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Book Review: The Ananda Diaries by Arun Menon

Those who have been living in cosmopolitan and metropolitan cities must be aware of RWA (Residential Welfare Associations). It is often found in well-maintained societies and gated communities. Wherever the housing society has an organized structure, RWA plays its role as a regulatory body. Renters, tenant, and house owners pay some basic monthly amount towards the facilities of the society or the building handled by RWA. It is a good policing structure. However, sometimes news break that RWA harass people for no valid reasons. Now it is not a secret that RWAs are dishonest, driven by greed, they act like neo-fascist, hold authority over critical issues without much hesitation. In short, they have turned oppressive and tyrannical.


‘The Ananda Diaries’ is based on similar lines. The author has been a victim of RWAs dishonest policies and behaviours. Right at the book, he narrates that RWA cut off his electricity connection even though he paid the amount to them. Next, he was obstructed from leaving the society; his flat for sale fell to their traps of miscommunication and misguided campaigns. In short, the RWA was so bad and vile that it put all efforts to suffocate the social life of the author.

This book recounts his unpleasant experiences against RWAs. He didn’t give up, kept fighting, and won his case along with rights. However, the questionable concern is that why other people didn’t support him. Why didn’t they look into the matter of money laundering against RWAs? Certainly in India many people still fear to raise voice for their own rights. Their silence was ghastly as subjugation.

The book fills you with an insightful case study cum guide on dealing with RWA. Chapter 3 is highly important; it sheds light on how one can fight against a rogue RWA. Through 12 points and sub topics, this chapter is of high magnitude. Chapter 4 is also important, it will help you in knowing your rights in a democratic country if one is distraught by RWA.

RWA is existential in our civilization and social culture. Thus, people should know how it works and when to check its neo fascist attitude if the need arise. Through the personal story of being victimized by RWA, the author Arun provided not only shocking truths about the modern society tenacity but also shares that corruption is rudimentary. It should be eliminated from all bases of our society. The book has a legal procedure fa├žade, but in its essence it is your guide against RWA that has forgotten its residents.

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