A coming-of-age book

My Friend Sancho by Amit Varma

As I sat down to read My Friend Sancho, I was quite intrigued by the multi-hued lizard on its otherwise spartan cover. Three hours and four sandwiches later, I realised it was the lizard in the protagonist’s house that has love conversations with him. Authored by blogger and first-time novelist, Amit Varma, the book explores the lives and love story of wisecracking crime reporter Abir Ganguly and the daughter of an innocent victim, Muneeza Iqbal.

Set in Mumbai, it takes a plunge once the 23-year-old accompanies a cop to an alleged shootout where an innocent man is killed. Abir has to do a profile on the man and befriends the victim’s daughter to gather his details. The book is generously peppered with terse, humourous sentences and Abir’s weird conversations with himself.

The wit is much like the one you find in Amit’s blog, India Uncut, for which he won the Best Indiblog award and two other awards at the 2005 Indibloggies. He bagged The Bastiat Prize for Journalism in 2007 and has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Observer and Wisden, and many Indian publications.

My Friend Sancho was long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2008. Amit, right now, is well into his second novel.

Verdict: A light read. Quite gripping for a ‘first novel’.

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