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Unreal Elections

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  558 ratings  ·  80 reviews
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 must wear a shawl in the Delhi summer
• What fills Manmohan Singh with
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Penguin (first published March 15th 2014)
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Janakan Manivannan
when i started reading this book, i didnt quite take it seriously. i thought of it more like a funny pass time book , but my snobbishness got a badgering as i leafed through the pages. this is a well written satire with layered nuances, which can be understood only those who keenly follows Indian politics. the analogies made me glee all through the book. there is a lot to read between the lines. Sudden springing of Hindi verses leaves the non native speakers befuddling. overall i really enjoyed ...more
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 tot ...more
Senthil Kumaran
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 lou ...more
Vikas Datta
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the funniest books I have read in recent times.
Swathi Kiranmayee Manchili
Unreal Elections is a satire on Indian politics set before the run up to 2014 general elections. Being a regular reader of Unreal Times, I kind of knew what to expect from this book. It was a funny read taking potshots at major political parties. Some parts of the book were hilarious especially cabinet shuffling, confusion in BJP, third front meeting made me laugh out loud. Ending was amazing. I liked how the authors used Ravi Shastri's commentary, Karan Johar's Koffee with Karan in political sc ...more
Deep S
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sattire, comedy, indian
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
Sai Satish Kandukuri
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
Aditi Sahu
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, hilarious and a great book to read. Once you are through the first 50 pages, you will find it difficult to put down.
Ram Varkhedi
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A total laugh riot :-) Glad that I picked this book.
Rajiv Chopra
I am giving this book three stars, because the authors did not know when to stop!

The early part of the book was good, and interesting. I thought that it was an innovative look at politics and elections in India. I did like the FB chats as well. They were good.

Somehow, in the second half of the book, they decided to make the 'competition' bizarre. Introducing a cyborg Manmohan was not needed. I don't know how this fit into the book, nor the last chapter on Rahul the genius, or Modi's fascination
Saravana Sastha Kumar
This is probably a 100 pages too much. Started off very well. It was funny indeed. Enjoyed it quite a bit but it dragged on too much but overall a great work by authors. I used to like the Unreal Times in social media quite a bit in those bizzare days leading up to 2014 elections.
Has its moments, but momentum sometimes falters. Overall a good attempt.
Girish Ananthakrishnan
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious is what I will say. The authors used real characters and unreal plots. Quiet a page turner, guaranteed laugh riot.
Sayan Das
the book starts off well.....very good in bits and pieces.....but drags in the later half.....but one has to accept they have an amazing sense of humor....good one time read!
Bhavesh Bhimani
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Vishwanath Saragadam
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
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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