I was deeply suspicious of books that are free on Kindly Unlimited – yes, incl. Harry Potter series. I have learnt to be suspicious of books that are selling really cheap – think 80-90% off as well. And, yes – this includes my own books :). “Come on Inner Peace .. I don’t have all day” by Sachin Garg reinforced my belief and made me proud of my own narrow-mindedness.
I read “COIPIDHAD”.. or “Come on.. ” about six months back, and took a while to digest it. After all, a lot of things happening in my life too.
Hopefully, not as messed up.
A short summary
The story is straight from the pictures of yore – the ones your grandfather used to watch and think “deep things” about life. Only it could have been considered “risque”?
- A man (our hero) catches his beloved with his best friend in a compromising position. Only to be known that it was CPR after an asthmatic attack.
- Without any explanation, the hero leaves for Goa for a long hiatus (was it after, before or during college?) and ends up in a resort.
- After working in menial jobs the tragic heroine visits him in the same resort and dies from our old friend – asthma.
- Some “bestest” friends guide the dejected hero to an ashram. The Guru makes all the pain go away.
If you are at “WTF was that”, hold on to the thought. “Come on..” is about to get way interesting.
- Enter the second heroine. A girl of nineteen who ran away from a potential career in pharmacy to sell paintings & read/collect literature in Goa, live in a resort, and date bald men.
- Hero meets heroine no. 2, but is not convinced. He is all caught up with first (though he does not know she’s innocent). No. 2 returns to lowly life.
- You remember it was an ashram? Swami tells hero to go meet no. 2.
- He also instructs hero on the best peace-making secret of our lifetimes – “breathe in, breathe out”.
The hero and I are confused at this time. We are through 25% of the book.
- Now, there’s another female who helps the hero search for no. 2. This lady is another mess-up from another life. But hey, who is counting.
- In the run-up to find no. 2, hero’s chemical engineering skills are used to make meth, the lady doubles up as a drug pusher
- Lady’s cough gets aggravated – has 20 days to live (what?). A donation site to help her does not gather much cash. Who cares – the hero can make meth anyway. The two head back to Ashram
- Lady cannot be saved by surgery
- No. 2 meanwhile gets reinstated by dad and heads over to Ashram
- All of this culminates in a PG13 scene of a fake marriage and passionate love – in an ashram that serves “satvik” food.
Ah, the harsh world.
Seriously messed up.
I think “Come on..” is overread by most of the pseudo philosophers. Kindle highlights kept me reading till the end – e.g., 30+ people highlighted “Your mind is like the horse. And you are the one riding it. Nobody is born with excellent riding skills. It is acquired and mastered over time with experience”. Our hero felt overwhelmed by that; I puked a little.
I deleted the book from my Kindle. I also burnt the darn device and spread its ashes in the Kengeri river – just to make sure.