Thursday, May 15, 2014

#BookReview: The Sceptical Patriot: Exploring the Truths Behind the Zero and Other Indian Glories by Sidin Vadukut

On the jacket:
India. A land where history, myth and email forwards have come together to create a sense of a glorious past that is awe-inspiring...and also kind of dubious. But that is what happens when your future is uncertain and your present is kind of shitty—it gets embellished until it becomes a totem of greatness and a portent of potential. Sidin Vadukut takes on a complete catalogue of ‘India's Greatest Hits’ and ventures to separate the wheat of fact from the chaff of legend. Did India really invent the zero? Has it truly never invaded a foreign country in over 1,000 years? Did Indians actually invent plastic surgery before those insufferable Europeans? The truth is more interesting—and complicated—than you think.
In the Sceptical Patriot, author Sidin Vadukut  has taken common myths about India, added dashes of his own humour in them and revealed to us what the actual fact is. Of course, India is great, despite what is happening around us. Indians are a different ball game altogether. But, it's wise to be a patriot, after knowing the facts about our country correctly.

No, he hasn't bashed India in anyway. Vadukut has in fact put things in a new light, though some revelations were very surprising to me. Shows how much we believe of what we hear, without checking the facts.

I would also want to add, this book is not for everyone. Vadukut hasn't written the book in your regular, everyone can read cover to cover in three hours flat. You'l need patience, and I suggest you garner some, because lying amongst the pages of this book, are some good to know facts, a brilliant style of writing, clever doses of wit and some myth busters. I am curious to know if someone has come up and counter argued on any of the points, yet!

The book comes along at a very ideal time, when the prerequisite of being a patriot is to follow someone, or hate someone else. It's high time we shuffle through our own hearts and minds, what we really understand about our country. What I loved is, how well researched the book is and the ways Vadukut went about with his research. Also, elated to see him try a different genre and do it so well. Hope he does more of that! Another thing I loved was anecdotes from the author's personal life, woven in the pages. 
Oh, and the last two chapters are the best! Don't miss them!

Rating: ****.5/5

[This review is for Rupa Publications. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

1 comment:

  1. Ordering this book now. I have been his fan ever since I have read his Dork Trilogy. Thanks for the review, Didi! :)


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