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The mysterious Badi Sarkar wants her son to become the Prime Minister of India. Her reticent son Chhote Sarkar wants to eat ice-cream. Great Leader wants his Orchid party to win the elections. He also wants a wand that works. The horny Baba Neemacharya wants to do the neem-yoga with Girl 45. Impulsive billionaire industrialist Giani Seth wants to beat Chaddha in Candy Crush. Honest Ambika Madam wants to retire in peace. Volatile BB wants to send all corrupt politicians to jail. Babli wants to lose weight.

But what is the PM doing in a cave in the Himalayas?!

Democrazy is a satirical look at the madness and brouhaha in present-day India, where nothing is what it seems to be, power is all-important, and everything people do is to win the race to power.

PS: No politicians were hurt in the writing of this book.

244 pages, Paperback

First published January 31, 2015

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Atulya Mahajan

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Atulya Mahajan is the author of amreekandesi.com, a popular Indian satire blog. Born and raised in Delhi, he moved to the US in 2004 for his Masters and stayed on for five years before returning to India, in a Swades-inspired moment. During his time in the US, he started his blog to chronicle the lives of Indians living abroad, and this book is the culmination of that vision. He also writes occasional humour columns for the Times of India, Crest Edition.

Ever since he returned to India, Atulya has spent thousands of hours shouting at random taxi drivers and motorcyclists who overtake from the wrong side. If you want to see him convert into the Hulk, just honk at him at a red light.

When not busy writing hilarious pieces, Atulya works at an investment bank as a technologist. He claims to be the first man ever to have 24-pack abs, and has reportedly tried about 485 remedies to stop hairfall, all of them albeit unsuccessfully.

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915 reviews219 followers
March 23, 2017
2.5/5 Picked this one up partly to do some paisa-vasooling of Kindle Unlimited, and partly because I wanted to read something comical. Felt sometimes that this book is modelled on Unreal Elections, which was genuinely good.
Like the Unreal elections, this book too describes events in 2014 with the elections approaching. The first half is decent and there are a few chuckles, but the second half felt tedious at times. The big question, will I pick up another book by the author ? Dont think so.
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4 reviews17 followers
March 21, 2015
This is the first Indian authored book I have read in a while now, and it did not disappoint. Atulya was able to capture the nitty-gritties of every day struggle in Indian life is the most hilarious ways, and his characters seem so close to real life "characters" seen on prime time news channels every day, that it is a wonder this book has not been banned yet. Also, his language and humor will definitely appeal to engineers in India, considering we have our own brand of poking fun at ourselves. "Democrazy" is a must read for anyone looking for more than a few laughs, it will keep you enthralled and engaged from Page 1 and make you wonder, if this was how politics was ACTUALLY run in India, where would we be now?
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410 reviews157 followers
February 21, 2015
Democrazy is a satirical spoof of political environment of media – it caricaturises several key figures of media, politics and business (religious or non-religious). In truth, that pretty much sums up the book review. ;)

Read complete review at: https://alchemistpoonam.wordpress.com...
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416 reviews21 followers
January 20, 2016
A satrical account of the Indian General Elections in 2014, the author does a good job of creating caricatures of almost every Indian politician. The book was a fun read, especially if you follow Indian politicians and can figure out who the caricatures are of.
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May 25, 2018
Nice attempt at political spoof - It became predicable and boring after few chapters. Fun casual read
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10 reviews
August 27, 2015
Awesome satire on the current political and social situation in India....It was not difficult to guess which characters in the book are modeled on which person in real life & the resemblance is hilarious and frightening at the same time....

A must read.
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2 reviews1 follower
March 29, 2015
This book rightly strikes the present chords of indian media and politics.Well written.The satire has been quite a fascination!
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74 reviews1 follower
August 21, 2015
Gave this book 70 pages and couldn't read a page more. Atulya is funny on twitter, but this book didn't work for me.
July 16, 2018
A fictional account of gimmicks pulled off by people associated with mainstream media, governance & act-spiritualism, the book serves its purpose in highlighting the fact that 'people only do things that serve their purpose'. No matter how much we claim ourselves to be modest & selfless, everyone has some selfish aspirations in life.
There's no absolute. Everything is relative. Most decisions in life are a trade-off, and this is what the book does well to reflect through it's lineup of characters.
Having said that, I've felt the majority of part of the book to be dull to read through, solely because of a lack of a good story. But this is okay, since the book isn't a critical account of contemporary Indian politics. (For that, you have several other sources).
In my view, the author has done well in his storytelling, catch-phrasing & satirical abilities, which makes this a fun, light-read.
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