Book Name :- Lean Days
Author name :- Manish Gaekwad
Publisher :- Harpercollins India
Book Pages :- 208
Description :- Fed up with his tedious desk job, a young man decides to quit on an impulse. He wants to write a novel, but doesn’t think he has a story to tell. So the would-be writer, who was raised in a kotha, sets out to travel, hoping to arrive somewhere: at a destination, at a story. But it’s not just about arriving. What about the journey? The joy and pain of trudging through the country without a plan, or a map? If his aim is to write, who will document his search for inspiration, and for love? Lean Days is the story of an artist’s voyage through the country, mixing history with imagination, and finding people and places whose stories he can tell along with his own. It is a book of journeys without an end in sight, about the yearning for romance and succumbing to the temptations of the flesh.
Book review :- Lean Days is a LGBT book. It took me some time to get into the book because it had so many characters in it and to remember them was a task. But what was unique is that the protagonist had no name in this story. The author has given every chapter a different name which is based on places in India like Mumbai days, Ajmer days,Bangalore days and many more. There were a lot of difficult words in this one and I had to Google the meaning everytime. But it was fun getting to know new words.
The main characters takes us to a lot of places with him in search of content for his novel. With the help of this story we can travel with him to all the different places and find about their heritage/history. He travels through his past and sees the changes in the recent times. He has described the places so well that you can travel with him to those places. It has all the elements of romance,lust, friendship,travel and many more.
It is a topic which is not written by most of the Indian authors and it is considered as Taboo in India and a life of gay/lesbian is very very difficult here. Due to the orthodox thinking people here are not able to grasp all these normal changes. So it was overall a different read for me.
The cover is soo pretty giving the vibes of the Newyork’s lane (I don’t remember the name of that place 😉). That pink colour is the cherry on top for this cover with amazing font.
Overall rating :- 4🌟
About the author :- Manish Gaekwad is a journalist based in Mumbai. This is his first novel. He is currently freelancing for the Hindu, and has previously worked for the Scroll.in and Mid-Day.