Book Review: Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister by Tabrik C
Politics runs in my blood. My enthusiasm for the dark yet mindboggling game of nerves in politics is similar to that of a kid for a teddy bear. The plot of Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister is set in 2016 – when India goes for sudden mid-term polls and Siddhartha Tagore is elected as the Prime Minister of the country. Mixing fiction with reality, Tabrik C weaves a tale so enchanting that it is difficult to put down the book.
The plot is about the future prime minister of India, who is a Harvard Alumni and whose dad was an MP. More interestingly, Sidhartha Tagore is a brilliant musician, who is respected worldwide for his concerts. Sidhartha is known to take some tough decisions and stands, which wins him enemies both within and outside the country.
Although ‘Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister’ is a fiction, it occasionally refers to real political parties and people. Sidhartha has a dark past and he is a prisoner of his own soul. As pages unfold and the secrets are revealed the fiction starts bordering on fantasy. Too many liberties are taken in the narrative which are hard to swallow (like characters moving in and out of 7 RCR at will, that too in Harley Davidsons!)
Although as a subplot, the writer has warned India of the consequences if a certain right wing party comes to power. Constitutional changes, return to the “roots” and other such catastrophic ideas are explored, which make the narrative slightly edgy. However by the time the writer ties up all his loose ends, he himself appears in knots, resulting in a shoddy ending.
Some traits of human behaviour and psyche are well explored though. Like schizophrenia or latent homosexual tendencies. Secrets that are often buried behind closets find a place in the book, in full grace. I must congratulate Tabrik for such mature handling of sensitive issues.
Overall, the book is best suited for a lengthy train ride.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
P.S. This review was written as a part of the Flipkart Bloggers Affiliate Programme. Thanks Vivek for the books 🙂
About the book
India has a new Prime Minister but is Siddhartha Tagore the product of his genius or of his dangerous mind? India is on edge, as a subversive internal revolt against the Constitution and the threat of Jehadi terror of an unthinkable level, are looming on the horizon. Ringing Shiva’s damaru in and out of Parliament, a sudden turn of karma catapults outsider Siddhartha Tagore – a conflicted genius, music maestro and prodigal son, with forceful views on China and Pakistan into national prominence as the head of the Opposition Alliance and finally as the newly elected Prime Minister of a disturbed nation. But buried secrets are being resurrected and threaten to expose the past. Twisted within the double helix of menacing politics and hidden lust, Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister is a scorching account of Siddhartha Tagore’s fascinating journey from Harvard to 7 Race Course Road.
About the author
Tabrik C is a political enthusiast, perfumer and internet entrepreneur. He has a post-graduate degree in History from St. Stephen’s College Delhi, where he was the president of the student’s union. His special interest lies in observing, analyzing, predicting and debating the rise and fall of political personalities and their influence on the destiny of nations and individuals.
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