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Twisted Threads: A Satire on Power, Politics and Pollution Paperback – Import, 19 Dec 2018
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To Bhavesh - dude, you are a right winger. Your first objective should be pursuit of excellence. I seriously doubt if you can achieve it in humor writing. It will be better if you try something else. There is potential for greatness in everyone including you. But you need to get in touch with your real talent. I don't think it's writing of this kind. Let's not be like left winger, lib-sec lot like Lutyenites who build each other up even if they are mediocrities, like Romila Thapar the 'historian' or Sagarika Ghosh the 'journalist'. We are different and let's hold ourselves to different standards.
To Indica book club on whose reco I bought the book - I absolutely love the idea of building the RW ecosystem, and I do believe you have done good work in that direction, but we cannot be the RW version of left-lib-sec ecosystem. We need to be fundamentally different. We must believe that everyone can be great provided he or she does what he or she is meant to do. And so, there is no need to lower expectations and support anyone just based on match of ideology. Let's encourage everyone to commit to excellence in everything we do.
Kudos to the author for a superb first book ! Many congratulations & good wishes.
It’s a treat in this election season
I am enjoying reading it
We recognise familiar personalities of the present day in the characters here, like She Who Shall Not Be Named, Sitasurya, Shekhar Chandra, Ravi Shambu Prasad and many others. Current events are chronicled in a futuristic manner, which prevents the narration from becoming monotonous.
The reader is not only entertained though, reading through the pages of this book, but also forced to look deeper into the political and social concerns in India and perhaps search for remedies.
All in all, a very enjoyable read!
Now coming to the difficult part: the actual review! It's difficult because those who know of the author's literary prowess and intelligence won't need a review, and those who're totally clueless would be left equally clueless if I only mention what I liked in the book. So, let me try to write the review in a Q&A format in the hope that any new potential readers would be helped.
Q: What's the subject of the book?
A: It's the present political landscape of India, and by that I don't mean only the political parties, but also the accessories like the media, Judiciary, social activists, convenient historical figures, etc.
Q: What genre it is?
A: While it's tempting to classify it as satire, it would be unfair on the author to ignore the very elaborately created fantasy plot devices, and also poignant moments I'd experienced reading it because I could relate to the incidents alluded to.
Q: What to expect in the book?
A: An interaction of various characters - some with real life equivalents, some fictitious, some dead, and some you never knew had a life (like medical equipment!). The story consists of cleverly satirized events in contemporary political scene with highly contagious Acronyms, Innuendos, Drama and Suspense (A.I.D.S.) Hope you get the drift. 😉
Q: Who is this book for?
A: It's for any Indian who's felt cheated by the machinations of the 'Ecosystem', and has felt dismayed by the condition of India despite having had great potential since long. But the prerequisite to be able to appreciate the book to its fullest is being a keen observer of India's political scene but without having been completely dependent on the conventional media for forming opinions.
Q: What I liked about the book?
A: The amount of intelligence! This part is difficult to explain but can only be experienced. Right from acronyms (that are impressive in how they don't appear forced) that end up as innuendos also, to how most of the characters' names have been twisted, to how idiosyncrasies of certain characters have been caricaturised, and finally how all of this comes together to become a story that gets you curious to turn to the next page. I must make a special mention of the character 'Abdul Malik' whose innocence and naivete make him seem like a very real human one can feel for. Some of the plot devices' whackiness reminded me of Douglas Adams' 'Hitchhiker's I guide...' and the deadpan-ness was reminiscent of Animal Farm. While I liked the amount of author's intelligence shining through in this story, it has a flipside, too. Although he treats the subject in a largely light hearted fashion, you can't read the book lightly! Otherwise, you run the risk of missing some innuendo or literary device.
Q: Is there something I disliked?
A: I felt the book ended a bit abruptly, and that there were few threads in the plot that could've reached resolution. But, I hope there would be a sequel to address that. 🙂
Q: Is this a paid review?
Long A: I've spent last 60 or so extremely precious minutes of my life to write this review, you know why? Because I care for truth, I care for Drama... Err... Dharma, I care for good fiction, I care for our Nation. Short A: Yes, Vivekananda Modi has promised to transfer ₹ 15 lakh to my Aadhaar linked bank account on writing a five-star review for this book and voting for his Party in 2019 LS election (which the EVMs will anyway do for me. 😉).
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