Book Review The Jeera Packer by Prashant Yadav
It is said that a true literary work should pander more to the intellect of the readers and less to their emotion. Sadly and unfortunately, the reverse is true in Indian context. Everyday, book market is flooded with hundreds of new Bollywood style fictions with B grade level cheap entertainment. It feels pathetic to read them. The Jeera Packer by Prashant Yadav is a much needed course correcting release that every one including contemporary young writers should read.
Deviating from the love and campus themes, which are the favourite of new generation authors, Prashant Yadav takes the risk of writing a crime thriller. And he does it with elan. As you start reading you’ll feel you’re not just reading a fantastic fiction but also watching a mesmerising movie. You’ll have an overwhelming urge to devour the book in one sitting.
The novel recounts story of a dreaded criminal, who gives up his ‘bad ways’ and embraces a life of commoner. He sells jeera for livelihood. But old habit dies hard. At every opportune moment his KILLER INSTINCT springs forth and he feels the dilemma of choice. Should he go back to his old self? Should he sacrifice his passion simply because a docile society does not approve it? Can his deadly skill be put to good use for mankind?
I should not reveal more lest you miss the thrill of reading a titillating tale.
The very first chapter takes the plunge. And the story races with breathtaking pace amidst the mishmash of mischievous expletives and wicked humours. You can’t help but admire the way the young writer has packed a hefty punch. He has an amazing wardrobe and has put them to use to a telling effect.
Consider couple of small but excellent excerpts from the book:
“His father always said that life is a whore. It bends wherever it sees more greenery and then you are left smelling its farts.”
“The bike starts with only a few extra kicks, much like an old lover ever ready to forgive and embrace. It pulsates into motion, glides of the basement ramp, out of the apartment gate, and onto the road. The gentle rhythm of movement, throaty thumping beat, top view of the world, and a serene drifting in timelessness – nothing matches the slow orgasm of a Royal Enfield at 30 kph in third gear.”
Beside the compelling sentences that would sure to rack your intellect, the work is also full with quotable quotes, deserve to be part of mainstream folklore. Here are some. Judge yourself.
“Question replied to question leads to more questions.”
“The future had been foretold; it belongs to those who read it.”
“You can’t argue with a perfectly happy man.”
Having sang songs in its praise, let me also recite some dirges! This is how I’ll do justice to this review.
Honestly, there are no serious shortcomings except some minor glitches. For instance; the main character speeds up in his Omini. He applies break suddenly as a careless biker comes from nowhere and almost collided with his car. The author does not tell what happens thereafter except that the incident serves as an epiphany for the main character. I expected more masala as the stage was already set for it.
In a couple of places the story deviates and indulge in unnecessary description though the author’s style of writing is thoroughly engrossing. Besides, I feel the title of the book could have more catchy though the current title is not that bad.
Nothing can take away what an amazing book The Jeera Packer is. I can safely predict, Prashant Yadav is a writer to watch. I also feel sad that a quality book like this may not get the due recognition it deserves because majority of English fiction readers in India are not mature type.