Ever wondered what happens to the soul, once we depart from this real world? What is the state of the soul that is a tenant in our body, post its lease period that spans our lifetime? No? Well, the author of this book has kind of dwelled over something that none (that I’ve read so far) have tried to deal with.
Parimal Kalikar, an ex-MNC executive in his first book, deals with an unique storyline of an orphaned soul that gets assigned to by none other than the mighty Almighty alias God, with a temporary assignment of dealing with a bug caused by a technical snag in the SMS (Soul Management System) of Swarga.
Oliver, the protagonist of the book titled “A Godly Blunder!”, is a German national who works as a quality control manager in a premium car company in Germany. He happens to die young in an accident and reaches heaven. And then God decides to assign him with a short term trip back to earth until the technical snag in the SMS at Swarga is rectified.
This is where it gets out of hand (and hilarious for the reader) for Oliver. The short assignment requires the meat-eater in him to occupy the body of an short & stout Indian middle-class vegeterian man named Siddhesh who is currently in a state of coma at a hospital in the Indian city of Pune, Maharashtra.
“I didn’t think it would be easy to take a bath after I had looked at Sid’s body – and I was right, it was much worse. Looking at someone else’s body, and soaping it, believing it to be yours is disturbing. It is a humiliating experience cleaning someone else’s privates every day.”
To a reader who understands how an Indian society works with an extreme extent of family bonding, emotion, corruption, dishonesty, working-class ethics, thought-processes amidst all others; this would happen to be a hilarious plot. But to someone like Oliver who is so oblivious to the ground reality, it happens to be quite an eye-opener. And to keep an eye on him on his earthly assignment, he’s got two escorts (Chubby & Hippie) who don’t seem to be making things easier for him as he tries to get along and settle down with his new Indian family and their day-to-day happenings.
What happens to Oliver’s soul when dwelling in an Indian body? How different does Siddhesh behave from his usual, with Oliver’s soul driving the show? All this is answered by the hilarious journey of Oliver’s soul that takes a trip from earth to heaven and back! It surely did keep me in splits for most of its 180 odd page contents.
Do pick it up and read if you are bored of the usual love saga by the authors from ‘three-letter-abbreviated’ premier Indian institutes.
In two words, this book is like “tomato ketchup” – for ‘It’s different’! 😉