Name: 7 Storeys
Author: Kaizad Gustad
Publication: Om Books International
Price: Rs 295
7 Storeys explores the journey of an unnamed man who one day decides to buy a tree for his apartment and ends up becoming a reluctant messiah. The story is told in the few seconds it takes for him to fall him from the seventh storey of a building. With a typical Indian urban society as the setting, Gustad brings together an eclectic group of individuals — a girl who revels in the freedom of heights and never backs down from the chance to go higher; the mali Suryakanth who lost his park to politics; and even F-Ward the fish, prone to sarcastic quips. Moving through opponents like paperwork to public littering, and titles from ‘Garbage Baba’ to ‘Voltage Baba’, the book paints a witty picture of urban India that is also its indictment.
Certain parts of the book come across as contrived, such as where the protagonist quits his job in advertising. But it is worth reading for its portrayal of people’s need to find the answers to life. And for the man who wants to sit under his tree, talk to his fish and watch the sun go down.