REVIEW OF THE BOOK- THE BOGUS READ
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Frog Books (October 14, 2016)
“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 takes on Indian politics, mainstream media, cinema and the television industry.”
Someone had once said that If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.
The bogus read as a title is perfect and very appropriate. Being filled with sarcasm, humour and criticism; keeping the Indian politics in the background, I feel the title is very cleverly written.
REVIEW OF THE BOOK:
The book made me laugh throughout the entire voyage. The way the author has described the war situation between the two countries is so hilarious, that I am still giggling while writing a review. The contrast of counter strike and going to the temple was also funny. I would also like to say that the small elements used in the story like names of the characters or the serials will add on to the trails of your laughter. The newspaper never printed any good or valuable news; instead it publishes a whole lot of advertisement. Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turn by the clean end. The more that I read of the ancient philosophers, the more I realise that mankind hasn’t really changed all that much. These words from ancient Greeks suggest that cynicism and concern about the political process has always existed. I especially like the words of Plato – even today a smooth and attractive talker is more likely to get elected than a thoughtful, wise and honest person.
But if we analyse the issue from a more serious point of view, we will find that this satire is quite true and prevalent now a days. What does our politician do? Or what does the media or the newspaper does?
Politics is a serious business dealing with serious issues and it should be taken very seriously, and seriously intelligent people should pronounce on political matters.
So why is politics such a rich source of the inane, the illogical, the daft, and the dumb? And why do politicians say such stupid things? Is it because the pressure of the job plays havoc with the mind when our leaders have to speak off the cuff? Is it because the media spotlight demands an instant answer to any problem, however complex, thereby creating a paranoia which precludes clear thought? Or is it because the bright people have all been snapped up to do other things that are more productive and intellectual, like education or law or business or stacking the shelves in a supermarket?
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WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK-
Funny contrast of politics and sarcasm
Describes the current political scenario in a very lucid way
I guarantee you, you will laugh throughout the entire journey of reading the book.
Drawbacks (believe me, the negative points are negligible if you compare to the positive aspects)
The blurb could have been made more interesting and a bit elaborative.
More funny and sarcastic examples could be given with regards to the current political background
A great piece of work filled with humour and also describes how BOGUS the administration and media has turned out to be
The names of the characters and the elements. I am still laughing. XD
Overall I would like to rate the book 45 on a scale of 50.
5 stars out of 5
Originality of the plot and sub plots- 9/10
Net emotions in the story- 10/10
Usage of words and phrases-9/10
The title, cover and the illustration-8/10
The net impact on the readers- 9/10
Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country – and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians – Charles Krauthammer
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR-
Divyamaan aka D-MAN is an aspiring poet, actor, writer, director, guitarist, astrologer, entrepreneur, cook and gardener who works as a Business Development Manager at an IT MNC. A nationalist at heart and a lover of cinema, he wishes to someday contribute to good cinema in particular and nation building at large. As a step to that, he indulges in several Facebook comment fights, trolling useless celebrities on Twitter and leaving attention seeking comments on YouTube. Besides aspiring for so many things, he also happens to be an aspiring Engineer, with a degree from JIIT Noida and an MBA from Great Lakes Chennai. Currently he blogs and writes soulful articles for TheUnrealtimes.com under the moniker D-MAN.