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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Gateway of India: Book One by Ken Doyle is a collection of three stories against the backdrop of Bombay and the surrounding Indian cities. The stories, like the cities, interlink together to create the backdrop of the times. Story One: Dr. Frank Rebello loves his patients; he makes house calls and services them at his flat. He is aware of the economic condition of his patients so he does not accept payment. Despite his passion for his profession and his patients, Dr. Rebello is retiring. He and his wife will be going to another city to enjoy their retirement; does he settle down and retire in this new city? In Story Two, Dr. Rebello asks his assistant, Suketulal, to come with him and his wife to the new city, but he refuses because he believes that he is much needed by the new doctor. As the new doctor begins to see Dr. Rebello’s former patients, he begins to lose business because he does not possess the same care and passion that Dr. Rebello had - so now Suketulal must seek employment. In Story Three, Inspector Pathak of the Nagpada Police Station is the cousin of Suketulal. Inspector Pathak, since his promotion as an inspector, is occasionally given special top-secret assignments from Senior PI Wadekar. This time Inspector Pathak would be assigned to Yerawada jail to get additional information, allegedly for a movie, from a high profile prisoner, Damle, with the promise of obtaining a substantial commission for his services. Will Inspector Pathak get the story and be able to collect the money?
I enjoyed reading Gateway of India: Book One by Ken Doyle. With the essence of Bombay (currently called Mumbai), considered one of the wealthiest cities in India, it gave me a view of the other part of the city and those surrounding it where the everyday people live. Each story carried its own weight, but Ken Doyle helped to make a fluid transition from one story to the next story. Ken did a great job in bringing these short stories together and I am looking forward to reading more from him.