Not in the bright sky
nor in the deep ocean.
Not in the breeze
nor in flames.
Not even in you
nor in myself.
You will find me
on a very bright spot
between the surreality and reality.

You will find me in dreams.

-Abhishek Dixit


Cough Syrup Surrealism… By Tharun James Jimani

Cough Syrup Surrealism

Name : Cough Syrup Surrealism
Author : Tharun James Jimani
Pages : 273
Publisher : Fingerprint Publishing
Genre : Fiction
Source : Author

Rating :

Cover : 3.5/5
Title : 4/5
Blurb : 3/5
Story : 4/5
Theme : 4.5/5
Writing Style : 4.5/5
Dialogues : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Overall : 4/5

Overview :

So this book is about a guy name Charlie, a mallu, who is a victim of our sophisticated family class. Brought up in a tight environment, charlie never got a chance to have his own opinion towards life. So after completing school he finally gets a chance to move to a metropolitan city and spend his newly achieved freedom. That’s where the story starts and that’s where the story ends.

Charlie has an imaginary friend, Mao. Charlie often tries to commit suicide and in the course of action meets a girl, Paloma. So the story is basically surrounded around Charlie, Paloma, Sania, Viraz , Rohit etc etc and depicts the relationship between drug addicted youngsters. It’s not just another of your fiction books, this book stands alone in the crowd!

Beauty :
  • The writing style, the presentation, is a thing to watch out for.
  • The easiness with which the story propagates and the overall smoothness of the book.
  • The chat sessions of Charlie and Mao(Charlie’s imaginary friend).
  • The remarkable relationship between Charlie, Paloma and Sania.
  • The last chapter and the epilogue.
  • The viewpoint, the perception of author that any metropolitan youngster can connect with.
  • The amazing use of references ; Music bands, TV shows, Authors and various things related to the nineties.
Beast :
  • Not much scope for a regular fiction lover.
  • In between, things get complex, which irks the reader to move forward.
Review :

“A new invention in the writing field. A surreal trip through the other side of the metro cities. An  unusual combination of sex, drugs and music. Creatively written with a fresh perspective that is real, surreal!”

After finishing this book I was left in an ‘Awe’. This is not just another of your fiction books with twists, suspense and thrill. This is more of like a surreal trip, a trip that enunciates the most exciting phase of a young-metropolitan-life. I definitely need a young-metropolitan-life.

The book starts with an unusual plot which is another +1 for this books. The writer blends the various fantasies of a youngster with his ingenious and spicy writing style. Most of us can connect with the characters and the writer as well; as we all might have met or  know someone like that.
I bet the metro people surely have!

I am truly impressed by this innovative writing style of the author.
Yeah! It is reflecting in my writing now. I hope the author doesn’t mind?
The book has this creative appeal of its  own. The aura, the tone of this book is something the author deserves the credit for. I was deeply impressed by the references Tharun used throughout the book.
Can I call him Tharun? He wouldn’t mind… or would he?
There were music bands which I could connect to, easily. The reference of  TV series and writers made it much more interesting. This connection established between the reader and the book is one thing that makes it much more interesting.

I bet the eighties-born-people would love it. Yes! They lived the nineties childhood. And for all the others, this books is one thing you would love to read, irrespective of your age or sex.
I am personally in love with this guy(No offence… None taken) and his  ingenious writing style. I am looking forward to experience another trip from his side, much more surreal… much more real!

Good luck Tharun! I don’t know if the book has already hit the ‘Best-Sellers’ chart, but i would like to see it on the list. You are certainly a source of inspiration(for me and various other like me). It was a pleasure reading your book.

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