Monday, July 8, 2013

BookReview: Ohh! Gods Are Online by George Dixon, Rashma N. Kalsie

On the jacket: 

‘Ohh! Gods Are Online..’ is an experimental book wherein the Gods move from the realm of the fantasy to the real world in the quest of solutions to the human dilemmas as they decide the fate of their creation – Mankind. 

Christ lives on his own island where the dead souls are welcomed to the afterworld. The other God, Krishna, lives in the harsh real world as a humble pantry boy employed in a hospital – easing the final journey of the people who are dying. Buddy Roy, the Buddha, sends his calming waves to the world from afar. Ati, the God of Atheists, lives on his island with his own set of followers. While Gods go about their tasks they connect on Facebook to ‘chat up’ God things.

The Gods travel between the imagined worlds – Clacton-on-Sea, Jaywick, Frinton-on-Sea, the underwater World of Mermaids and the real world. Human stories of mortals are woven within the fabric of the main story of Gods. Sunderaman is the meanness in man that Gods must confront. Nick, the God of Evil, contrives to use Sunderaman as a pawn to oust the Gods. Somdev, the Godman, wants his share of the Gods’ world. Gods watch over as human characters live out their destinies. 

A fast-paced novel, ‘Ohh! Gods Are Online..’, moves between the worlds of men, Gods, and evil forces. Men are transformed to animals and Gods live like men. The characters slide from one life to afterlife and the next life.

Humour, philosophy, fantasy, mythology, and a compelling story are crafted together to write the novel. The novel was neither discussed, nor planned. The chapters were added in a two-year-long to and fro of the script between the authors. The story took many turns and twists as the writers played a game of challenging each other with new characters and plots. The story was neither planned, nor contrived, it was allowed to flow.

Review:

A catchy title and an even intriguing concept of a book authored by writers who have never met, Ohh! Gods Are Online is based on an imagination - what if Gods were one of us, mingling amongst us, living lives just like us. Then what?

Chris is Lord Christ, Krishna is himself, Lord Krishna,  Buddy Roy is Lord Buddha and Ati is the God of atheists. One fine day, Chris decides to open a Facebook account and sees that most Gods are already online. Here he meets Krishna, Ati and Buddy Roy. They start interacting and at times, they wonder about us humans. With a humourous edge to it, the story does deal with a bit of human nature.

While the characters are quite funny, so is the script, the narration leaves a lot to be desired. The blurb had quipped my interest a lot, but upon reading the book didn't really come up to that expectation. There is a lot of dwelling on human nature and psychology behind our actions, but a lot of incidents that happened in the story, kept me wondering, "Why would he/she do that!?" 

Jesus lives in a castle in England, while Krishna is a poor lad in the streets of Delhi. The book is mainly about conversations between the too. Some characters who weren't really needed are introduced in the plot. 


The plot had potential, but frankly, the narration is very plain and boring. 

Rating: ***/5

[This review is for Srishti Publishers & Distributors. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]


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