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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 end 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’. I really enjoyed the atmosphere created The environment reveals a distinct separation of classes and the varied lives according to social status and monetary value Police negligence religious violence and educational values are exposed through this fictional tale set in India The language was great and I enjoyed the story being told through the eyes 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 else Another day they ll get hit by a rubbish truck and end 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 fuss 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 empty handed and go home then another disappear etc So the progress wasn t as engaging 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 ending but I respect the underlying messages delivered to the reader through that conclusionI think the themes embedded 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

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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

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 i. 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 encounters a number of stumbling blocks along the way including incompetent police officers members of gangs and even 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 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 not effectively 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 early life in India but has written extensively about child disappearances and poverty on the streets She brings much to the table in this piece using a number of essential young characters to give the story a different perspective The use of Jai and his friends helps to enrich 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 essential aspects of the book passed me by To see that others enjoyed 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 ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge

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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 disappearances edge ever 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. 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 homes jobs food schools pay toilets and smog For example 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 each 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 educational and moving I received a free copy of this book from the publisher


10 thoughts on “Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

  1. says:

    Journalist and author Deepa Anappara draws our attention to the horrors and tragedy of the terrifyingly enormous 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

  2. says:

    I really enjoyed the atmosphere created The environment reveals a distinct separation of classes and the varied lives according to social status and monetary value Police negligence religious violence and educational values are exposed through this fictional tale set in India The language was great and I enjoyed the story being told through the eyes of nine year old Jai “The man scratches at his feathery beard “Kids around h

  3. says:

    Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line combines humour and warmth with tragedy and deprivation; innocence and optimism with bigotry and co

  4. says:

    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 the eyes of the lovable child narrator JaiTh

  5. says:

    This is a tragic story that underlines the shocking fact that an estimated 180 children go missing in India each 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 ch

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    Fourth read from the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction longlistMost enjoyable for the richness of its sensory details Cravings for samosas and tikka masala inevitably follow It's easy 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

  8. says:

    “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 c

  9. says:

    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 fin

  10. says:

    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