The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe

What a title! The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Idea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas certainly is a mouthful. But it wasn’t the crazy title that prompted me to pick it up and have a peek in the bookstore. It was the sticker that said “signed by author”. I am a sucker for signed books, and this one is signed like no other I’ve ever seen. The inscription takes up the entire page. Of course I had to buy it! The Fakir, Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod, steps into a taxi at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and announces he wants to be driven to… Ikea. Not quite your usual destination for anyone arriving after a long flight from India. And so the story begins. Having duped his friends and followers into flying him 4,000 miles, and with just a counterfeit 100 euro (which he printed on one side only), he intends to buy a bed of nails – yes! – apparently Ikea sells them. It’s called a Hertsyorbak (sound it out – it’s typical Ikea) but things go terribly wrong and he sets off on an unintended journey of many miles that ends up shaking the core of his soul. This is a terribly funny, quirky little book that was a complete delight to read. It’s has a depth to it (it’s a fable of sorts) that makes you stop a minute and think “this guy is a fantastic writer”. And I bet Ikea couldn’t be happier to be associated with this book. It was a number one best seller in France and is being published in 36 countries (just like Billy bookcases – it’s everywhere!). If you want something completely different – this is the book! It’s OMG funny!

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