WRITING STYLE: 4/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5
Entrepreneurship is the “in” thing now; it is the buzz word. Everybody wants to be their own boss; they want to revolutionize the world with their ideas. But being an entrepreneur is not an easy task, and every entrepreneur worth his salt knows this. The company that you start is like your child; it demands all of your time; it demands many sacrifices on the personal front; it demands your undivided attention. But sometimes, even this isn’t sufficient. The company fails to succeed, and the sense of defeat wears & tears you and burns you out. Vishwas Mudagal’s Losing My Religion is about this serious issue – burnout, facing many youngsters today.
Rishi Rai, a gamer, and entrepreneur, wants to revolutionize the gaming world with a cutting-edge technology which is much ahead of its time. Unfortunately, the product is a commercial failure. Facing a funds crunch and unable to keep his company afloat, Rishi is forced to declare bankruptcy, and as a result, his life goes haywire. He becomes goalless and directionless. A chance meeting with Alex, an American hippie, gives a new meaning to his life and he decides to travel and explore the world, along with Alex.
Their travels take them to Malana, a secluded Himalayan village famous for its world-class marijuana. During this journey, they are tried and imprisoned by the xenophobic people of Malana and make a daring escape. They also come into the crosshairs of police and smugglers. Deciding to settle down for a while, they set up a shack in the serene Om beach of Gokarna. This is where Rishi comes across Kyra, a beautiful and mysterious gamer. They fall in love. When Kyra leaves Rishi and breaks his heart, Alex takes him to the Maha Kumbha Mela thinking that this chaotic gathering of millions of people will help him come out of his cocoon. There are a number of twists and turns and edgy incidents that follow and will certainly keep the reader glued to the book.
“At times you have to lose your faith in something, be absolutely stone-cold broke in your belief, so that you can take the jump. Leap out of the existence you have wrapped around yourself and take the plunge without thinking of the consequences. You’ll fall, no doubt. But sometime during that, you’ll witness a miracle taking shape around you. That’s called losing my religion.”
Losing My Religion is super interesting from page 1. The adventures of Rishi and Alex are something which we can only dream of. Rishi has made a hell of an impact and I would be glad if the author doesn’t discontinue the characters of Rishi and Alex in his future books. Kyra is amazing and her identity and its unfolding will leave you stumped. Vishwas doesn’t make you feel that this is his debut work, and his storytelling is splendid and remarkable.
Generous blurbs are the first-rate promotion for any book, but they have been grossly misused in recent times. And as a result, I have become a bit wary of them. But the two pages of blurb in Losing My Religion are totally justified. Believe me, this is one debut book which shouldn’t be missed.