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My Friend Sancho

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Language: English
Length: 228 Pages
Publisher: Hachette India
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My Friend Sancho (Paperback) Price: Rs.195

?I should introduce myself now. My name is Abir Ganguly. I work for a tabloid in Bombay called The Afternoon Mail. I am 23. I masturbate 11 times a day. I exaggerate frequently, as in the last sentence.? When crime reporter Abir Ganguly is called out by the police to cover a routine arrest one night, the last thing he expects is a shootout. But bullets are fired, and a man is dead. Did the cops screw up? Abir?s boss, not knowing that he was at the scene of the crime, wants him to file a story about the victim. For this, he must meet Muneeza, aka Sancho, the dead man's teenage daughter. Over the days, an unlikely friendship forms between the glib, wisecracking ?armchair cynic? and the simple girl who ?travels on buses?.

Can their fragile relationship survive the circumstances that brought them together? More importantly, can it survive the machinations of the jealous lizard that shares Abir?s flat?

About the Author
Amit Varma runs India?s no. 1 blog, India Uncut, and has a ready readership that runs into tens of thousands.

Specifications of My Friend Sancho (Paperback)

Book Details
Publisher Hachette India
Imprint Hachette India
Publication Year 2009
ISBN-13 9788190617314
ISBN-10 8190617311
Language English
Edition 1stEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 228 Pages
Dimensions
Height 178.0 inch
Weight 216 g
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31 May 09
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Immensely enjoyable and entertaining

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The first thing that you notice on picking up the book, apart from the beautiful reader-designed cover, is the big font. The big font size takes the reader’s attention away (and maybe towards) the realization that this is more of an extended short story and less of a novel in the conventional sense. The narrative flows in a single chord and prevents the reader’s attention from being diverted anywhere else. Though this makes it difficult to complete the book in multiple sittings and warrants demands a single sitting to complete it, at some points in the narrative you may feel the itch to go deeper in to the lives of the secondary characters.

The book essentially revolves around the characters of the narrator, Abir Ganguli and Muneeza, a lower middle class muslim girl and how their relationship changes as they get to know each other. Muneeza’s character may seem a bit unrealistic at times but the care which Varma has taken to bring out the confusion in her and Abir’s mind makes you forget it soon.

Apart from these two, there are only two other characters in the story with any semblance of a back story. One is Mohammed Iqbal, who is dead in the first 5 pages and does not make an appearance in the book alive. The second is Inspector Thombre, the man responsible for Iqbal’s death. Iqbal’s character is brought forth through the discussions the protagonist has with his daughter, Muneeza after his death. Whereas Thombre enjoys the privilege of being able to tell his own story and makes the best of it. His monologue on his personal and professional life and the role of government in society is a classic. Varma has made sure that he maintains Thombre’s conversational style throughout the monologue and doesn’t let his own (Varma’s) voice take over. This is commendable specially since this is a theme that Varma repeatedly allures to in his blog.

The other characters like the characters of Abir’s mother and bosses are pretty much uni-dimensional, to the point that they can each be described in a single line. Though it must be said that they really don’t have much of a role in the book. Still it would have been nice to see behind these uni-dimensional figures and know what they think.

The one sore point in the book for me was the ending. I felt it came on too suddenly and leaves a lot of questions unanswered in the reader’s mind. It almost feels like Varma is intentionally leaving the story hanging so as to be able to bring out a sequel later on.

The style of writing is nice and easy and peppered with humorous references of the kind that you read in Varma’s blog. Varma has said in a couple of places that the only thing common between Abir and him is the sense of humor that they share. For regulars readers of IndiaUncut, this fact is apparent even though there is a marked absence of cows in the story.

The author says that he has attempted to straddle the space between popular fiction (think Chetan Bhagat) and literary fiction (think Amitav Ghosh). Comparing MFS to the work of Chetan Bhagat, it must be said that the latter’s style is more reachable to readers in non-urban settings whereas MFS’s success would mostly be limited to metros. The mind of the narrator works like a typical upper middle class metropolitan youth (which he is) and may be difficult for non-urban readers to understand his dilemmas.

All in all, a very credible first attempt. Immensely enjoyable and entertaining but for the above points.

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Avina
03 June 09
light and fun

I truly enjoyed reading the book esp the conversations that Abir has in his head with the lizard...Iqbal...
I was looking forward to a nice ending but unlike other writers Varma has left the ending open to our imagination.
I wonder there is a sequel to it or not but till then we can draw up our own conclusions and end the story in our head....

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18 September 11
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One of my favorite Indian books..

the novel was good ... it was light and funny ...
brings something fresh to the Indian table ..

the flipkart service was amazing ... delivered in just 2 days ..
the book was in great packing and condition ...

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01 September 13
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Good read

Read this book by chance in my cousin's place. couldn't put it down. So bought it again on flipkart. It's a page turner with simple language and a good Indian love story.
The only thing which disturbs is the end. It looks kind of abrupt. Apart from that it a good read.

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San
21 August 09
Great Book!

This is a great book. Amazing indeed.
From the award winning author who has also written another master piece -"India should gift Kashmir to Pakistan and NE to China!"
Great going Amit for your $10 K award on the above thesis and the website for carrying this book

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