- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Fingerprint Publishing (9 March 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8172345658
- ISBN-13: 978-8172345655
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Autobiography of a Mad Nation Hardcover – 9 Mar 2015
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About the Author
When asked, Sriram Karri is never quite sure if the nation he was born in and loves so much, was and is really mad or if merely he is Either way, he has witnessed his country grow fondly, sadly, joyfully, regretfully and above all, hopefully. He began his career as a journalist and worked in Deccan Chronicle and Indian Express and has worked as a corporate brander with TCS, Infosys, Satyam, the Indian School of Business and also co-founded a tech start-up. He writes for The New York Times and has contributed to The Guardian, The Hindu and The New Indian Express. His first published work, The Spiritual Supermarket, was longlisted for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award in the non-fiction category in 2008. An accomplished orator, Sriram is an invited speaker and panellist at several fora and discussions. He lives in Hyderabad with his wife and son.
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(That would be unfair to the Author if I mentioned everything here, just get into the book and I bet you will find a different world after completing it.)
From Politics to Cricket, Bollywood to Emotions, Goons to God, this book has all. Never you will get out of the storyline. Full credits to the Author for keeping the mystery till the very end. You can never judge what the book has in its store before finish reading it.
P.S. This book might get into controversy, it might touch some religion's sentiments, might give birth to revolutions among youths but it is worth the read.
It a big book, start reading it on a weekend or else you might lose some hours of sleep.
Likings: Suspense till the end, Bitter truth written in a beautiful manner, a story of a different kind.
Dislikings: um.... let me think..... didn't find any loopholes..
"I was born in a mentally retarded nation."
The first line of the book had me hooked to the book. The author is speaking about my country and I cannot deny but I have often thought in the same lines. As a result I immediately warmed up to the character of Vikrant. He was a voice that I loved hearing throughout. The author has done an expert job of narrating his story just right – without going overboard in any aspect. It would have been so easy to have turned preachy and have the author rant about some issue or the other for pages. But instead, everything was kept straightforward and to the point. The book covers everything that our nation stands for - cricket, books, caste system, religion, politics and even corruption. The book gives us an unbiased (at least I felt so) view at our nation and at us. And while most of it is not pretty one cannot but appreciate the author’s viewpoint. The plot has enough to offer to something to everyone and some twists did take me by surprise too. However, I do have issues with the ending and I am not sure if I agree with the author on it.
This is one of those books that might elicit extreme reactions from people because of the sensitive topics included.
An eccentric so called murder- a President who has every potential to lead a Presidential form of Government –but is compelled to be a puppet thanks to the system and a retired CBI head forms the plinth of a novel. The supposed murderer- murdering a local goon – offers a little piece of evidence to the president which the president could not oversee. His primary reaction of surprise let him to engage the old chief-his old jackal to look after the trail of the murder. The murder takes the former chief to startling revelation that how the big holes in the murder story have not been repaired and still death penalty was awarded. Events and reactionary events led him to such murder mysteries-all identical……
Clues get gathered and detection and motive compelled the chief to go to the flashback of our glorious nation- exactly in the year 1991-the year in which our door was allowed open to the outside world. A batch of students-a drama- the content-all catalyses these murders, somewhere. And these students are all honourable men now. How are they involved? And most importantly why are they involved?
A colourful canvas of contemporary India dating back from the days of emergency to the Godhra train burning misfortune and consequential genocide at Gujarat is the theme of the story – exposing the true worth of the democracy where the people may have been given political equality but miles to go before social and economical equality does come. And without that- the democracy is a farce! Here angry people may watch in dismay, what in going around –but there is no angry young man to lead them into battle-battle against corruption, battle against nepotism, battle against tyranny…………
Because power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely…..
Because jargons are jargons after all……..
And the message of judgement will continue to weep in solitude…..
Unless there is a storm…..
The earth is heated- a sign of the approaching storm?
Vikrant Vaidya is one of the most interesting literary characters I have met :)
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