DARSHAN: An Indian future
Now, a Drohi rebel has made his way to the Central Temple and seeks an audience with the gods.
What he does there will change the Republic...
Great work by Vimoh. I do wish it was longer though. The world he has created deserves much more.
You may think why does it matter. But, it just might. Because the Gods are young and naive. And what you pray is what you get.
To be fair, the nature of prayer making has become more methodical and narrow. You have to be part of the due process and your request explicit. The monitoring does not help. But, whoever participates in the process gets what they asked for.
The only problem is "Not everyone prays at temples." And before the lost reader of this review assumes that
Was blown away with the plot twist and the surprise reveal.
I went into the story with a very different idea about the plot from what I read in the synopsis but then when the suspense was revealed it was exactly opposite of what I expected and I came out shaking my head! Quite like the protagonist in the story itself!
And you know that a story is awesome when you end up highlighting a paragraph even from the Author’s Afterword !!!
Always a delight to read / hea ...more
I went in without much expectations for this short story, thinking this would be another clichéd dystopia. Like something out of Leila.
By Krishna, was I wrong.
The author paints a compelling portrait of India in the future.
A country ruled by a mighty Sangh (RSS?), and watched over by virtual Gods, where people pray to improve their credit scores, and where only a few Drohis (anti-nationals?) question the system.
The main character, called the Citizen, is a Drohi who seeks an audienc ...more
NOW IT SIMPLY IS!
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Well, this isn't it. You want to feel happy, pick up The Singing Mermaid (it's great for kids!)
You want to see a possibility of where we're headed, and how we could mess up even our sole chance at redemption, then this sci-fi short story is for you.
Be scared of the inevitable failure of human beings trying to defend their free will, dignity and rights, -- OR -- be inspired to char ...more
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