"The story begins in a public square in New Delhi. On a cold December evening a young European woman of noble descent appears before an Indian street artist known locally as PK and asks him to paint her portrait--it is an encounter that will change their lives irrevocably. PK was not born in the city. He grew up in a small remote village on the edge of the jungle in East India, and his childhood as an untouchable was one of crushing hardship. He was forced to sit outside the classroom during school, would watch classmates wash themselves if they came into contact with him, and had stones thrown at him when he approached the village temple. According to the priests, PK dirtied everything that was pure and holy. But had PK not been an untouchable, his life would have turned out very differently. This is the remarkable true story of how love and courage led PK to overcome extreme poverty, caste prejudice and adversity--as well as a 7,000-mile, adventure-filled journey across continents and cultures--to be with the woman he loved."--Publisher description.
I thought that I would have like to have the female character developed more and at the same time I got tired of reading the details of PK's life. I realize he is the main character but I wondered what it was about the woman that made him fall in love with her and go to such lengths to get to her.
I found this book to be funny, tragic and satisfying to read. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Indian culture (middle class) and life.
Offers insight into the class structure in India and the class distinctions.
I would have liked more information about the woman and why he was so in love with her, as he hardly knew her; or his other motives for going to such ends to get to her.
The book itself wasn't too bad, but also not very exciting. The fact that it is based on a true story is very nice. However, it was more than halfway through the book before the main character (PK) actually started his travels on his bike (which he only used part of the way!) from India to Sweden. That was not what I expected from a book with the above title! Would I buy it? Probably not! Would I watch the movie? Probably!