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Three friends venture into the most dangerous corners on the eBook #8608 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 #10003 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 Patrol on the PDF #201 line lies a jumble of tin roofed homes where nine year old Jai lives with his family From his doorway he. 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 ineualities 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 DjinnsJai 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 as children 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

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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

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. 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 sualor 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 becomes difficult 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

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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 Lin. 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 dai

  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 here disapp

  3. says:

    Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line combines 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

  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 JaiThe book draws attentio

  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

  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 dark

  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 nin

  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 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 child

  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

  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 confu

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