If you are looking to read a heavy-handed sort of a book, then Toke is definitely not for you. Then there is all the more reason for you to read it. Because its humour will ensure that you are laughing out loud at almost every page of the book. At least, that is what happened to me.
"Toke" by Jugal Mody has all elements of a blockbuster novel. The one that can be made to a film with ease and that credit also goes to the kind of writing it is. I do not normally read pop-fiction. But this time I did and I am glad I did. Toke is all about a man, a regular man, who is the regular average Indian, living his life his way. Doped and working and wanting nothing more, till Lord Vishnu appears to him in a dream, providing him the much-needed purpose: Save the World. That is where it all begins.
Nikhil, the protagonist’s life changes overnight, well quite literally. He has 72 hours or maybe less to save the world. His life is ridden with his overbearing parents, a supervisor who will not stop taking his case, a pretty girl who is unaware of his existence and but obviously he has a crush on her, and his life is pretty much what you or I might live through. And one day just like that everything changes.
That is pretty much the premise of the book. You will definitely figure the layers of adventure, drama, comedy and romance (well in bits and pieces) once you start reading it. The writing is easy. The character sketching is well done. You can easily identify with Nikhil. The language is centric to the way the youth would communicate in any metropolis of the country. I could not re-read the book, but that is also because it is meant to be a one-time read, according to me. I liked the book. It is funny and works on many levels. Jugal Mody sure knows how to tell a tale. I recommend this to be read on a rainy day with a mug of hot chocolate.
Title: Toke; Author: Jugal Mody; Publisher: Harper Collins India; Genre: Fiction; Pages: 224; Rating: 3.5/5