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!