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Unreal Elections

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At the risk of offending you a little, India s funniest bloggers would like to hold forth on:

Why Narendra Modi s favourite movie is The Lion King

What happens to Arnab Goswami s milkman when he tries to cheat him

How Sonia G reshuffles her Cabinet with a little help from Britney Spears

Why Kejriwal can t get rid of his shawl in the Delhi summer

What fills Manmohan Singh with r
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Paperback, 298 pages
Published March 15th 2014 by Penguin
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Akshay
May 04, 2014 Akshay rated it really liked it
In an extremely charged political season, "Unreal Elections" by C.S. Krishna and Karthik Laxman offers a very candid view of party influences on the head of a government or of coal allocations. At 296 pages, I found the book a little stretched at times but still an engaging read. It largely works as a no-holds barred fictional yet satirical account of how Indian politicians and the polity works especially backroom politics with powerful stuff that leads readers to ponder over. There is no doubt ...more
Harsh
Apr 29, 2014 Harsh rated it liked it
As soon as I saw a book being published by the Unrealtimes, I knew I can't give it a miss. Wanted to enjoy every page of it and savour the moment while reading it. I did enjoy it. However, being a regular reader of the unrealtimes, I found this book more of a compilation of old and new, similar jokes. It feels like all those jokes have been taken and finely woven into a story. That's not to say that there were no more original additions. In fact, some of the chapters were truly hilarious and ...more
Abhishek
Jul 17, 2014 Abhishek rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A funny read taking potshots at all major political parties of India, especially the Congress. The writers give their own hilarious version of the inside working of the political parties. Some parts of the book, like the cabinet shuffle and the omission of Manmohan Singh, were simply awesome. Even the inner party fighting of the BJP and the confusion among the leaders of the Third Front is shown in a funny way. The working of the media and their inclinations towards certain political parties is ...more
Senthil Kumaran
Sep 22, 2014 Senthil Kumaran rated it it was amazing
Joking is our national pastime and there is no limit to it. This book made me recollect all the jokes that my friends and I have shared about everyone around us. Funny, dumb and sometimes very profound. The person at the receiving end may be deaf to comments, otherwise he will end up having sleepless nights filled with self-doubt. More than about Indian elections, or the candidates participating in that, this book is about health and living. It makes you joyous, happy and makes you laugh out ...more
Vikas Datta
Apr 17, 2014 Vikas Datta rated it it was amazing
Excellent.... these guys have penned a most masterly satire that lays bare Indian politics at its most ridiculous, along with potshots at the mass media, cricket and showbiz. Every discerning Indian needs to read this
Vicky Sirwani
Apr 27, 2014 Vicky Sirwani rated it it was amazing
One of the funniest books I have read in recent times.
Deepak Sharma
I must admit that i had never heard on UNREAL TIMES before the book.
I picked up this book because i was following the elections on TV, paper (everywhere) and this book promised to provide comic angle to the elections.

The book is good in pieces, some places you really feel like laughing and at others you feel WHY...

The personalities given to the politician and pretty imaginative.
The Facebook chats in between did not entice me much.

although the book is a very fast read and provides a very good pic
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Sai Satish Kandukuri
Jun 08, 2014 Sai Satish Kandukuri rated it it was amazing
This is the first satire book I've ever read and what an exciting one it has been. Satire + Real events in Indian politics = Total entertainment. Thoroughly enjoyed.

Revenge of Pranab Da and Manmohan was just awesome. Super human Rahul baba and dark secrets of Modi. Congress syndicate, the fourth estate doing away with 2002. They had it all in book.

At times it seems overdose of satire dragging a bit too far, but right in the next page I would end up with a ROFL moment.
Must read for people inter
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Aditi Sahu
Jul 23, 2015 Aditi Sahu rated it it was amazing
Political satire at it's best.. It's like the funnniest version possible of 'Politics for Dummies'. It sparks an immediate interest in the inherently boring subject (to a few people like me). A brilliantly portrayed epic saga of Indian politics especially pertaining to the 2014 Lok sabha elections of the largest democracy in the world. Sir, novices like me are thankful for creating a curiosity bordering on interest for Indian politics, with all its twisting and twirling political attributes and ...more
Indiabookstore
Jul 15, 2014 Indiabookstore rated it really liked it
I began reading this book as just another “Namo vs Raga” match. But it is much more than that - no one has been spared. Ravi Shastri’s commentary, the subtle discourse between Jija and Sala, the 56-inch chest of Modi, Karan Johar, Amitabh Bachchan... everyone makes an appearance. The authors leave no opportunity to read full review
Rakshith Kunchum
May 11, 2014 Rakshith Kunchum rated it it was amazing
amazing read !!!!!! the ending is unexpected and love it.!! started and finished it at one go. the author presumably justify the comic they start, with a delightfull ending. they must be really appreciated for churning out an ending that is marvellous. Expecting more from the authors, very soon. Sadly they might run out of topics to comment on, after this elections.
Ketan Shah
May 06, 2014 Ketan Shah rated it it was amazing
ROFL - witty, satire, take potshots at everyone while keeping the script close to actual happening. AAP gets away lightly. More of the 56 chest Would have been good. Something for Raga admirers also. end is profound-ish - may be thats the best way to look at this elections. Can't keep it down - Imagine Ravi Shastri truisms covering Political jousts. Great job.
Subhojit
Aug 22, 2014 Subhojit rated it it was amazing
From Ravi Shastri's patented lines to Karan Johar's Koffee; from Jupiter's escape velocity to 'Mayo'-ist... from 2x-4=4000 to binocular-totting Shahs... they've not spared anyone. A must read for satirists. :D
Sriram
Jul 28, 2014 Sriram rated it it was amazing
Excellent, hilarious and a great book to read. Once you are through the first 50 pages, you will find it difficult to put down.
Madhav
May 01, 2014 Madhav rated it really liked it
One of the most funniest book that I read in recent time.Great book on satire on the general elections of india.
Ram Varkhedi
Aug 03, 2014 Ram Varkhedi rated it it was amazing
A total laugh riot :-) Glad that I picked this book.
Debasish Jana
Dec 02, 2016 Debasish Jana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious, funny

For 2016 its bit dated, but people following Indian Politics, its a must read , witty and rib tickling funny
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Bhavesh Bhimani
Jul 14, 2016 Bhavesh Bhimani rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone interested in Indian politics
Recommended to Bhavesh by: Amazon
If you thought you have had enough of the never-ending general elections coverage, think again. ‘Unreal Elections’ will change the way you look at any Indian election coverage forever. A zany, quirky read, the book is the perfect parody and is filled with the usual dollops of humour, satire, suspense and thrill which will leave you gasping for more.

The action begins as political parties throughout the country ready themselves for the General Elections. How the ‘big two’ of Indian politics try to
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Aashish
Jun 15, 2014 Aashish rated it really liked it
Unreal elections is a satire focusing on political events leading up to the 2014 Indian general elections. The book is a mix of real events, dramatization of real events and authors' imagination trying to decipher it all.

The book swings between being brilliant and good. The satire on the real events is spot on - not loud, very witty and full of nuances. The writing style around the real events and their dramatization is very tight as well. Even if you follow The Unreal Times handle on Twitter, t
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Ranjith
Jun 25, 2014 Ranjith rated it really liked it
One who is following 2014 Indian general elections, this book is for them. This is funny, released at perfect time and by the way you should understand the sarcasm ;) ;)

The best thing i liked in this book is the way Sonia does cabinet reshuffling, Amit shah's interview to Karan, if you think its to Karan Thapar sorry its to Karan Johar, and the last ten pages are over the top Rahul Baba's realization in Himalayas and the events which unfold after are hilarious, i am on floor literally reading th
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Debashish Kumar
It began out on such a great note. Godfather references, making fun of Pappu, fictionalized account of how Kejriwal might have got the Vadra papers... but while the popular film references and the lampooning was great both at the start and the end of the book, it was left wanting, all throughout the middle, where jokes became, at first repetitive and then tiresome.
The parody was also slightly shallow because it never seemed to move towards more serious topics but stuck only to making fun of the
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Vishwanath Saragadam
Mar 10, 2015 Vishwanath Saragadam rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I picked up this book upon suggestion by a friend saying that it is very hilarious. However, I only found it to be sporadically hilarious. The pictures of facebook posts were very interesting, so was the last part, which was about Modi and Rahul locking horns.

Before I judge this book as not so hilarious, I would like to point out that I read a poignant non-fiction and another non-fiction book on Indian politics, due to which, I might not have been able to appreciate the book. What more, I could
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Manny
Apr 27, 2014 Manny rated it liked it
I started the book with high expectations being a regular follower of the unreal times site but it came out as an average read.

The overall story is centered around the buildup to the elections and they have taken potshots at almost everyone especially the Congress. AAP has gotten off very lightly. The best parts of the book was when the authors describe the inner workings of the Congress and BJP around actual events. They have expanded on certain articles published earlier but most of the writin
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Soham Chakraborty
The most precise, succinct, frame by frame representation of the great Indian circus, err politics, which culminated in a parliament election that rippled the entire nation. If reader is unaware of Indian politics, this will intrigue to look up for the comic characters in it and if reader is aware, this will release n number of gas balloons, difference being that laughter will be inside of them instead of helium.

P.S. - I never knew that ManMohan Singh can be imagined, let alone considered, as T
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Dhruv Joshi
Jan 05, 2016 Dhruv Joshi rated it really liked it
From indefectible defense of RaGa by Sanjay Jha to Manish Tiwari's convoluted expressions to the rhetoric of BJP and insistence of Karat to form a third front, this book nicely expresses the series of events prior to the 2014 LS polls. The rhythm rises through the last few chapters wherein it describes the traits of PM candidates through a contest. A nice read for a meaningful satirical interpretation of events. Some wonderful instances include - Karunanidhi's impromptu lines for Prakash Karat, ...more
Nitish Krishna
May 28, 2014 Nitish Krishna rated it really liked it
Fairly decent work of political satire from the founders of Unreal Times. There was an interesting blend of real life events with funny speculations as to what happened behind the scenes. Lots of references to movies like The Dark Knight and the Terminator amongst others. The satire itself was lacking in bite in many places. It seemed more lampoonery than satire. I guess in India there is only so far you can go with political satire, some punches have to be pulled. (There was one particular ...more
Abhijit
Aug 24, 2014 Abhijit rated it really liked it
Well, I would definitely recommend this book to those who are looking forward to some literary slapstick and have a good hold on english vocabulary to relish it to the fullest(else, trust me, a dictionary would come in handy). The plot follows a cogent flow that can be related to real life events, with sporadic occurrence of satirical FB post like snippets. Overall, a fairly quick read which will leave you with a sense of time well spent.
Vishesh Sharma
Jul 09, 2014 Vishesh Sharma rated it really liked it
A gripping political satire with nice punches on India's political formation. However the authors themselves seem to be inclined towards Modi ji. Humor, especially on Rahul Gandhi is stomach aching. The suspense over true identity of V-Man who appears after every 3-4 chapters for a cameo, still significant, is a reason to stick on it. The Terminator spoof part was highly accurate and this must be how it actually ended.

Saurabh
Feb 05, 2016 Saurabh rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best political satires I've read in a long time. This takes the entire business of mocking politicians to an entirely different realm.I have never had a book which could make me laugh like crazy and this one does the trick just fine.A must read for people who wish to sink their teeth deep into politics.Very ingeniously written using well crafted words.Kudos to the various columnists.
Tejsweeta
Nov 14, 2014 Tejsweeta rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Not bad for a few laughs.

A humorous look at the elections, making fun of the key players, Rahul, Sonia, Modi etc.

This was an impulse buy, while trying to set up my kindle account with amazon. I didn't follow the unreal times on twitter, so wasn't aware of their biases in the political spectrum. But although I don't share their leanings, I still found the book rather funny.

Worth a read, specially when you are stuck doing stuff you don't enjoy!
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