Move over Superman,Spiderman and all superheroes from the West we have our very own desi Superhero thanks to Mainak Dhar's new book Herogiri.Like the title?...so did I!
So whats the story about?Its a story of an ordinary man who possesses extraordinary powers.The story revolves around Arnab Bannerjee; a shy 25 year old assistant librarian. He is the typical shy,geeky extremely self-conscious man living in Delhi.His only companions are books and he is happy to have a job which involves handling them! He leads a very unexciting life until one day he gets thrashed during a bank robbery and suddenly gets superhuman powers. At first he himself does not believe it and treats it as a one off but some incidents make him believe that indeed he possesses superpowers.
Arnab uses his powers for the good of mankind and foils criminal activities by eve teasers, highway robbers, corrupt policemen, and dirty politicians.the biggest challenge turns out to be to stop a deadly terrorist attack on Delhi but for him to achieve that he is forced to join hands with a corrupt politician. The dilemma on the extent to which a person can sacrifice on his ideals is highlighted in Arnab’s plight.What follows is anyone's guess!
What's interesting about the book is the Indian take on the superhero genre which is refreshingly different from the usual stories. The book has lots of action and lots of masala for it to be a good racy read but ...
What obviously doesn't work for the book are too many similarities with the original DC Comic heroes and the typical Good vs Evil tug of war!The book sadly ends up being a poor desi version of the original.
The author Mainak Dhar is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad.He has authored seven books and this is his eighth.Mainak currently works with P&G and lives in Bangkok with his wife &son.