|Paperback 2016, 1st Edition||R 218||In Stock.|
About The Book
Not if you are Samrat Ratan, born in the USA to immigrant Indian parents; you quit and enrol in business school in India instead. Samrat's rollercoaster journey begins at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Bangalore, where he spends his time getting high on marijuana while his grades - and self-confidence - plummet. Soon, Samrat's quest for identity turns increasingly bizarre as it takes him places he hadn't planned on visiting - prison, for example - and makes him do things he hadn't banked on doing: 'meditating' stoned with a sexy Danish hippie in the Himalayas, hanging out with a cannibal on the banks of the Ganga, and peddling soap to the formidable Raja Bhaiya in Benares. Does Samrat - Yale valedictorian, investment banker, convict, pothead - survive his fall from grace.
‘A racy and entertaining account of a romp through an ever-changing yet timeless India…wild, witty and wicked!’ - Ruskin Bond
‘An unlikely, remarkable story…It’s well worth following Ratan on his journey from New York’s high life to incarceration in India' Publisher Weekly
‘Pacy, Unpretentious and great fun to read!’ Outlook
‘Astonishingly likeable…Great authenticity, humor and more than a touch of irreverence’ Harmony India.
‘A remarkably easy read with a self-deprecating, endearing style’ Business Read
‘Absolutely infectious and well-crafted read.’ Times of India
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. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Title:||Keep Off the Grass||Publisher:||HarperCollins|
|No. of Pages:||272|
Karan Bajajs Keep off the Grass is quite dark ,comic blended with philosophy. The book seems to have replicated bit of 3 idiots movie along with quest for lost soul. Both the books of Karan seems to follow same pattern. Protagonist on self destructive mode ,goes through Crime,Asceticism,Business phases before he discovers himself. Frankly speaking Keep off Grass is fine but not as good as Johnny gone under . If one has read Johhny gone under, they can give this book a pass.
First of all, I first read Johnny Gone Down by this author... It was a very exciting roller coaster ride... The life at its best... So I took interest in this author and came across this book.. Actually, this book was not as interesting (for me) as the first one.. But still I have seen people rating this book more than the others... Maybe I not the usual kind.. I like JGD more than this one... The plot:- This is the story of a guy born to immigrant Indian parents, Samrat Ratan (the lead character), who is twenty five year old Yale graduate making half a million dollars a year as a hotshot investment banker on Wall Street. Any Indian is ready to die for his job. But not Samrat. He leaves his job and will go to India and gets enrolled in a B-school. He justifies his foolishness as he is in India in a search for "himself". This story is an account of the twists and turns in his 2 year stay in India. My view:- One thing I noticed in both books of Karan is they are more of connected to adventures and spirituality. The story is very interesting minus the boring stuff. Actually it would have been a great read if the boring stuff like elaborating the investment banking details. Come on, there not many investment bankers or management students reading the novels. The story had been very interesting if it was fast paced, thats what I liked in JGD. The end was fantastic. And overall the story was good, the novel is worth a read. Hats off to Samrat. Man you are one hell of a dude!!
I actually first read the "Johny Gone Down" and was so impressed by the writiing for Mr. Bajaj that I ordered this book. It is story of a guy whose is doing exceptionally well in life, is a top-notch banker in leading MNC. And one day, he decides to come to India for 'search' of his 'true-self' Well, sounds like an interesting read, but it isn't. Most of the story drags in about the IIMs and him smoking pots. Overall, I give it 2 stars. Okay read! However, I'll highly recommend 'Johny Gone Down' by the same author.