Coinman an Untold Conspiracy by Pawan Mishra


General FictionCoinman an Untold Conspiracy by Pawan MishraReview by Molly

Coinman an Untold Conspiracy relates the tale of the protagonist’s unusual habit for jingling coins in his pocket and the unbelievable loathing the action goads in the people around him.

A novel, the inaugural work of the author, Pawan Mishra, Coinman an Untold Conspiracy is set down as a sequence of essays or short stories complete with a Table of Contents outlining 31 chapters in addition a Hindi Word References page.

Commencing with ‘The Cacophonous Plight’ the reader is introduced to narrator, Sesha, explaining how he had come to be entrusted with the relating of Kesar, Coinman’s narrative.  And, it all started with great anticipation.

In the office where Coinman was employed; it was the racket of coins clinking in the pocket that the staff had not quite learned to overlook.  The coins rattled when the man moved, or even as he stood quietly during conversation with his hand fumbling with the coins in his pocket.  The clatter was never-ending.

In time Kesar’s co-workers inaugurated a discrete moving of their desks away from the spot where Coinman and his coins were positioned; such move instigated more than a little disturbance until administration was compelled to intercede.  As the clank continued so did the exasperation felt toward Coinman by his fellow workers.  Over time his co workers stopped using his name and simply denoted to him as Coinman.

As the reader continues rambling through the chronicle the reader will encounter not only members of Coinman’s family, but, Gossipmongers, Tulsi the office temptress and Hukum the office tormenter.  The anecdote continues as Coinman’s administrator has a heart to heart with him about his proclivity for coins.

The anecdote mingles Coinman’s reminiscences of communication with family, schooling, social settings, an arranged marriage, work and day to day living.

On the pages of Coinman an Untold Conspiracy novelist Mishra has fashioned a challenging account communicated as a sequence of short stories.  His shrewdness as a raconteur is keenly honed.

An inimitable, thought provoking paperback about coming of age, determining your distinctiveness and accepting who you are while trying to fit into the expected norm of the social order in which you live Coinman an Untold Conspiracy is a tale written by a writer with a fine grasp of language.  Coinman, the main character in this work, is pretty socially inept, maladroit, obdurate, and, to top it all; has a thing for coins.  The racket they generate as he touches them or just moves around, besides, the way they feel in his hands is very satisfying to him; even though the practice tends to drive those near him to distraction.

On the pages of Coinman an Untold Conspiracy, readers step into the extraordinarily fixated, fervent, and frustrated existence of Coinman.  The banality of archetypal life is explored in depth by writer Mishra who achieves the deed nimbly in a pleasurable, stimulating manner.  Do we actually attempt to comprehend real or apparent peculiarity in others, or are we disposed to to malign, invalidate or cast-off those who do not measure up to our own set of what is good or not so much.

Having never worked in an office (I am a school teacher) I have speculated now and then if hugger-mugger as is depicted in perchance larger-than-life pomposity might actually take place.  I suspect, given laws and practices here in the U.S., open provocative or intimidation in the workplace, is not so likely to transpire.  Maybe such does occur in culture having fewer limitations for ill-treatment of fellow workers.  While novelty is frequently problematic to accomplish for writers; author Pawan Mishra has accomplished an exceptional, fascinating, and, at times entertaining book which also points the reader toward advantageous moral lessons without doing so in a ‘preachy’ manner.

I found Coinman an Untold Conspiracy to be a motivating, well written work certain to intrigue those who relish a non-formula, foreseeable read.

I received a paperback book for review.  Happy to recommend.

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