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The Mobile Phone is a story of connecting with child within. The story is set in Delhi and deals with the lives of Rohit, a tutor, and Prabhu, a child he teaches in the city. The author uses “the paper mobile phone” as a symbol to connect with someone who is absent. Someone we seek or someone who could hold us in our helplessness. The novel makes an attempt to understand d ...more
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Published November 2015 by Cinnamon Teal (first published August 3rd 2015)
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Merril Anil
Impactful Story but a hasty treatment

First of all a huge thanks to the author for providing me with the copy of the book and trusting my words and nothing can actually convey my gratitude for surprising me with a physical copy of the book

There is no doubt to the fact that the core plot of the book can move your hearts. The physiological and the emotional aspects of the characters and the story have been truly taken care of in the book which is really impressive

The book opens amazingly and yo
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Ipshita
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, asian
This story touches various aspects of life, from the pain of losing someone, to being alienated from one's family, to finding emotional substitute in mere objects. Each of these aspects is then intricately presented through the characters of Rohit and Prabhu. I really appreciated the touches of subjectivity that becomes evident through these characters, especially that of Rohit. There is more focus on every small action; and every formal and informal interaction is observed minutely.

The beginnin
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Aryan Sarath
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book by Pankaj Suneja who has yet again proved his supremacy in the Psychology. This is a short story of around 94 pages but one would need to give full concentration in order to read it and understand.

I would also suggest to red the story all at once because if you give a break and go back to read the book after that, there are chances that you may not recollect as to what had happened earlier.

This book features very limited characters. 2 friends - Rohit and Kumar and a fam
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Carla
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Written by a friend of mine here on Goodreads. It certainly was better than his first book. I could follow the story line more closely. The relationship between the parent, child and tutor I thought was rather strange. It appears there are too many story lines within the one book and some I enjoyed, others I did not. It's clear to me that the more Pankaj writes, the better he becomes. I celebrate his accomplishments and encourage him to continue his writings!
Mahathi Ramya
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
The mobile phone is a story which touches different aspects - pain when someone dies, the emotional struggle within to overcome the pain and mind substituting that loss by some other object. This book talks about the child within every adult.

There are 2 parallel stories in the book. One story is about Rohit who is a tutor, a gay, loves his roommate Kumar, an introvert and who loses his mother in the childhood and couldn't come out of that past. Another one is around a child Prabhu, who is a stu
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Supritha
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
The Mobile Phone yet again deals with Pankaj Suneja's favourite subject- psychology. Rohit is the tutor of a young boy Prabhu, and Kumar is Rohit's roommate. The main story revolves around these three characters and the apparent loneliness they experience, even when living in the midst of society. Prabhu requires a lot of attention which he does receive but not in the way he desires. He feels rather like a fly on the wall; something that people look at, but don't pay much attention to. The other ...more
Payal Jain
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Firstly, I would like to express my gratitude for the ARC. It was such a wonderful surprise! :)

I'm not very used to reading Indian authors so it took me a while to get accustomed to the colloquialisms and the setting. A few pages in, it took on a very charming characteristic, though- so much that it made me want to delve into Indian literature á la Tagore and Anita Desai. 100% serious.

The narration was unlike anything I'd read before. It was fragmented and jumped from one POV to another almost a
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Sharanya
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Brief Take on Adulthood, Loss and Grieving

The Mobile Phone by Pankaj Suneja has two parallel stories, that of Rohit and Kumar and a family of three – Akash and Madhu, parents to Prabhu. The story deals with how adults and children equally struggle with death and loss. It narrates a deep view on how sometimes we have to reach inwards to cope with the struggle of moving on after a traumatic experience. The novel is a short and quick read, but I found the alternating shift in voices between the f
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Nishtha
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Short and happening

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Mayank Kashyap
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Very thoughtful concept decorated with wonderful writing style.
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Actual Rating: 3.5
Ritika
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is certainly better than the author's previous one.
It is more continuous and engaging.
I liked it.
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“Wasteland is land which is worthless
for cultivation. Like a child who has been emotionally
bruised in a way that can never heal.”
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“What the pen was doing for Rohit right now, the paper
mobile phone did for Prabhu.”
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