The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star Mumbai is a city that thrives on extravagant spectacles and larger than life characters But as Chopra is about to discover even in the city of dreams there is no guarantee of a happy ending Rising s

  • Title: The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star
  • Author: Vaseem Khan
  • ISBN: 9780316465373
  • Page: 228
  • Format: ebook
  • Mumbai is a city that thrives on extravagant spectacles and larger than life characters.But as Chopra is about to discover, even in the city of dreams, there is no guarantee of a happy ending.Rising star and incorrigible playboy Vikram Verma has disappeared, leaving his latest film in jeopardy Hired by Verma s formidable mother to find him, Inspector Chopra and his sidekiMumbai is a city that thrives on extravagant spectacles and larger than life characters.But as Chopra is about to discover, even in the city of dreams, there is no guarantee of a happy ending.Rising star and incorrigible playboy Vikram Verma has disappeared, leaving his latest film in jeopardy Hired by Verma s formidable mother to find him, Inspector Chopra and his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, embark on a journey deep into the world s most flamboyant movie industry.As they uncover feuding stars, failed investments and death threats, it seems that many people have a motive for wanting Verma out of the picture.And yet, as Chopra has long suspected, in Bollywood the truth is often stranger than fiction

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    1. The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star by Vaseem Kahn is a 2017 Redhook/ Mullholland Books publication. Zany and thought provoking-Inspector Chopra and his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, find themselves embroiled in the underbelly of the Bollywood film industry when the hottest heartthrob Vikram Verma mysteriously disappears. His famous mother is desperate to locate her son, but instead of going to the police, she hires Chopra. While Chopra is navigating his way through his investigatio [...]

    2. Vaseem Khan’s vibrant Indian series continues with The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star. Chopra has found his way into all of our hearts, together with his sidekick mini elephant and his family of Poppy and Irfan. This is a mystery series, with a hard edge of realism.Anyone who has not discovered this series should start at the beginning and get to know Chopra and the city of Mumbai. Chopra was forced to retire from the police force, due to ill health. He has a heart problem. He now r [...]

    3. I am in love with this series. I am in love with The Chopras and this yummy baby elephant. I love Mumbai (or as I call it "Bombay"). In the latest installment, Mr. Khan has burst out; layering #3 with even more details and making the entire location and characters become even more vivid. I read it with a Bombay map (and I use maps quite a lot when I read ) so I knew just where we were most of the time. My map was dated - thus some things had not yet been built but I now know residential location [...]

    4. Full disclosure: I went into this book without having read the two previous ones. I figured I wouldn't be at a huge disadvantage, since each book seems to follow its own individual mystery. I think I was mostly right. There were references to previous books, but nothing huge that I missed out on (I think & hope). So I really, really wanted to like this book. A mystery about Bollywood? Kind of sounded amazing! And if I'm honest, there were somereallyenjoyable things about this book. For one, [...]

    5. The strange disappearance of Chopra's charm.One hates to be churlish about the charming Baby Ganesh Agency series, but here, in the third instalment, Vaseem Khan forgoes much of the strong sense of place and character that had made his first two Chopra books such a delight and focuses instead on the two convoluted, disconnected and exceedingly daft plots. Certainly, there are glimpses of the warmth and humour that shone through the previous stories but for me the balance of investigation-to-char [...]

    6. Another brilliant installment from the wonderful Inspector Chopra & his sidekick elephant, Ganesha. I can't recommend these highly enough for any cosy crime fan.

    7. I can honestly say that I struggle with 364 days of the year when I do not have a new Vaseem Khan book to read. In his third foray into fiction, I have read it, as usual, in one day. The story is riveting, the narrative is fluid, the action is suspenseful and I love the pleasure I get when I read his books. This book will appeal to those who love the cozy mystery and also those who enjoy books about different locales. Vaseem Khan weaves the history and scenery of India into his narrative.I have [...]

    8. Great fun (with moments of danger, social conscious and key characters with hearts of gold). As over the top as a Bollywood movie it even includes some dance sequences.

    9. Another delightful addition to the Baby Ganesh Agency series. Khan continues to make reading his books feel like actually being in Mumbai, and paints his fun mysteries with colorful, fleshed-out characters- even those that appear like stock figures at first inevitably have layered stories that explain how they became who they are. In this installment the main plot pertains to Bollywood while the secondary plot concerns the eunuch population of the city- both intriguing and involving dark family [...]

    10. Handsome, arrogant star Vicky Verma disappears from a promotional concert he's giving to publicize the epic film which, it is hoped, will be another huge success. Just Vicky acting out again, no doubt! But his mother, a former star herself, is sure he's been kidnapped, and retired Inspector Chopra is forced to agree with her. As he tracks the culprits, he runs into serious danger himself, and is even parted from his faithful elephant Ganesha. Meanwhile, his assistant at his detective agency find [...]

    11. I won this book, signed by the author, Vaseem Khan. This is the third book in the series, I really enjoy the way these books allow the reader to experience the city of Mumbai. Inspector Chopra and his wife are great characters, and the elephant adds a special twist to each book.

    12. I do enjoy these books, especially the adorable Ganesha the elephant. I was having a bit of a hard time keeping everyone straight near the end but still entertaining.

    13. This was a book I just happened upon and found to be very charming. I may go back and read the first two in the series. Also, I think I need to go watch a Bollywood movie soon. I don't know if the mysteries were as compelling as the characters, but I didn't mind. I really want to know how big a baby elephant actually is. Could they really ride in the sidecar of a motorcycle?! Who cares. Baby Ganesh is adorablentent: Nothing offensive. Even though this particular book dealt with Bollywood affairs [...]

    14. This is the third book in the Baby Ganesh Agency series by Vaseem Khan, but the first one I have read (I’d like to say it’s because I’m a maverick, but really it’s just because of my self-imposed book-buying moratorium and the fact that I was given this as a birthday gift!). It doesn’t appear to matter that I am reading them out of sequence, this book functions perfectly as a standalone novel, but I will definitely be going back to read the first two.The central character of the novel [...]

    15. Very well-written but unlike the first two books in this series, the plot is flimsy and the motives driving the plot are feeble and unconvincing. I preordered this book as I loved the first two installments. I loved the writing. And I particularly appreciated the book's focus on the Mumbai eunuch community. But, as far as the plot lines go, this novel completely disappoints. I believe the author went too with the Bollywood theme. In the end, the plot resembles that of a half-baked and over-spice [...]

    16. For those who enjoy a light hearted mystery book, this the book is for you. The story begins with a Bollywood star disappearing in front of a massive audience of which Inspector Chopra ( retired) his wife Poppy and the baby elephant Ganesha, are a part.The story continues with Chopra now a private investigator, accompanied by Ganesha the elephant, in their search for the missing star. Meanwhile Chopra's PI partner, Rangwalla, is on another case, which immerses him in the lives of India's third g [...]

    17. #3 in the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series. Set in Mumbai, starring my favorite pachyderm, these books are great fun. Inspector Chopra is asked to deal with the kidnapping of a Bollywood star on the night before a huge shoot for his current movie. At the same time there is an upset within the Mumbai eunuch community and the Queen of Mysore asks for Chopra's help. Rangwalla is the main lead on that investigation, much to his initial discomfort! Chopra himself ends up in a dire situation, but P [...]

    18. Won a copy from Good Reads. It was the first of these detective novels I had read and it reminded me of the Alexander McCall Smith series in the style of writing. Bad things happen but the atmosphere is never sinister.

    19. I was more than pleasantly surprised by this book; I couldn't put it down. I picked it up and read it straight through, probably to the annoyance of anyone attempting to talk to me. This is a real treasure of a book. Vaseem Khan writes with humour, is descriptive enough that I felt I was in Mumbai (and now want to visit) and yet also covers some important issues such as treatment of those outside standard male/female gender definitions in modern day India and corruption within the legal system. [...]

    20. During a spectacular concert to promote his current movie, Vikram "Vicky" Verma goes missing. His mother, a former starlet, summons Inspector Chopra to investigate her son's disappearance. In this third installment of the Baby Ganesh Agency investigation series, Khan again has Chopra in top form alongside his adorable elephant companion Ganesha, as they hit the trail to solve the mystery of the vanishing Vicky. What makes this series more memorable than other mysteries is the tremendous atmosphe [...]

    21. Well, if you liked the first two books in the Baby Ganesh series, then you will absolutely love this one. Full of the mystery and unique style of tension which has come to signify the tone of the first two books, The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star sees our intrepid Inspector Chopra come up against his old nemesis Rao once more, but this time it seems that the game may well be up for Chopra as his investigation into the missing Bollywood bad boy, Vikram Verma, plays right into Rao’s [...]

    22. Vaseem has done it again with another crazy action-packed adventure. Retired Inspector Chopra, together with his baby elephant Ganesh are called to solve a kidnapping.  Throw in a few unsavoury characters, an aging Bollywood film queen, and an obnoxious corrupt police official and Chopra and baby Ganesh are in way over their heads.  I enjoy the writer's audacious writing style as he pokes fun at the Bollywood film industry, the police and his adamantine mother-in-law.  The story splits into t [...]

    23. Ondanks de wat speelse kleurrijke buitenkant, is The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star van Vaseem Khan een interessante schets van het leven in het hedendaagse Mumbai: getekend door traditionele rollen, tradities zoals kasten, armoede versus rijkdom, macht versus machteloosheid. In het derde boek in de Baby Ganesh-reeks wordt gepensioneerd politieman Ashwin Chopra geconfronteerd met al deze aspecten van zijn samenleving. In de zoektocht naar de ontvoerders van een Bollywood ster moet hij [...]

    24. For the third time I embarked on another voyage to Mumbai, this terrifying, exotic, strange and voluptuous city. Accompanied by Chopra our true and noble hero I followed him and the elephant Ganesh as they followed the cold trail of a suddenly missing Bollywood superstar. The latest novel plays out similar to Vaseem's previous mysteries. However, it still felt fresh and exciting. Perhaps that was due to the greater role that Chopra's partner plays. He sets off on his journey, hired on behalf of [...]

    25. 3.5 stars.It is always a pleasure to revisit Detective Chopra, his wife Poppy, family and friends, and Chopra's delightful and adorable companion, Ganesha, a baby elephant. Ganesha frequently accompanies Chopra on his criminal investigations in the city of Mumbai. This has many elements of a cosy mystery, where the crimes are solved by deductive reasoning and skillful interviewing techniques by clever detectives, rather than modern scientific methods. Added to this is the enjoyment of the story [...]

    26. Essentially a fun read, but don't be deceived, Vaseem Khan is an excellent writer. I like his succinct and sometimes quirky descriptions of people and places, such as Bijli Verma "a vision of immaculate fury in a sari". In the case of this particular book, however, I wonder why he included the second plot line involving Rangwalla and the eunuch community. Although interesting, it didn't seem relevant. I kept waiting for some intersection with the main plot, but it didn't happen. The only link se [...]

    27. I have been living away from Bombay or Mumbai for the last 9 years, so it was nostalgic for me the places and people. The description of the city was the only thing I enjoyed. The story itself was a bit far fetched and some things were a bit too convenient. The part were Chopra is sent to jail and no one knows or when he escapes too with the help of his wife. Really is it that simple??? I am still not sure what was the role of the elephant? Or was why all of a sudden Usha decided to teach Irfan? [...]

    28. I'm in love with the Baby Ganesh Detective series and this one builds on the earlier two novels. The book is a sheer delight and it keeps you interested till the end (maybe last chapter was unnecessary). Both plots are quite engaging and include some relevant social commentary (a hallmark of Khan's writing). However, my only dismay was that these two plots were completely disjointed. Even towards the end, I expected some link but it stayed disjointed. It is as if a quick-read interjected within [...]

    29. Two entirely separate plots set in contemporary Mumbai. In one, Inspector Chopra (ret.) gets involved in solving the kidnapping of an up and coming Bollywood star. Baby elephant Ganesh gets to meet some of his larger relatives appearing in a film extravaganza, to play the tambourine in a traveling show, and to ride in a motorcycle side car. In the other plot, Chapra’s assistant Rangwallah pursues a case set among the eunuchs of Mumbai and, although a little heavy-handed, is an intriguing story [...]

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