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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

With a Pinch of Salt... by Jas Anand

Blurb (from the jacket):

There are some people who can never come straight to a point. If you ask them a simple question like what is the time? They would probably reply, Time! This is the most horrible time of my life. My father is not sending me more money, I cant understand any damn thing in the lectures, no girl ever seems to be interested in me and the hostel food is pathetic. It is the worst time of my life.

In short, this book is like a handbook of everyday humor. It is based on observation of funny tendencies in people and then creating fictional caricatures and anecdotes around them.

The tendency of beating around the mulberry bush has been converted into a fictional character called Simon Satellite. And yes, there are many more such characters and anecdotes, served With a Pinch of Salt.

My take on the book:
Humour books were pretty rare to our blog these days. The last humour book I could recollect reviewing was The Common Man cartoons and further back, Aisle Be Damned by Rishi Piparaiya. And that is that. Maybe new humour are in shortage in the market. Maybe, humour is a mandatory criteria in every book that the authors decided it was waste of time to write a specifically humour-book.

Srishti Publishers have been a great supporter of our blog by sending numberous book, almost everyone that gets published. We heart-fully thank Srishti Publishers for their support so far. Hope they publish great books.

I had pretty good expectations on this book. After all, humour-books have all been pretty entertaining till now.

The author describes various types of idiosyncratic behaviour of various kinds of people, which he had encountered in his life. More than their peculiar OCD, attitude and habits, it is the author narrative and sarcastic witticism that is actually funny.

To judge the book by the author's unfamiliarity to the industry and his experiment of writing a humour-book rather than some sissy romance, this book is a book worth reading, but by the normal standards it was a mediocre read.

Mediocre because everything author, though describe comically, there is nothing striking about it. The story wasn't that appealing either. Like I have said it was just mediocre.

The book is good, but not great; mediocre but not fascinating. It makes up a good, light, breezy read...



Title: With a Pinch of Salt...

Author: Jas Anand

ISBN (edition I've read): 9789382665137


Read between: 07-07-2014 to 08-07-2014

Reviewed for: Arup Bose

Publishers: Srishti Publishers

Pages: 183

MRP: ₹ 100

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