- Continued from the post above
Guest post by Piroj Wadia
Crime fiction is an unexplored genre in Indian writing in English, Mumbaistan is Piyush Jha's effort towards filling the gap. Each of the plots of the three novellas is replete with twists and turns. Jha has used Mumbai as the stage for his cast of colorful characters -- prostitutes, gangsters, terrorists and policemen in quest of love and sex to revenge and redemption. There is a common thread that runs through each of these stories that is the human element.
Coma Man is a bit of a Bollywood potboiler, all the same as thrilling as it gets. A man awakens from a coma after 20 years and finds himself on the roads of Mumbai even as politicians, gangsters and his own wife encounter him at various junctures. The novella unfolds at a rapid pace; the reader wants to follow the coma man, who is trying to find what transpired that fateful night when he went into coma. The action unfolds in the course of a single day, and has a lot happening from being pursued by a Municipal Councillor with a gun, a couple of smugglers on a highway, a gangster who is protected by an underworld boss, a bunch of cops and, his own past. In the middle of this all he comes across a helpful drug addict, an elderly lady who perhaps holds a key to his past, and some corpses. This one has tested Piyush Jha’s familiarity with the unmarked suburban terrain. The culmination is along expected lines, but an engaging tale all the same.
Piroj Wadia is a Bombay (Mumbai) based journalist