nail-biting read. Looking forward to reading more from Girish Kohli.

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    Book: MARATHON BABA (English) by Girish Kohli
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