DEMOCRACY 2.0 : ALGORITHM OF CHANGE… BY KRISHNA KUMAR – BOOK REVIEW

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Title : Democracy 2.0: Algorithm of change
Author : Krishna Kumar
Pages : 592
Genre : Political Fiction
Publisher :  Leadstart Publication

Rating :

Cover : 2.5/5
Title : 3.5/5
Storyline : 3.5/5
Writing Style : 3/5
Dialogues : 3/5
Characters : 3.5/5
Overall : 3.5/5

Overview :

Three mavericks – Aditya, an IAS topper, Siddhanta, a Harvard drop-out and Devanjali, a top-notch media-woman, by a combination of circumstances, come to a remote village and set up ‘The Ara Club’, the secret meeting place that attracts some of the best young professionals of India who nurture similar ambitions of systemic changes. Together, they work out a formidable new-age movement, the ‘Post-Gandhian Movement’, which happens to be full with stunning ideas of change. Soon, it catches the fancy of the urban middle-class and the rural India alike and snowballs into a great revolution which demolishes various stereotypes of Indian politics and society and goes to establish the new version of democracy, called ‘Democracy 2.0’ that meets the aspirations of a modern India.

A powerful saga of love, passion, renunciation and hope expressing itself through the macabre socio-political reality of the day.

Beauty:

  • Unique Plot.
  • Politically correct.
  • Thoroughly researched and demands to be discussed on larger/bigger platforms.

Beast:

  • Cover.
  • Average writing style.

Review:

Time changes, people changes and everything around us keeps on changing. Change is the demand of time. Democracy 2.0 speaks about the change we need in our country. It not only talks but also provides the solution which is so concrete that it deserves to be debated on a platform from where it can reach the ears of the present system.

Democracy 2.0 is about three mavericks, who wants to start a revolution from their secret meeting place ‘The Ara Club’. Krishna Kumar has laid down the whole story that it can leave a long term impact on his readers. The character of Aditya, inspires a lot. His passion towards his country and his hard decision taking ability does leave various thoughts in our mind.

Plot and the idea of the book makes the overall packaging pretty interesting. But being a motive oriented book, it will not entertain every other reader. Krishna Kumar does confess that he is not a ‘writer’, he had an idea and he just woven it around a simple yet effective story. He lacks a bit in writing style.

Democracy 2.0 is a special book for all those who takes interest in latest political scenario of our country. Krishna Kumar seems to be thoroughly researched with his topic and his ideas regarding the ‘writing of democracy’s second version’ seems to be an interesting thought. Another thing which I liked about the book is the idea of planting ‘sleeping cells’ by Aditya in the system by giving them coaching of IAS and calling them to ‘The Ara Club’ for further discussions over the system’s present scenario.

Verdict: 

Democracy 2.0 is not just a book to ‘read’, it’s a book to ‘think’ about. A must read for all the policy makers and thinkers.

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WINGS OF COURAGE… BY SANJAY KUMAR – BOOK REVIEW

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Title : Wings of courage.
Author : Sanjay Kumar
Pages : 322
Genre : Fiction

Ratings :

Title : 3/5
Cover : 3/5
Story-line : 3/5
Writing Style : 3/5
Dialogues & Philosophy : 3.5/5
Characters : 3/5
Overall : 3/5

Overlook :

Saksham, a young man with dreams to change the world but somehow lacking in the courage to do that, meets totally alien circumstances which helps him to look forward in this world courageously. He met a philosopher, who helps him unravel the complexities of today’s civilized human world, and a young beautiful woman who rekindles his passion for life. Their belief in him empowers Saksham to launch an attack against organized evil.

The journey of Saksham of changing the society takes him to different levels and each level opens up new possibilities but what if, Saksham knows that he is having limited time to act, what if Saksham is aware that he have to act now or he will just have dwell in his own thoughts of pity? This story is about the fight of one man against the society.

‘Wings of Courage’ is a moving tale of passion and courage, for without them, our dreams may never come true.

Beauty :

  • Plot.
  • Characterization.
  • Author’s way to unfold the story.
  • Association with real life events.
  • Author’s way of keeping it simple yet effective.

Beast :

  • Plot getting stretched.
  • Supernatural angel looked unnecessary.

Review :

‘Wings of courage’ is a bit courageous tale by Sanjay Kumar which speaks about the evils in our society like corruption, rape, evil governance, etc and also gives an insight of what common man thinks about that all and what can be done to eradicate it from our society. For showcasing the problems, author linked the storyline with some real life events like Nirbhaya case, hit and run case, etc. As the story unfolds, it keep on changing it’s gears and that’s what I like about it, it never felt that you can assume what’s going to happen next.

Initially, I said that, this book is a courageous attempt by Sanjay because it speaks of the solution of evils around us and that solution is a bit controversial. Many of us will start to have a debate for hours on the topic without even coming an inch near to the conclusion. But personally, I am in the favor of ‘the solution’.

Now talking about the pros. The plot of the book is fantastic, although it is not a unique plot, as we have heard about it a lot, but for the first time it will be presented to you in such thorough detail. Characterization is good. Saksham, being the protagonist, is explained brilliantly, his thought process is a kind of ‘Must Read’. Now talking about the quality of author. He is pretty good in presenting his story. He divided his story in different levels and pretty carefully takes the reader from one level to another, which makes the reader glued with the book. He kept the book simple yet effective and that’s the thing I love when I read.

Now the cons. Firstly, the cover deviates. The book looks like a fantasy fiction but it is not. The blurb also makes you think in the same way. Now coming to the story. The first thing is that the supernatural part where Almighty comes down to survey Earth looked like total non-sense. That gave false hopes to the reader that now the story will move towards supernatural stuff and some fantasy will land up. Now the other thing which I felt as the ‘Beast’ was that the plot, sometimes was getting stretched too much. If the story would have been more crispier, it would have taken over the mind of reader more strongly.

Conclusion :

For the first time, I felt socio-political genre interesting. It speaks no philosophy, just facts and a concrete solution. It will make you think differently and may give you the ‘Wings Of Courage’ to change the world  you live in.

But we are proud to be an Indian.

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Written by- Anshul Gupta

We have the best democratic country,
And the common people are still fighting for their freedom.

Every month, a newspaper reveals some big scam of the country,
Where a  local citizen strive to earn a single rupee of our Indian currency.

But still we are proud to be an Indian.

We have the tradition to worship a lady,
And see the several rape cases in the news, daily,

We are known since the years for our humanity,
Just once travel the local areas of our metropolitan city.

But we are proud to be an Indian.

Our pride nation is in the list of developing country,
And still one served with star luxury and millions without local amenities.

Common people have all the powers to elect our politician,
But their promises becomes the incredible corruption.

Even facing all this, if you also strive hard to grow in my best written constitutional country.
you have to pay your bunch of hard earned money, not to any trust but to local criminals for security.

Britishers came, and Divided us , Ruled us !
Our politician also obey the same ,
Divide us on basis of minority- majority, small caste- high caste,
Just to increase their vote bank.

Still a lot to say about my India.
from the heart of common people
but whenever i try to write something.
the ink of my pen disappears in front of their agony.