Title : Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister
Author : Tabrik C.
Publisher : Hachette India (January 2014)
Politics. Love it, hate it…but you can’t ignore it.
Same goes with this political thriller PRISONER, JAILOR, PRIME MINISTER. One might love it, or not like it at all, but cannot deny the fact that it is a page turner.
I, for one, am not a big fan of politics. But having recently seen a popular political drama series and loving it to the core, I had decided to give this genre a chance. So when BLOGADDA put Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister by Tabrik C. up for review, I had to give it a shot. The timing for the book could not have been better as India is witnessing ,as the book says, a changing political landscape. The book vaguely reminds you of a certain Simon Kernick book, but only loosely because you are too captivated by Tabrik C to be thinking of anything else.
To only give you an outline, Prisoner,Jailor,Prime Minister centers around Siddhartha Tagore, a musical prodigy famous as Mozart man at Howard whose fate has him imprisoned inside 7,Race Course Road, Delhi in a crucial time. But being India’s Prime minister, a musical prodigy,a man with a pro – Tibet, anti – China sentiments is just a brief introduction to the character. As the story keeps shifting swiftly between the past and the present, you start discovering that there is more than meets the eye. One of the most complex characters I have read in contemporary Indian fiction alone makes the book worth a read. As you read more, and think more about it, you start realising that it is not just a political thriller, but more of a struggle of a person trying to be true to himself. The character is realistic in the sense of how he is fighting the past but not regretting it, who has to deal with the complexities of his own mind and the responsibilities that have been shrugged on to him. These are dilemmas faced by a commoner in India and that is why you love the character. Does he survive the struggle or like most of non- fictional characters succumbs to his circumstances is for only you to find out, as I urge you to buy this book and read.
Prisoner,Jailor, Prime Minister is edgy, bold, captivating, intriguing and intelligent. Despite being fictitious, you cannot help compare India’s current political scenario and ponder if a monarch like our protagonist will be savior of the country. A truly contemporary vision (use of social media and stuff like that in the story line in the most sensible,realistic way) makes the book very realistic and some oh-so-fictional twists make it thoroughly entertaining. Tabrik does not only do a great work on the plot, but also on developing the characters,main and supporting, as he pulls off a detailed narration,shifting time lines with ease. It is definitely a breath of fresh air in the contemporary Indian fiction writing scene.
Go grab your copies.
You can buy it here.