Book review: Blowfish by Siddharth Tripathi

Author: Siddharth Tripathi

Genre: Humour fiction, Contemporary

No. of pages: 296

Published on: 21st September 2017

Published by: Bloomsbury India

Format: Paperback

My rating: ★★★★★/5

"Why should I be afraid to talk about something that I am so immensely proud of?"


Mukund Bhandari is tired of the corporate and competitive world of work and decides to leave his job in Gibbons Moore to search for his 'higher purpose'. But after leaving his job, Mukund realizes that finding his 'purpose' is more difficult than the rat race he was participating in. He seeks help in his friend Sampu and roommate Chaddha. Here lies the problem. Sampu and Chaddha are as messed up as Mukund.

Mukund tries out different things to find out where his passion lies. He tries learning the guitar and learning French but does not get much help in the fields. Mukund starts writing a book. But that doesn't help either. Meanwhile, Mukund falls into trouble with his society secretary colonel Harpal Singh. Harpal Singh threatens to throw Mukund and Chaddha out of the society if they don't follow the rules and puts him under his watchful eyes 24 hours.

Loveless and jobless, Mukund passes his months in search of his 'purpose' but doesn't get one. While his search continues, Mukund meets a girl named Suman who is as clueless about life as Mukund, Chaddha loses his job and spends his days meditating, Sampu is thrown out of his house by his pregnant wife and Mukund's household help Bambam falls in love with a neighbour's maid.

Blowfish is a book that will crack you up every minute and will brighten up your day.

Writing style:

Siddharth Tripathi is a master story teller. He does not lose the flow of the story, rather, the story captivates you. One characteristic of the author that I would like to point out is that I have seen a lot of Indian authors using cuss words in abundance. But Siddharth Tripathi knows how to incorporate cuss words in the appropriate places. Also, they have been incorporated in the most comic ways. Siddharth Tripathi writes for the common mass. With an easy breezy language and a simple yet captivating story, it seems that the author has written a book that can be read to relax.

About the book:

I read a well written Indian fiction book after a long long time and I will pick this book any time to lift up my mood. I remember reading it while in an auditorium full of people, and the book enraptured me. I was so engrossed in the book that I forgot about the time.

First, let me talk about the characters. Mukund, Chaddha and Sampu are the perfect representation of the typical working youth of today. I would readily hang out with them any day. Mukund's search for purpose is so relatable in today's time. His hilarious love-hate relationship with Chaddha and Sampu is something to look out for in this book. If this book is about anything, then it is about friendship and finding an identity for yourself.

Secondly, this book does not have any climax sort of a part. As I said before, this book is for sitting back and relaxing. This book is an entertainment package. It won't bore you and it won't make you regret picking it up. If you are looking for something light and fresh, then Blowfish is your go to book.

The goofy anecdotes of Mukund and Chaddha will make you chuckle. Personally, I have a lot of favourite parts from this book. From shooting pigeons with an air rifle to a cowboy showdown with air rifles, this book has all. Extra points go to this book because it got me out of a reading slump. So, this book comes highly recommended from me.

About the author:

Siddharth Tripathi was born in Allahabad and went to school in Banaras. He is a B.E from NIT Trichy and an MBA from MDI, Gurgaon. Siddharth lives in Gurgaon with his wife and five-year-old son. The Virgins, published in 2013, is his first novel.

I received a copy of the book from the publishers in exchange of an honest and unbiased review. 


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