A fortnight ago, Anita Menon provided me with an opportunity to read and review the new political thriller, The PM’s Wishlist by J.K. Sachin. Since the beginning of 2014, the whole country of India has been buzzing, speculating and wondering who would become the next Prime Minister of the subcontinent. The 16th General Elections are almost knocking on our doors and we, the citizens are listing our favourites, weighing our options, debating on who shall lead us for the next five years. And along comes J.K. Sachin’s book, The PM’s Wishlist which revolves around Sharan Karan, India’s new Prime Minister, a novice when it comes to politics but a man with an agenda. Through Sharan Karan, the author tries to provide a baseline for the people of our country and their hopes and expectations from the government. Throughout the course of the novel, we glimpse upon a politician, a minister who understands his people and attempts to bring about practical changes. Although a little too utopian, Sachin’s book delivers upon the promise of a successful thriller and shows us how with a little patience and enthusiasm, India could actually rise to a much greater prosperity.
The book has a gripping story, interesting characters and most importantly, the ability to engage the interest of the reader from the first to the last page. However, Sachin’s language and deliverance becomes a tad too recurring and parts of the write-up looks more like a list mangled into a paragraph. He more than makes up for it with a well researched and efficiently delivered story based on a very interesting and unique premise. What is highly intriguing is that the author deliberately steers away from setting a character for his protagonist and we see Sharan growing more as a person as well as politician rather than having an author-biased opinion of him. While I will not be revealing details about the book or the new PM’s agenda, I can firmly assure you, as a reader myself, that the book is not just for people who like to dabble in politics but also people who are interested in seeing India as a superpower. Sharan’s policies are so practical and doable that it is strange and amusing that our political parties haven’t thought of any of them in their past or present campaigns. Be it the economy or the system in general, his plans are idealistic, sometimes a little too much, and are actually not that impossible to execute.
One other highly redeeming point is how the author manages to stay away from commenting on the actual candidates for the upcoming election and also refuses to provide an ideal for the new Prime Minister. He simply weaves a tale of hope, practicality set on a brilliant political backdrop with intelligent characters and a remarkable protagonist. All in all, I would highly recommend curious readers, especially the politics loving crowd to read J.K. Sachin’s novel for it is not only a good read but also a thought-provoking one.
The book is currently available only as an e-book on Amazon available for $2.94 or Rs 187. Click here for details. Recently, a paperback version has also been released and will arrive in the market soon. Details available here. The author’s site is accessible at his website http://www.jksachin.com
Thanks for reading my review and participating in this giveaway. I have one copy of J.K. Sachin’s e-book and all you have to do is tell me in less than 100 words what your political dream for our country’s future is and get selected by the moderator to win this e-book in no time!
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- Contest ends on 10th April 2014 at 10 p.m. and results will be announced before 14th April.
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Note : This contest is now closed and was won by Reha for her well rounded and practical opinion.