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Coinman is one of life's victims, the receiver of subtle bullying in an office environment and thinly disguised control in his own home, but remains true to his desire to be polite and accepting of how he is treated by everyone. Then an incident at work changes all that.

Huffington Post: One of the best literary fiction books of 2016 (Independently Published).
Paperback, First Edition, 230 pages
Published November 4th 2015 by Lune Spark LLC
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Archit Ojha
Thrilled.



Bewitched, captivated and mesmerized by the beauty of it! Seriously.


Well, to begin with :

My assumptions before reading the book :

It is a mystery and thriller novel with the detective named Coinman (similar to James Bond, Detective Gopichand etc. ). He is going to solve crimes, murders and cases never seen solved before! Criminals will shiver hearing just his name! He is the God of the city!!!

The cover itself shows that some bigger racket is going on under police's nose but Coinm
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Pooja
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who want to laugh
Shelves: owns, arc, 100-pages
You can never imagine what human minds are capable of!

Thoroughly enjoyed it!

You hardly expect any book to be as enchanting as this.

Let me tell you, the characters are super duper simple, real-life ones and extremely likable.
Coinman is a person you meet or see in a day to day life. He sits with you. He talks to you and you don't behave well with him. Yes, he's that tragic person. What it's like to hear his story? You better find it out reading it.

Why Coinman? Couldn't the author come up with an
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Stjepan Cobets
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fan of fiction
Shelves: new-classic
In the book "Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy" by Pawan Mishra, In the story, we meet the main character Kesar who because of his obsession with the coins becomes Coinman. But his whole life was a tangle of various events that the condition to become the way it is. His mother and father are full of love for him but also those directed him throughout his life, holding all the strings in his hands. His father and mother take responsibility for his education, work, and marriage. He listens to the deci ...more
Bradley
Thanks to the author for allowing me to review his book!

This one is a fairly difficult book to review, because while certain elements were dong very well, the book didn't stay within the lines of how it began, how it progressed, or how it ended. It started out as a pretty funny Milton-like office satire, with tons of details that really showed us how horrible the corporate world is in bright and shiny satire.

The way the Coinman was shown to us, I was frankly expecting this to turn into a fantasy
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Nelou Keramati
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Refreshingly unique, humorous, and honest!

As someone who is predominantly drawn to the YA/NA/Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-Fi genres, reading literary fiction was indeed a departure from the norm. With that said, I found the underlying dynamics of Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy to be a rather accurate satirical representation of contemporary life. Although I am neither terribly familiar with office politics, nor with living in India, I found Coinman to be a highly relevant tale concerned with addressing
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Dannii Elle
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the author, Pawan Mishra, and the publisher,Lune Spark LLC, for providing me with a copy.

I can honestly say that this book is unlike any other I have read before. Whilst reading, the first two notes I made were “curioser and curioser” and “is the Mad Hatter our protagonist!?”. This book started, in a word, oddly. But it was odd in the most wonderful and fantastical sense. I loved the personal manner used when addressing the reader,
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Ashley Gallegos
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As an author myself, it takes a really great book to drag me out of the depths of my writing and get me to take a break. This book was fantastic! We have family in India and this story was true to the culture! I laughed and was fully immersed in the story to the point where I had to remind myself where real life ended and began. For me, that's the true test of a great book! I will definitely be reading it again. Bravo!
Susan Hagan
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very few books are written once. This is one of those books. Most of the books I read, except for the classic stories or the different books that come out once in a while, have something or the other that I would have read somewhere else.

As I started the book, I was a bit lost on the first page, but since the writing was wonderful, I kept going for on the promise of intelligent writing. It was very soon that I fell in love with the writing: every word, every sentence I read seemed to be refined
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Pankaj Goyal
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy by Pawan Mishra is the story of a junior level office worker in India. Known as Coinman due to his habit of never-ending tinkling of coins in his pocket, Kesar is the laughingstock of his office. He even does not find solace in his home as his wife Imli (a passionate actress) completely dissolves herself into different characters on a regular basis. Something unexpected happens when his office colleagues (getting tired and irritated of the continuous jingling of the ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comedy, india, fiction, humor
This hilarious and often insightful and interesting book, follows the story of Coinman, a guy with a habit he can't seem to break. Wherever he is, he's always with his hands in his pockets, listening to the sound of the money. His glamorous actress wife finds her husband's vice incredibly annoying, to the point where she prohibits coins from being brought into their home. As their ridiculous behavior gets the attention of the Coinman's colleagues from work, it changes them in different ways and ...more
Simon Brading
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had a slightly hard time getting through the first few dozen pages but it was worth it when I did.
The story is curious, in a setting that is unusual (for me at least) but I found it thoroughly enjoyable.
If you're looking for something different from the usual fare then I'd recommend this.
Ritu Mishra
Sharing the review from SPR:

Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy by Pawan Mishra is a quirky, heartfelt novel about finding your identity – and keeping it.

The search for personal fulfillment is a lifelong journey for most, and along the way, it is necessary to establish the identity you want, the work you cherish, the people you respect, and the love you deserve. In Pawan Mishra’s oddly charming novel, readers are welcomed into the strangely neurotic, passionate, and unfulfilled existence of Coinman, a
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Punya Nayak
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, 4-stars, arc
Thanks to the author, Pawan Mishra, and the publisher,Lune Spark LLC, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I feel completely grateful that I was given the opportunity to read this, even if it is not one of my preferred genres and to find that I actually love it!

Coinman is the story of (view spoiler), who has an obsession with jingling coins in his pocket. However this bad habit drives his peers into hating him. Soon he is isolated and
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Hristina
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an audible copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.

Actual rating: 3.5

Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy is beautifully written and the story is nothing like what I've encountered before. The story revolves around a man with OCD who likes to jingle coins in his pocket, so his coworkers nickname him Coinman. The group of people he works with constantly gossip about him, spread rumors, mock him and pull pranks on him... basically bullying him. Coinman doesn't have t
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Monica
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story was an enjoyable read because it is clever, unique, and charming. The (seemingly) ordinary, mundane setting and cast of characters lend themselves to a plot with a curious twist. A well-conceived and well-written treat for the fun of reading.
Heena Rathore P.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

"It all began with high expectations."

I rarely read literary fiction but when I was presented with an opportunity to read Coinman I thought of giving this one a try as the author is a fellow Indian. Though initially I had a few reservations about reading it, this book turned out to be a really interesting one. Coinman is a really unique read about a man who is obsessed with jingling coins.

Author Pawan Mish
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Davyne DeSye
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very quirky, satiric look at office politics and their often ridiculous nature.

The main character is Coinman, a nickname given him because of his constant habit of jingling coins in his pocket – a habit that drives all of his co-workers absolutely insane. I really enjoyed his character at the same time that I often felt sorry for him. I also enjoyed the exaggerated nature of everything – Tulsi’s beauty, Ratiram’s wisdom and, of course, Coinman’s habit itself. I also liked the glimpses
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John Naylor
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free via Goodreads First Reads.

I sometimes finish a book and think I have never read a book like it before. That was definitely the case here.

The main theme for a lot of the book is bullying. Both in the workplace and domestically. It is interesting that the main character is never portrayed as weak despite the fact he is bullied. The supporting characters maybe could have been fleshed out a little more but the titular character is fascinating enough to make up for this.
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Margaret Chadwick
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Author: Pawan Mishra
Title: Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy
Genre: Humour, Fiction

Synopsis: Coinman, a junior level office worker in India, has a number of eccentricities. The laughing stock of the office, he finds no release at home, his wife Imli, an obsessed actress, completely vanishes into each role. When tough bully, Hukum, beautiful enchantress, Tulsi, and the office sage, Ratiram, unite the office to conspire against Coinman, they have no inkling of an apocalypse looming in the office.

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Ginger Bensman
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parable-fiction
This story is a modern day parable. Coinman, Mishra’s protagonist, is often hapless, frequently pathetic, and always likeable. His seemingly harmless compulsion to finger the coins in his pocket leads to chaos at work (he’s singled out, harassed and brutally bullied by his colleagues), and there’s trouble in his marriage (he is henpecked and abused by his ridiculously self-centered wife). The Coinman’s troubles take place in India and the prose reflects an Indian sensibility and cadence. If the ...more
Ana Meyer
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Unique is the first word that comes to mind when describing this book. The second would be refreshing, it was refreshing to read such a unique story. I love the quirky nature of Coinman, he was entertaining and fun. I loved the storyline and the issues dealing with his co-workers as well as his wife. I think that this story holds its own in the story world and I cannot sit here and say "oh yah I have read this story before" I really think most people who like to get outside the comfort zone and ...more
Lorraine Carter
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love a real life parody and they don't come much better than Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy. I gave up office life a few years back but reading this novel took me back there and put a real smile on my face page after page. Pawan Mishra has done a superb job of bringing his characters to life with verve and wit that infuses his plot. A genuine delight to read and one I would definitely recommend.
Merril Anil
Jul 17, 2016 rated it liked it
its massively twisted and coiled

First of all a huge thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of the book to read and Kavita Ramesh for recommending me to the author though i am sure after reading this he wouldn't be too happy about it :( and you probably would want to hide to save yourself from the wrath of the author and let me know where you plan to hide so that i can join you as well. :P

I admit that the book is a lot different and definitely stands unique from its contemporaries
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Lune Spark
Review from IndieReader (with a 5 star rating):

Social commentary highlighted through a curmudgeon’s antics in: COINMAN

"This articulate, wryly amusing creation focuses on simple situations that often have an unexpected, almost magical, twist."

The anti-hero known as “Coinman” is an irritating co-worker, an inattentive husband, a not-so-dutiful son…yet his apparent lack of love conquers all.

Coinman (his real name is Kesar) gets his nickname for his disturbing habit of constantly jingling coins that
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Snehal
Feb 17, 2016 added it
I received this book to review as part of a Goodreads initiative. The synopsis of the book appealed to me as it is set in an office environment and my background in human resources and organisational behaviour added more fuel to the metaphorical fire.

The protagonist of the book is a chap called Coinman, your average office goer who finds himself at the brunt of office politics and a victim of bullying behaviour. It was difficult for me to not classify the various miseries that Coinman faces as
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Jodi Perkins
Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy is a literary fiction that takes everyday workplace dynamics to preposterous levels in a satirical story written with much intelligence and dry wit.

What I loved most about this quirky little tale is that anyone with a job can relate to Coinman’s plight. On the one hand, much of the bullying behaviors performed by the sadistic antagonist Hukum (and the rest of the staff) seems to be an unrealistic stretch for adults, and is more reminiscent of playground behavior th
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Damian Maher
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read! It explores an eccentric workers habit of jiggling coins, which leads him to be subjected to bullying by the coworkers. Trying not to reveal too much about the story or the plot, let me explain why I love this book so much.

Most importantly, I find the writing to be honest and passionate. The satirical aspect is brought with intelligence and wit; exaggerations are intended to highlight the universal truths of life.

Mishra has vividly written the characters into existence; t
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Saleh Radaideh
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a very interesting read. I found it hilarious and entertaining. Coinman is such a funny, laughable character who I would want to be friends with. There are many incidents throughout the story and in the office where one would laugh hysterically. Caught between the stress at home with his wife, Imli, an actress, and his goofy friends at work, Coinman goes on all sorts of crazy, humorous stunts in order to cope with these people. It turns out that Coinman isn't even his real name! His sill ...more
Katja Vartiainen
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, fiction, indian, satire
This is an enjoyable novel about a man with a peculiar habit and events in his life. I have never lived the office life, and it seems to be a reproduction of the school class, as in this story. The author, Pawan Mishra, describes well the tyranny of the bullies and the group dynamics. This is why I call this a novel, not so much as humor. It made me more pensive than it made me giggle. Which is not a bad thing. There are a lot of interesting, bizarre characters and twists in the story. All comed ...more
D.C. Triana
“The mind numbing sound of relentlessly jingling coins was something the people of the office, the center stage of this story, hadn’t quite learned to live with yet…”

Coinman is an absolute delight! I found myself absorbed in the life of this low level office worker in Northern India. His eccentricities are intriguing and I found myself laughing out loud in amusement at some of the antics that happen in his life. His wife and boss are a trip to read and you find yourself rooting for this man to o
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Born in 1976 in Aligarh, India, Pawan Mishra is an award-winning author, producer, director, and a leader in finance and technology industries. In Jan 2017 Huffington Post listed his novel "Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy" as one of the best independently published fiction books of year 2016. He conceptualized, produced, and directed the animation series "My Teacher Hilda".

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