Nirvana In A Corporate Suit--Magical Memoir Of A Nameless Corporate Guy
Runjhun Noopur

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Synopsis

What happens when a Corporate Regular on the verge of a quarter life meltdown meets an ex-Rockstar turned lungi clad Baba in a fantastical alternate reality peppered with magical puzzles and talking mirrors?

What happens when humour meets fantasy and fantasy meets good life lessons?

A nameless corporate guy, on a particularly bad day and with an impending breakdown, stumbles upon a talking manhole that urges him to take a life transforming journey to Himalayas. The guy, against all better judgments and driven by his recently realized constant state of unhappiness, does exactly what the manhole asks him to do and lands in Gangotri. What follows is a fascinating journey of realization that takes our hero as much through the wilderness of the Himalayas as himself. The bonus—he is not alone. He has a guide—an unconventional whimsical Baba with a near crazy obeisance for Kurt Cobain and a telling backstory.

At the heart of the book are 6 fascinating dimensions that manifest simple but profound lessons that are aimed at optimizing success and happiness in our lives and create better, more fulfilling existence without drastically altering our given realities and circumstances. The dimensions are quirky, magical and often unbelievable. But they are effective. And around these dimensions is a funny, occasionally poignant but always profound journey of a corporate regular from the confines of his cubicle to the magical interiors of the Himalayas.

The dimensions use ridiculous exaggeration and over the top drama as deceptively engaging tools that drive home lessons that are precious and meaningful, without ever losing their essence of entertainment and in turn, the readers’ attention. At their core, these dimensions are designed to act as a metaphor for an awakened and hence a happier existence in a professedly material World. They are a metaphor for the harmonious integration of spiritual into the material to facilitate a life that exudes quality in all planes—in other words, a life that is a rounded success.

Magical Memoirs is an impossible tale of very possible transformations that traces a viable journey to happiness. And it does so, without ever taking itself or for that matter, anything too seriously. It is a journey undertaken in a fantastical parallel world which is surreal in every sense but with a clear intent to juxtapose the lessons that are picked up on the way, in the real world.

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Dhaval

Feb 01 '16
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Sanjana Shelar

Fun, funny, and insightful. I definitely want to read more!

Jan 08 '16
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Runjhun Noopur

Thanks a lot Sanjana for your kind words! :)

Jan 11 '16
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Geetha Krishnan

Quite refreshingly different.

Dec 25 '15
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Runjhun Noopur

Thank you Geetha! :)

Jan 11 '16
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Kanwar Vikrant

I guess,The writer has put his heart and soul....but its miles away from my limited understanding....

Nov 07 '15
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pk

Well written, has a weighty message that has been put across lightly. The adventure is fast paced and never leaves you bored. Has clichés and puns (off putting for some) but they have been brilliantly mocked by the characters, so you can't really complain!

Sep 22 '15
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Runjhun Noopur

Thanks a ton for your kind review! :)

Sep 23 '15
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Raj Dhoreliya

Good concept, a unique idea. But the synopsis was more interesting than the sample chapters.
And i liked the cover as well.

But I would not go out to purchase this book.

What did not work for me:
1) Loose writing. It did not feel as if a professional was behind the pages. Need to rework on the style of writing.
2) The initial chapters were not gripping enough. I was curious as to what exactly happened on 'That Fateful' day that screwed up the protagonist so much.
3) No clear identification of the character.

Hope you don't mind the critique. All the best.

Aug 16 '15
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Varchaswi

Dear Nupur, a great effort.......i am forced to believe that you are spiritualist...the book is engaging and absorbing........my only complaint is my inability to identify the target readers for which the book is meant....however, since this seems to be a kindaa memoir, that doesnot count much..... As to the commercial and marketable value of thw book, I cannot comment unless i go through the full book....but be assured that the book was a good effort.... :)

Aug 05 '15
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Runjhun Noopur

Thanks a lot Varchaswi for considering my request and finding time to review my book. Your kind words and thoughtful review is extremely valuable for me. Thank you! :)

Aug 05 '15
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Remesh

It felt like a giant elaborate LSD trip to me.
The lights, the music, the thoughts about consciousness, the baba.......I have never read anything like this on BGB until today.
Splendid effort. I hope it gets published.

Jul 23 '15
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Runjhun Noopur

Thanks a lot for your kind words and this encouraging review! :)

Jul 23 '15
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Priyank Saxena

Quite a nice piece in terms of narration, imagination and the use of language. But found a bit of imbalance between the way the enchanted place and events were depicted with the thoughts/philosophy they tried to convey.

Jul 08 '15
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Runjhun Noopur

Thanks a lot Priyank for your kind review. I agree with you on the imbalance part and I am glad that you noticed it.. There is indeed an imbalance and it is a deliberate narrative choice. It serves the dual purpose of (a) setting up a visual internal v. external contrast (b) shocking the protagonist and in turn the reader out of complacence that might set in when dealing with the more gentle ideas and philosophies.

Jul 08 '15
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Maneesh

A good effort though I was not expecting so many grammatical errors.

Jun 04 '15
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Surendra Mohanty

It's a terrific novel. Excellent flow and language, mainly due to good dialogues all through. What struck me most was a new kind of voice in this writing. A serious and philosophical theme garnished with humour all through. Now let me pay a tribute to Runjhun - in this book, I can see similarilties (phlosophical in nature) with Ayn Rand's heavy book 'Atlas Shrugged'. Wow!

Chapter three, is especially wonderfully presented. Skillful, quite full of metaphors from real life, situated in an unreal world. Great symbolic use of the masks. I think you are quite capable of tilting the balance in some alternate universe.

But there is some more polishing to do. When you have written it in the first person, the reader needs to know the person right from the start. At first it seemed to me that 'I' was a woman - "Wake up you sleeping beauty..." Then it turned out to be a man - "Don't you worry my son...". I had to go back and forth to confirm. He is a lawyer comes quite late. I guess his age is late twenties. These need to be told through dialogues. Though written very professionally, some fine tuning in sentence construction is needed. Use of wierd imagination is overdone at places.

I am sure the remaining chapters will go on to open up lessons in real life perhaps for corporate fellows who slog not knowing why. I would want to read the rest of the book. Yes, it should be published.

May 28 '15
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Runjhun Noopur

Thank you Surendra for your kind words! :) They really do mean a lot to me. Also, thank you so much for that detailed and thought out feedback. I will definitely keep it in mind. It is a privilege to have an opportunity to have my work reviewed by thoughtful readers like you. Thanks a ton! :)

May 28 '15
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davidrowley

Gripping and inspirational !!!

May 24 '15
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Runjhun Noopur

Thanks! :)

May 24 '15
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RamRahim

If this book is not published , I'll eat my shoe :) Inspiring...

May 24 '15
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Runjhun Noopur

Thanks a ton! :)

May 24 '15
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Ajaybookworm

Good job. Interesting premise. Kept me hooked throughout. Would want to read the rest of it.

May 24 '15
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Runjhun Noopur

Thanks a lot Ajay! :)

May 24 '15
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Vijay Mishra

A very honest attempt. Beautifully crafted sentences, just like the Rudraksha on the cover. The story is fun, yet manages to touch the usually neglected aspects of our lives. This book should become a milestone in the author’s life.

May 24 '15
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Runjhun Noopur

Thanks a lot for your kinds words! :)

May 24 '15
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Hanu Dixit

I would like to read this in print :) amazing.

May 11 '15
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Runjhun Noopur

Thanks a lot Hanu for taking out time to read my book and review it. :)

May 11 '15
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Shefali

May 11 '15
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Runjhun Noopur

Thank you Shefali for taking out time to read my work and review it. :)

May 11 '15
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pandustar

I think I need Baba's divine intervention to get me back of track here. That was one of the most heavy manuscripts I have read and I pity the reader if he/she has to read through 300 pages of this stuff. The writing could have been crisp and precise, instead it flows all over the place. These type of manuscripts may work fine with a niche audience but the majority of the readers need some masala like the Da Vinci code - no matter how improbable the story line, it needs to keep the reader coming back for more.
Also the 3rd chapter especially was a never ending torturous riot.
This being said - it's much better than some stuff I've gone through here - so all the best.

May 11 '15
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Deepak Kaul

For starters, I loved the cover. The opening totally had me gripped with the reference and the possible intended pun on Nirvana, given the context of the story, and the fact that I recently watched Cobain: Montage of Heck. The writing is at the right volume of edgy capturing quite well the dislocation of the main protagonist. I wanted to read on to find out whether the voyage of self discovery and the Baba are for real, or it's all a mighty hallucinatory trip, something Kurt Cobain might have indulged in himself. I don't tend to read the synopsis to find out what eventually happens in the book. The opening and the 3 chapters should create enough curiosity to want to know what happens next, which has been adequately achieved. I have deducted one star because I felt the writing could have been tighter in terms of dialogue and scene setting. It would have added to the flow of the story which is already good given the short sentences and paras. This is the second manuscript in a row BGB has uploaded which I have enjoyed reading. All the best to the author.

May 09 '15
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Runjhun Noopur

Hi Deepak. Thanks a lot for your kind words and for taking out time to review my work with such precision. :)

May 10 '15
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About the author

Runjhun Noopur Follow

An ex-lawyer who spends her time cooking up fascinating stories that tilt the balance in alternate universes. All in her head of course. She also likes to teach people the rare art of being happy. Writer. Entrepreneur. Life Coach. Part time sloth.