First of all a huge thanks to the author for sharing the book with me and a huge apology for delaying my review by almost an year. Jesus!! Talk about trying the patience of an author 🙁
The Jeera Packer by Prashant Yadav – Official Synopsis
I once changed the history of Uttar Pradesh state with a gun and a finger. One shot, one man. Right man, wrong man. But that was thirty years ago. I shot people through their heads then. I pack jeera in a basement now.
This is me and here is my story.
He was the best sharpshooter in the state. A true bullet artist. But he gave it all up to lead a happy, normal, stable life . . . with his loving wife and dear son.
And that proved to be his undoing.
Resonant and deeply affecting, The Jeera Packer is the gripping tale of a man who after three decades of playing the happy family man returns to his profession of old for one final work—to shoot the chief minister.Convinced that this is his raison d’etre, will he manage to pull off this one last act, as his concluding hat tip to the man he could have been? Will he be able to brush away the jeera dust and rediscover himself? Or has the middle-aged family man already throttled the sharpshooter in him?
The Jeera Packer by Prashant Yadav – RWAT Take
If you are wondering what a nice little “desi book “ is then pick up Jeera Packer. I was amazed as to how the book was a vivid and kaleidoscopic picture of true UP culture. A lot of Indian books try to tell indian stories but almost all of them are too influenced and inspired by western culture that they fail to portray the true indian flavours in their story. This book completely impressed and shocked me as to how from the very first page to the very last remained completely indian in nature without trying to modify it into western aesthetics. The result is amazing. Hence why they say stick to your true self.
The language and narration is all true “UP bhaiyya” style. Lots of local slangs and UP culture bleeds over the words and pages, giving it a distinctive appeal. One of the things that did shock me was the abundance of cuss words. One hand i am amazed at the boldness of the author and on the other hand i feel like i should go to church and either confess or baptize myself. Either way it will completely depend upon your taste as to how you take the book.
The book stands true to its theme and those who pick it up should know that the content, language can all be pretty graphic and bold to digest at one go. But once you overlook that uncomfortability you will see a bollywood masala thriller boiling underneath the book which is completely entertaining and a fast paced adrenaline rush.