Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Jeera Packer - A Political Thriller

Magnificent characterisation, unique plot and terrific dialogs... I never felt that I am reading authors debut work.

While reading 'The Jeera Packer' of Prashant Yadav, I got feeling of watching Anurag Kashyap's or Vishal Bharadhwaj's movie.

Book Blurb
I once changed the history of Uttar Pradesh state with a gun and a finger. One shot, one man. Right man, wrong man. But that was thirty years ago. I shot people through their heads then. I pack jeera in a basement now. This is me and here is my story.
He was the best sharpshooter in the state. A true bullet artist. But he gave it all up to lead a happy, normal, stable life... with his loving wife and dear son. And that proved to be his undoing.
Resonant and deeply affecting, The Jeera Packer is the gripping tale of a man who after three decades of playing the happy family man returns to his profession of old for one final work—to shoot the chief minister.Convinced that this is his raison d'etre, will he manage to pull off this one last act, as his concluding hat tip to the man he could have been? Will he be able to brush away the jeera dust and rediscover himself? Or has the middle-aged family man already throttled the sharpshooter in him?
Story starts with an ex-gangster, who was infamous sharpshooter of his time. He has left violence 27 years back and is living peaceful like with his wife and son. He is running a grocery store in Noida with help of his wife. He packs spices specially jeera in small packets everyday. But 27 years of peaceful life has not given him satisfaction. His old time friend Abdul has made him realised that to get satisfaction he has to work on his life's job. And he has self-assumed job of assassinate Chief Minister of UP.

Apart from the main protagonist's part, story has another parallel in CM's political life. Antagonist CM known as Dada (through out story) wants to become Prime Minister of India. He is sole decision maker of the strongest party in UP. His cunning leadership has made sure that no one took over him in last 3 decades. His ascend to PM and plan to replace his drug addict son to CM, has started creating opposition in his close group. Apart from Jeera-Packer there are many characters in story who want to kill Dada. As story ascends carpet revealed various aspects in different color.

Jeera-Packer's part of story was written in first person, while other person's part was written in second or third person. Thing that I like the most is sarcastic descriptions of various incidents and characters. From my point of view it is strictly for 16+ age group. Talking about ratings.
  1. Cover - 4 / 5
  2. Language - 4 / 5
  3. Characters - 4.5 / 5
  4. Concept - 4.5 / 5
  5. Overall - 4.25 / 5
Book can be found at - Amazon & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads

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