Author: Dibya Satpathy
Publisher: Patridge Publishing India
Cover : 3/5
Title : 3/5
Blurb : 3/5
Theme : 4/5
Story : 4/5
Characters : 4.5/5
Value for money: 4/5
Overall : 4/5
Aniruddh is a non-conforming, spirited, unorthodox young man, bound by the shackles of tradition. Brought up in one of India’s poorer states – he experiences first-hand, through his middle-class upbringing, the gruesome realities of governance in the country. His youthful exuberance and provocative circumstances leave him with no option but to take on the system. On entering the murky world of politics, he is forced to confront with evils, which he hadn’t bargained for. The events in his life leave his relationships at peril as he lurches along the forlorn lanes of insecurity. His transformation from an honest novice mutineer to a guile political leader brings out the layers in his character. Amidst strained relations, friendships that turn ugly and back-stabbing foes, Aniruddh has to govern a dormant state and win over the masses. The climax is a gripping tale of sinister moves and counter moves that end up bringing out the devil in him in a moment of self adjudication.
The Dormant State by Dibya Satpathy is the story of a middle-class boy named Aniruddh Mishra. Unlike the other students who aim for either a medical or engineering degree, Aniruddh wants to study Political Science. He has a knack for the upliftment of the society and the country on the whole. Although his parents are not happy with Aniruddh’s decision, they support him nevertheless. His friends Nishant, Ramakant, Deepak, Vikas and Anupam are very dear to him and they are the ones who stand by him through thick and thin, literally.
Aniruddh and Vikas together seek admission in one of the finest colleges for Political Sciences. His undying will to help people makes him request the registrar of the college to arrange for a shed and water coolers for the elderly people who visit the campus for the admission of their children. His idealistic ways take him places. Before he realizes, he is in a position of power in college and later on in the world of politics, right up to the post of the Chief Minister! Throughout, Aniruddh singularly strives for the development of society and people. His clarity of thoughts and visions doesn’t fail to impress anyone.
The Dormant State is not a book just about good people like Aniruddh who wish well for the society, but also about those do not leave any stone upturned in profiting only themselves. Every character begins to pull the strings for their own interest and that makes the story-line an amazing thriller. The twists and turns of the story keep the reader hooked to the book and the climax is the cherry on top. Dibya has very well described the heights to which our country can reach if things are done in the right manner. But he also did not hesitate in mentioning the loopholes that get the better of the system. It is a sneak peek into the dirty world of politics which is prevalent today in almost every state of India.
I had difficulty reading the small font in which the novel has been published. A few sentences came across as facts rather than opinions which can be worked upon.
There is a certain unique descriptive power that the author has. Since the beginning of the book, many philosophical theories have been described. Now the thing with philosophical theories is that they are worthless unless described in an enticing manner. Dibya has managed to entice the readers with his words and that is the most powerful aspect of this book. Perfect narration without any unnecessary nuances made the book a delight to read. Intricate details of politics have been exploited well. Characters have been crafted well and justified to the fullest.
A powerful politically enticing read (4/5)
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