A Book Review of Nitin Sawant’s Lucifer’s Lungi
First of all….let me enjoy a hearty chuckle, because of the title Lucifer’s Lungi,such an incredible name. I mean not even the Metaphysical poets could have thought of such an hilarious name for a book.Who is Lucifer ?(read Milton’s Paradise Lost),What is Lungi ?(watch Lungi Dance).Jokes apart,Sawant’s book is a comic riot in the first half but takes a horror stricken narration towards the end.
How could a Biblical Antagonist wear a south Indian Cotton Cloth and scare the shit out of you ? Please go through it for the answer.The city(Chennai) bred Protagonist takes a weekend trip to a remote Tamil Nadu village,which is a sleepy hamlet. The rustic setting is characterized by pollution free air, panoramic lake views,and some south Indian styled Temples(Salute to their architectural marvel).On one stratum, the book seems to be a ‘discovery of Incredible India’ styled visit of some Western fellow,who comes across the mystic rituals and traditions of Hindu worship,but sadly the protagonist is very much Indian and thanks to Colonial mindset,he mocks his own country people,own religion…But he seems to be a logical person,who is proud of his atheist status and scientific knowledge.Enter the scene,we have an Old Priest,a little fellow and Sarvana Kumar.Sarvana is still buried in the age old customs,and refuse to accept any thing which is scientific,as it might affront the religious ethos.Sawant ,very genuinely describes the attitude of two young men,one is an agnostic and another a true blue aficionado of Palyar.Their principle is about to change.
The narration is appealing and march ahead with a perfect speed towards the pinnacle .The way in which Sawant depicts the trepidation, quandary ,the angst of a lonely traveller marooned in a dark night gives you goose bumps. The night-time episode is the best part of this book as it entertains you,also it raises the fundamental questions like ‘what is fear?’, ‘who is the fiend ?’….Dear readers , Sawant actually hits you hard with the fact ,that during the time of predicament, when the science fails to elucidate, your mind fails to act plausibly, even the ultimate non-believer turns into a believer.
The novel ends with an unforeseen twist. You will discover the weakness of superstition, the strength of logic. Go for Sawant’s Lucifer Lungi..it is side-splitting, rich with anecdotes, the mystified hero’s journey , a thrilling atmosphere and an surprising conclusion. And Yes, don’t ridicule the title of the book,it is actually very appropriate.
An atheist city-slicker unleashed on a medieval holy village…
A simpleton village priest’s boy who blindly worships and guards a pantheon of Gods and Their traditions…
Strange things happen when their worlds collide!
This is a tale of that turmoil on a lonely night in a jungle, when the ghosts you never knew till a few hours ago are let loose on the ghosts that you always carried within, unknowingly.
Welcome to the unholy clash of beliefs, fears and frailties with unknown Gods and demons. A clash
that will test your convictions. A clash
that will rabidly claw and unmask your subconscious, leaving you naked and paralyzed in front of your demons – in a climax that is as ambiguous as it is certain…
Meet the Publisher
Publications is a contemporary publishing start-up based in Bangalore. At Fablery, our focus is on bringing out books that are more in tune with the current reading habits. Our present portfolio includes a psycho-thriller novella “Lucifer’s Lungi
”, two graphic novels “Subbu’s Code” and “Ka Kaa” to be launched at Bangalore Comic Con, along with a book adaptation of a National Award winning movie “Ri
” and an anthology of historical fiction “Once Upon A Time”.
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