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Published September 19th 2020
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moonlight_review
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gangster on the run

Can a person really change after having a controversial past?
This book is a biography of Rahul Jadhav. As a young innocent boy from Dombivali, he thought it wasn't possible for him to achieve all that he desired through right way, so he turned to underworld.
He was a gangster, an underworld hitman & an alcoholic, he went by the name Bhiku.

But something made him turn a new leaf. He left this life behind and worked on himself. Now he is marathoner and coach. To know the reason f
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Krutika Puranik
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Stephy Simon
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Gangster on the Run*
The world is unjust, and the way a person deals with the unfairness makes him different. The Gangster on the Run is the story of an innocent boy who dreamed big, but the unfair world never let him climb up the ladder on a righteous path, or at least, he thought so.
Born on the then outskirts of Mumbai, Rahul Jadhav grew up with the determination to get everything he desired. He admired heroes of the past without bothering about the nobility of their actions.
" All he cared wa
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Divya Mehta
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! What a brilliant tale of struggle and salvation - what really struck me was how human it was. From the heady job of having someone's life and money in his hands to cleaning a drainage pipe, I was right there, beside Rahul Jadhav as he srted his intense issues and rose like a phoenix. Adapted with sensitivity and and a pace that will have your heart racing, this one is definitely a great buy! ...more
Komal
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Rahul Ramakant Jadhav, who at a very young and impressionable age wanted to make easy money and idolized the likes of Dawood Ibrahim.

He eventually decides to become the "Bhikhu" of organized crime, after he saw the movie Satya 17 times and embodied the character of Bhikhu. ( Bollywood and it's never-ending love affairs with Gangsters😄)

Unlike his peers' slow and inefficient method of using khabris, he used the internet to remain anonymous and find out the contact details of p
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Priya Shrinath
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gangster on the Run is the story of Rahul Jadhav, an ex-gangster, hitman, alcoholic and whatnot. It is a biography and it doesn't feel so. If you're a fan of pacy, Netflix-like suspense thrillers, then this book will impress you from page 1.

So, Rahul had a tough childhood growing up in the rural Dombivali. From a kid with desires to achieve and tough luck, fate had different plans for Rahul. It made him turn to the underworld, become a gangster with a nickname and such.

There's another twist in R
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Siddhant Agarwal
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
The book is an inspirational journey that details the effects that the life of crime can have on a person, but more importantly, its about the will power of a person to reform and how a person’s choices can affect their lives. The book goes deep into the Mumbai of the early part of the millennium when it was ravaged by gangsters and how things unfolded during the time. A very well-researched book, Puja has incorporated some interesting insights into the lives of not just Rahul, but also the crim ...more
Priyaranjan Mohan
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is great, tight, interesting overall paint a great picture. When I finished reading this book. I was left wanting more, which is always a sign of a good book. A fascinating and almost unbelievable story about a remarkable gangster. The book is a story of Rahul Ramakant Jadhav. Who idolised underworld don and want to become a BHAI. Book has everything love, break up, drug, emotion,passion. Te language of the book is simple and easy to understand. The cover of the book is apt to the stor ...more
Bloggeray
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the first things that come to mind when I recall the 1998 crime blockbuster Satya is Manoj Bajpayee standing on a cliff overlooking the sea. His character shouts, “Mumbai ka baap kaun? Bhikhu Mhatre.” (Who’s the boss of Mumbai? Bhikhu Mhatre). Bhikhu, of course, is the name of his gangster character.

What I didn’t know is that there was a young, real-life gangster in 1998, who took on the “Bhikhu Mhatre” moniker for himself. Rahul Ramakant Jadhav terrorised Dombivli in the late 90s-early a
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Noor
A boy, who lost his innocence to the Mumbai mafia;
a painter, who lost his art to the 9mm pistol;
a dreamer, who lost his ambition to cheap whisky;
a romantic, who lost his love to dimly lit bars and brothels;
and a son, who lost his ideals to hard cash
-- this is the story of Rahul Ramakant Jadhav aka Bhiku Mhatre
- a gangster, a gun runner, a sharpshooter, an alcoholic, a de-addiction crusader & an ultra marathoner.
A saga of grime & grit.

GANGSTER ON THE RUN- the true story of a reformed criminal
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Kiranmayi
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full review on my blog:
https://blog.medhaapps.com/2020/12/bo...

Rahul Ramakant Jadhav, the most wanted gangster and hitman of the late 90s is an ultra-marathoner now. Gangster on the Run is the true-life account of Rahul’s life as narrated by the author Puja, on how a notorious gangster had transformed into a marathon runner.

The story starts from the time Rahul was a young kid living with his family in Dombivli, the quaint place in the outskirts of Mumbai. As the youngest of three siblings with a
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Tanvi Mehta
Gangster on the run: Puja Changoiwala
This is a story of person who outran his demons, quite literally. Once a criminal who terrorised Dombivali in Mumbai, he is now winning medals and marathons and now, hearts of millions.
The story starts with a middle class boy who has been traumatized by certain events very early in his life. In a age where idols and role models are actors and athletes, Rahul was mesmerized by the Dons of the Underworld. The book then takes us how little Rahul eventually becam
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Swarali
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
📌"I am thinking honesty is overrated, Maa. Had it paid, Baba would have been the richest man in the world!"
📚Gangster On The Run – The True Story of a Reformed Criminal is a biography of Rahul Jadhav who took up the name Bhiku in underworld.
📚 It is a story of a boy who lost his love to dimly lit bars and brothels, a dreamer who lost his ambition to cheap whisky, a painter who lost his art to the 9mm pistol and a son who lost his ideals to hard cash!
📚Rahul Jadhav was born on 11th February 1976 i
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Dhruv Naik
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Guns. Drugs. Murders. Extortion. Sex. Jail. Redemption.

This book has it all. It is a biography of Rahul Jadhav who went by the name of Bhikhu in the underworld. What amazed me is the detailing the author has been able to achieve, right from his childhood to Mr. Rahul's current life. No doubt, author has been helped by an equally amazing life story full of twists. It feels like a work of fiction, only it is 100% true.

The book lays bare the truth of how underworld function. It also gives an insi
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Kanika Arora
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it

No human being is a gangster or a hitman by birth. People, surroundings & circumstances, situations both financial and psychological makes someone become one. ‘Gangster on the run’ is such book, a beautiful story narration of a man named Rahul Ramakant Jadhav aka ‘Bhiku’ known in the underworld, how from an innocent boy of Dombivali, Mumbai, he became the most wanted gangster of all time.

If this book was only about how quickly he becomes wealthy and famous not by doing good deeds though, it wou
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Bookscorner.21
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gangster On The Run is a riveting and inspiring tale of a boy Rahul who in a bid to get everything he desired, grows up to become a wanted gangster. Inspired by the cult classic Staya he even changes his name to Bhiku to suit his profession. ⁣
However his arrest in 2007 changes his life forever and today that extortionist and hitman is an ultra marathoner who has covered nearly 10,000 kms and aims to shatter the national stadium record. ⁣

- The storyline of the book here has been deeply researche
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Ekta M
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gangster on the run is a true story of a Dombivali Resident ʀᴀʜᴜʟ ᴊᴀᴅʜᴀᴠ, a ɢᴀɴɢꜱᴛᴇʀ, ᴀɴ ᴜɴᴅᴇʀᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ʜɪᴛᴍᴀɴ, ᴀɴ ᴇxᴛᴏʀᴛɪᴏɴɪꜱᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀɴ ᴀʟᴄᴏʜᴏʟɪᴄ.
This book showcases his journey from underworld shooter to becoming a ᴅᴇ-ᴀᴅᴅɪᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ᴄᴏᴜɴꜱᴇʟʟᴏʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀɴ ᴜʟᴛʀᴀ-ᴍᴀʀᴀᴛʜᴏɴᴇʀ.


Born on 11 February 1976 in a lower-middle-class family, Rahul was not happy with the family's limited means. He wanted cash and he thought underworld is the roadmap to easy money.
At the age of 21 he joined a notorious don in Mumbai. He use
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Kirti Diwakar
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is said, “When life gives you a Second chance, give your Best Shot” just like the way Rahul transformed himself from the most wanted gangster to the ultra-marathoner.

The book, “Gangster on the Run” by Puja Changoiwala is a motivational read that takes you through the transformational journey of Rahul from the world of crime to the world of peace and achievements. This book depicts the dedication of a person proving that “Nothing is Impossible” and that life always gives you an opportunity pro
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Pooja Chhabra
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gangster, Extortionist, Hitman, Addict these words have no undo option. That world is beyond the understanding of a common man, while for a gangster it's his own world. One can deliberately choose but leaving a dream on their own isn't something everyone can afford.
Puja in her book Gangster on the Road, presented the life of Rahul Jadhav with such a simplicity and his dreams of becoming a man different than his own father. Challenging various social evils poverty, caste, religion that leads a ma
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bombayreader
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
'Gangster On The Run'  is the story of 90's Dombivali extortionist and hitmen Rahul Jadhav aka 'Bhiku' his advent into the underworld, his arrogance, petty fame, list and methodology of crime, prison life, judicial trials, fight with drugs and alcoholism and eventually winning over addiction through rehabilitation also giving up heinous crime world.

Today, he is a transformed man, an ultra-marathoner and a de-addiction counsellor.

Unlike many biographies of a gangster who took to crime and addicti
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The Book Critiques
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gangster On The Run is the biography of Rahul Jadhav, born on the then outskirts of Mumbai and grew up with a resolution to achieve whatever he desired, Rahul was a big fan of Bollywood, he even changed his name to Bhiku after the protagonist of the movie Satya. His life was proof of his love for the Bollywood.
In the year 2007, the police were successful in arresting Rahul, but then what happened that made him an inspiration.
Read this book and find out yourself.

This is not an ordinary story of a
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Aswathy
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book "Gangster on the run" belongs to true crime genre and it was my first ever book from the same genre. I always wanted to read books related to this genre and I am so glad that I got a chance to read this book.


The plot of this book is based on Rahul Jadhav's journey from being an ambitious kid to being a gangster. It's all about the various circumstances or situations that made the protagonist to choose this dangerous path and also, about his life as a gangster. 


The author has done a wond
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Bhagyashree Bhat (thebookishdoctor)
This book is the biography of Rahul Jadhav, a former gangster & his journey to reformation & becoming an ultra-marathoner. The book brilliantly potrayed how a young boy from a poor family living in Dombivali with great dreams & ambitions grew up to became an underworld hitman & an alcoholic. The author gave a detailed account of his life as a gangster, the inner workings of the underworld, his imprisonment & later on his rehabilitation. The author's story narration kept me completely hooked to t ...more
Happywithbook
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Author Puja Changoiwala have beautifully written the biography of one of the most trusted and dangerous pawn of Underworld don Reddy...
The book takes us to the journey as how a boy from Dombivali began doing petty theft, moved on to become a gangster and then came back on a steady track
Book is basically divided into two parts...first involves the rise of Rahul as a gangster...the second basically deals with how a drug addict, extortionist and gangster steadily came up through the strong clutch
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Shoma Abhyankar
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A non-fiction real life story of gangster Rahul Jadhav, the book documents the journey of a teenager from a humble family background who loved to paint and cycle in the neighborhood but found life as an extortionist and gangster more lucrative than what a college degree could give. A young boy disgruntled with monetary situation at home Rahul Jhadav, was drawn to the power and money that underworld commanded, found it fascinating and gravitated towards a life of crime. He chose continue his adve ...more
Sitharaam Jayakumar
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Puja Changiowala’s ‘Gangster on the Run: The True Story of a Reformed Criminal’ is the story of Rahul Ramakant Jadhav, a boy who grew up to become a criminal. Born in a lower-middle-class family, Rahul gradually gives way to his criminal instincts and grows up wanting to be a feared Don of crime. I liked the beginning of the book when Rahul loses his friend Dina, a girl who is six years elder to him when she commits suicide. Read the rest of the review here. ...more
Aditi
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To begin with, the cover of the book is really good. I liked the slant concept designer used, it really suits the concept
This book was like a bollywood mafia movie like me, like it was that relatable. I could literally imagine the words in a movie form. Language is really easy and a fast pace keeps you hooked from the first page itself. The storyline is really interesting and facts adds like a cherry on the cake
If you are ready for a Bollywood style mafia theme book then this book is definitely
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Atul Amode
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended!!

What a marvelous story and so beautifully written! I bought this book after I read an excerpt from it in a national newspaper, and I'm so glad I did. It's basically the TRUE STORY of a gangster who turned his life around and it left me so, so inspired.

The writer has done a brilliant job! Such close attention to details - you can tell that only a reporter's eye could catch such nuances. Very rarely do you come across such gems. I cannot recommend it enough!
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Rases Changoiwala
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing

The book has a double advantage - a great true story and a great storyteller. Right from the childhood days of the protagonist to him becoming the Man Friday of one of India's most wanted dons to his eventual transformation, every detail is so intriguing and so beautifully narrated. Commendable research, certainly because the writer is a crime reporter. The book highlights not just her writing skills, but also her strong journalistic abilities. A must, must read.
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Saral Saraf
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read it in six hours!

You just cannot put this book down. What a fabulously gripping read! The author seems to be an expert at keeping her readers hooked, and hence, this book is a page-turner in the truest sense of the word. Amazingly researched, brilliantly nuanced. This one offers a real peek into a gangster's life, leaving you moved, amused, entertained, and even inspired. A fantastic read!
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