27 March, 2017

#BookReview :: The Bogus Read by Divyamaan

In a galaxy far, far away from Earth there were two countries. India and Pakistan. Both countries somehow remained in a perennial state of conflict since their independence. After badly losing thrice to India, Pakistan has now come up with the ultimate conspiracy - attack the minds of the Indian masses and capture the nation. In a partially successful attempt, it captures some portion of India. The Indian Government, led by its highly patriotic PM, Narendar Mody and His Royal Highness, Arnub Gooswamy, takes charge of the situation and comes up with a master plan of defeating Pakistan, using some of India's most potent weapons - corruption, political-hooliganism and annoying celebrities. They are supported by five engineering students who, inspite of their otherwise mundane lives, get embroiled in the mess. They set themselves on a perilous journey only to discover how deep the whole conspiracy is and how dangerous are the brains behind it. Will they succeed in revealing the conspiracy to the Army? Will the lost territories be recaptured by India? To find out read 'The Bogus Read', an illogically-logical take on Indian politics, mainstream media, cinema and the television industry. 

The title and blurb of the book are very apt and well done. It covers what the ‘story’ of the book is about but leaves the interpretation of it to the readers. Five engineering students get embroiled in a mess that lead Pakistan into ‘capturing’ parts of India. With familiar names (with certain changes to their spellings) popping up regularly in the book, the author narrates a story that tells us about a conspiracy that go beyond the grasp of just five students. Will the familiar names be able to handle it? How far can five students or a gang of few celebrities go?

The book brings together the conflicting elements of our reality and complete absurdity very well. It is through the ludicrousness in the pages of the book that the reader is forced to look at their reality. Though situations are exaggerated and presented in a satirical manner, it is impossible to ignore the bottom line presented by the author. The silly and unpredictable plot of the book all along points to the current landscape of our nation (and arguably that of our neighbouring nation). All the situations, including our political conditions, captured in the book are very relevant. The main win for the book is the acumen and astuteness with which it has been presented. Narrated with simplicity, the story makes you laugh throughout. It is the narration style that is another big win for this book.

Whether you want a laugh or whether you want to read a thought provoking book or whether you want both – pick this book up and give it try.

Review Copy received from the Author

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