Book Review : Lost In Pattaya


TITLE : Lost in Pattaya
AUTHOR : Kishore Modak
PUBLISHER : Grapevine India
GENRE : Fiction




A marketing professional with a passion for pouring out his thoughts in writings published for people to read and understand that is Kishore Modak. ‘Lost in Pattaya’ is Modak’s second book the first being ‘Made In Singapore’.

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It is every dad’s nightmare- his little girl goes missing.

For Palash, the sorrow compounds from the incessant replaying of the critical minute when his ‘Daddy-eye’ faltered, distracted by his own weakness of substance abuse. The loss and the ensuing search sends him spiraling into a divorce and the loss of a steady corporate job. Scouring for his little girl in the brothels of Pattaya, he is ensnared in the web of mafia that runs the sex trade of Thailand. When he eventually finds her, will he be able to build back a wasted lifetime, or, is it too late for rescue, for him and his child?



Story-line : The story-line is strong and relevant. One can easily connect to the hell a parent goes through on realizing that his/her child is lost, maybe forever. The drift that follows between two people on account of the loss or sudden disappearance of the one link that keeps them together in a sea of uncertainty, is something on can relate to easily. The menace of prostitution, drug addiction and the ruthlessness of the drug cartel/ mafia that run the trade are things relevant not only to Thailand but the world over.

The twists & turns are unexpected and add an element of surprise to the story.

Language : Language is simple.

Length: The length of the book is fine.


Story: Inspite of having a strong story-line the book fails to impress on account of two things-

a) The pace- The first half is slow and cumbersome. One fails to understand where the story is heading. The guilt gnawing the protagonist, his search, his mental state, etc. need to be worked upon a bit more, to enable the reader understand him better and empathize with his situation.

b) The events unfurling in the second half are hard to believe.

Characterization: The characters of the protagonist as well as all the sub-characters is under-developed. Hence they fail to contribute effectively to the story.

Language and editing: The syntax. There are places where one has to have a second look to understand what the author means. To sight on example wouldn’t it be more appropriate to say “she took care of herself” instead of “she looked herself over.”

The editing is wanting in some places.


Recommendation & Rating: Overall a light read I give this 3 on a scale of 5.


Lost in Pattaya



The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.

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