Some Scoop on Pub­lic Poop


PEO­PLE are tak­ing open defe­ca­tion and lack of clean­li­ness very se­ri­ously these days. Not that we are com­plain­ing. It’s for the greater good of this coun­try and we are proud. Creative peo­ple, through var­i­ous medi­ums, are com­ing forth to cre­ate aware­ness among the masses about this par­tic­u­lar so­cial sick­ness. It was the Ak­shay Ku­mar-star­rer Toi­let-Ek Prem Katha that first touched upon this sub­ject, and now it is renowned film di­rec­tor, ad film­maker and au­thor Piyush Jha who has come up with a nov­el­ette called The Great In­dian Bowel Move­ment, pub­lished by Jug­ger­naut Books. A fan­tas­tic tale full of satire by Jha, who has writ­ten some of the best-sell­ing crime nov­els like Mum­bais­tan, Com­pass Box Killer, Anti-So­cial Net­work and Raak­shas. In this, he talks about a small town called Ha­gan­pur, where a po­lit­i­cal elec­tion in­volves toi­lets and bowel move­ments and pretty much shows how things work in this coun­try for real. It starts with the pro­tag­o­nist’s re­search on Ha­gan­pur’s po­lit­i­cal rum­blings through var­i­ous news­pa­per ar­ti­cles, in­ter­views on news chan­nels and other sources, where a com­mon man, whose only agenda to win the town elec­tion is to pro­vide a free toi­let in ev­ery house­hold where open defe­ca­tion is the way of life, is ma­nip­u­lated by oth­ers in power. The hap­pen­ings are sad and hi­lar­i­ous at the same time and Jha keeps us glued to his hu­mor­ous writ­ing till the very end, which, by the way, comes as a big sur­prise. A must read, we say. Here’s to more such creative pieces ded­i­cated to­wards the bowel revo­lu­tion!

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