The Great In­dian Spoof

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Mumbai-based ad film­maker Vikram Bhatti vents out his creativ­ity in the form of po­ems, art and of course ad films. The man has his faith in­stilled in hu­mour and be­lieves it to be a strong at­tribute of a cul­ture. No won­der his foray into writ­ing a book is a funny ac­count of In­dia’s most daunt­ing so­cio-po­lit­i­cal is­sues. The tim­ing of his book The Sell­out Na­tion…a Tryst with Glob­al­i­sa­tion couldn’t have been any bet­ter. What with the world’s largest democ­racy (read In­dia) gear­ing up for the quin­quen­nial sum­mer slugfest—the gen­eral elec­tions. It’s time for our ne­tas to be on stage in every galli mo­halla re­hash­ing their old speeches highlighting the trou­bles of In­dia. If you are one among those who have got bored lis­ten­ing to those long mono­logues and you want to read about In­dia in a lighter vein, The Sell­out Na­tion… may be the right book for you. A re­laxed and en­gross­ing read, the book is a fic­tion set in the il­lu­sory Repub­lic of Bharat­pur in In­dia and is a story of its lo­cals. Re­al­ity is a bit­ter pill to swal­low but the bru­tal hon­esty with which the author paints the pic­ture of Bharat­pur and its people will surely win the reader’s heart. The puns and sar­casm on In­dian pol­i­tics are en­ter­tain­ing as the book is meant to be a hu­mor­ous take on In­dia’s not so hu­mor­ous prob­lems and the author has done com­plete jus­tice in bring­ing out the satir­i­cal el­e­ment with this story. Cer­tainly not for the so-called na­tion­al­ists, this one!

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