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Once Upon the Tracks of Mumbai

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"Autistic. Schizophrenic. Psychotic…"

"They" use these words to describe Babloo - the doctors, his family, his teachers everyone... except Vandana. She treats him the way he wants the world to see him.

Mumbai... the city that defines his ultimate desires. Will it allow him the love and normalcy he so craves?

Vandana... yearns for a soul mate to rescue her from the confines
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 8th 2015 by Jaico Books (first published February 4th 2013)
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Sudha Shashwati
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
The title is straight Bollywood kinds and so is the front cover, which made me a little apprehensive, thanks to every Tom, Dick and Harry with an engineering or management degree churning out a bestseller these days, which I call the Chetan Bhagat effect. Thankfully, the apprehension diminished when I scanned the back cover.

"Autistic, Schizophrenic, Psychotic. 'They' use these words to describe Babloo." Ok so the central character had a psychiatric problem (or something close to it). Definitely
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Ankita
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
To begin with the Cover:
It indeed looks like a typical Bollywood Movie poster (though the story is far from typical Bollywood-ish) but when you compare it with the usual Indian Author's book cover, who usually go for animated or silhouettes, this one stands out. Since The story and the Title revolves around the Bandra railway tracks of Mumbai, This cover is quite apt. I happen to like this cover, It gave characters the faces, and as a reader, I like it when I know how my characters looks like in
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Jaideep Khanduja
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book Review: Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai: An Amazing Love Story Of An Autistic Man

We all live some considerable amount of of life in fantasy. Successful men learn the art of balancing their world of fantasy and the reality of life. The sooner this art is mastered, the earlier is the taste of success that comes in one's life.

Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai is Rishi Vohra's debutant novel but the way it has been conceptualized and scripted, it is so well that nowhere it leaves minutest of the do
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Sarika Patkotwar
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had won Rishi Vohra's book, Once Upon the Tracks of Mumbai on my buddy Ankita's blog, Booklok Coffee. When I first saw the cover of it, I thought it might be a regular run of the mill, Bollywood type romance. I'm not saying that it wasn't entirely unlike a Hindi movie, because it was.
We have a hero, a heroine and a villain and everyone, in the end, gets what they deserve. But the way in which author Rishi Vohra has written the book makes it look more like a real life story than something that
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Vaisakhi
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it
The book “Once upon the tracks of Mumbai” is Rishi Vohra’s first novel and a very promising read too. The story is all about Balwant Srivastav or Babloo as his friends call him who is trying very hard to be happy in every possible way he can. But in the opening pages of the book it is evident Babloo does not have many friends for the simple reason that he is different. Our protagonist is autistic and neglected by the society but in reality his disregard for the mundane self obsessed society draw ...more
Elizabeth Joseph
Though I initially found it just like those cheesy romantic books which have been strewn on all bookstore shelves, I should say that this book is different...

The writings is amateurish but quite promising...But the thing that works most against the book is the cover art...That cheesy kissing scene is quite repelling...

Then I was little disappointed with the ending...made it quite unbelievable...I mean the "all is happy" ending part..The book would have been better with that :)

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Subramanyam K.V.
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review first appeared on http://satyasurya.wordpress.com/2013/... my blog.

“Autistic. Schizophrenic. Psychotic…”

“They” use these words to describe Babloo - the doctors, his family, his teachers everyone… except Vandana. She treats him the way he wants the world to see him.

Mumbai… the city that defines his ultimate desires. Will it allow him the love and normalcy he so craves?

Vandana… yearns for a soul mate to rescue her from the confines of the Railway Colony they all live in. Is she loo
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Princi
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book name - Once upon the tracks of Mumbai
Author - Rishi Vohra.
One word for the book - Refreshing
Summary
Balwant Shrivastav or fondly called Babloo is considered to be , “Autistic. Schizophrenic. Psychotic “by his family, friends, teachers and his surrounding. It turns out that he has Multi Personality Disorder (MPD) which turns out him the famous ‘Rail-Man who fights the injustice happening in the tracks of Mumbai’. Does Babloo as RailMan get his love ‘Vandana’ and coax his family and the w
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Maliny Mohan
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it

To read the complete review visit http://colouredbydreamz.blogspot.in/2...

As the title rightly hints , the story revolves around the railway tracks of Bandra and if i put it metaphorically , the stories of the main protagonist Babloo and the other characters are woven intricately together like the interlinking tracks of a railway line. Babloo , short for Balwant Srivastav is a socially challenged person with a tag ' autistic ' sprawled across his patient history with black ink . Reticent and se
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Anjan Roy
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it

Introduction:- “ If Normal People are Like this than it’s better to live in the footholds of being Aberrant.” Yes this is what I feel after going through ‘Once upon the tracks of Mumbai.’ Have you ever thought how a person with severe deficits of social interaction and communication whom we often term as Autistic leads his life when he is left alone without any affection from their family and closed ones…Forget about the extra care and tenderness which he requires, a person like him is doomed fo
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Readers Cosmos
Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the story of Babloo, a character that we like to call special to sound good, however do not treat such people in anyway special. Like most children in Indian homes diagnosed with autism, he too is dealt with patiently only up to a certain age. His inability to learn and respond fast to classroom teaching or people in general makes him fall behind in life and after a few years his father looses hope with him, and his mother though sympathetic gives most of the attention to his younger bro ...more
The-vault
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it
By Rishi Vohra. Grade: B+
More than anything, it was the author bio that convinced me to read this book.
Rishi Vohra recently relocated back to Mumbai after completing a Green MBA from San Francisco State University and a Masters Diploma in Environmental Law, prior to which he had a successful career in the Indian entertainment industry.
Having been a guest columnist for various newspapers in India, he currently writes for delWine and is a Certified Specialist of Wine. This is his first novel.
Lik
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VaultOfBooks
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
By Rishi Vohra. Grade: B+
More than anything, it was the author bio that convinced me to read this book.
Rishi Vohra recently relocated back to Mumbai after completing a Green MBA from San Francisco State University and a Masters Diploma in Environmental Law, prior to which he had a successful career in the Indian entertainment industry.
Having been a guest columnist for various newspapers in India, he currently writes for delWine and is a Certified Specialist of Wine. This is his first novel.
Lik
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Aditya Bhasin
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
There is something of Everyman in this book. The protagonist is an autistic, schizophrenic, psychotic in words of everyone around him. Whereas deep down he is a brave man, who has ideas but no means to implement them. He is disturbed because of not been accepted by his family but brave at heart. He wants a change but fails to get it under his own identity. He is Balwant Srivastav a.k.a. Babloo.

As what the title and the cover photo suggest, this book is well based in Mumbai and upon the Tracks of
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Arti
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
One day, when was checking my inbox, I saw a message from Rishi Vohra I asking me to review his book, “Once upon the Tracks of Mumbai”. The blurb was very engrossing and I replied saying that I would like to review his book and received an autographed copy from the author.
The story:
It is the story of Balwant Srivastav, Babloo, 24, the older unemployed son of Amar and Sudha Srivastav, who live in the railway quarters located next to the Bandra Station in Mumbai. His brother, Raghu, younger to him
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Aseem
Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it
“Once Upon The Tracks of Mumbai” is Rishi Vohra’s first novel. From the entertainment industry to pursuing a green MBA and finally to publishing a book, Rishi has done it all. He has also been a guest columnist for various newspapers and a regular writer of wine. So does his novel work? Let’s check it out.

The blurb goes like this –

“Autistic. Schizophrenic. Psychotic…”

‘They’ use these words to describe Babloo – the doctors, his family, his teachers..everyone..except Vandana. She treats him the wa
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Pooja (On books!)
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Review originally posted on my blog On Books!

Once upon the tracks of Mumbai lived Babloo, who was highly neglected by his family. He was quick to be branded "mentally unstable" at various points of the story with no proper diagnosis or attention to treatment. Seen as "jobless" "disruptive", ignored, belittled, he was confined to his life by noisy Bandra station; a life by the railway tracks that came to signify so much more. Babloo is often in another world, craves routine, is devoted to his nei
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Shwetar
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
My review is also available at: http://muddledup.wordpress.com/2013/0...

There is only one word I would use to describe this book – Wow!! Initially this book reminded me of “The clockwork Man” by William Jablonsky. The main protagonists in both books are “literal” thinkers without the ability to analyse much, the only difference being that the clockwork man was a mechanical robot whereas Babloo is human. The way the story has been narrated by the main protagonist in both cases is also the same an
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Abhinand
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
‘Once upon the tracks of Mumbai’ as the title says, the book takes us to the journey along the tracks of one of the busiest part of Mumbai. Bandra Railways, a journey which I’m sure is new for all the readers. Balwant Srivastav (aka Babloo) is the protagonist who is neglected not alone by his family but also by the world due to his psychotic problem. But he has his own dreams and he finds his best friend within himself. Whenever he is in confusion he gets help from ‘him’ to solve his little prob ...more
Charulatha
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We have heard the Hollywood superheroes BAT MAN, SUPER MAN, SPIDER MAN but do superheroes emerge from the metal tracks ~ the RAIL MAN? Once Upon The Tracks of Mumbai, written by Rishi Vohra , turns out to be an interesting read.
Balwant Srivastav (aka Babloo) suffering from psychiatric problems, had neither received love nor attention from his family. The author's description about how Babloo received ignorance, his difficulty to grasp and process the fast words in his brain is bound to create
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Rinaya
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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Sundeep Supertramp
3.5

Review:

Since the book deserves a 3.5, I was posed with a situation to choose between 3 and 4. I chose 4 because 3 sounded really understating for the book.

Due to the premium reason that the author, himself, has contacted me to review this book, I readily accepted to review it. I somehow knew it is going to be author- signed. And alas, it was! Though this aspect was enough for me to rate it a perfect-ten, I restrain myself and remind myself, Honest and Unbiased review.

Again, I set out reading
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Anjana Avinash
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once Upon The Tracks Of Mumbai tells the story of Babloo Srivastav, who comes from a very middle class background and stays with his family in the railway quarters in Mumbai. The narrative is partly in the first person which in this case is very interesting since we are allowed a peek into the world of an autistic individual. Even though diagnosed as autistic with other psychiatric disorders, Babloo does not receive any special care or attention from his family and to make matters worse, his you ...more
Locomente
Mar 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Babloo is a good-looking, fitness conscious young man who craves for attention from his parents, who is fanatically in love with Vandana, a neighbor and who is also referred to as Autistic. Schizophrenic. Psychotic by the psychiatrists. He tries hard to fit into Mumbai crowd and lead normal life.

Vandana is beautiful, bold and smart. She dreams of a life in America and hopes that someday she makes big in the world of advertising. She is rebellious, progressive-thinking, yet knows her limits.

Rail
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Felicia
Jan 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
Once upon the tracks of Mumbai is a novel about the life of a boy named Babloo who is autistic, psychotic and schizophrenic (or so the back cover reads). The story is about his journey for a better life.

The plot is based in Mumbai and mainly deals with Bandra and the local trains. The language is simple and a lot of local slang (read verbal abuses) is used to bring a real life dimension to the characters. The writing though is not so impressive overall. At some places one can find too much deta
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Neha
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
When you pick up a book by an Indian author you have certain expectations which precisely includes plain pedestrian language among many others. Hinglish is their mother tongue and a lousy story with some pages plastered with steamy sex scenes and explicit language makes them a national bestseller. OUTTOM drains all your expectations down the drain. (Thankfully!) The language is extremely good. It is a bit toned down for the masses yet it doesn't disappoint you.

Balwant Srivastav known as Babloo
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Blogwati
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
The story is set against the backdrop of the city that never sleeps and its lifeline, the railways. The protagonist, Babloo, is established as autistic, schizophrenic and psychotic right at the start. His family of three, including his favoured younger brother, Raghu, practically disown him. His world oscillates between his 'best friend' and the love of his life. Vandana, a simple girl with the great American dream, and the catalyst to the script. His desire to be worthy of her is what forms the ...more
Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
This is essentially Babloo’s story. He is that autistic boy next door. You know, the one everyone whispers about? Well, Babloo has Vandana in his life, the girl who has always been nice and friendly to him and the girl who is in love with. But there are complications in the story that even Babloo isn’t aware of. On one hand there’s Sikander’s interest in Vandana, is like a shark circling around food and on the other hand is Vandana’s engagement to Babloo’s younger brother, Raghu. But then again, ...more
Fabida Abdulla
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it
(This review first appeared on http://shocksandshoes.blogspot.in/201...)

This book is author Rishi Vohra’s debut novel and is not a bad effort at that. The first half to three quarters of the book tend to drag along, slowly planting you in the midst of Mumbai, among all the bustling trains and crowds and noise. That, in my opinion, is the best thing the author has accomplished in this book – created a perfect stage. Mumbai actually feels like it’s come alive through the descriptions of the variou
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Mahima Kohli
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Once Upon The Tracks of Mumbai, much like its lifted-off-a-movie-yet-creatively-modified name, is a formula-based filmy story with a filmy plot and a befitting filmy ending, but with a unique flavor to it. Its uncanny protagonist is a schizophrenic 24-year-old youth, Babloo, whose life revolves around the railway tracks twisting and turning through the length and breadth of Mumbai. He is misunderstood by his family and the society. His parents, instead of caring that little bit extra for him, ac ...more
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