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Book Review: Revelation by Ramu Upadhaya

Revelation by Ramu Upadhaya is true to its title and veracity. Like most of his earlier novels that are garbed under fictitious nature but sheds light on the silhouettes of our contemporary society, which remains existent but hidden. Going by the title, this book, which is claimed to be a fiction, but it’s in true way a part fiction, a narrative and strong commentary on political issues of our country through a character named Undier.

Ramu Upadhaya is a man of serious thoughts and concerns his voice about the malfunction of society through his philosophical characters in his books. This time he introduces Undier – likely from North East – but he has given a fictional name to the backdrop of the novel. The guy Undier hails from a lower middle-class family. In the initial chapters he is known for his temerity towards his people and culture and territory. But he lands up in political puddle, and in any democracy politics is fueled by personal greed and motifs. Little did he know that but with the passage of time he too gets his jolts and mounds.

So, this book takes stance on political landscape. It doesn’t feature party vs party or ruling vs opposition. It’s about ideology that one creates in his political life, and if it doesn’t create then why one has to bow down to others, to comply with the circumstances. This book is hard to comprehend and demands your patience and deep penchant for philosophical zig-zags, yet in the end you will get to know as why an ambitious or simple man is bound to change in the web of politics that will drive him a selfish and corrupt man. Even if he tries to stick to his moral principles, his political part may plunge him in a dilemma, he may not either be able to reject or support them.

Ramu Upadhaya’s Revelation lays open the belly of morally corrupt, socially filthy politics. The book not only exposes its secretive sync but also does its anatomy. All his books are subtly intense with strong tone that narrates the plight and woe of human society that reeks of corrupt and other vices, not good for the health of humanity.  This is not like a regular non-fiction or character based novel, it is subtle in all aspects. One has to be thoroughly forbearing and philosophical with a touch of being genuine to enjoy his books.

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