Humor, sarcasm and satire are an integral part of literature. These elements help to bring out the real picture of a society, or a community or even a phase and compels the reader to think about certain issues. I believe, laughter is one of the most difficult emotions to evoke through words, but if one can do it effortlessly, it must be a fine piece of writing.
The above thought echoed in my mind when I got to read, ‘Making of Babaji Inc.’ by Shravya Bhinder. It is such a complex and evident picture of our so-called modern society, narrated with such simple yet powerful words. The narration is so strong and real as if it can be easily transformed into a movie plot that people would love to watch.
Billu, the simpleton transforms into a Babaji due to the turn of events in his life. And, this starts the roller coaster ride of his life where everyone experiences something new including Billu, his wife, Pammi, their son, Bunty and his neighbours. And, of course, Sharmaji, Billu’s boss who has an important role to play in the hotchpotch. A middle-class man and a cashier, Billu loses his client’s money and the superstitious Indian wife seeks the help of a Babaji. How Billu copes with the situation and in the process how his life goes topsy-turvy is truly a tale to read.
The language is easy to follow and chronological. The characters have been aptly introduced and described at the right places. The storyline is free-flowing yet gripping. The narration, the sequence of events and the characters are so natural and real that anyone can relate to them easily. The plot is hilarious, emotional, gripping and full of twists and turns. And, depicting a true image of a section of the Indian society.
Overall, I love the book and Shravya truly has the potential to become one the professionals from a budding writer and make a mark for herself. I would love to read more of her writings. Her style of blending humour with a bit of satire to deal with emotions while weaving stories which are close to reality is noteworthy.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
You can purchase the book from https://www.amazon.in/Making-Babaji-Inc-Shravya-Bhinder/dp/8192982211