Title: Autobiography of a Mad Nation
Author: Sriram Karri
Available at: Flipkart
The Book starts on a poignant note with a very unpredictable rant, which goes on and on for some time. However, the reader is lured into the book with the very stark words - "I was born in a mentally retarded nation." These words not only jostle the reader but also make us question our very actions and even thoughts!
Vikrant Vaidya is sentenced to death for killing his neighbor and as per his right, he writes a Mercy Petition to the Indian President. The mercy petition is eight pages long and it is more of a 'rant' than a petition.
The book picks up pace when the Cbi Head is asked by the Indian President to investigate if Vikrant Vaidya has indeed murdered his neighbor or not and whether he is being sentenced to death needlessly or not. The President and the retired CBI head are friends so there is no chance that the latter can say "No" to such a case.
The CBI head believes it to be a simple case, but soon he is walking on egg shells as he
dwelves from the tales of the Emergency to Operation Blue Star to Anti-Mandal Protests to Babri Masjid Demolition to the Gujrat riots. The reader too, is transfixed as the narrative moves in a fast-paced manner from one event to the other in a seamless manner.
I got this book as part of the "Flipkart Book Review Program" and
i must say i thoroughly enjoyed this book for the most part!
The narrative meanders at times, but maybe that's intentional! It is gripping at times and the best part is that it holds the attention of the reader to the most basic and the precise fact whether India is indeed a mad nation or not? To answer this question, read the book!