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Trial & Errors: Exposing corruption

Ramu Upadhaya's second book Trial & Errors deal with bureaucratic corruption albeit metaphorically and sotires within stories.

Published On: 13-May-2019 01:00pm
Updated On: 14-May-2019 12:35pm
Author: V. Mohanan
Article Section: Arts, Culture, Literature

In his book "The Unbearable Lightness of Being", Milan Kundera, the Czechoslovakia-born French writer says: "Metaphors are dangerous. Metaphors are not to be trifled with." Yet, paradoxically, they are an inescapable part of our daily lives. 

Ramu Upadhaya, who works with the Autonomous Council of NC Hills in Haflong, loves to use metaphors in his fictions a lot. His first book, A Landless Alien, though he calls it a fiction, was an essay, penned down through metaphors, about the socio-political problems of the autonomous district in particular and the North East in general. 

His second book Trial and Errors is no different but it deals with high level corruption in the officialdom not only with metaphors but also with stories within stories. 

In TRIAL & ERRORS Upadhaya highlights the duplicitous spending from the public exchequer using metaphors. It points an accusing finger at the persons who are the movers and shakers of the make believe State called Telldeary. It expressively talks about bribery and transgressions at different levels of Government establishments such as the education system. It tries to reveal the truth about not to bow down up the system blindly but to arise against it.

It circuitously identifies some parts of the contemporary India, subtly meaning some hierarchies of the Northeastern region whose activities reflect their utter unawareness about the indirect impact of their actions that affect themselves in any democratic society.

The book uncovered the spade of irregular activities by entertaining tales within tales and stories, and defines with the delicacy of hitches that we contract to deal with as citizens today, even though it is set times ago. In the matter of the use of the public money, according to the book, it gave a hint at of the commission by the psychologically imbalanced persons only, and weakly recommends the psychological training for all the public servants of the Telldeary. The aim of the specific training being to help them understand the meaning of the term government of the people, for the people, and by the people and give up their unethical practices.

Burner and Brawn are the two main characters in the fiction. They undertake the mission of digging dirt, from the days walking on foot to travelling by plane. Their trip starts from the age of Dao (machete) to AK-47, let alone those days of the type-writer in use until the birth of the digital computer. 

The book attacks against the unrestricted use of guns, faintly quizzing the human logic behind the sanction of arms. Thanks to the absence of the limitation of the supply of arms, the guiltless people, including children, are getting massacred due to the business of guns as well as arms in the world.

The novel of R.Upadhaya rests as if it were heaving a sigh of respite on the account of the evils in the contemporary world when placed alongside the contemplative suggestion.

Its other climaxes are the exposure of how to develop an autonomous region.

Overall, it is a cleverly regaled story on bribery, development and misconducts albeit explained through metaphors and stories within stories,

Published by: Notionpress 

Price: Rs. 235.

PP:225 pages


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