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Mango People In Banana Republic – Book Review

  • Author: Vishak shakti
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: The Write Place (2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9387282171
  • ISBN-13: 978-9387282179

We all are in the pursuit of who we are and what the significance of our existence is. This quest of truth and meaning fuel our aspirations and lead us in the crowd!


Ravi Bhalerao is a top of the rung business strategy consultant struggling with two disquiets in life – a festering career disillusionment and a festering wound in his posterior. Stung by an unfair performance appraisal, he pulls off an outrageous stunt at his workplace, drops off the urban map and reaches his ancestral land, a village in drought-prone Vidarbha. There he encounters India in its elemental form. Convinced that his destiny is somehow entwined with that of his country, he sets off on a truth-seeking mission. On that mission, he finds love, revolution and most importantly, a redemption for the disquiet in his rear.
Anand is a former physicist on a spiritual quest through esoteric India. He realizes that the path to realization is beset on all sides by gurus, their cults, and their boundless quirks. As he hops from one ashram to the other, he grows convinced that liberation does not come with a user manual in a neat little box.
Wrapped in light-hearted, almost tongue-in-cheek prose, Mango People In Banana Republic is a tale of an Indian’s search for personal identity, against the backdrop of a country divided along fault lines of countless social identities. Teeming with a cast of characters and ideas that encapsulate modern India, the tale ascends from the gross to the sublime, much like the Kundalini powers some aspire to acquire. With a steady pace and gentle mocking humor, this book is an absorbing read and a laugh.


Mango People In Banana Republic is a riveting tale enwrapped in different shades of life and the society. The gripping writing style of the author has brought us a beautiful piece to ponder over and reflect upon several layers of our inner and outer surrounding.

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Mango people in banana republic

The book explicates the seven chakras constituting our body, namely – The root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third eye chakra, and the crown chakra. With each chapter, the author continues digging into the depths of these concepts by relating them to the lives of its two main characters – Ravi and Anand.

Ravi is a smart but crumbling professional grappling with his job in IT industry. Anand is a former physicist who resorts to a distant place to relieve his tension and chase the peace. The accounts of their lives give us a fresh perspective. The incidents of their lives make us contemplate over the realities in which we live. It emphatically talks about the need for clarity of purpose. From the screwed up life of an IT professional to his unprecedented transformation, the book is an insightful ride to different stages of transcendence. It makes us realize that the state of free expression is indeed Ananda.

The book focuses on the current scenario of journalism and compares it to what it should be in reality. It also speaks at stretch about the two main spaces surrounding our existence – the problem space and the solution space. Several instances throw light on the halo of spirituality that embraces our existence and stresses on the fact that perhaps, Rebellion is the key to unlock the meaning of life. One does not necessarily have to rebel against the society but it can also be against our inner spirit. One should be able to brave his weaknesses, his timidity, his insecurities, and his fears which might turn out to be his nemesis.

The wisdom smeared over the pages of this book profound in meaning awakens the consciousness of its readers. It helps them to traverse through the layers of spirituality. It blesses them with a new perception of life as it goes on discussing the journey of an ignorant man towards the echelon of spiritual awakening. Awareness is absolute. A self-aware man can do wonders with his life as well as with the world. And this is what Anand does to Ravi.

The flow of language and clarity of expressions would enhance the reading experience. The variety of themes, characters and their influence is sure to keep the readers hooked on the book. The blurb is interesting enough to pull the readers. However, the cover isn’t enticing. The narrative is subtle and the development of the characters, marvelous. The whole content of the book has got the magic to uplift our brains and channel our energy towards the right direction. I am in awe of the book and the author’s ability to carve a well researched and well-written book.

If you are the one who is a lot much into spirituality, if mind-invigorating fiction interests you, if the change is what you seek, then go for this wonderful book!


Book Cover: 2/5

Book Title: 3/5

Plotline: 4/5

Writing Style: 4/5

Narration: 4.5/5

Language and Vocabulary: 4.5/5

Grammar and Punctuation: 4/5

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