The Bogus Read by Divyamaan – Book Review

The Bogus Read

BY: DIVYAMAAN

Synopsis:

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.

Book Review:

The Bogus Read is one book that is witty, full of sarcasm, and at the same time draws the attention of readers to so many issues prevalent in today’s India. The story is about two countries India and Pakistan which are incidentally not Our India and Pakistan that are part of the planet earth. These two countries exist far away somewhere in the Galaxy but the funny part is that you tend to find so many similarities between the two.

What is more? The characters of the book who live in the countries (that exist in the other part of the Universe) are very much similar to those who live in our planet. There is Sajed Khan, Himaesh Rechamiya and his nasal gun, the very popular newspaper Times of Bharat (full of advertisements with very little space for actual news), Rajdeep Sirdesigh, Shitsvilla and Sagarika Ghost. Well, the point that I want to make here is that the author has mentioned many known personalities but the spellings of the names of his characters are a little different. We, the readers, can very well get to what the author wants to say but yes they are different. Why? Because they belong to a country in the other Galaxy.

The author has narrated everything in real sarcastic manner and such a funny way that the readers will have to hold their stomach in to keep it from hurting from laughing.

One thing I must say is that it needs guts to pen such a story and at the same time very difficult to present it in such a hilarious manner without compromising on facts and quality. Only one thing that I did not like was the language (or some words) used very frequently in the book. Maybe it is because that is the way how many people of current India speak and it was necessary to present everything in a realistic manner. But somehow, it didn’t go well with my taste.

I loved the cover of the book though. Very attractive and apt for its content.

Overall, if you can ignore some portions of the book and some of the beep words, the book is quite enjoyable and entertaining. Recommended to all those who love to read comic books or are looking for a refreshing read.

I would have given a 4 stars but deducting half star for the language.

 

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