A great Indian Writer on a Soapbox.

Yesterday I bought a new book.

I mean this is nothing special by itself. I buy books quite regularly now but I should stop cause it’s becoming a habit.

But anyway, the book I bought was:

This isn’t the cover I have. But I like this better


The book is non-fiction, a first for me as I tend to buy fiction. I’m perpetually more interested in fiction, where mostly everything is imaginary. It’s easier to read.

The few non-fiction books I’ve read in my life have bored me to death. The last non-fiction I read was ‘The God Delusion’ by Richard Dawkins and let me say, it was boring as hell. Although I don’t think it does count as non-fiction. Most of it resembled fiction, albeit poorly thought out and poorly planned fiction. I didn’t like it and Richard Dawkins’s ideals, forgive me, weren’t very convincing. I’m gonna give atheism a pass.

Anyway, back to this. The reason I BOUGHT this is because it is by acclaimed author Arundhati Roy, the Booker Prize winning author of ‘God of Small Things”; one of my favorite books of all time.

In this book, she has collected some of her many essays on most major developments in India during the 1980s and 1990s.

Generally that sounds boring but her writing style is brilliant in this and despite this book requiring huge amounts of background knowledge to understand (I’m literally having to look up all the incidents she mentions on the internet as I read) it’s still engaging because this isn’t just a famous writer going up on a soapbox. It’s also a fresh angle on things as well as a study on how to think outside the box and not quietly accept things we are handed.

Of course, I don’t agree on all she has put down so far. The book is very biased against the Indian Government. But it’s not conjecture, (unlike the book I mentioned previously which was almost 90% conjecture and dubious logic) and her facts are facts. Although facts can still be interpreted differently.

Arundhati Roy’s thinking is clear, direct and purposeful. Her essay-writing skill even more so. Whatever I believe in right now about the Indian Government, this book is eye opening. I may not believe everything she expounds in it but I do understand what she’s saying.


1. When a government decides to label free speech as unpatriotic, Democracy dies. It’s not for a government to filter out what people say. It’s for them to listen. Furthermore, the nuclear war we all fear is coming is already here. Being played out in the minds of the country leaders like moves on a chessboard. The very possession of nuclear weaponry is an act of war against man’s sense of peace. Now rail against me for being a pacifist.




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