Go Clown by Shatrugna Vadwlas is about #Acchedin for comedy (Good days for comedy), but then it was far more than that. There is satire, there is friendship, highs, and lows of an Engineering student in India, a travelogue and much more to cover.
The only problem, as the book title suggests, it is not that #Acchedin for comedy. And the satire was something that I was not able to understand. Can be the case that my humor quotient is not that great anymore. *sigh*
Go Clown follows the life of Kirti and his escapades around the world along with his internal “clown” who helps him through tough waters from time to time, keeping his soul alive. The Clown’s journey takes Kirti to experience different characters from nooks and corners of India. From a Karma Guru to a trader of special water from Europe to becoming a founder of a school, to opening up different kind of societies to cater to the needs of people of “Tandra Pradesh” and also becoming a Music director with a bad-boy theme. There is nothing that The Clown has not covered for Kirti, and Kirti rejoices every bit of it.
And finally with the Mystical Game which casts a shadow on Kiriti’s life having been won, everything is laid to rest under a blanket of white, only to be stumbled upon by a Sherpa on the peaks of the mighty Himalayas that wakes up something inside of his adorable son!
Now Go Clown is a book that is not easy to read. At first, you can see Kirti working in a Multinational Company with his Clown, and then suddenly he jumps back to reminiscing his college days, and then he jumps back again to America and then his childhood. So basically, it confused me. The more I tried to understand the book and enjoy it, the more it confused me and at the end of the day, irritated me. The only good thing in the book is that author questions the controversial practices with his humor, the only thing that kept me going until the end.
Another problem that I faced when I was reading the Go Clown was that what exactly the author is trying to convey through his words? Is he trying to show the New Generation’s way of living with Ganja and other methods of intoxication, or is he trying to show some supernatural human being who can become anything in this world? The constant job switch and adventures of the clown at the end of the day was something that simply left me dazed, confused and exhausted. There was no essence in the book, nothing solid to portray and no hidden message. Maybe I am still not equipped to understand such books, that can be the case as well. Because when I tried to google about the book and its reviews, some people really loved it like anything.
All in all, Go Clown is not that great read. Somewhere, the author failed to deliver the message via the story. Personally, it was not a good read. For some, it might work wonders as well, but it’s not my cup of tea. And for other readers, pick it up at your own risk.