S about anybody vanishing The story itself became repetitive After one child disappeared Jai and Pari investigated and played detective and I was into it However then the same thing just kept happening Another would disappear Jai and Pari would investigate turn up mpty handed and go home then another disappear tc So the progress wasn t as ngaging as I would have preferred For me the most powerful chapters were This Story Will Save Your Life which were mostly stories of the djinns and other beliefs regarding wandering children My favorite scene was when Jai and Pari went to the railway station Because of the title and blurb I have to admit that I thought a big portion of this novel would take place around the railway However there was only one big scene there in the beginning I wasn t too pleased with the nding but I respect the underlying messages delivered to the reader through that conclusionI think the themes mbedded in this story are significantly valuable However the progression of the story was uniform Overall I liked the story because of the important leitmotifs Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for this copy Opinions are my ownMore on railway childrenRailway Children in IndiaWhat happens to railway children This is a tragic story that underlines the shocking fact that an stimated 180 children go missing in India ach day It describes the religious social and financial divides problematic in modern India The story immersed me in the vibrantly described sights food and fragrances of its slum setting Here the people mostly love their children and care for the people in their neighbourhood despite the poverty drudgery and the sualor in which they live The trauma of missing children began to raise their suspicions and anger at their corrupt and inefficient police force Nine year old Jai a Hindu schoolboy is obsessed with detective and police shows on TV He decides to become a child detective and nlists two of his schoolmates to serve as his assistants after a boy at his school Bahadur goes missing Pari is smarter but is given a subordinate role because she is a girl His friend Faiz is Moslem boy He misses a lot of school as he needs to work to help his parents Their investigation starts amidst complete indifference by the local police The police make no ffort to look for Bahadur claiming he ran away The investigations by the three amateur detectives takes them into very dangerous parts of the city such as the busy marketplace the filthy local dump the bordello district and the train station at the nd of the Blue Line Rising above their dirty ramshackle slum neighbourhood can be seen the highrise apartments and penthouses of the wealthy As they interview families shopkeepers friends and suspects they find no vidence of what happened to their missing schoolmate Jai and Faiz suspect he may have been snatched by an Snowflakes on the Sea evil Jinn spirit but the less superstitious Pari tries to dissuade them of this belief Soon other children go missing Omvir a friend of Bahadur vanishes Next a 16 year old girl Aanchal disappears The police insist that Omvir has simply run away and refuse any searchffort Aanchal was a good girl Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy employed as a beautician while studying English in hopes of becoming a call centre worker The police with no validvidence said she was a brothel worker in her 20s and had run away with a much older Moslem lover When next a 4 year old girl disappears not only are the parents of the missing distraught but the ntire neighbourhood is frantic and afraid for the safety of the children Since these five children were all Hindus the suspicion and blame falls on local Moslems putting innocent Moslem lives are in danger When people complain about the inefficiency and disinterest of the police they are threatened that their homes will be bulldozed for stirring up trouble The case becomes difficult when two Moslem children a brother and sister are next to disappear Jai is becoming discouraged with his Djinn Patrol s lack of progress and then to add to the tragic crime wave his older sister a star athlete is next to disappear Will Jai and his two friends manage to find any of the missing youngsters or any vidence of what happened to them Who is committing these atrocious crimes What is the motivation Will his sister be found in time What will be the aftermath for their families and neighbours Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for this poignant and heartfelt story based on alarming facts Do you know there are people who will make you their slaves You ll be locked up in the bathroom and let out only to clean the house Or you ll be taken across the border to Nepal and forced to make bricks in kilns where you won t be able to breathe Or you ll be sold to criminal gangs that force children to snatch mobiles and wallets Hundreds of children go missing in India and some do not survive The author of the book wanted to draw attention to these facts but she also wanted to show the resilience cheerfulness and swagger of the marginalized children that she had interviewed when she was a journalist Those characteristics are captured in Jai the 9 year old amateur detective and his friends who try to track down why one if their schoolmates has disappeared And he is not the only one who fails to return home At least Jai tried to solve the mystery which is than can be said for the police despite the bribes that they received from people who really couldn t afford to pay them The mystery and detection part of this book was just ok for me What I really liked about the book were the incredible details about life in a basti poor area of India The author doesn t bother to translate for non Indians so it s like a disorienting immersion in the country including the hom. S fancy high rises and though his mother works as a maid in one to him they seem a thousand miles awayJai drools outside sweet shops watches too many reality police shows and considers himself to be smarter than his friends Pari though she gets the best grades and Faiz though Faiz has an actual job When a classmate goes missing Jai decides to use the crime solving skills he has picked up from TV to find him He asks Pari and Faiz to be his assistants and together they draw up lists of people to
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line combines humour and warmth with tragedy and deprivation innocence and optimism with bigotry and corruption Despite the djinn patrol of the title there s very little magic hereSet 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 knowing the authorities could bulldoze your home at any moment but also the strong family and community bonds that form there The sights sounds and smells of the basti are vividly voked as Jai investigate and this immersive depiction is really well balanced to be neither sensationalised nor sugar coatedThe child characters are so ndearing and na ve that I was a little unprepared for how dark this novel becomes by the Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival end I ve since learned that the story is based on realvents The heart wrenching conclusion really brings home some hard truths about how poverty renders people invisible and the way vulnerable communities are so often failed by the systems meant to protect them First and foremost a large thank you to NetGalley Deepa Anappara and Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with a copy of this publication which allows me to provide you with an unbiased reviewDelving 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 nine years old but he seems to know just how life ought to be When a boy goes missing in his school Jai works with some of his friends to locate the young boy Well versed on police procedurals from his time watching television Jai is sure hat he can lead a brigade just like on the screen He ll come across a great deal fo poverty with people who will do and sell anything for their next meal and travel late into the night to the far reaches of the city all in hopes of capturing a killer just like those on television Refusing to back down Jai Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, encounters a number of stumbling blocks along the way including incompetent police officers members of gangs andven the mysterious djinn a spirit with a penchant for children Forgetting the danger that creeps up regularly Jai will not return without answers all in a place where another missing child is swept into the rubbish bin and forgotten Jai refuses to ignore his intuition The Fix even as those around him write him off as foolish An interesting take with a strong backstory surely of interest to some readers That being said I could notffectively connect with the story and it left me needing to sustain my attentionI am always fascinated to learn about new countries and cultures particularly when the reader hails from that part of the world Deepa Anappara not only spent her arly life in India but has written xtensively about child disappearances and poverty on the streets She brings much to the table in this piece using a number of ssential young characters to give the story a different perspective The use of Jai and his friends helps to nrich the story for a reader who may know little about life on the streets or the horrible statistics about missing children As this young boy looks for his classmate he is fuelled by the sense that he too can locate someone in short order as though he were closing a case before the credits scroll like his favourite television personalities The cast of characters seems to work well different from one another and always trying to provide additional flavouring when it is useful The story itself was well crafted and paces itself relatively well I suppose I found myself lost in the shuffle from character depictions and how things developed There is a strong story and the narrative keeps the reader intrigued but I could not find a place on which to latch myself Like many of the faceless people who see and hear nothing I felt as though the Desire in Seven Voices essential aspects of the book passed me by To see that othersnjoyed it is pleasing though I am surely going to sit in the minority outside the tent and say that this book was not one I found stellar Kudos Madam Anappara for shedding some light on the horrors of missing children I trust many will find the pieces I could not in this novel and give you the praise you seekLovehate the review An ver growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge 28 The strength of this novel is the vivid setting of the Indian basti slum and surrounding city that 9 year old Jai navigates It is written as a light hearted caper featuring Jai imitating a TV detective to find a missing friend Until children go missing and it is clear that there is a serious problem it feels like a middle grade novel I nded up skimming the 2nd half I m not sure who the intended audience is but it isn t meThank you to Random House for the ARC I really The Casa Mono Cookbook enjoyed the atmosphere created Thenvironment reveals a distinct separation of classes and the varied lives according to social status and monetary value Police negligence religious violence and ducational values are xposed through this fictional tale set in India The language was great and I njoyed the story being told through the yes of nine year old Jai The man scratches at his feathery beard Kids around here disappear all the time he says One day they ll have too much glue and decide to try their luck somewhere lse Another day they ll get hit by a rubbish truck and nd up in a hospital Some other morning they ll be picked up by the police and sent to a juvenile home We don t make a fus. Three friends venture into the most dangerous corners of a sprawling Indian city to find their missing classmateDown market lanes crammed with too many people dogs and rickshaws past stalls that smell of cardamom and sizzling oil below a smoggy sky that doesn’t let through a single blade of sunlight and all the way at the nd of the Purple metro line lies a jumble of tin roofed homes where nine year old Jai lives with his family From his doorway he can spot the glittering lights of the city’.
Es jobs food schools pay toilets and smog For xample uarter runs a gang that beats up teachers and rents out fake parents to students when they get into trouble and the headmaster insists on meeting their ma papas he stops at a theka in Bhoot Bazaar to drink a uarter peg of daru which is how he got the name uarter and His nose learned to catch the weakest of smells from hours before marigold garlands sliced papayas served with a pinch of chaat powder on top puris fried in oil to guide his steps to the right or left in dark corners The story is told primarily from Jai s point of view and he was a terrific child but then there are also chapters from the point of view of ach of the missing children So I liked the descriptions and the voices but I m just not that crazy about child detectives Overall I found the book both ducational and moving I received a free copy of this book from the publisher Journalist and author Deepa Anappara draws our attention to the horrors and tragedy of the terrifyingly normous numbers of children that go missing in India a matter that is largely met by indifference in mainstream Indian society The impoverished slums and community are depicted with an astonishing vibrancy as the people go about their daily lives and the challenges they face lying within sight of the wealthy and powerful to whom the poor are invisible and a blight on their landscape Annappara provides a pertinent social political cultural and conomic commentary on modern India with its huge wealth ineualities class sexism crime police corruption abuse xploitation and religious tensions and divisions Interspersed within the narrative are the folklore and superstitions that abound in the community such as the DjinnsJai is a poor young 9 year old child who is obsessed with TV crime drama shows so when his class mate Bahadur goes missing he wants to mulate those shows by investigating He is assisted by the brighter and smarter girl Pari and his friend Faiz In a narrative that brings danger and goes around in circles as children disappear their investigation comes far too close to home for Jai on a case where the grim realities of contemporary India bring a loss of innocence and underline an absence of all of childhood should be safe secure and protected This is a harrowing and desperately heartbreaking read of a national tragedy where there are rarely any happy Conflict in Blood endings A brilliant novel that highlights such an important and urgent issue in India Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC Thank you Random House for the gifted bookIn Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line journalist and author Deepa Anappara has the reader firmly on the ground in an Indian basti with its sights sounds and smells of the yummy food wafting through the neighborhood and all of it is through theyes of the lovable child narrator JaiThe book draws attention to the large number of children who go missing in India daily Did you know close to 200 children go missing there ach day Jai takes us along with him to school among his small group of friends within his home in the basti with his loving parents and chachis who keep an ye on him too and in the local bazaar One by one children in the basti disappear and The Crucified Ones: Calling Forth the End-Time Remnant everyone becomes unsettled rightfully so seeking police help with little avail The author s insightful note at thend is a must read for why she wrote the book and its importance to herThis book was longlisted for the Women s Prize and it is most definitely worthy Seamlessly written with a powerful and critical message I thank the author for this most thoughtful and thought provoking bookMany of my reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom and instagram wwwinstagramcomtarheelreader Fourth read from the 2020 Women s Prize for Fiction longlistMost Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series) enjoyable for the richness of its sensory details Cravings for samosas and tikka masala inevitably follow It sasy to forget Deepa Anappara s protagonist is only nine years old despite the occasional references to poop The narrative structure is formulaic and the final chapters feel rushed yet Anappara succeeds at piercing the smog choked alleys of marginalized communities to reveal disturbing realities in present day India Verdict Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line offers a robust sensory Logic, Labels, And Flesh experience in lieu of suspense One of them whispered Mental s real name which was a secret known only to them and a shadow stirred in the lane The boys thought it was a cat or a flying fox though there was a charge in the air the metallic taste oflectricity on their tongues the flicker of a rainbow coloured bolt of light gone so soon they could have only imagined it The sky roiled blackish blue above tangled cables and dusty street lamps The market was mostly accustomed to the distant steady thrum of the highway His nose learnt to catch the weakest of smells from hours before marigold garlands sliced papayas served with a pinch of chaat powder on top puris fried in oil to guide his steps to the right or left in dark corners Jail lives in a poor slum in India Children start going missing and he decides to investigate like the detectives do in his favourite TV shows But Jai is just nine years old The local police are not interested in finding the children 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 children The story is tb old from Jai s point of view The author paints a picture of what life is like living in a slumI would like to thank NetGalley Random House UK Vintage Publishing and the author Deepa Anappara for my ARC in Dialogue: Relationships in Graphic Design exchange for an honest review. Nterview and places to visitBut what begins as a game turns sinister as other children start disappearing from their neighborhood Jai Pari and Faiz have to confront terrified parents an indifferent police force and rumors of soul snatching djinns As the disappearancesdge ver closer to home the lives of Jai and his friends will never be the same againDrawing on real incidents and a spate of disappearances in metropolitan IndiaTake a look at the Reading Guide for Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line.