Posted: May 19, 2010 in Uncategorized



After That Thing Called Love and 22 Yards, I knew I had to attempt something grander. Politics, religion and/or ideology are issues that seem impersonal and relatively inconsequential in our daily existence. And yet sometimes, the influence cast by them is such they make or break personal bonds.

Of Love and Politics is an unusual love triangle between three young Indian politicians. The book plays with some interesting ideas:

  • That ideological differences do impact personal bonds…


  • That Indian politics tends to be largely promiscuous – perhaps a fallout of being over-democratic. As such alliances are entered into and broken pretty much conveniently out here.


  • Paradoxically enough, in the book, a similar making and breaking of personal alliances takes place between Aditya Samar Singh(Congress MP), Brajesh Ranjan( BJP MP) and Chaitali Sen( CPI-M activist).


It will be significant to note even though the story is fictitious, it generously employs a whole gamut of real incidences which have occurred in recent years and which have had the potential to be a bone of contention between two thinking individuals. In its rather unsuspecting way, the book tends to fix up responsibility for some of our biggest political blunders post Independence.

The following blurb will throw more light into the story:


I’m a political journalist by profession and an eternal romantic at heart. I’m sure that is a scandalous and a rare combination.

 Unlike the US, where elections are essentially personality centric and every citizen has a right to decide the next leader, Indian elections tend to be extra-democratic, often putting the very institution at peril. The Indian political scenario is largely tri-polar. There is the Congress and its allies called the UPA on the one hand, the BJP and its allies called the NDA on the other. And then there is the Third Front comprising Left Parties and others who come and leave the front on their convenience. A tri-polar contest carries a huge probability of a hung parliament, which in turn results in some rather hasty and volatile re-alignments to form government. Some of these alignments can be outright opportunistic. And having closely studied them over the last several years, I am in a position to deduce that Indian political parties are promiscuous by nature.


The other interesting point that I have noted is that the political ideology or thought of an individual does tend to percolate down to the individual’s personal demeanor and beliefs too. At least, my friendship with a host of politicos cutting across ideological affinities and my comprehension of them bears testimony to such a phenomenon.


What happens then, when the political drama that unfolds in the country’s corridors of powers, spills over to a complicated personal bond that the protagonists – Aditya Samar Singh, Brajesh Ranjan and Chaitali Sen share?


Aditya like the Congress party he belongs to, tends to be aristocratic while he stands for rationalism and prudence; he is a centrist and he’s accommodating. Brajesh Ranjan, like his party, the BJP, swears by an overtly nationalist agenda; his personal dignity, as well as his idea of the nation’s self dignity tend to be so inflated that they sometimes border on egocentricity; he is hard on himself and others alike. Chaitali Sen, like the CPI(M) she represents, does have some revolutionary crusader traits and instincts. It goes without saying, she is leftist at heart and swears by the underpowered.


Facts, as they say are stranger than fiction and in as much as they would want to deny it, this is an oxymoronic tale of how Aditya, Brajesh and Chaitali were once entangled in a personal alliance, as volatile as the one their parties were forming and breaking. Through their journey, I could manage some rare insights into the personal side of Indian politics.

The book releases June end… Like both my previous books, I guess this one too was destined for a Monsoon release. I do hope it gives you good company in the rains…

Till then, be good!!! God bless!

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