Lost in Pattaya

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About the Author: Kishore Modak studied in NIT-K and then moved to IIM – Ahmedabad. He has been a part of the IT industry, and pursued a career in marketing in companies like IBM, Intel, INSEAD and Dell.

Blurb: For Palash, the sorrow compounds from the incessant replaying of the critical minutes when his ‘Daddy-eye’ faltered, distracted by his own weakness, substance abuse. The loss and the ensuing search sends him spiraling into a divorce and the loss of a steady corporate job. Scouring for his little girl in the brothels of Pattaya he is ensnared in the web of mafia that runs the sex trade of Thailand. When he eventually finds her, will he be able to build back a wasted lifetime, or, is it too late for rescue, for him and his child?

Review:  ‘Lost in Pattaya’ is the second book by Kishore Modak and the first one I have read. The cover of the book is very artistic and colourful. I liked the method of narration of the author, though not fashionable but definitely different than what I have read this year. The first few pages were really boring but as the story proceeded it turned attention-grabbing. Lost in Pattaya starts with the father writing about his life, losing his daughter, the hospital where he lies awaiting death. When he sees his daughter for the first time after she was kidnapped is written well, from that the book takes an entry into dirty big world of sex, drugs and revenge, brutality. The author has sketched the characters in a very realistic way where their imperfections have also been exhibited. I am sure this story might not be liked by all but only a few (like me being one of them) as its on sex business and agents/brokers associated with it. Not all would accept that sex business has become a part of the society and has much violence in it. Though all these are really sad facts of the world but this point kept me glued to the book to read what would happen next to the daughter and will she be able to come out of it? ‘Lost in Pattaya’ looks at human situation of the loner. Palash, if we talk about his his auditory days, or when he finds himself knotted in unlawful trade of South East Asia, the betrayal by his co called family, the excessive situation of his reunion, is really a good characterisation of a genius. The author has let his central character develop into an unusual person which is not any easy task to write. If you are a fan of Sidney Sheldon, Lee Child or Archer, you will like it.

The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.

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