Parody by Ramu Upadhaya is another terrific offering on the layers of the society. Like his earlier novels that are based on people’s juggernaut entwined within their society, state, and country – this one also follows the same footsteps.
Parody in an open affront refers to imitation, or mimicking and aping the others with the change of circumstances. The novel has a few named characters that are always in the centre like Joe, Jim, Dumez, and Doly. The undertone of the novel explores the evolution of changes in the society through the characters. The novel is poignant in capturing the evaluative and critical mood of the state and country that is depended on its mass.
Broadly putting, this novel brings out the pitfalls of the making of a state by focusing coverage on topics like customs, culture, disparity, pride, and much more.
If you have read other books of the author, you will get that hunch that in Ramu’s books, the building of the society from rudimentary aspects takes place without pulsating a recognizable backdrop. For instance in Parody, after food, clothes and shelter, the couple Joe and Jim contemplate for a primary school. Ramu’s books are like with omnipresent backdrops, they are staged against primitive, modern, and contemporary societies.
On a special note, this book brings out differentiation between accomplishments and greed. The earlier settlers or people or generation society was triggered by discovery and accomplishments due to needs over the burden of greed by today’s generation. Ramu Upadhaya talks about via his characters, generation gap with respect to everything like fame, money, power, responsibility, and building of state.
Initial chapters of Parody focus on the evolution of the society and what gives birth to what, such as enmity and resentment nudges to the requirement of police, law, courts, and so on.
In his usual tough to comprehend lyrical prose, Ramu presents the issues and problems he has been keenly noting so that he could jot them down for his books. In many chapters first he initiates the action or state of his characters and from there he builds the rest of the topic on his philosophical views. Hence, in a way, he neither shy away being a storyteller nor drift from his point of view.
With content slightly heavy, you can connect with his voice and understand the pin pointers if you are grappled and concerned by the social issues. Ramu books are serious and grave in tone but definitely worth time and efforts.
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