WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5
The Ganpat Gang used to dwell and exist in the lanes and by-lanes of Mumbai. But that was long before they decided to make Manhattan, their new abode. Now, in the breath-taking views of Chelsea and Hudson Bay, resides a small yet lively India. An India which thrives in Indian cuisines as much as it thrives on the New York boozing sessions. An India which is as much impresses with the “desi” delicateness, as it is with the “firangi” candidness. This India is the India of the Ganpat Gang.
Shri, Shanks and Neel are three quintessential mumbaikars who have left behind their past to the brace the “work hard party harder culture” of New York’s Manhattan. In their mid-twenties, this bunch is full of vital energy which makes their life feel like an eternal fest. Accompanied by the likes of gorgeous Shefali, vivid Vivian, beautiful Natasha, red-hot Layla, suave Ryan and vivacious Paolo, their story is like a nonstop dosage of a roller coaster ride. One which is full of high voltage drama, clandestine secrets, emotional heartbreaks and super-hot romances. In this cocktail of a life, the three party, date, meet, mate and marry (though not essentially in that order and in the full course of the book).
I choose not to dwell on the plot because more than the plot, it is the energy and vivacity of the characters which makes the book such an instant hit with its audience. The characters are buzzing with life and vital energy. To top the entertainment quotient, each character is unique and unevenly hailing from different parts of India. Shankar, the Tam Brahm (or the Tamil Brahmin) hails from the distinct state of Tamil Nadu and it his mother – the dear Mrs. Revathi who came across as the best side character in this book. Her persona and her charm supplemented by her unyielding resolve to marry off her son to anyone other than a cultured Tam Brahm.
All in all, Manhattan Mango is a feat to read and I totally loved gorging every single word and every single story it had to offer. I totally loved the intense drama and the high fashion quotient of its characters. Recommended by none other than the style diva Sonam Kapoor herself, the book is surely the best contemporary & light fiction I have across in recent days. I would recommend this book to all my readers and will happily give it a four out of five stars in entertainment quotient.