I received the book I am M-M-Mumbai by Rishi Vohra as a review copy from the author. This is the third book by the author and I am lucky to have read all the three. Based in Mumbai, this book is the story of Rudra Talpade.
An intelligent, good-looking young man, Rudra should have been going places, except wherever he goes, he faces ridicule and humiliation because he stammers. His stammering has only ever brought him the wrong kind of attention and he has never been able to overcome it or move past it. Now at 25, he feels completely stifled and embittered that Mumbai, the city of dreams, has always crushed his own dreams, particularly his long-cherished one of becoming a film actor. Then he meets Richa and love gives him a ray of hope. But heartbreak devastates him and he spins into a downward spiral that eventually pushes him to rock bottom. Now, his only way up is to conquer his fear and insecurity once and for all and to speak.
Twenty five year old Rudra Talpade lives with his parents in Mumbai and works as an assistant director. Rudra was in class four when he became fully cognizant of his verbal handicap and gradually withdrew into a shell for the fear of being laughed at. He always wanted to be an actor and even refused going to the US where his sister was doing her MBA and offered him to get on his feet in California. And courtesy his stammering, he makes do as an assistant director, as that was the best he felt he could do to work on a film set. For six years, he worked in different sets with different film makers.
His mother sympathises with him, but his father is always angry with him. The only people other than his family that he can be himself with are his best friend, Ankur and his neighbor, Shibani.
During his work as an assistant director, he makes friends with the leading lady, Richa. And it is during this shooting that he is thrown out of his job and then his home and is on the streets after his money is taken away by people.
So what happens next?
A beautifully written book about a simple boy in Mumbai, who is a nice person at heart and whose only flaw is his stammering. The characters are realistic and their conversations believable. I loved the relationship that Rudra shares with his friend, Ankur. The descriptions are detailed.
I loved the book and am waiting to read more books from the author.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.