Book: Dalits, Dynasty and She
Author: Sanjay Chitranshi
Publisher: Frog Books (An imprint of Leadstart Publishing)
Genre: Dramatic satire sprinkled with satirical drama
In One Line: The murky truth of Indian politics – exposed!
Characterisation: There were so many characters! I would have circled the names of at least eleven. And unfortunately I don’t recall all their names. But the author has kept most of their persona so close to some from the political bandwagon who we know that remembering what they did in the story is not difficult. For instance, although I don’t recall name of the guy who goes to the village to pose with the poorest family, I know who he is similar too! Kudos to the author for the style in which he has done this.
Language: Although it is easy to read, something about the language bordered a little on boredom. It seemed to be journalistic writing and throughout it felt as if I was reading the newspaper.
Only a few mistakes as far as the language and grammar is concerned. But, this one, was a little stark. Page 268 – “We pay our sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Ravindra Talmelkar for his timely demise and appeal to the people of the country to maintain order and keep patience.” – Shouldn’t it be ‘untimely’?
Plot Setting: The paragraph of the first chapter itself tells the reader where the story is to be based – a nondescript village called Danapur in Uttar Pradesh from where the river Hindon flows. Wikipedia, however, says that Danaput is a satellite town of Patna in Bihar located on the bank of the river Sone. I will let that be. Maybe, this is a ‘fictitious’ village name that the author has thought of and the two Danapur’s are not similar. In the story, names of other cities also finds mention, but it is primarily the tale of the inhabitants of Danapur.
Book Cover Art: It is an interesting cover. The back drop of the ‘bloody’ red amidst the green shows how corruption and political games can spoil the peace and sanctity of the nation. And the folded hands – is there a dual meaning? One symbolising the false ‘namaste’ that politicians do to increase their vote bank count and the other symbolising the plea of the common man to bring back some decorum into the country.
How’s the Title: It is to the point and straightforward. The larger font size and italicised ‘She’ will immediately tell the reader that there’s a female protagonist in the story who will be the cause for all the twists.
Is The Blurb Catchy: The blurb is fine and the open ended questions in the end pertinent enough to make one who is interested in the drama that surrounds Indian politics to pick up the book.
Learning From The Story: The ‘She’, I had initially thought, would play the most important part in the tale. She does, but in a different manner. She is the cause because of which the rest happens in the story. But she is not right there in the happenings. This is a learning for me – how to create a character who is omnipresent and yet doesn’t really play an active part in the story.
Areas Of Improvement: I wish the author had introduced more dialogues and conversations into the story and had made the narrative a little lesser. It would have made the read more interesting.
What Is ‘Said By Not Saying’: Attainment of power is a dirty game. And it is very easy to be pulled into the vortex of it.
My Reaction When I Finally Closed The Book:
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