‘Radical Politics of Indian Love’ is a collection of short stories of fiction in an Indian political landscape.
India is a land of unity in diversity, organized chaos, but most importantly, India is a land of love. These bitter-sweet stories on how love co-exists in a backdrop of cultural differences, age-old traditions, honor-killings, and political dynamics can be inspirational and relevant. ‘Treesome’, ‘Modern Indian Widow’, ‘The writer, the lover and the doctor’ are stories of love that thrive in an era of conflict. ‘No Man’s Refuge’ is a science-fiction story that touches on the future of the South Asian war zones.
‘The Bollywood Hero’ and ‘The Royal Bengal Tigress’ are stories of romance and friendship that need to be told.
Radical Politics of Indian Love is defiantly bittersweet. The prose is great, the writing is great, and the Bollywood story is my favorite. It represents everything bad that is common in the industry and why I wish sometimes we would change this industry for good. If Bollywood wants to become global, it has to change a lot of things first in terms of improving pay for screenwriters.
This isn’t my genre usually, and I assume the author has done a good amount of research. From an NRI perspective, life in India is to be put like this: complicated and messy. But still people live such difficult lives in India.
In Treesome, I didn’t get the impression that the main character was a tree until I realised it at the end. It was very bitter-sweet. In Royal Bengal Tigress, I liked her bodyguard more.
At some points, I think the point of view could have been more simplified with two instead of three in the Writer and Doctor and the Lover, but I thought this was a nitpick of mine. I didn’t like Veer but neither the Doctor. I mean dude, Veer is a friend of Amby, turning to get Amby when he’s in the hospital is a bit weird. That was my reaction with the doctor.
The saddest story was Shiv, the army officer and his depressed wife. Indian army soliders face the most extreme and difficult circumstances out of all the armed forces in the world. They are in regions where you would never want to be. No food, no electricity, no water, no wifi. None of the modern comforts. Yet these are the most bravest men because while I love playing war games, they are just men and women at the end of the day. They feel for their families. I found how hard it was for Shiv to deal with his wife, especially since you’re dealing with something that is bigger. It made me think that had Shiv and his wife sat down and spoke, a lot of things could have been resolved.
This world may be morally grey, but the stories in this book isn’t. It’s a constant reminder of how we can improve our lives and learn from the mistakes of others. I bet there are plenty of real life stories like this. This could easily be a web series. Solid rating 5/5.