Between You and Me, by Atul Khanna, 2018

Title: Between You and Me

Author: Atul Khanna

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre: Non-fiction

Format: Paperback

Language: English

No. of pages: 291

Recommended for: For people interested in reading about the political-social-economic scenarios of India.

Synopsis:

A young soul trapped in an old body. 

A ticking clock slower than time. 

Can this be the ironic destiny of 600 million bright and young Indians? Are we born free and yet trapped by our circumstances?

Between You and Me is a conversation that makes the reader ponder about the much-needed transformational changes for the twenty-first century. Why should we get up to act only when we are pushed to the corner? After all, a stitch in time saves nine. Could it be that the parameters of economics, administration, democracy, and social and political constitutions were all ideated and executed for another era? Will tinkering with these institutions help or are fresh ideas needed?

Encompassing an extensive discussion and analysis of what comprise our society-government, economy, education, healthcare, science, technology and so on-this book gives the reader a holistic view of India and helps in deriving solution-oriented ideas for a new societal design and structure which will ensure a thriving democracy. It presents the hope and aspiration of an ancient society that wants to break through the colonial legacy and land safely into the future. It is a gripping petition with operating models for redefining the citizen’s role-from the audience to the hero-which, if implemented, would bring societal moksha of peace, power and prosperity. 

My review:

My review:

Between You and Me is unlike any book I have come across in recent years. While strictly a non-fiction, the writing skill of the author is such that he makes the book read like a collection of stories at times. The cover does not reveal much I admit, but the book is a treasure trove on the inside.

I cannot stress enough on the importance of this book. Admittedly, it is not something that someone very young might understand; the concepts are explained in a simple way but still, the issues that the author deals with in the book, are enormous in size with just as much an enormous importance as well.

The author has an engaging style of writing that hook the reader from the very start. It happened to me – a person who really disliked non-fiction! The pacing is quite slow however, but that, I suppose, is really alright for something of this magnitude. The author has taken up a significant responsivity in writing about what he believes are wrongs done to us. The author delves in an India, encompassing every aspect of our society, be it government, economy, education, healthcare science etc. Of course, the addition of some story-like narrations of various leaders of India were a great addition to the book and really rounded it out well.

I cannot emphasize the importance of this book enough. This is undoubtedly an important book that I believe all students of the Humanities stream, as well as the Science stream too, should take up. This book is to be read in a slow manner. The various discussions and analysis that th author brings in are truly thought-inducing and forces one to ponder over them hours after being done with the day’s reading.

I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset https://rakhijayashankar.blogspot.in 

Verdict:

I really enjoyed this book and I rate it a 4.5/5 stars.

About the reviewer:

Nayanika Saikia, is one of the foremost book reviewers from the North-east and Assam, and is also an admin for the official India bookstagram page on Instagram. She publishes her own reviews and recommendations for poetry, fiction, non-fiction etc. on her bookstagram account @pretty_little_bibliophile which won the NorthEast Creator Awards 2018, as well as in daily newspapers, online magazines etc.  She can be contacted at nayanikasaikia98@gmail.com .

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