The Assassination of Rajat Gandy : Book Review


About the author:
The Assassination of Rajat Gandy is written by Anurag Anand. Anurag Anand is one of the most prolific young authors in India today. The Assassination of Rajat Gandy is his twelfth book. He has written in various genres like self-help, historical fiction, and romance and crime thriller. His bestselling works include Where the Rainbow Ends, Birth of the Bastard Prince, Love on 3 Wheels, Of Tattoos and Taboos and To Hell and Back.
Anurag is a contributing author to several magazines and newspapers, he is also a corporate who works full time with an MNC.
Plot and Genre:
The Assassination of Rajat Gandy is a gripping political thriller. The story is set in Modern India and the current political scenario. Elections are going on and being the largest democracy, stakes are high. There are other minor but relevant events which slowly build up to the main plot. The riots in Bhopal, a road accident in New Jersey along with a Pharma company’s conspiracy all lead up to the main plot. The love story of Afsha Khan and Sumit Anand is very interesting too.
Characters:
All the characters are very well etched out. The main characters like Afsha Khan, a political correspondent with a leading news channel and Sumit Anand, an officer with the Economic Offences Wing who is on the trail of an industry lobbyist are very realistic. They have their own flaws as well as strengths which make them very relatable.
Review:
When I received the book for a review, it did not interest me much since I do not like reading political thriller. The story begins very slowly which failed to grab my interest initially but when it gained pace, I couldn’t keep it back without reading it through. The narrative is very tightly gripped. The story is fast paced and the dialogues hold the reader’s attention throughout. It has all the elements of drama, emotion, romance, thriller and suspense making it a perfect package. All the characters are excellently drawn especially Afsha. Afsha is courageous, bold and determined who can be seen as an inspiration. The swift story holds the suspense till the end.
The subplots are very interesting too. The murder of Alkesh, in the beginning, is carefully portrayed as a road accident, the narrative of Bhopal riots has some vivid description which gives it a very realistic feel. The different plot setting in every chapter brings some fast action and pace to the story. The story also brings out the dirty reality of how big multinationals and politicians play with the lives of innocent people.
The climax is quite engaging where all the subplots are tied together with the main plot.
I would highly recommend it to others and would wait for the author’s next release.

I received this book as part of the book review program by Blogchatter

People Defecating in the Open – A Bitter Sight and a Bigger Cause #CauseAChatter



Going to regular shopping in the local central markets a common routine for everybody. But what happens when you park your car in the parking lot of the market, wearing your best shoes and best clothes, open the door of the car and step out. “Eeks!” You just stepped on somebody’s poop. Feeling disgusted, you rub your shoes against the footpath, cursing, you move on. Who did that? Why was it there? It’s not something we need to bother. Blame the government agencies, MCD, Central Government, and State Government and so on. 

As a mother, it bothers me. When we are going somewhere and my kids spot some man urinating in public or poor children defecating in the open, they question me. 

“Why are they doing that in the open?” they ask. 

My answer, “they are poor and illiterate.”

“But why don’t they do it in the toilet.” They continue. 

“Because they are poor and don’t have a house and no toilets,” I answer them.

“What about hand wash?” the curious minds continue. 

“Well! They don’t wash their hands.” I try to give them a suitable reply once again. 

“Mom, you tell us that if we don’t wash our hands, we will fall sick. Don’t they fall sick?” the curiosity continues. 

“Of course! They fall sick due to lack of hygiene and sanitation facilities.” I try to satisfy their curiosity. 

As an individual, we try to give clothes, food, books and other utility items to help the poor and the needy but what about providing sanitation facilities?

Small steps lead to big change 

Before blaming others, we should take the responsibility ourselves.

We distribute sweets and chocolates on the birthdays of our children, likewise, we can also distribute hygiene products like soaps or sanitizer to poor kids. 

Giving soaps and shampoos to the maids and community helpers of our neighbourhood. 

Spreading awareness about hygiene and sanitation. 

Educating the poor like the maids, the community helpers and sweepers about the use of public toilets and teaching them the importance of washing hands. 

Organising cleaning drives on a regular basis where we go out and take the initiative to clean our neighbourhood. 

The Sulabh Model of Toilets

The Toilet Museum of Delhi is one of the very interesting places in the city. The museum not only exhibits various models of toilets but provides a solution to one of the biggest problems of our country – Sanitation.

Image courtesy : sulabhtoiletmuseum.org

The Sulabh model of toilets is perhaps the simplest and the most cost-effective way of dealing with the problem of sanitation in our country. 

Some of the advantages of Sulabh flush composting toilets are:

1.    Hygienically and technically right

2.    Socially acceptable

3.    Affordable and easy to build with available material. 

4.    Eliminates mosquitoes, flies and insect breeding. 

5.    Free from health hazards and does not cause pollution

6.    Easy to maintain, simple and cost-effective

7.    Needs less space and less water

8.    Converts the waste into biogas, rich fertilisers, soil conditioner, manure and clean and reusable water. 

9.    Can be easily constructed in the premises of the house, terrace or for the public needs

10.    Can be easily connected to sewers.

Image courtesy : sulabhinternational.org

When I visited the Toilet Museum, the cleanliness of the area amazed me and to think that there is a human waste treatment plant. There was no odour, the biogas is to light the bulbs and cook food, the manure and fertilisers are used for the plants and the clean and reusable water for watering the plants. The best part – no pollution anywhere of any kind. 

Encouraging the Sulabh Model of Toilets and the waste treatment plants like these can go a long way in dealing with the problem of poverty and sanitation in our country.