– Krishna Kumar
– Leadstart Publishing
of Pages – 416
Year – 2015
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Siddhanta, a Harvard drop-out and Devanjali, a top-notch media-woman, by a
combination of circumstances, come to a remote village and set up ‘The Ara
Club’, the secret meeting place that attracts some of the best young
professionals of India who nurture similar ambitions of systemic changes.
Together, they work out a formidable new-age movement, the ‘Post-Gandhian
Movement’, which happens to be full with stunning ideas of change. Soon, it
catches the fancy of the urban middle-class and the rural India alike and
snowballs into a great revolution which demolishes various stereotypes of
Indian politics and society and goes to establish the new version of democracy,
called ‘Democracy 2.0’ that meets the aspirations of a modern India.
But, will they succeed in ushering in a systemic change or will the forces of
the status-quo, led by a powerful ruling family and its protégé Prime Minister,
destroy them? Will Devanjali get the chance to express her love for Aditya, the
leader she had so diligently created?
A powerful saga of love, passion, renunciation and hope expressing itself
through the macabre socio-political reality of the day.
In a scenario where the decaying political plays, the book enlightens the readers with new ideas and developmental policies. The thriller incites the soul of the exploited mass of people. The book is an eye opener of the handicapped educational system.
The characters of Aditya, Siddhantha, Devanjali and Lavanya possess high degree of heroism without any gimmicks. The ideas like nano socioeconomics, citizen credit, post Gandhian movement etc portrayed in the book are are fresh and novel. The story shows us how the determined youth brought about changes in the living conditions as well as the rotting social discrimination.
The pace of the story is steady and the language is simple with rich vocabulary. The back story of the characters were too long, which in turn brought down the pace of the story. All in all the book is feel good one.
One should not approach the book as an easy read. It is a thought provoking serious take on the current political and social environment.
for the publisher
of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in
exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.
The opinions I have expressed are my own.
About the author
KRISHNA KUMAR, a post-graduate in Sociology,
is currently working in CSIR (Government of India). He was born, brought up and
schooled in the small town of Ara, Bihar and graduated from Magadh University.
He joined the Intelligence Bureau in 1998 as Assistant Central Intelligence
Officer and after serving for a year joined the Council of Scientific and
Industrial Research (CSIR) in New Delhi. He shifted to Lucknow in 2009 and
works at CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow. DEMOCRACY 2.0
is his first novel. The author can be reached at Krishnaharsh@Yahoo.com.