Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Review: The Great Indian Democracy by Manivannan K


Book: The Great Indian Democracy

Author: Manivannan K

No. of Pages: 208

Genre: Fiction, Humor

Publisher: Pirates 


How do I review this book? It reminded me too much of the DORK series. I could draw some invisible parallels between the two books in terms of core concept.

The GID is a light read with a heavy dose of satire on the Indian Political system, the stand-up comedy trend and even on the way guys look at and think of girls (and categorize them in weird categories). All with a help of a dork like character who encounters other dorky characters to fulfill their mission of making his life hell … in a humorous kind of way.

The climax unexpectedly turned out to be quite predictable ... what an irony !

The author actually had some good context and situations to weave a better story ... it could have been better. Maybe the author needed a push to be more creative with the storyline and sequence of events and their treatment. 

What could have been hilariously brilliant turned out to be ordinary and mediocre. Maybe my expectations were set higher and that's why the disappointment 

The 3 central characters of the book ... they were good. Lots of possibilities but ultimately under-utilized.

So for me … actually the rating is between 'it was Ok' and 'I like it' .... since I enjoyed reading the book but can't say it was hilarious and I loved it. 

The cover design was interesting and catchy. I liked it. It was different and something that would make people pick up the book and read the blurb on the backside which is equally well-written ... making people buy the book. 


The book blurb from the back of the book says

Twenty-something Vikram rebels against his father and the mediocre life his engineering background has ordained for him by travelling to Delhi to become a stand-up comedian.

Only, he is forced to see the serious side of his jokes when circumstances compel him to accept the position of a journalist at The Great Indian Democracy, an upcoming political magazine.

Life drifts along through plagiarized articles and pub-hopping until one day he finds out why he was hired in the first place. And meets Advaita, the annoyingly beautiful intern with whom he falls in love.

Disarmingly funny, The GID is a satirical and thought-provoking take on everything that makes our nation's democracy the biggest stand-up show.

Ratings on Book Review Parameters:

Cover Design: 3.5 / 5

Writing Style: 2.5 / 5

Characters:     3.0 / 5

Story / Plot:     2.0 / 5

Climax:            2.0 / 5

Overall:           2.5 / 5   

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