Book Review ‘Hum Sab Fake Hain’ by Neeraj Badhwar: 75 Sparks of Crispy Bliss.
Popular twitter personality, Neeraj Badhwar has come up with his first book, ‘Hum Sab Fake Hain’ which has 75 short, crisp pieces of satirical writing that will make you snort your coffee as you chuckle and chortle through the book.
Before I say anything more, I’d like to offer my sincerest apologies for writing the review to a Hindi book in English. The website doesn’t support Devnagri script, so despite the fact that I mentally composed the review in Hindi while reading the book, I’m forced to finally pen it down in English.
Since there is a dearth of Hindi writers these days (rather I should say a dearth of Hindi readers), most people would dismiss this creative piece of literature like they would a book titled “Hasi ke Rasgulle”. I urge you not to commit this mistake and miss the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a true satirical writer.
As Neeraj Badhwar talks about everything from the political scenario in the country to the special place acquired by Paneer in a feast to the way Indian parents handle Exam results, you see a glint of wit and vision in his writing. The 300-500 words of a single essay are like a bolt of lightning on a dark winter night, you go through the essay in a few seconds but the effect stays with you throughout the day, making you smile in amusement and contemplate on the strange ironies of day to day life.
My favourite bits from the book are “Krantikari ki Chappal”, “Puraskar ka Anti-Climax”, “Bharat Todo Andolan” and “Aise Manai Maine Eco-Friendly Deepawali”. I must say, Neeraj Badhwar’s tight, tangy write ups with multiple layers are as good, if not better, as those on any flash fiction websites I frequently visit. The punches knock you off your chair and the interesting perspective makes you wonder; patakha and agarbatti in one – a true mark of flash write ups. I highly recommend this book to readers looking for fresh, humorous and opinionated satirical writing.
P.S. I apologize again for the language discrepancy. I look forward for Neeraj Badhwar’s next book for which the review will be in Hindi.