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Ashwin Chopra had to take earlier retirement under medical conditions. But taking an early retirement for a person like Chopra was not easy to accept. On top of that, on his retirement, he inherited a baby elephant from his uncle. He was asked to take good care of the elephant. Chopra was promised that elephant was not a normal animal.

If that was not enough, on last day of the job, he found out a case of a drowned boy. Police found boy's dead body from a sewer, and boy was drunk. Boy belonged to a poor family, and boy's mother wanted justice for her son's death. Chopra assured justice to the lady but it was his last day at the job and he was not able to do anything for the boy. Police wanted to close the case as accidental death due to alcohol consumption. Being an expert in the field of crime cases, Chopra smelled something fishy in the behavior of his superior and inspector appointed in his place.

He started investigating the case independently; and started finding shocking revelation one after another. The story became interesting as little elephant came handy to Chopra at multiple instances. The story is gripping yet light. You don't have to give extra effort to understand what is happening. Flow is flawless. I finished the book in 3 sittings. The book is written with an audience in mind. Every detailing, character and scene were portrayed with a proper thought process. It shows efforts applied behind the work.

Author has nicely placed comic, thrill and drama in story keeping overall tempo.

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The book can be easily adopted as movie or series. Oct 10, carol. For a while he lay in bed, staring up at the ceiling. He felt his body urging him to get up, shower, and put on his uniform. Inertia; wasn't that what people called it? After all, when one has been running, it takes a while for the body to stop even though the finishing line has been crossed.

When he arrived at the breakfast table, dressed in a plain white shirt and "The next morning Inspector Chopra awoke for the first time in thirty-four years without the knowledge that he was a police officer. When he arrived at the breakfast table, dressed in a plain white shirt and cotton trousers, he felt strangely naked. Poppy was already bustling around the kitchen with the housemaid, Lata, and flashed him a welcoming smile. But he can't deal with that now; there are too many things on his mind. What about the distressed woman accusing the local police that they don't care about her dead son?

And what about his wife, Poppy, and her conviction that anything non-sedentary would cause him another and potentially fatal heart attack? It's an interesting tale, set in the wildly growing city of Mumbai, where money greases all wheels.

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True to the detective tradition, the setting comes alive as Chopra travels from place to place. Any inadequacies in visualization are solely my own, hamstrung as I am by life in the U. The puzzle unfolds quite well, with one discovery leading to the next, although Chopra also spends hours and hours on stakeout. I found myself partially distracted with concerns on the care and feeding of elephants, which was likely not Khan's intention. He should be careful how he uses pachyderms! The end takes a surprisingly dark and deep turn, perhaps incongruous with much of the earlier story, but I think perhaps fitting for the idea Khan wants to convey about Mumbai.

But it all comes out well in the end. I enjoyed it and will no doubt try the next in the series when in the mood for a gentle mystery. Besides a baby elephant! Siri Colin Cotterill and of Precious Ramotswe Shamini Flint , as well as anyone else who enjoys a mystery sans blood and gore. View all 3 comments. Charming, adventurous, picturesque, heartwarming, culturally rich, and a baby elephant to cuddle with all the love in the whole wide world. This book is so much more than that.

Inspector Ashwin Chopra faces retirement with his beloved wife, Poppy, but also with his curmudgeon old mother-in-law who, through all the years, never forgave her daughter for marrying a policeman. She could have married a rich old landowner, divorced and twice her age, a crook and thief, but Poppy chose the honorable, honest policeman instead.

Totally unacceptable and vile of beloved Poppy! Inspector Chopra believed that God was democratic. He actually agreed with God's decision to lure Chopra's good and gentle father-in-law to heaven, leaving the old nosy MIL on earth alone to smother in her miserable personality. However, the contentment in the partnership with the Heavenly Being quickly turned sour and into discontent when the MIL moved in with her daughter.

Retirement was a bittersweet prospect. Chopra had to do something On the last afternoon of his thirty year long career as a respected Inspector of police, Ashwin Chopra arrived home to find his inheritance already waiting outside the apartment building: a baby elephant, who decided to commit suicide by going on a hunger strike.

When the monsoon broke out in full force over the city of Mumbai, Chopra, who could not swim, dove into the water which dammed in the apartment's court yard to safe Baby Elephant's life. Poppy bathed the little darling, and introduced him to her favorite soapies on tv in the apartment on the fifteenth floor. All he needed was the warm duvets she covered him with, and Poppy and Chopra's tender loving care. Vicks for a watery nose, and mother-in-law's secret balm for his skin did the trick there on the apartment's living room floor.

Life was suddenly secure and good. Since then, Ganesha, our beloved baby elephant, was determined to protect and love his new parents back with all his mysterious powers. Retired Inspector Ashwin Chopra, a one-man-band in catching old crooks and thieves, got a self-appointed partner in fighting crimes in the city which the police were too corrupt to attend to themselves. Ganesha knew nothing about human rights, political correctness or being nice to the people endangering his new daddy's life.

He could smell the criminals miles away and nothing stopped him from playing his part in destroying the criminal syndicates of politicians, policemen and bad people who murdered an innocent poor boy. They never saw Ganesha coming until it was sooooo late Even Inspector Ashwin Chopra was dumbfounded.

I had so much fun with this book. Riveting and entertaining. What a joy! View all 11 comments. This last was directed at her son-in-law, against whom she had always held a grudge for not being Jagirdar Mohan Vishwanath Deshmukkk, landowner and erstwhile suitor of her daughter. We know!!! Khan isn't big on subtlety. Every point in this book is sledgehammered across. Multiple times.

A couple of things the proofreader should have picked up. There were two men in the room, sitting at the small table that Chopra had seen before. The idea that an Inspector who had retired from the police force through ill health would decide that chasing after underworld figures was a way to restore himself to good health. The feeble way the view spoiler [baby sub plot was resolved. I had the feeling that Khan had decided correctly that this was an unnecessary complication - so why not delete from the book altogether?

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I did like Chopra himself, an upright man in a corrupt world. But the only thing I really loved was Ganesha the baby elephant who is foisted on Chopra. My library does have The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown I may try that to see if the author does resolve the problems with his writing style - which I did find very amateurish. View 2 comments. There is something uniquely fascinating about India and it's culture, I completely love everything about it, the food, the people the wonderfully intoxicating mix of sounds, warmth, monsoons etc.

I heard about this book from seeing an interview with the author on Breakfast TV and felt hooked and wanted to read it. To be honest crime fiction is not a love of mine and I tend to steer clear of it but with the mix of Indian culture and an elephant I wanted to give it a try. I absolutely loved it! The There is something uniquely fascinating about India and it's culture, I completely love everything about it, the food, the people the wonderfully intoxicating mix of sounds, warmth, monsoons etc.

The main character Inspector Ashwin Chopra is a magnificent Indian version of Poirot, a wonderfully colourful and instantly likeable character that moves the story along in both a lighthearted and serious way. The story begins with Chopra's retirement from the Mumbai police force and an uneasy transfer into civilian life, one that he doesn't really enjoy. He is unexpectedly left a baby elephant by his late Uncle Bansi. The elephant is charming and at first Chopra wants nothing more than to rid himself of this burden but as the story evolves we find Chopra and the elephant are linked in many ways.

A young boy is found dead and what might be a simple case of drowning refuses to settle in Chopra's mind, although retired from the Mumbai Police, he takes up the case himself and investigates it further and clue after clue leads him further down into the dark seedy criminal elements of the great city of Mumbai. A wonderful story, at heart a crime mystery but filled with comical moments and lavishly set in exotic Mumbai, it took me there and kept me hooked. Loved it! I received this book for free via Goodreads First Reads.

I had no idea what to expect from this book except for it to contain an elephant. What I found was a tale I want to describe as 'sweet' but as it contains deaths and criminal activity I need a better word which is not currently available to me. It has a very interesting main character with a very supportive and intriguing wife who has her own subplot. The book is primary a detective novel but not like one I have ever read before.

Various sup I received this book for free via Goodreads First Reads. Various supporting characters add to the book but to be honest the one that matters is the elephant. To have an elephant sidekick in a story set in India just feels right. The city of Mumbai features heavily and I enjoyed the descriptions of the city and its various areas. I loved the flowing writing style and the way the author paints a picture with his words.

I did enjoy the book from start to finish and I will read any sequels given the chance. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a different read or is into detective fiction. Oh, and it has a elephant! I love that! Apr 23, Eva rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , crime , england. Unique book which offers some interesting information about modern India. Besides also having an interesting detective plot. Fun to read, well written. I have read it in English. I must admit that some words are difficult because as a dutch woman i dont have any knowledge about India or any of the Indian words, which are doubtlessly comon knowledge to many Brits.

Nice read. There are numerous parallels between the two books, and the main characters are very similar. The book starts off promisingly, and the notion of a baby elephant being sent to live in downtown Mumbai is an interesting start. However the book kind of doesn't really go anywhere from here, and meanders around until it limps towards a conclusion. There are lots of descriptions of Mumbai and the surrounding areas - from wealthy mansions to the poorest slums. Without wishing to add a spoiler, something does happen with Poppy in the book which is just left hanging at the end - which was not just irritating, but was downright pointless in the story.

By the end, the book really dragged and it took me a couple of days to limp through the last 80 pages or so. I was reaching the point where I wasn't really looking forward to reading it, which is bad news indeed!

The series has potential. This review was originally posted on Babs' Bookshelf May 17, Susan Hampson rated it it was amazing. Ashwin Chopra is a little unusual to the normal sort of detectives that I read about. Set in Mumbai there were lots of cultural differences and he has just retired from the police force, rather than just setting out. But the biggest difference was where as some people have a dog as a pet he has a baby elephant. One thing for sure though was that he is adorable, the elephant that is, but scared and pinning Ashwin Chopra is a little unusual to the normal sort of detectives that I read about.

One thing for sure though was that he is adorable, the elephant that is, but scared and pinning for his former life the little fellow is really struggling. Although put down to a tragic accident the former Inspector just feels that there is far more to it than that. So begins the most unusual partnership between Chopra and Ganesha the baby elephant. Married for many years the couple have remained childless which has put Poppy under the constant worry of not giving her husband a son or even a daughter.

The writing is light and very entertaining. Yes, people do die in this story but those scenes are not graphically described to make it uneasy reading, just little quickening of the pulse rate rather than lock all the doors stuff. Ganesha soon becomes a very loyal asset to Chopra, where I was like wow!

Did that little elephant really do that! But both man and beast had something missing in their lives and that was each other. This is going to be one cracking little series. Aug 10, Christine rated it it was amazing. On a cold wet day in summer, there is nothing better than a bit of crime from a country where the sun actually makes an appearance. It is the start of a quirky series set in Mumbai, India. It features a retired police officer and his pet baby elephant. The story introduces Inspector Ashwin Chopra. We find out that Chopra is on his final day, before On a cold wet day in summer, there is nothing better than a bit of crime from a country where the sun actually makes an appearance.

We find out that Chopra is on his final day, before retirement. He has had to retire, due to a dicky ticker. He is happily married to Poppy and in his fifties. He is a good honest man. He loves his country. He has a passion for solving crime. Chopra becomes obsessed with the murder of Santosh. The death of Santosh was his final case. It was of no interest to Chopra's successor, who has written it off as suicide.


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Chopra starts to investigate privately. He spends his retirement trailing suspects and hunting for clues. He is away so often, his poor wife thinks he is having an affair. Events take a dark turn, as Chopra begins to realise what Santosh's death means. The beauty of The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra is that it gives you a whole new culture to discover. India is a fascinating place, full of contradictions and a rich history. We see the poverty and the slums. The rain and the excessive heat. It feels familiar and strange. We get to know Chopra, a middle class, intelligent man with a good moral compass.

He is the kind of man, you cannot help but relate to. The story is delightful and easy to lose yourself in. It is not often you get to know a character, who has a baby elephant as a companion. There is a light-hearted touch to the writing. This is not heavy crime. It is the kind that is very welcome. This is crime, with light humour and an engaging plot. A cute elephant. A super new detective. What is not to love. View all 5 comments. Jan 24, Fred Shaw rated it it was amazing. Wonderful story, delightful to read with laugh out loud moments.

Incredible creativity. In Mumbai, a police detective retires and comes home to find he is the proud owner of???

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I won't give away this secret because it is too important. Read this book. You will be glad you did. The author Vaseem Kahn has another book and I am procuring it now. View all 4 comments. This is a fun, and gentle, mystery, set in modern India. Inspector Chopra has been a Mumbai police inspector for many years, when he is forced into retirement because of a heart problem. However, his chance of stress free relaxation is made difficult on his last day of work, when he inherits two things — firstly, a case that his successor is unwilling to investigate, and, secondly, a baby elephant, left to him by his uncle.

The case involves the murder of a young man, found drowned near a sewer This is a fun, and gentle, mystery, set in modern India. The case involves the murder of a young man, found drowned near a sewer pipe, with a bottle of whiskey found nearby. When his mother cries that poor people, like her and her son, will get no justice, Chopra is determined to find out the truth behind his death.

The elephant is a little more complicated… Where can a man who lives in an apartment block, with his beloved wife, Poppy, permanently disgruntled mother in law and complaining neighbours, keep an elephant? Especially a depressed, little elephant, who is refusing to eat? Much of the joy of this novel is in the characters that populate the book.

They are people you want to get to know better. However, this mystery does also look at serious issues, as Inspector Chopra solves the crime and determines what to do in his retirement, as well as dealing with his chocolate loving inheritance. Quirky and humorous, this is a delightful start to a series that I will be following. Rated 3. Aug 21, Shabbeer Hassan rated it liked it Shelves: , mystery , indian-lit.

A sort of fun story with a baby elephant India of course, so duh!