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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Raghav Marathe, cynical millennial turned reluctant policy analyst, arrives in Delhi with his boss, Prabhu Srikar of the RJM party, and a first-time MP with a tendency to throw up. As they navigate their way around Parliament, handling backroom deals, nepotistic party heads, and laws that seem to be tailor-made to benefit the ruling party, they learn that politics and idea ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Harper India
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R Phantom
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I bought this book after looking to Megnad's work in Consti-tution and newslaundry. Impressed highly with his wit and policy understanding, this book was good, if not excellent. I read non fiction, but as the writer mentioned at the end that he feels important lessons can be imparted through stories, and I agree to him after reading the book.

A very basic book to urge people to be more aware and vigilant towards our ministers and the policies the make, with the help of a seemingly real life stor
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
They say, when you are caught in a dark, hopeless situation and there is nothing you can do to make it better, you can still deal with it, if you have a good sense of humour.
And that's exactly what Meghnad does best - acquaint us with our highly inept dysfunctional corrupt governing system - through his videos and podcasts, and now, with this book.
Having worked as public policy analyst and research aide for the members of parliament, Meghnad has the understanding of inner-workings of the gover
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Romping read. Shows the reality of parliamentary democracy in the country. Wish it weren’t so, but if this is how things are, I’m glad the book exists.
Ankita Goswami
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I am a longtime subscriber of Newslaundry as I believe it's currently one of the very few news outlets in India that I can trust with providing me with authentic news. I am familiar with Meghnad S through his association with Newslaundry and has always found him and his content witty and amusing. Maybe that's why I had high expectations from this book, and it didn't quite meet them. I expected the story to be a bit less clichéd and slightly better written.

It is still, however, a fun and informa
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full review on my blog:

Prabhu Srikar has unexpectedly won as the MP from Nagpur, representing the RJM party, being first timer and without any prior political experience. Raghav a young neighbor whose education Srikar sponsored for the sake of old time rapport with Raghav’s family, helps Srikar with his winning speeches during the election campaigning. Srikar as well as Raghav’s mother insist that Raghav tags along Srikar for his Parliament sessions and co
Anuj Sharma
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinated by this maddening yet weirdly functioning democracy that we live in? Ever wondered what happens inside the most important building of India?!
Wanted to know how our legislative works & function but too wary of reading those mundane pol-sci books?! Well, if you’re looking for answers to all these questions just like me, then this is the perfect book for you!

The book tells the story of a first-time & “by fluke” MP - Prabhu Srikar & his accidental & clueless political aide Rahghav Marat
Ankita Deshkar
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
“Always remember that selfless deeds are collateral damage of selfish deeds. Nobody would do anything if it’s not driven by selfish desire.”

The semi-fiction book Parliamental, by Meghnad S, which started as fun soon lost its charm after #StarPower. The ending of the book was highly predictable (may be because I was expecting far too much).
There are two characters around whom the plot revolves, Prabhu Sirkar, the newly elected MP from Nagpur and his assistant Raghav Marathe, who is in to make a
Ameya Joshi
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
What Parliamental has going for it : in the super-easy-to-read, don’t-stretch-your-mind category which targets non-readers, it has a ‘noble’ objective of at least coupling a fun, uncomplicated tale along with educating people about the structure of our political systems.

Pretty much everything else was disappointing.

I’ve followed Meghnad on Newslaundry and Twitter – and dude, friendly free ka advice : you should not write a book in the same way you tweet or speak on a podcast. Colloquial approa
Manas Mukul
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book is crisp and unputdownable and the vocabulary helps. The editing is sharp and polished and it definitely reflects. With less than 200 story pages it is a fast read and even though the book is a fictional political satire, it goes at a thriller pace and keeps you invested till the very end.

The book is a welcome fodder for all those political analysts. I am going with four stars for ‘Parliamental’ by Meghnad S. – three and a half for the satire and the extra half for the amazingly humorou
Saurabh Pandey
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
After meeting the author at my college, I was a bit interested in his work where he deals with law and policy. This book is a fiction which can be clearly assumed as a real because the incidents mentioned in the book seems to be inspired by the real events.
I really liked the way where the author has explained nitty-gritty of the working of Parliament and he ensures that a layman who isn't aware of the anything going around the Lutyens can understand at least the basic functioning of the system.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: humour
I began reading it with no expectations. It turned out to be an enjoyable read about politicians, their dealings, and well, the consequences of selfishness and ambition.

I have two grouses about this book:

1. Could have been longer. Or maybe the author is planning a sequel?
2. Those footnotes about what a tapri or a kurta are were totally unnecessary and seemed contrived.
Praneesh Pal
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is my first-ever attempt at a book review; so apologies in advance for any ambiguities in the same.

Meghnad's "Parliamental" is a fun book, and was a pretty fast and light read. Don't expect a deep-dive into character development though; the book allows you to have just enough contact with the characters to be able to relate to and sympathise with them for the purpose of the story, but that's about it. To be fair, the plot doesn't require much more than that, and the book thankfully does not
Anukriti Malik
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, 2020
Have you ever been amused by how our Parliament works? How the MPs are elected, their roles, who writes their speeches?⁣

If yes, this is the one for you.⁣

Prabhu Srikar, a first time MP from Nagpur is clueless about his role at the Parliament. His accidental aid, Raghav, who helped him during his election campaign, is entrusted with the same sort of responsibility again. Srikar is our "good and ideal politician", the one who stands for right, and goes against his party for his morals. Raghav, his
Khushi Jain
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Meghnad has the capability to break down difficult explanations and explain it to you in a way that anybody can understand it. In this book, he chose a storytelling format to explain the working of parliament. It's like learning 'behind the scenes' of parliament. It was such a new perspective for me. All this time, I've been looking at the parliamentary proceedings through the perspective of a viewer. But, in this book, the character 'Raghav' represents us (I don't know if it makes sense but rea ...more
Vibhu Gaur
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author has a flair for breaking down the complex into its simplest form for the masses to understand and enjoy. The book opens and ends at such lively and unexpected notes that it's quite difficult to feign ignorance to the effort. Every character stands out and I personally loved the web woven around just a few instead of a star cast to support the story. The language used is simple and to further simplify the analogy the author has included a detailed explanation of the typical words as fo ...more
Nithya Anand
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was unputdownable, which is the highest praise I can give a book.

Raghav Marathe is the character that all of us once were, when we wanted to make changes in the world. And he has both the idealism and the love for political drama that act as opposing forces through the book. He fights with all his might against the social media regulation bill, and at the same time takes pride in authoring the speech that introduced and supported the bill. That’s politics at its finest!
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I bought this book only for Meghnad. But it is not living upto the expectations that the author made with the documentaries on democracy. The plot has starts with a young guy and newly elected MP boss comes in terms with unwritten rules of parliament. I was completely left confused what was the story that is told. There are some glimpses of making us understand intercasies of democracy, but then the entire plot falls apart. Won't recommend ...more
Hiran Venugopalan
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lib-home
A good read if you have context about Indian politics.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clever and relevant, I sense this is just a teaser and there is much more that Meghnad would unleash, possibly via tv series. Excellent!
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
bit predictable needs more working on the plot twist. From the beginning the narrative has been only about the lead , no major sub-plots, needs more work
Vineeth Mohan
It was a quick fun read. The book is a fictional story of a boy who suddenly finds himself in the Parliament of India and is amused by how the system works. He is quickly frustrated at knowing that the democratic system that we are so proud of is not really that democratic. He tries to fiddle with it and find some relevance or self-importance and goes through a heck of journey while doing so.

I learnt a thing or two about our parliamentary democracy, like anti-defection law, what is a whip, elect
Vishakh Unnikrishnan
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fictional account of a policy analyst working for a member of parliament might not seem as interesting a premise, but the insight it provides into how the parliament works can potentially change the way we look at our legislature. Meghnad does a great job of weaving fiction into what he claims are parallels to actual events he was witness to. Highly recommend giving this a try.
varun arora
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A good satire based on sad realities of working of a great democracy. Meghnad has encapsulated the madness in the house of democracy very well with this book. The footnotes are hilarious. This book is as good as Meghnad's work with newslaundry. I really recommend reading this to anyone even mildly interested in politics. ...more
Jun 04, 2021 rated it liked it
The book has an interesting and easy way about it but the language and the buid-up is sometimes too underwhelming. Its certainly not a bad read but leaves a lot to be desired. One thing that is in the books favor is its size which is perfect for a lazy Sunday or a holiday. Other than that there isn't much to be talked about. ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story is a gripping story about the intricacies of politics, politicians and workings of democracy. The humor and the plot line keeps the reader riveted.
Pooja Solanki
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked up the book because I loved meghnad on newslaundry, I was not disappointed.
Book is a nice fun read.
Priyanka Ilavazhakan
Funny !
Hardik Rathod
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Okay okay
Mohammad Shahab Khan
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Superb culmination in a fictional setting of how Indian Parliament works and how Political Parties and Politicians get things done in a self-serving way, nation later manner.
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A good read for someone interested in Indian politics. It’s dark precise and interesting.
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