Book Review: Under Delhi

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Author: Sorabh Pant
Publisher: Hachette India
ISBN13: 9789350098097
Genre: fiction
Pages: 264
Source: Flipkart

Under Delhi is a story of Tanya Bisht, a girl from Delhi who works as a sales executive with a construction company. Her regular day job doesn’t stop her from having a very exiting night life. That with a twist. She is a vigilante With the help of a faceless person simply known as Soniaji, she gets at the men who have wrongly gotten off from the law. Tanya is our very own desi aversion of cat woman, with out the suit and the whip. The story cruises through the dark alleys of Delhi, revealing more about the protagonist and her tryst with being a woman in the capital city.

The plot in simple and the narrative uncomplicated. Being a master of satire the author expects you not to just read the lines but also between them.  He takes no prisoners with his hilarious flair shooting at wise politicians and holy men who say girls who are raped are merely “asking for it”. He even has the president’s son in his line up, for giving out fashion advice to women so they can avoid getting raped. The best shot is taken at a white bearded man who came up with the fail safe of calling your would-be rapist bhaiya which will lead to him being  filled with brotherly remorse, letting you go.

Sorabh Pant is an Indian stand-up comedian and writer. He is best associated with his comedy specials: Pant on Fire and Traveling Pants as well as for founding The East India Comedy, a company which recruited some of India’s best known stand-up comedians. He has also written a fictitious and comic novel on life after death in his debut: The Wednesday Soul.

The book is a light read. In keeping with Sorabh’s style it hold your attention to the cause with a dash of humour added to taste.

Rating: 3.5/5

P.S. If you haven’t had enough of Sorabh Pant with this book, you can watch him in  “Men are from Bars” on 15th November 2014 at the NCPA Mumbai.

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