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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  70 reviews
‘Djinns aren’t real, but if they were, they would only steal children because we have the most delicious souls’

Nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows, thinks he’s smarter than his friend Pari (even though she always gets top marks) and considers himself to be a better boss than Faiz (even though Faiz is the one with a job). When a boy at school goes missing,
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Expected publication: January 30th 2020 by Chatto Windus
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    Journalist and author Deepa Anappara draws our attention to the horrors and tragedy of the terrifyingly enormous numbers of children that go missing in India, a matter that is largely met by indifference in mainstream Indian society. The impoverished slums and community are depicted with an astonishing vibrancy as the people go about their daily lives and the challenges they face, lying within sight of the wealthy and powerful to whom the poor are invisible and a blight on their landscape. ...more
    Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: cultural
    I really enjoyed the atmosphere created. The environment reveals a distinct separation of classes and the varied lives according to social status and monetary value. Police negligence, religious violence, and educational values are exposed through this fictional tale set in India. The language was great, and I enjoyed the story being told through the eyes of nine-year-old Jai.

    “The man scratches at his feathery beard. “Kids around here disappear all the time,” he says. “One day they’ll have too
    Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is a tragic story that underlines the shocking fact that an estimated 180 children go missing in India each day. It describes the religious, social, and financial divides problematic in modern India. The story immersed me in the vibrantly described sights, food and fragrances of its slum setting. Here the people mostly love their children and care for the people in their neighbourhood despite the poverty, drudgery, and the squalor in which they live. The trauma of missing children began to ...more
    Louise Wilson
    Jail lives in a poor slum in India. Children start going missing and he decides to investigate like the detectives do in his favourite TV shows. But Jai is just nine years old. The local police are not interested in finding the children.

    The depiction of slum life is harrowing. It has also been sensitively written. Sometimes the book is a bit confusing and repetitive. The story is intriguing, funny and heart wrenching. I really liked Jai and his two friends who tried to find the missing
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Deepa Anappara and Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

    Delving into to the darker side of life in India, Deepa Anappara presents readers with this most impactful mystery. With close to two hundred children disappearing off Indian streets daily, this story about a missing child leaves the reader feeling a little less than comfortable. Jai may only be
    The Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line combines humour, warmth and wit with tragedy and deprivation: innocence and optimism with bigotry and corruption. Despite the ‘djinn patrol’ of the title, there’s little magic here.

    Set in a basti, or Indian slum, where children have vanished and the police are disinclined to help, the novel follows 9-year-old Jai and his friends as they play detective to try and solve the case. It’s an incredible window on daily life in such a place – the precarity of
    Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
    In her debut novel, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, Deepa Anappara examines the epidemic of missing children in India through the eyes of a naïve, TV-obsessed young boy living in the slums. When a boy from Jai’s school goes missing, he decides to use his detective skills learned from watching too many episodes of Police Patrol to find him.

    This was a book that confounded many of my expectations. Based on the premise of djinns in contemporary society, I was expecting a magical realist depiction
    I was sent this by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Nine year old Jai is obsessed with reality crime shows and detectives. When one of his classmates goes missing, he ropes his friends Pari and Faiz in to help look for the boy. When others start to disappear, finding out what happened becomes the most important thing in Jai's life. Child narrators can be difficult to capture in print and can often annoy the reader but the author manages to convey Jai's childlike innocence combined ...more
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A tender, heartwarming novel yet a harrowing read! A dichotomy, I know, but nonetheless true. Anappara talks about the harsh reality of poor Indian families living in slums, the corruption of governmental institutions(I really liked this hilarious yet evocative phrase describing the police: The letters P and O are missing from the Keep's side, so it reads LICE), the high rate of child abductions, illicit rings involved in child smuggling; social constrains especially for girls/women etc through ...more
    An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    This book is fairly interesting: set in modern India, three children begin investigating the disappearance of their classmate. We learn that 180 children go missing in India everyday--which is probably one of the most horrifying statistics I've ever learned. I ended up googling more about it...and it's just really awful.

    I've definitely never read a book set in India, written by an Indian author,
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: on-kindle
    I found Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line to be an absolute page turner. I was a bit confused in the beginning with the structure, but after a couple of chapters I was hooked.. If you read much Indian literature, you may not learn much, but this is a new twist on structure and the writing is excellent. Each of the three sections starts with a "chapter" titled This Story Will Save Your LIfe. I would describe these as folklore and are probably my favorite sections. Each child who disappears has a ...more
    Alyssia Cooke
    Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Whilst the beginning of this really caught me with the story of Mental and how his ghost continues to help those street boys in need of him, once the main tale got going I found myself plodding along with no real purpose. I'd say the strongest aspects of this novel are the beginning and the end, but the middle seems to lose pace or direction, instead relying on lots of repetition and drawn out scenes of a child playing detective. The best scenes tended to be the shorter ones from the ...more
    Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Jai is nine years old. He lives in a slum in the shadow of high rise (hi fi) apartments in an unnamed Indian city. He goes to school; his family has food on the table; he is addicted to crime documentaries on TV. He is on the cusp of leaving childhood as he has an emergent adult awareness of the perils and opportunities around him.

    So when an unloved classmate goes missing, Jai rounds up a posse of friends and embarks on detective work to try to trace him. Gradually more children disappear, but
    Andrea Pole
    Jan 18, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara is a fascinating, though heartbreaking, immersion into the reality of life for many children living in India today. The author's experience as a journalist with extensive knowledge of the ongoing tragedy of missing children lends a heft and gravitas to the voice of young Jai that is different from anything that I have previously read.

    This is an eye opening, heartfelt, and very personal account of life in metropolitan India, and it will stay with
    Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    I won this in a goodreads giveaway. It’s an interesting and thought provoking story
    Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, 2019
    Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is a hard read, not because the prose is intricate or the plot overly complex. Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is a hard read because it takes what to many of us are abstract wrongs—huge inequalities in wealth; indifferent law enforcement; the vulnerabilities of children, especially those who are poor—and makes those wrongs concrete. The novel is set in India. While many of its details are specific to India, the issues it wrestles with are more global.

    Children are
    Karen Barber
    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with the chance to read this prior to publication.
    Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is the kind of story that only really shows its significance once you reach the end.
    Our main character, Jai, is a rather innocent nine year old. He watches too much tv, is obsessed with real-life crime stories and plays cricket. He spends his time with his friends doing the kinds of things many nine year olds will do. Then children in the area he lives start to go missing.
    Sakina (aforestofbooks)
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020
    ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. If you haven't added this to your shelves, I don't know what you're waiting for. Review to come closer to the release date!
    Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Anappara writes with from the clear and innocent viewpoint of a child growing up in poverty and part of a strong community experiencing horrors that are rarely written about in Western media.
    I loved almost everything about this book; the story was haunting, the narration was charming and I loved that there was no glossary to work out common parlance and the small bits of Hindi used.
    I'm not a huge fan of the first person narrative but that's a me problem, and not something that detracts from the
    Kim Bakos
    Nov 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
    I picked it up and tried to read it three different times - only made it to about page 80 before I gave up.
    It was really hard for me to get into this book. The first thing that I didn't care for was the use of so much Indian word choice w/o a glossary. I don't mind being exposed to other languages, but it is nice to have some way to understand it. Yes, you can understand the story w/o knowing the meaning of all the words, but I prefer to learn rather than to ignore.
    The story is written for
    Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is a novel about a group of children trying to solve the disappearances that have been happening around the slum they live in. Jai is nine and watches too many real life police TV shows, so when a boy from his class goes missing, he has to recruit his friends Pari and Faiz to be his sidekicks for the investigation. They weave around various places they aren't allowed to go—the bazaar, the railway station—looking for answers, but as more and more children keep ...more
    Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line tells the story of Jai, a young boy who lives in an Indian slum and loves watching shows like 'Police Patrol' on tv. When children from his slum start disappearing, Jai gets his chance to live out his dreams of being a detective as he and his friends try and discover what has happened to those who have gone missing. Deepa Anappara paints a wonderfully realistic picture of life in the slums - the sights, the sounds and the smells so that the reader is most ...more
    Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    What an amazing title! I have to admit that this is what drew me to this book and I am so glad it did. It's the story of missing children and the way that the powers that be don't appear to care about them as they hail from the slums. When a boy that Jai knows goes missing he decided that he will emulate his TV detective heroes and investigate. Roping in his two best friends - Pari and Faiz - they set about their task both enthusiastically and reluctantly as they start to interview people and ...more
    Matthew Tett
    Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Anappara's novel is a superb example of life in the slums of an Indian city - likely, I think, to be on the outskirts of Mumbai. The story revolves around the character of Jai who lives with his family - and his close female friend, Pari, as well as other young people. When children start to go missing without any explanation, Jai, Pari and the others set out to find out what has happened - seemingly, the police do very little, the dark alleyways of the slum, and the city, are dangerous, and ...more
    Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    "Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line" by Deepa Anappara is an extraordinary adventure story of nine years old boy Jai who is looking for a missing classmate with his friends Pari and Faiz. Jai learned detective skills by watching TV and wants to apply them to his real life case. He asks Pari and Faiz to be his assistants but Pari is much smarter than him and Faiz is busy working while Jai is easily distracted.

    The backdrop of this seemingly children detective/adventure story is Jay's poor "basti"
    Lucy Goodfellow
    Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Recommends it for: literally anyone

    5 Stars

    'This story is a talisman. Hold it close to your hearts.'

    I loved this book. It is heartwarming and deeply heartbreaking all at once. An atmospheric glimpse into an Indian basti from the perspective of a child obsessed with crime drama. Jai is the perfect protagonist for this, we see the world as he sees it- with the mysticism of youth and the anxiety of poverty.

    Themes of escapism run deep in this novel, the chapters narrated from the perspective of the taken children are written to
    Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Jai is nine, living in the slums of an Indian city with his parents and sister. He watches a lot of cop shows on TV, so when local children start to go missing, he decides that he and his friends Faiz and Pari should investigate - and he's in charge, despite Pari being cleverer than him (and she's the one asking the right questions). The police aren't that interested, and rumours fly about everyone who's disappeared, usually unfounded. But eventually, it's someone much closer to home who ...more
    Taunya Miller
    Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
    Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line brings to light the problems in the slums of India. Poverty, corrupt police and politicians, the extreme differences socio-economically, and the astonishing number of children that go missing every day. However, none of these things were really expanded upon.

    Jai and Pari are the main characters along with their friend Faiz. They are all nine years old. When children start disappearing from their basti, Jai is determined to use his detective skills (learned from
    Scott Parsons
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is a fascinating read. It is a debut novel by Deepa Anappara, a journalist with direct experience of life in India and hundreds of children who go missing every year. The protagonist is Jai, a nine-year Hindu boy, who watches a lot of police shows on TV and fancies himself a budding detective, and his friends who live in a low income area of a settlement (basti). The living conditions are poor with liitle sanitation facilities, lack of water and insufficient food. ...more
    Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    It took me a while to settle in to Djinn Patrol. It's an unusually atmospheric and evocative read, and it felt a little overwhelming at times. It's overlong and occasionally overly repetitive, but it's also incredibly transportive - Anappara's descriptions take you right into the heart of Jai's basti, with its vivid patchwork of sights and smells.

    Jai is an interesting protagonist. He has a distinctive voice, and Anappara perfectly captures the tone of a curious - but lazy - nine year old. His
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    Deepa Anappara was born in Kerala, southern India, and worked as a journalist in India for eleven years. Her reports on the impact of poverty and religious violence on the education of children won the Developing Asia Journalism Awards, the Every Human has Rights Media Awards, and the Sanskriti-Prabha Dutt Fellowship in Journalism.

    A partial of her debut novel, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, won