Book Review: C+ Plus Doctor Thepla

Book Review: C+ Plus Doctor Thepla

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With an unusual name like that and the description reminding me of “How I braved Anu Aunty and co-founded a million-dollar company” by Varun Agrawal from Bangalore, I admit, I was skeptical to read and review this book at first. But “C+ Plus Doctor Thepla” might surprise you.

Manjoo Mausi- the Gujarati equivalent of Anu Aunty, is a terrorizing but influential person in poor Abhishek Patel- our protagonist’s life. He is a naïve adolescent who narrates his journey through school and college, all the while trying to make his parents happy, along with himself. But luckily, it is a sane head on his shoulders.

We follow his journey through very influential people all around him, ranging from the popular and nosy neighbor to the well worshiped “Guruji” in the family, the novel follows his struggle into finding what his passion is, and once he discovers it, holding on to it.

The struggles described in the book are quite realistic and makes it very easy for someone to connect- for example, Abhishek falls for special girls in his life and questions himself every time- is this love? Only when love hits him in the face, is he able to tell. Also, his struggle with Manjoo Mausi makes us empathize with him- we all know how easy it is to succumb to societal pressures, especially when the people who raised us support them, but Abhishek manages to follow his passion while (trying) not to disappoint too many people at the same time. His journey through unknown land (Bangalore) and unknown languages add humor to the story, all the while connecting with his audience as we wonder what would happen next.

To the cons- the grammar nerd in me was a bit disappointed to find more than a few spelling/ grammatical errors in the novel, and it may alienate some of the readers, who would choose not to go along reading it. But after a while, as I decided to put my critical glasses at rest and just enjoy the story through the eyes of this guy, it was a journey worth being on.

The novel also holds the world record for “First Indian Novel for a Puppet Promotional Video”, and we congratulate the authors Sarita Raghuvanshi and Anand Bhate for that. Overall, it is a nice, breezy read, and as we end the book with Abhishek ending his college life, we cannot wait but be anxious as to what the future holds. While the ending does hint at a promising sequel if made, this bumpy journey with Abhishek and Manjoo Mausi is worth taking.

Special Note: If you manage to get your hands on this book, there is a very interesting paragraph on page 45 which explains why students fail to do well in subjects they do not like- not because they’re lazy or stupid. He has even explained it using what Gujaratis love the most-food! Look out for this one! 🙂

Heema Joshi

A listener, a learner, an observer. Coffee lover. Renowned for the poor quality of jokes made. A writer.