Author: Chhotoo Ghadge
Publisher: Notion Press Publishers
Cover : 3.5/5
Title : 2.5/5
Blurb : 3.5/5
Theme : 4/5
Value for money: 4.5/5
Overall : 4/5
“Lite, Camera, Fiction’ is compilation of the short anecdotes and stories that I have been publishing on Facebook for the last two years. I continue to write posts.
But why ‘Lite, Camera Fiction’? There are many reasons. Whenever I published a post on Facebook, I used to share a relevant song from YouTube. My aim was to demystify many complex issues using day-to-day examples and hence the title has the word ‘Lite’ and not ‘Lights’.
The issue of India, Pakistan and Kashmir is very complex. I have written many posts related to it. There is this song from ‘Haqeeqat’ – ‘Zara Si Aahat Hoti Hai…’ Using this song as a trigger, I have tried to explain the plight of Kashmiris.
This book covers a range of topics – from politics, to spirituality, to religion, to human relationships, you name it and I have written about it.
There is this song from ‘Aandhi’ – ‘Is Mod Par Aate Hai Kuch Susta Kadam Rasate Kuch Tez Kadam Raahe’. Using this song as an inspiration, I had written a post demystifying a complex subject like ‘Spirituality’.
I have published human-relationship-related stories like ‘Abhimaan’ – how a small misunderstanding, inflated egos, etc. can destroy a relationship.”
Lite Camera Fiction by Chhotoo Ghadge alias Gaur Madhav Ghadge is a collection of 74 short conversations with a take on the world through the eyes of a common man. For the first time ever, someone has attempted to publish a book based purely on satire and what a remarkable effort! These conversations have been categorized into 7 sections as below-
- Husband-Wife Conversations: As witty as it could get, this section has day-to-day conversations with the most funny one being when his wife forgot their marriage anniversary instead of him.
- Relationship With Son: Various incidences with his son wherein he teaches his son the essence of life.
- Spirituality: Strange as it may seem, this section has the author’s conversations with God and some with others in search of spirituality.
- Movies: Simple yet very relevant narrations.
- Indo-Pak: A satirical take on the most controversial issue.
- Short Stories: Day-to-day incidences turned to satire.
- General: My personal favorite from this lot is the author’s take on his techie friends!
I would lose connect with the book at certain points wherein vernacular languages have been used for more effect. Also, there were references of very old Bollywood songs which today’s generation might not have hear so it becomes difficult for them to connect. Had these been described in English, it would easily be published across the globe. I think Chhotoo should work upon this and take it to new heights.
Hilarious is the word that comes tomy mind as soon as I think about Lite Camera Fiction. Picking up common incidences and converting them into humorous analogies is a very rare quality among people; Chhotoo is one of them. Another rare quality is the art of creating humor out of simple conversations which has been put to full use in writing this book. It is a light and pacy read.
Satirical, witty, and out of the box (4/5)
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