Thursday May 24, 2018

Books For The Weekend: Take on urban youth, personal experiences and Bengal

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New Delhi: We bring you good reads of the weekend with books pertaining to various genres- translated work of a self-declared anti-writer who uses montages and other cinematic techniques for his stories; and a teacher’s memoir that takes the reader down memory lane of unconditional support from his students, among others.

There’s also a journalist’s understanding of the concerns of urban youth presented with puns and wit; finally, a real estate developer’s memoir that takes a hard look at the sector in India. Here’s what Books This Weekend has to offer you. Read on!

1. Book: Wild Animals Prohibited; Author: Subimal Misra, Translated by V Ramaswamy; Publisher: Harper Perennial; Pages: 265; Price: Rs.375

Originally written by Subimal Mishra who is a master of contemporary alternative in Bengali literature and known for his anti-establishment writing, the book is a record of the dark history of violence and degeneration in West Bengal of the 1970s and 1980s.

A collection of 25 stories translated by V Ramaswamy, the book unfolds the continuous evolution of Misra’s writing as he searches for a form to do justice to the reality.

2. Book: Love Affection and Respect; Author: M S Neelakantan; Publisher: Notionpress; Pages: 259; Price: Rs.310
A beautifully written memoir, the book takes readers down memory lane of a teacher who shares best bonds with his students, who stood beside him no matter where they landed, who went out of their way to be there for a teacher when he needed support.

Replete with nostalgia and eloquence, the book compels you to make a call to your favourite teacher. A must-read memoir for any reader, the book takes you back to the 1990s.

3. Book: Name Place Animal Thing; Author: Mayank Shekhar; Publisher: FingerPrint; Pages: 414; Price: Rs.250
Today’s urban youth have several concerns ranging from city, cinema, stardom and religion to cops, cigarette smoking, social drinking and social media. Mayank Shekhar’s latest book is whacky yet insightful and takes on India’s desi and popular culture.

The book captures the essence of urban youth’s spirit with Shekhar’s characteristic wit and razor-sharp observations to simultaneously inform, amuse and irritate. Written with profound observational depth on varied topics, the book is a must read!

4. Book: Inside Unreal Estate; Author: Sushil Kumar Sayal; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 212; Price: Rs.499
Beginning his career with small-time players, the author was disillusioned with the shady dealings of the sector and started looking to work for bigger companies. In his work experience of 30 years, Sayal has worked with many established houses like Mahindra and Ansals.

The book recounts how the real estate sector went from being a ‘dirty business’ run by small time builders to the playing field of corporate powerhouses. Full of anecdotes, some witty and others disturbing, this fast-paced memoir takes a hard look at the real estate sector in India. (IANS)

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“Some people’s agenda is to break Indian parliament by 2025 through bombs and ammunition”: Vivek Agnihotri

Through his book, "Urban Naxal", Vivek Agnihotri has raised his voice against anti-nationals and the people who crib against the policies of the government.

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Vivek Agnihotri. Wikimedia Commons
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  • Vivek Agnihotri is a Bollywood director
  • “Urban Naxal” and launched it in ‘World Book Fair’ held in Delhi
  • I want to ask Jignesh Mevani, from whom he wants freedom

The controversy related to the movie, “Budhha in traffic Jam” made Vivek Agnihotri a sensation overnight. There were several protests against the movie and there was chaos related to the screening of the movie in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Vivek was even trolled and threatened for his movie but he didn’t dog down and came up with his book.

Recently, Vivek has come up with his new book, “Urban Naxal” and launched it in ‘World Book Fair’ held in Delhi. The publisher of his book is Garuda Publications. Through this book, he has raised his voice against anti-nationals and the people who crib against the policies of the government.

In an exclusive interview with Vikram Khajuria of NewsGram, Vivek expressed his views about the controversies in which he was involved in. He was also congratulated by the NewsGram team on his book launch. Excerpts:

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Question: The book that you have published with Garuda Publication and as this is a new publication, so what are your expectations from this publication. All the books launched today are based on some of the other ideology.

Answer: People should not have expectations from publication; rather it should be from readers. The expectations should be from the people who will buy these books and read them. People are buying books and books are being consumed in India. People should write about India and its problem. It’s an aspect of the country that the Garuda publication is fighting for. That’s why I am standing with them.

Question: The comments that you have recently received on your controversial movie, “Buddha in a Traffic Jam” and the book you have launched today. Is there any connection between both of them?

Answer: Of course yes, because from that movie, I got to know what was going on in this country? Before that, my life was very comfortable and I was making movies with Bollywood stars. With this movie, I got to know that the people who are creating narratives and are trying to break the country.

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Question: Your every movie is different from your last movie. You have come from ‘Chocolate’ to ‘Buddha in a Traffic Jam’, so are you trying to set a trend in Bollywood because many successful Bollywood directors have set a particular trend. Prakash Jha has a different style and Sanjay Leela Bhansali has some unique genre. So, is your all the movies are on the same lines?

Answer: I belong to a village and I am from very poor family. I want to learn filmmaking and how will I learn filmmaking, if I will make only comedy or horror films and also without experimenting.

Those people are wealthy enough and as they have enough money. They can carry on with their trends with what their family is doing since long but I have to work out daily. Once I do something, I move on to learn something new. But after ‘Buddha in a Traffic Jam’, the trend has been changed. I am making a film on Shastri Ji and I will keep experimenting.

Vivek Agnihotri has launched his book “Urban Naxal”
The picture is shot by the team of NewsGram

Question: You have openly challenged Jignesh Mevani for an open debate.  So, what do you want to ask him?

Answer: I want to know about his ideologies and from what he wants to get free from. Today India needs freedom from inefficiency, unhygienic and corruption. Does India need freedom from itself only? So, if every state wants from India, where will we live? Will India survive? So, I want to ask him, from whom he wants freedom, why is he so frustrated and what is his problem and what is his vision. If he has some vision, he needs to answer it. So, I want him to answer him on these issues. I know these people very well. These people do not have anything to say. Their only agenda is to break Indian parliament by 2025 by bombs and ammunition. But we people won’t let it happen

Question: In one of your tweets, you have commented on the quality of stand-up comedy in India. Are you targeting everyone?

Answer: If you look at Sharad Joshi and Hari Shankar Prasad, they all write satire. The business of a comedian is to squib on social issues. It should be done by a satirist. They should not be indulged in taunting handicapped people, women, homosexuals, Indian people, people who can’t speak English and always abusing in their conversation.

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 Question: Are you trying to target AIB (All India Bakchod) through your comments?

Answer: I am not targeting anyone and nor do I know about the AIB. But generally speaking, the standards of English stand-up comedians have really gone down, whereas, it should have gone up. The comedians of nowadays are stealing the joke from the western countries and they don’t have anything of their own. The older legends like Jaspal Bhatti and Raju Shrivastava were much better than today’s stand-up comedians.

Question: Do you think that there is such atmosphere in our country that if you do not comply with what other is saying, it means your ideologies are different. Sometimes, our own family members do not comply with our thoughts. So, is it wise to target particular wing and troll them? Sometimes you tend to target politicians and media. What do you want to say about it?

Answer: In this world, if you won’t do that, people will start comparing between fat and small and then they will fight. God has given us such a mind that helps us to make a balance and without it, the world will not prosper. We should utilize it in productive things rather than squandering. People who have the narrative in their hands are all rich and affluent class and they want that we people should keep fighting on such petty issues. The questio  how we are going to deal with the strategy of divide and rule. So, we have to raise our voice against such atrocities and have to come over it.