Monday, August 4, 2014

Lost in Pattaya Review: A saga of irony of life

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Book: Lost in Pattaya
Author: Kishore Modak
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Grapevine
Number of pages: 215
Cover Price: Rs 150

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Review: “Lost in Pattaya” is a book which can grab the attention of a puritan because of its simple yet arresting cover design. In the age of bubble gum cover designs, it is heartening to see a cover design that is poignant and subtle instead of being in-your-throat.

The book, penned by Kishore Modak, is a painful tale told mostly in flashback mode as a father recounts the loss of his daughter in the city called Pattaya. The man loses years and the prime of his youth in chasing the darkened doors and defamed corners of the ill-famed city to look for his little girl. In the end, it is perhaps the man himself which is swallowed by Pattaya rather than the little child.

The title, therefore, though is directed at the girl who gets ‘lost in Pattaya’ can be taken metaphorically to hint at the father who, in desperate and failed search of his loving child, loses himself. It is his body, soul and mind which get ‘lost in Pattaya’.

The writing is leisurely but the use of language is heavy. Structuring of sentence is good at places, and excellent on occasions. The story somewhat loses its thread in the second half which appears weaker than the first half. However, there is the irony of life and of relationships which are the true heroes of this saga.

I will quote myself and say, “This book is good without being great.”

Should you read it? Yes.

[The review has been written on request by Grapevine Publishers but the opinions are mine]

Ritesh Agarwal

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