Ife but then of course this was fictionThe events in this novel illustrate the effects of Friendly Fascism In his book from 1980 Friendly Fascism The New Face of Power in America Bertram M Gross states I see at present members of the Establishment or people on its fringes who in the name of Americanism betray the
INTERESTS OF MOST AMERICANS BY FOMENTING MILITARISM APPLAUDING RATof most Americans by fomenting militarism applauding rat individualism protecting undeserved privilege or stirring up nationalistic and ethnic hatredsSubstitute Hindutva for Americanism and Indians for Americans 15 This book presented a picture of Dystopian India drawing parallels between the situation in Germany during World War 2 and the current scenario in India as the author likes to believe it People have to wear badges and live in ghettos It was a really good plot and the story could ve been better if there was no political propoganda involved I ust wish this book had a neutral tone not targetting anyone but sadly that happened The protagonist Rehana is a member of a book club started by her friend and later the club is not paid much attention It talks of various other topics which were really not neededI didn t like how the author was ust forcing her political opinions on the reader and this is where the book failed to impress me I was disappointed after reading the book I don t think I ll recommend it to anyone It is a dystopian satire but it missed the mark Something was missing in the writing It constantly frustrated me When the moon shines by the dayNayantara SahgalIt is very rare or less often that you come across a book which holds so much potential that it tears you apart when you read it Added to that the additonal information knowledge that one gains access to adds another "Feather To The Cap Likewise "to the cap Likewise s
very difficult to w Because people are tortured for refusing to agree the moon shines by day and the sun bydifficult to w Because people are tortured for refusing to agree the moon shines by day and the sun by because there are cells hells for the torture known as solitary confinement because hanging doesn t break a neck it cracks it and slowly strangles And because of what happens up the road and around the corner All this remained unsai. E of them has chosen their oasis of peace amidst the harshness of reality even as Rehana’s German friend Franz Rohner haunted by his country’s Nazi past warns her of what is to come All revolutions he wryly observes follow the same path But is India about to prove him wrongIn this brilliant dystopian satire Nayantara Sahgal draws a telling portrait of our times.
Read When The Moon Shines By DayAside from her literary achievements Nayantara Sahgal is well known in India for her forceful and unrelenting critiue of Hindu Nationalism In 2016 Sahgal returned her Sahitya Akademi Award to protest what she described as increasing intolerance in India and the Akademi s indifference to attacks against rationalist thinkers She thinks of the BJP and Modi in particular as fascist in orientation and has displayed courage throughout her career in combating the right wing nationalisms of the Sangh Parivar This is the political womb so to speak from which her latest novel emerges The novel has been described as a political satire and this seems to me an apt description The novel s setting is a dystopian India which Sahgal believes has already arrived in which racial segregation book burning fiestas and state sanctioned torture all feature As regards its literary merit the books disappoints for many reasons The plot is disjointed and not easy to follow the characters that populate her novel lack depth and the novel generally seems to have been hastily
produced solely to inflict as much reputational damage as possible tosolely to inflict as much reputational damage as possible to current political dispensation Be that as it may Sahgal
s short novel serves as a chilling commentary on disuieting developments in contemporary India that are increasingly unleashingshort novel serves as a chilling commentary on disuieting developments in contemporary India that are increasingly unleashing instincts in multiple Indian constituencies It takes ust 30 minutes of watching Indian news channels to see how bitter and coarse India s political discourse has become As the space of liberal expression seems to be shrinking and as minorities continue to be reminded of their precarious position in Indian society literary activism of Sahgal s sort is reuired to remind us of the true dystopia that awaits us should we allow the present illiberalism to gather steam and percolate throughout the country A superb
concept satire and dystopia is on point taking into consideration the currentsatire and dystopia is on point taking into consideration the current in India Just wish she spent time fleshing out the characters There was ust something missing in the writingStill a very uncomfortable in a good way read The story takes us to a different Ind. India has changed Rehana finds her father’s books on medieval history have been ‘disappeared’ from bookstores and libraries Her young domestic help Abdul discovers it is safer to be called Morari Lal in the street but there is no such protection from vigilante fury for his Dalit friend Suraj Kamlesh a diplomat and writer comes up against official wrath for hi. Ia A country which has lost its democratic values in the of religion segregation discrimination
practiced People from communities of religion segregation discrimination is practiced People from minority communities live in isolation or change their names altogether Art is controlled so is knowledge Our protagonist Rehana is a part of a book club along with 3 other friends of hers where they try to read different kinds of books Apart from her there are characters like Kamlesh whose anti war thoughts land him in trouble As our protagonist s German friend tries to warn others about the blatant similarities between the path Nazi Germany went that of India it seems close to impossible to make people understand how disastrous that may be Read the full review on Just Another Bookaholic With a deep personal sense of history this story tries to warn us of our tendencies of religious and caste supremacy and the homogeneity we seem to seek It is a meeting of 1984 and The Handmaid s Tale in an Indian setting of cow vigilantes racial purification hygiene by compliance of women in procreation of the fittest and extermination ghettoing of the sub humans by a Directorate of Cultural Transformation Never has a book left me with such detachment from characters where no sentiment is evoked at the cruelest of timesNayantara sanghal messed up big time with which would had been a compelling dystopian satire Why was every character written with supreme privileges from the time of being born and why are we slathered with information which we would had savoured if experienced has still been a uestion meandering over me even after finishing it and throwing it in the pile of books which i promised to never touchThe only thing that made me give 1 star to this book was the writing which at times was as beautiful as the fake reviews i read before picking this bookMaybe i will be giving nayantara sanghal a chance As a book group discusses a book in which the characters seem to be unbelievably oblivious to the escalation of violence not far from their own lives one member of the group says that Not realizing what was so plainly going on all around you couldn t happen in real S anti war views A bomb goes off at Cyrus Batliwala’s gallery on the opening day of an art showPresiding over this new world is the Director of Cultural Transformation whose smiling affability masks a relentless agenda to create a Hindu master raceIn this atmosphere Rehana and her three book club friends Nandini Aruna and Lily meet every week to discuss a book on.Is Practiced People From