“What you don’t do never really leaves you. What you let go of never let’s go of you.”
- The Jeera Packer
One reads books so that he can get lost in the world that someone else created with their imagination. When such a world takes you on a journey that you can never experience on your own, there are no words left express your thoughts.
I for one can never be a sharpshooter or get into politics. Clean or dirty politics, it doesn’t matter for I can never imagine being a part of the power game. So I picked up a book to take a look into that imaginary sphere.
Name: The Jeera Packer
Author: Prashant Yadav
“I once changed the history of Uttar Pradesh
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 back then.
I pack jeera in the basement now.
THIS IS ME, AND HERE IS MY STORY.”
I liked the blurb so much that I couldn’t help but put it here for the readers to read. This is the reason I chose to read the book.
Description of The Jeera Packer:
This is the story of a sharpshooter turned shopkeeper, who is searching for the purpose of his life. The dark past is hidden away from the world, under a layer of jeera dust.
However, the beast inside is still restless. It has yet to quench its thirst. In a way that the art of killing is given its rightful tribute.
At the same time, the political scenario in UP is setting itself for the biggest election to be seen with wolves howling for power and foxes vying for a bit of flesh. There is only one who man deserves to be at the wrong end of the sniper – the Chief Minister.
Who is the victim in this game of ultimate power? Who is the one holding the reins? Who shall emerge unscathed? Who shall end up losing everything?
The stakes are high and the anticipation brimming. Let the world fade away as you get lost reading!
My Take on The Jeera Packer:
This is my first ever political-crime-thriller and I must say I did get a good book to start it off with.
When I started reading this I felt drawn to the characters. They were simple and easy to understand. The deeper I was drawn into a story, the more I understood their complexity. Each character is important to the plot and while the character undergoes change, the plot develops.
The author has started off with various characters within the shades of black and gray. It is truly beautiful how certain characters in the gray shade turn white while the characters in white shade turn dark. The writing is different as the narration is not from a single perspective. It shows how power impacts each individual from his seat of dominance.
Though there are few grammatical errors and certain characters seem fictitious, it can be overlooked because of the story as a whole compensates it.
The best part of the book is that it zooms in on certain rarely noticed objects and drives the reader’s attention to it while in the backdrop makes the reader think on the lines of the characters.
“Nobody dies of starvation in this world, unless you are a cotton farmer”
There are some statements that make you nod your head in acceptance while there are others that make you think “how true! how come I never noticed!”.
So overall the book was fantastic! I rate it 4 over 5 stars!