The Great Indian Spoof
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!