Sunday, July 20, 2014

The PM's Wishlist by J K Sachin


Name of the Book : The PM's Wishlist
Author: JK Sachin
Publisher: Self Published but good editing 
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,465 Paid in Kindle Store
No. of Pages: 186 pgs.

Disclaimer: I got this book from the Author in exchange for my honest opinion.

Blurb 

This is a fictional story of how Sharan Karan, a newly elected Prime Minister of India chooses to introduce his ‘wishlist’ to the nation. Is his arrival destined and is he the much awaited man-of-destiny that India needs? The book makes an attempt to understand the psyche and aspirations of the people of India and perhaps verbalizes once again the great Indian dream – of taking India back to the pinnacle of prosperity and to its days of golden prosperity. Sharan Karan charms his followers by his words and actions and makes it possible to believe that the road to becoming a superpower is not a mirage. The key to unlock India’s potential can be made even if the original key has been misplaced. This book dwells on the hard reality that India faces and conveys with a set of brave solutions and seemingly utopian, but extremely practical solutions, that India can accelerate its march towards prosperity speedily .The people of India are running out of patience and practices of yesterday are going to be inadequate to secure desired outcomes of the future.

This book covers sound economic and political fundamentals and imperatives in a racy, fictional format and it is difficult to disbelieve, after reading the book, that India can be an economic superpower soon. The journey was not supposed to be easy but powerful elements within the country are plotting so that Sharan Karan loses his job or his life and in no particular order. Does Sharan Karan succeed in selling his ‘ wishlist’ to the nation? Find out for yourself in this amazingly simple book that simplifies and demystifies complex economics and International politics. JK Sachin is a clever story teller who can place suggestions, concepts, stories and narratives on nation building, economics and politics in a racy, fictional format.

This book is surely a must-read for anyone who is remotely interested in the Indian political scene, whether as a participant or as an observer. The book makes an attempt to understand the compulsions of governments and lawmakers and the efforts that have to go in for actions to be visible to the people.

The book stays away from taking sides or endorsing a political ideology or parties and that makes the book unique and impartial. Working towards uplifting the country and working on Sharan Karan’s `wishlist’ is possible irrespective of your political affiliations because the Indian dream belongs to all Indians. The book has a lesson for politicians, rulers, administrators of any country for that matter because sound economics and populism can be friends, well; this is what Sharan Karan believes.

It is extremely likely that the book will be read by current and future Prime Ministers of India and it would be a good idea to read this book before they do.


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Review

JK Sachin has created a fictional world where he envisages,India to be an economic superpower. He has created a Wishlist of what he thinks a PM of a country should. He goes to the extent of calling it a Political fantasy. I, on the other hand, would call it the call of idealism. There is nothing wrong in what JK Sachin has wished for our PMs. The writer has created a Utopian socialism where positive ideals make the society to move in a particular direction.

He acknowledges the fact that our PM's job is a tough one where his decision is not the only decision. It is a team work and thus he should look up to a team of advisors, chosen by the nation, for advice on various agendas. One question that struck me at this point of time. With the beautiful and clean career graphs our political leaders are having - can this even be a possibility. I would love to think it is. Yet the cynic in me cannot even comprehend such a day.

One thing about this book is that the PM is not described with any physical feature. It can be anyone who ascends the 'post'. The generalization of the PM intrigues me.  The Author had deliberately not mentioned any mannerism associated with the figurehead. The man is named Sharan Karan and he represents all the past and future PMs of India. His party has a manifesto which is full of things that could be done to make India a superpower. Here there is one line which I found contradictory to what the author is talking about. If a member of a political party does something for which the party is answerable- then Sharan will first 'go on record to saying that the colleague must have had good reasons or he has perhaps misinterpreted, but if that particular embarrassing deed had been done, it was certainly not what Sharan of the party stood for.'

Going by the above statement - this is exactly what is happening in today's Indian politics. A political leader can rape, murder, gather all the wealth he wants in his swiss account - the party will deny and support till they can and later deny that they even knew about it. The media will get their story and the public? They get a topic to discuss on their tea sittings. So what is new about this?

That is only once incident, I have mentioned. Since J K Sachin claims that he has created a fictional world of politics, I found here and there reality creeping in. Moreover, since we are dealing with humans here, where one man's dream can be another man's poison - to have concrete idealism is exactly that - Idealism. 

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Reasoning
I cannot rate this book. This is a man's viewpoint. He has every right to it as I have to mine. There is nothing wrong with the language. Well edited and presented. Many of our political readers will love a good debate over this one. So please go for it. As for me... I am still in search for the meaning of the word 'Idealism' which changes with every turn of a situation in every human being. Our poor political leaders are just that - humans... even if they have forgotten this fact. Maybe they should be given a copy of this book with a disclaimer: Just to remind you what you stood for. 

Looking forward for your next one J K Sachin.  


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