Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Book Review: "RIP" by Mukul Deva

First things first. RIP, here, doesn't stand for what it popularly means. RIP stands for Resurgent Indian Patriots. The first thing you observe when you get hold of this book is that a lot is revealed in the cover page itself. There's a shadow of a guy who, we can safely assume, is a commando with a gun. There's a syringe on top with a bullet representing an "I" in RIP. All this with a backdrop of either an explosion or the "Sun". Lots explained from the cover! Interestingly, the author's name (Mukul Deva) seems more prominent than the book's name. This could be a conscious effort by the author and the publishers (Westland Ltd.) for promotional purposes or maybe just the way I look at it. But it sure has an impact!


Target Audience:
1. Readers who love Military thrillers
2. Young Indians, especially those who yearn for change!
3. Readers who love to cross the line between reality and fiction - you guys will enjoy this book!

Plot: The book starts with introducing some members of the K-Team in a wedding party involving the daughter of a businessman wind the son of a politician in Delhi. It's called the K-team as it involves ex-military personnel whose names start with K - Colonel named Krishna Athawale, Majors Karan Singh, Kevin David, Kashif Nadeem, Kamlesh Saikia & Kulwant Singh. Their intention in the party is to kill a pot-bellied politician who is protected with bodyguards. And they actually do it without even the bodyguards and by-standers knowing! Similar incidents happen in cities like Chennai and Pune. Astonishing right? And that's how the plot remains throughout the book. Now when you do something against the powerful people, there are repercussions right? Government appoints teams to track down the K-team and as a result, civilians, involving the family members of the K-team, are killed in this cross-fire. All the K-team wants is to have an effective and transparent governance of our country. Do they achieve it in the end / at what cost? - is explained in the rest of the book.

Writing: The author has smartly named the characters based on different religion to point out the fact that this is not a religious group. The author claims that the book is an art of fiction and events / personalities have been fictitiously used (which means, the events might be true but is still considered fictional - smart again!). As you read through the book, you will be able to clearly recognize the event and the person involved in real life. There's a airplane hijacking incident, an arms-scam incident, scams involving fodder, technology (that's still very much happening today). Also, the author has not shied away from using abusive language. Now, I am not sure if it's part of the military dialect, but even if it is, the frequency of using such words should have been controlled for the larger benefit of the reading audience.

Relevance in today's times: If at all there's a time in India for this book to be relevant, it's now! It's highly relevant in today's scenario. The book depicts the plight of our country as it exists today and offers an alternate (and in my opinion, a bold and somewhat unrealistic - given that we are a democracy) solution to solve them. The author Mukul Deva himself conveys the same about this book:
"This book was born out of an extreme sense of anger and shame. Anger at the appalling, naked greed so shamelessly displayed by the Indian Political class. And shame that they happen to be fellow-Indians"
Overall, this book is a worthy page turner. The precision involved in "correcting the wrongs" in the society is amazingly described. There are different ways in which you will enjoy this book. You can enjoy this book as a thriller. You can enjoy it for it's striking co-relation with the real India.

Buy hey, take the story and the solutions with a pinch of salt.

My Rating: 4 / 5.

PS: This review is part of the Book Reviews Program at BlogAdda. A special thanks to the BlogAdda team for selecting me for the review process.

10 comments:

  1. I read it today on some blog review that the cover of the book tells you what you are about to read. Honestly you dissected the cover beautifully. I think it's my kinda book. I would love to read it. These days I am reading lot of thrillers by women writers and it's fun. Reading 'A body to die for' and next would be '206 bones' Kathy Reichs. BTW, I forget authors very easily but won't forget Mukul Deva, cheers to the cover :)

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    1. They say, don't judge a book by its cover. I say they are right! If the cover is so cryptically made, imagine how amazing the book would be! :)

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  2. Excellent review, Binu! Very well written... Sure makes me want to lay my ahnds on this 1...

    One of the best and most elaborate book reviews I've read... Loved it; sharing it :)

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    1. Thanks Vishal. Glad you liked the review :)

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  3. Indepth review, very beautifully written! If I would have simply seen this book in a bookshop, I wonder if I would have picked it up because of the military genre. But your review changes that. It sounds like a tight gripping read to me. Thanks for the review Binu, I would love to pick this one.

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    1. Thanks a lot Arti :) I have read a book of this sub-thriller genre for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. As I have written in the review, the corelation between reality and fiction is amazing! :)

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  4. I am reading the book currently and will review it soon.
    Ur review provides a nice evaluation of the book.

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    1. Let me know when you review this book.

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  5. Excellent review Binu..:) You know these days I have also got interest in reading books. Right now reading, The Immortal of Meluha. But the best thing is that, these days many good Indian authors are writing great thrillers and fiction stuff.

    I will surely buying this book based on your review. We can all give our encouragement to Indian authors and hope to see many more...:)

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    1. Indians authors are truly coming of age - and how! This is really a thriller of a book and worth every page turn! :)

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