This is the second book I am reading from Rakesh. The first being (The Deliverance of Sarpameru). However, the books were released in reverse order. While I liked the story in the Sarpameru book, the writing was not so clean.
But, the debut novel, The Thorough Check, is a far better book. I was not sure what to expect here. The blurb said it is about how Indian Muslims are treated in India. But that is only one aspect of the book.
The hero is a young Muslim undercover police officer, travelling to Gujarat. His cover is to look for a job and learn languages. It is the story of all migrant Keralites who are unable to find a decent job in their own lands and migrate in hordes across the world. Once upon a time, they used to come to Mumbai then moved on to Persian Gulf. US, UK and Australia are high on the current list. Then comes Gujarat, Bangalore and Chennai. Continue reading