About the Book :
Nikhil Arya has fallen.
Once, he was an Ivy League scholar with a promising future at NASA; now, at forty, he is broke, homeless,and minutes away from blowing his brains out in a diabolical modern-day joust.
It wasn’t meant to be this way.An innocent vacation turned into an epic intercontinental journey that saw Nikhil become first a genocide survivor, then a Buddhist monk, a drug lord, a homeless accountant, a software mogul and a deadly game fighter. Now, twenty years later, Nikhil aka Johnny is tired of running. With the Colombian mafia on his trail
and his abandoned wife and son ten thousand miles away, he prepares for his final act, aware that he will have lost even if he wins.
Or will he? Is there any greater victory than living a life that knows no limits, a world that has seen no boundaries?
From the bestselling author of Keep Off the Grass comes the once-in-a-lifetime story of an ordinary man fighting an extraordinary destiny. Can he pick up the pieces one last time or will Nikhil, now Johnny, go down for good?
Sales & Marketing Highlights :
At an attractive price of Rs 99 only.From the author whose first book Keep Off the Grass has sold over 35,000 copies and continues to be a best seller. A pacy, exciting read that will appeal to all readers, young and old.Keep Off the Grass is soon to be made into an international movie.Author reading sessions to be held at various retail outlets.This book will be backed by a nation-wide marketing campaign with extensive press and TV
coverage. Includes an exclusive Q & A interview with the author. Karan Bajaj is the only Indian author to have made it through the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award this year (2010). Keep Off the Grass was a semi-finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
About the Author :
Karan Bajaj is the author of Keep Off the Grass, which has been on bestseller lists in India since its release in 2008. The book was a semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Indiaplaza Golden Quill Award, among other honours. Johnny Gone Down is his second novel. Born in 1979 into an Army family, Karan studied in various schools in New Delhi, Shimla, Lucknow, Jabalpur, Assam, Ranchi and Bangalore and regards his interest in backpacking and travel as key writing inspirations. Besides
writing, he pursues his Brand Management career with Kraft Foods, New York on the side and was named a ‘Top 40 under 40 US Marketer’ by Advertising Age in 2007.
Exclusive Interview Of Karan Bajaj
|Title:||Johnny Gone Down||Publisher:||Harper Collins|
|No. of Pages:||324|
Who says that a thriller cannot be informative? Who says that a book with a message, with philosophy cannot be entertaining? 'Johnny gone down' is a package of friendship,information, life,travel,adventure,suspense... The book is about the fascinating journey of the protagonist Nikhil(aka Johnny) from Delhi,flashback to MIT-USA,then to Cambodia,Thailand,Brazil.... Present : In a basement in Delhi, Nikhil(Nick) faces his opponent Dayaram in a modern joust. A revolver is on the table between them. The revolver has six rounds, but only one bullet. The game begins. Nick picks the revolver and places it against his temple. His thoughts flash back to .... April 1975, MIT, Boston Nick and Sameer(Sam) graduate from MIT. The same evening they take a flight from Boston to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for a vacation! They land in Phnom Penh to learn that Khmer Rouge have just thrown the Civilian government in a coup. They run to the American Embassy.They were allowing only American citizens on the helicopter. Nick pushes Sam in with his(Nick’s) passport. Nick and an Estonian are caught by the Khmer Rouge.They were thrashed and tied in a dark cell. A bowl of rice gruel once a day kept them alive. The Estonian succumbed to the torture. Nick escapes from the jeep in which he was being taken elsewhere... When he wakes up, he was told that he was safe in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, near the border. Also he found his left hand amputated.He learnt that it was June 1997, which meant that he survived fifty months of torture. Arrangements were made for his passage to USA.Nick decides to stay back in the monastery and walk the Buddha’s path. Years passed. Nick, now monk Namche rose the level of a ‘thera’(senior monk)....
Read it once and you would love it immensely. The content is impressive so it the reading!
A quite different kind of the book.. Enjoyed in a lot... a great book to spend tme with....
This is the greatest novel I have ever read in my life. I am still recovering from reading it this weekend. The novel hits you deep in the gut and I can never forget the angst ridden, soul-searching protagonist who moves around from place to place, restless, getting caught in the most bizarre of situations which are strangely credible. He is a monk, he is a drug lord, he is a software millionaire, he is a Pol Pot survivor, he is friggin' crazy. I can't get this book and the cover out of my head. I wish Karan Bajaj writes more and more and more. Can anyone suggest where I can meet him?
I know it is too hollywoodish... And too distint from reality and too not-so-possible kind of story.. But I liked it.. I always fantasized of a life like this.. Man, Johnny, you rock!! Dont even compare this story with the reality, the word 'fiction' mean imagination.. Just imagine.. Superb read, was so involved in the story.. A roller coaster ride a of adventure and emotions... I ask everyone to atleast read this book once..
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