Book Review: Malana Cream by Shalini Singh

Malana Cream
Author: Shalini Singh
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Rating: 3/5

“When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.”
― Bob Marley

Isolated from the rest of the world, Malana, a side valley to Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh, grows the finest weed in India after Kerala Gold. Though the latter is difficult to get because of the stringent government policies, one can easily get their hands on Malana Cream. Now that Malana Cream has gained popularity amongst the young, people/ tourists have started coming out from the woodwork.

‘Malana Cream’ by Shalini Singh is a hands-on account of the journey of two travellers, Ranvir Singh- a bigot, and Rito- a liberal. Together they uncover the mysterious valleys of the Himalayas and gather experiences that change their lives forever. This story is more of a travelogue that gives a chance to the readers to travel to the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva. Known for its value and the pleasure it provides, Malana Cream is the cultural fest that invites many weed lovers. Ranvir Singh signs up or rather is made to sign up for a project that requires an open mindset (which he does not have). Reluctantly, he embarks on a journey where he meets different kinds of people, gets an opportunity to soak in the culture and make a friend for life.

Exemplary vocabulary adds to the content of the story. In addition, yes, of course, the idioms gave me the joy to behold. With a subtle and apt cover, ‘Malana Cream’ successfully captures the vital elements of the plot.

Talking about the plot, it is challenging. The story highlights the psychological concepts of moral blameworthiness and moral ignorance. Several instances force you to think about your choices and the psyche.

Overall, ‘Malana Cream’ was a short read for me; it piqued my interest and offered something different.

Best wishes to the author!

Buying Link: Amazon

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