Monday, August 07, 2017
I just finished reading Vaseem Khan's The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star, and-- seriously-- being stranded with retired police inspector Ashwin Chopra and his one-year-old elephant, Ganesha, could go either way.
As far as being compatible, I think all three of us would get along just fine. Chopra and I tend to like the same things, and since we come from such different cultures, we could learn a lot from each other. I know I'd certainly want to learn more about Mumbai, India. I love animals, too, and would relish being able to get to know such a young elephant, especially one as talented as Ganesha.
No, the only troubles I can see are twofold. One, Chopra has a bad heart, and I'm no kind of doctor or nurse. If Chopra were to "pop his clogs" (as they say in the UK), not only do I not want to bury someone, I don't know how the elephant would react, since they are very attached to one another. Would Ganesha pine away? Yikes. I might be forced to dig some big holes....
The second possible spot of bother I can foresee is all about food and water. Ganesha seems to be addicted to chocolate. If there's none on the island, how's he going to react? As far as that goes, this island we're stuck on had better be well-provisioned. Elephants tend to eat a lot, regardless of the existence of chocolate, and there needs to be enough for all three of us.
Oh oh. I just had another thought. Chopra better not be expecting me to cook!
How would this work out for you? Which book did you just finish reading, and who is the main character? Is he/she the type of person you'd want to be stranded on an island with? Do tell-- inquiring minds are dying to know!