Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line➪ Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line Read ➲ Author Deepa Anappara – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk 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 sm Three friends on the Kindle Ï 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 Djinn Patrol ePUB ô 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 Patrol on the eBook ✓ 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 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 interview 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. 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 whom the poor are invisible and a blight on their landscape Annap 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 whom the poor are invisible and a blight on their landscape Annappara provides a pertinent social, political, cultural and economic commentary on modern India, with its huge wealth inequalities, class, sexism, crime, police corruption, abuse, exploitation, and religious tensions and divisions Interspersed within the narrative are the folklore and superstitions that abound in the community, such as the Djinns.Jai is a poor young 9 year old child, who is obsessed with TV crime drama shows, so when his class mate Bahadur goes missing, he wants to emulate those shows by investigating He is assisted by the brighter and smarter girl, Pari and his friend, Faiz In a narrative that brings danger and goes around in circles aschildren disappear, their investigation comes far too close to home for Jai on a case where the grim realities of contemporary India bring a loss of innocence and underline an absence of all of childhood should be, safe, secure and protected This is a harrowing and desperately heartbreaking read of a national tragedy where there are rarely any happy endings A brilliant novel that highlights such an important and urgent issue in India Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC 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 JaiThe man scratches at his feathery beard Kids around here disappear all the time, he says One day they ll have t 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 JaiThe 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 vanishingThe 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 conclusion.I 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 own.More on railway children Railway Children in IndiaWhat happens to railway children Djinn Patrol on the Purple Linecombines humour and warmth with tragedy and deprivation innocence and optimism with bigotry and corruption Despite the djinn patrol of the title, there s very little magic here.Set in a basti, or Indian slum, where children have vanished and the police are disinclined to help, the novel follows 9 year old Jai and his friends as they play detective to try and solve the case It s an incredible window on daily life in such a place the precarity of knowingDjinn Patrol on the Purple Linecombines humour and warmth with tragedy and deprivation innocence and optimism with bigotry and corruption Despite the djinn patrol of the title, there s very little magic here.Set in a basti, or Indian slum, where children have vanished and the police are disinclined to help, the novel follows 9 year old Jai and his friends as they play detective to try and solve the case It s an incredible window on daily life in such a place the precarity of knowing the authorities could bulldoze your home at any moment, but also the strong family and community bonds that form there The sights sounds and smells of the basti are vividly evoked as Jai investigate, and this immersive depiction is really well balanced to be neither sensationalised nor sugar coated.The child characters are so endearing and na ve that I was a little unprepared for how dark this novel becomes by the end I ve since learned that the story is based on real events The heart wrenching conclusion really brings home some hard truths about how poverty renders people invisible, and the way vulnerable communities are so often failed by the systems meant to protect them 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 children and care for the people in their neighbourhood despite the poverty, drudgery, and the squalor in which they live The trauma of missing children began to 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 children and care for the people in their neighbourhood despite the poverty, drudgery, and the squalor in which they live The trauma of missing children began to raise their suspicions, and anger at their corrupt and inefficient police force Nine year old Jai, a Hindu schoolboy is obsessed with detective and police shows on TV He decides to become a child detective and enlists two of his schoolmates to serve as his assistants after a boy at his school, Bahadur, goes missing Pari is smarter but is given a subordinate role because she is a girl His friend Faiz, is Moslem boy He misses a lot of school as he needs to work to help his parents Their investigation starts amidst complete indifference by the local police The police make no effort to look for Bahadur, claiming he ran away The investigations by the three amateur detectives takes them into very dangerous parts of the city, such as the busy marketplace, the filthy local dump, the bordello district, and the train station at the end of the Blue Line Rising above their dirty, ramshackle slum neighbourhood can be seen the highrise apartments and penthouses of the wealthy As they interview families, shopkeepers, friends and suspects, they find no evidence of what happened to their missing schoolmate Jai and Faiz suspect he may have been snatched by an evil Jinn spirit , but the less superstitious Pari tries to dissuade them of this belief Soon other children go missing Omvir, a friend of Bahadur, vanishes Next, a 16 year old girl, Aanchal, disappears The police insist that Omvir has simply run away and refuse any search effort Aanchal was a good girl employed as a beautician while studying English in hopes of becoming a call centre worker The police, with no valid evidence, said she was a brothel worker in her 20s and had run away with a much older Moslem lover When next, a 4 year old girl disappears, not only are the parents of the missing distraught, but the entire neighbourhood is frantic and afraid for the safety of the children Since these five children were all Hindus, the suspicion and blame falls on local Moslems, putting innocent Moslem lives are in danger When people complain about the inefficiency and disinterest of the police, they are threatened that their homes will be bulldozed for stirring up trouble The case becomesdifficult when two Moslem children, a brother and sister, are next to disappear Jai is becoming discouraged with his Djinn Patrol s lack of progress, and then to add to the tragic crime wave, his older sister, a star athlete, is next to disappear Will Jai and his two friends manage to find any of the missing youngsters or any evidence of what happened to them Who is committing these atrocious crimes What is the motivation Will his sister be found in time What will be the aftermath for their families and neighbours Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for this poignant and heartfelt story based on alarming facts 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 review.Delving 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 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 review.Delving 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 needingto sustain my attention.I 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 seek.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge Fourth read from the 2020 Women s Prize for Fiction longlist.Most 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 to reveal disturbing realities in present day India Fourth read from the 2020 Women s Prize for Fiction longlist.Most 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 to reveal disturbing realities in present day India Verdict Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line offers a robust sensory experience in lieu of suspense One of them whispered Mental s real name, which was a secret known only to them, and a shadow stirred in the lane The boys thought it was a cat or a flying fox, though there was a charge in the air, the metallic taste of electricity on their tongues, the flicker of a rainbow coloured bolt of light, gone so soon they could have only imagined it The sky roiled blackish blue above tangled cables and dusty street lamps The market was mostly accustomed to the distant, steady thrum of the highway His nose learnt 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. 2.8 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 find a missing friend Untilchildren go missing and it is clear that there is a serious problem, it feels like a middle grade novel I ended up skimming the 2nd half I m not sure who the intended audience is but it isn t me.Thank you to Random House for the ARC. 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 th 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 isthan 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 Quarter 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 quarter peg of daru, which is how he got the name Quarter 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 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 I really liked Jai and his two friends who tried to find the missing children 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 I really liked Jai and his two friends who tried to find the missing children The story is tb old from Jai s point of view The author paints a picture of what life is like living in a slum.I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK, Vintage Publishing and the author Deepa Anappara for my ARC in exchange for an honest review Anappara s excellent debut novel is written from the POVs of children about children As an Indian journalist, Anappara covered the deeply disturbing tragedy of children disappearing at the rate of nearly 180 per day She felt that the personal stories of these children were getting lost amidst the appalling statistics Thus, she wrote this novel primarily from the POV of Jai.Nine year old Jai lives in a huge Indian basti slum in view of the hi fi luxury apartment buildings where his mother Anappara s excellent debut novel is written from the POVs of children about children As an Indian journalist, Anappara covered the deeply disturbing tragedy of children disappearing at the rate of nearly 180 per day She felt that the personal stories of these children were getting lost amidst the appalling statistics Thus, she wrote this novel primarily from the POV of Jai.Nine year old Jai lives in a huge Indian basti slum in view of the hi fi luxury apartment buildings where his mother works as a housecleaner He is the main narrator, although the stories of other children are included He loves the TV program Police Patrol and when one of his classmates disappears, he convinces his friends Pari and Faiz to join him to find Bahadar This endeavor may begin like a Young Adult mystery, but becomes darker aschildren disappear and fear takes hold of the basti Jai s initial cheerfulness and swagger dissipate in the face of ever increasing danger.Anappara infuses serious issues troubling her native India in her tale the huge wealth inequities, the Hindu class system, misogyny, police corruption, and the Hindu Moslem divisions Recommend

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    Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line Epub ´ Djinn Patrol 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 interview 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. 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 whom the poor are invisible and a blight on their landscape Annap 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 whom the poor are invisible and a blight on their landscape Annappara provides a pertinent social, political, cultural and economic commentary on modern India, with its huge wealth inequalities, class, sexism, crime, police corruption, abuse, exploitation, and religious tensions and divisions Interspersed within the narrative are the folklore and superstitions that abound in the community, such as the Djinns.Jai is a poor young 9 year old child, who is obsessed with TV crime drama shows, so when his class mate Bahadur goes missing, he wants to emulate those shows by investigating He is assisted by the brighter and smarter girl, Pari and his friend, Faiz In a narrative that brings danger and goes around in circles aschildren disappear, their investigation comes far too close to home for Jai on a case where the grim realities of contemporary India bring a loss of innocence and underline an absence of all of childhood should be, safe, secure and protected This is a harrowing and desperately heartbreaking read of a national tragedy where there are rarely any happy endings A brilliant novel that highlights such an important and urgent issue in India Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC 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 JaiThe man scratches at his feathery beard Kids around here disappear all the time, he says One day they ll have t 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 JaiThe 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 vanishingThe 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 conclusion.I 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 own.More on railway children Railway Children in IndiaWhat happens to railway children Djinn Patrol on the Purple Linecombines humour and warmth with tragedy and deprivation innocence and optimism with bigotry and corruption Despite the djinn patrol of the title, there s very little magic here.Set in a basti, or Indian slum, where children have vanished and the police are disinclined to help, the novel follows 9 year old Jai and his friends as they play detective to try and solve the case It s an incredible window on daily life in such a place the precarity of knowingDjinn Patrol on the Purple Linecombines humour and warmth with tragedy and deprivation innocence and optimism with bigotry and corruption Despite the djinn patrol of the title, there s very little magic here.Set in a basti, or Indian slum, where children have vanished and the police are disinclined to help, the novel follows 9 year old Jai and his friends as they play detective to try and solve the case It s an incredible window on daily life in such a place the precarity of knowing the authorities could bulldoze your home at any moment, but also the strong family and community bonds that form there The sights sounds and smells of the basti are vividly evoked as Jai investigate, and this immersive depiction is really well balanced to be neither sensationalised nor sugar coated.The child characters are so endearing and na ve that I was a little unprepared for how dark this novel becomes by the end I ve since learned that the story is based on real events The heart wrenching conclusion really brings home some hard truths about how poverty renders people invisible, and the way vulnerable communities are so often failed by the systems meant to protect them 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 children and care for the people in their neighbourhood despite the poverty, drudgery, and the squalor in which they live The trauma of missing children began to 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 children and care for the people in their neighbourhood despite the poverty, drudgery, and the squalor in which they live The trauma of missing children began to raise their suspicions, and anger at their corrupt and inefficient police force Nine year old Jai, a Hindu schoolboy is obsessed with detective and police shows on TV He decides to become a child detective and enlists two of his schoolmates to serve as his assistants after a boy at his school, Bahadur, goes missing Pari is smarter but is given a subordinate role because she is a girl His friend Faiz, is Moslem boy He misses a lot of school as he needs to work to help his parents Their investigation starts amidst complete indifference by the local police The police make no effort to look for Bahadur, claiming he ran away The investigations by the three amateur detectives takes them into very dangerous parts of the city, such as the busy marketplace, the filthy local dump, the bordello district, and the train station at the end of the Blue Line Rising above their dirty, ramshackle slum neighbourhood can be seen the highrise apartments and penthouses of the wealthy As they interview families, shopkeepers, friends and suspects, they find no evidence of what happened to their missing schoolmate Jai and Faiz suspect he may have been snatched by an evil Jinn spirit , but the less superstitious Pari tries to dissuade them of this belief Soon other children go missing Omvir, a friend of Bahadur, vanishes Next, a 16 year old girl, Aanchal, disappears The police insist that Omvir has simply run away and refuse any search effort Aanchal was a good girl employed as a beautician while studying English in hopes of becoming a call centre worker The police, with no valid evidence, said she was a brothel worker in her 20s and had run away with a much older Moslem lover When next, a 4 year old girl disappears, not only are the parents of the missing distraught, but the entire neighbourhood is frantic and afraid for the safety of the children Since these five children were all Hindus, the suspicion and blame falls on local Moslems, putting innocent Moslem lives are in danger When people complain about the inefficiency and disinterest of the police, they are threatened that their homes will be bulldozed for stirring up trouble The case becomesdifficult when two Moslem children, a brother and sister, are next to disappear Jai is becoming discouraged with his Djinn Patrol s lack of progress, and then to add to the tragic crime wave, his older sister, a star athlete, is next to disappear Will Jai and his two friends manage to find any of the missing youngsters or any evidence of what happened to them Who is committing these atrocious crimes What is the motivation Will his sister be found in time What will be the aftermath for their families and neighbours Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for this poignant and heartfelt story based on alarming facts 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 review.Delving 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 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 review.Delving 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 needingto sustain my attention.I 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 seek.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge Fourth read from the 2020 Women s Prize for Fiction longlist.Most 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 to reveal disturbing realities in present day India Fourth read from the 2020 Women s Prize for Fiction longlist.Most 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 to reveal disturbing realities in present day India Verdict Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line offers a robust sensory experience in lieu of suspense One of them whispered Mental s real name, which was a secret known only to them, and a shadow stirred in the lane The boys thought it was a cat or a flying fox, though there was a charge in the air, the metallic taste of electricity on their tongues, the flicker of a rainbow coloured bolt of light, gone so soon they could have only imagined it The sky roiled blackish blue above tangled cables and dusty street lamps The market was mostly accustomed to the distant, steady thrum of the highway His nose learnt 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. 2.8 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 find a missing friend Untilchildren go missing and it is clear that there is a serious problem, it feels like a middle grade novel I ended up skimming the 2nd half I m not sure who the intended audience is but it isn t me.Thank you to Random House for the ARC. 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 th 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 isthan 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 Quarter 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 quarter peg of daru, which is how he got the name Quarter 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 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 I really liked Jai and his two friends who tried to find the missing children 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 I really liked Jai and his two friends who tried to find the missing children The story is tb old from Jai s point of view The author paints a picture of what life is like living in a slum.I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK, Vintage Publishing and the author Deepa Anappara for my ARC in exchange for an honest review Anappara s excellent debut novel is written from the POVs of children about children As an Indian journalist, Anappara covered the deeply disturbing tragedy of children disappearing at the rate of nearly 180 per day She felt that the personal stories of these children were getting lost amidst the appalling statistics Thus, she wrote this novel primarily from the POV of Jai.Nine year old Jai lives in a huge Indian basti slum in view of the hi fi luxury apartment buildings where his mother Anappara s excellent debut novel is written from the POVs of children about children As an Indian journalist, Anappara covered the deeply disturbing tragedy of children disappearing at the rate of nearly 180 per day She felt that the personal stories of these children were getting lost amidst the appalling statistics Thus, she wrote this novel primarily from the POV of Jai.Nine year old Jai lives in a huge Indian basti slum in view of the hi fi luxury apartment buildings where his mother works as a housecleaner He is the main narrator, although the stories of other children are included He loves the TV program Police Patrol and when one of his classmates disappears, he convinces his friends Pari and Faiz to join him to find Bahadar This endeavor may begin like a Young Adult mystery, but becomes darker aschildren disappear and fear takes hold of the basti Jai s initial cheerfulness and swagger dissipate in the face of ever increasing danger.Anappara infuses serious issues troubling her native India in her tale the huge wealth inequities, the Hindu class system, misogyny, police corruption, and the Hindu Moslem divisions Recommend "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
  • Deepa Anappara
  • English
  • 04 January 2019
  • 0593129199