Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
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, ...more
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“The man scratches at his feathery beard. “Kids around here disappear all the time,” he says. “One day they’ll have too ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
This is an eye opening, heartfelt, and very personal account of life in metropolitan India, and it will stay with ...more
Children are ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
The backdrop of this seemingly children detective/adventure story is Jay's poor "basti" ...more
'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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A partial of her debut novel, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, won ...more