Faceless Gods
Sandeep Dahiya

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It is a long story, slowly moving like a broad river in its journey through the plains. It is just an effort to highlight some sober facts like the true meaning of nationalism, religion, politics, and humanism. The work has very sharp political connotations. But I would like to clarify that while espousing the cause of clean politics, I have taken very dagger-sharp cuts at certain political forces whose brand of politics results in reversing the basic meanings of religion and nationalism. But it is for sure that all such literary efforts from my side are just a battle cry against bad politics, rather than going against any particular political force. By having creative cuts at the razor-sharp edges of most of the political blocks in India, I have tried to carve out a straight-faced deity whom people have in mind when they envision their interests in the safe hands of the state.

One of the characters is a beautiful girl named Phulva, the gypsy girl. Through the trials and tribulations of her beautiful path through the society of the settlers, I have tried to depict how these almost stateless, religion-less people do come into friction with the sedentary society to create sometimes ecstatic and oftentimes tragic episodes. She smiles like a lotus in the perilous waters of a muddy pond. Also accompanied is the pleasantly sweet-sour path of the now-vanishing nomadic culture that once caressed the settled society with the suddenness of a fresh and fragrant gust of wind. When the gypsies pitch up their campsite on the fringe of settled---and the so-called civilized society---always there are showers and sparkles as the merging fronts of two different entities rub past each other.

The main protagonist is a lame Hindu religioner. Well so much for his Villainy! But there are reasons for badness. After detailing the circumstantial forces, which put him on the path of selfishness--and ultimately his brand of utilitarian Hinduism--I have tried to depict him under the light of multifaceted sun of faith. Through the testing admixture of religion, spirituality, blind faith and religion, I have tried to churn out substantive meanings, which have eluded the mankind puzzled by conflicting dilemmas of faith, superstition, ritualism, or the religiondom overall. At the other end is his guru, the man with the real, selfless, utility-less mission of spiritual awakening. Through this contrasting set of

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pandustar

Awesome job, if you want people to doze off to sleep. The story line seems to be heading somewhere, but I have no clue where. The chapter sizes are monstrous and character details very heavy.
However, you have some real talent, if only you could flip this story into a fast paced one, I think people might actually invest their time reading the manuscript.
All the best.

Feb 25 '16
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Geetha Krishnan

I'm sorry. I thought I knew English. Now I realize my mistake. This is not for ordinary mortals. The language is just too heavy and I really could not make heads or tails out of it.

Dec 17 '15
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Maneesh

Sorry, but this one failed to engage my interest.

Dec 05 '15
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Pushkraj Deshmukh

Please use heavy words where it is really needed.

Nov 25 '15
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Kalyani

A very topical and relevant storyline!

But I felt that the style of writing is not in synch with the times … too descriptive, too floral and somewhat slow paced.

Nov 24 '15
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Manisha Shastri

You severely need to break the chapters and come up with simplistic language.

Nov 23 '15
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Sandeep Dahiya

Thanks for the review Manisha...there are millions of books touching people's lives in mundane manner. I prefer to touch the life of a millionth reader in a special way...before that I know many will just see a page and make negative remarks and rightly so..As far as words are concerned, the very fact that a language has some words makes them fit to be used..my choice..just as it is people's choice to keep their vocabulary limited to 'is, am , are, this, that,...' It is a repository of choicest words. A dictionary might be too boring, it at least has some spice. You at least are original in your review, somebody copypasted a standard negative review. That shows how conditioned and standardized our thinking has become...well when it comes to easy writing, my latest work will be published by Leadstart publishing. It creates a mundane world, with expected beliefs and in common man's language..

Nov 24 '15
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Deepak Kaul

It's like reading a dictionary. The author is trying too hard for a Booker nomination.

Nov 23 '15
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Sandeep Dahiya

Even dictionaries have a role to play..they carry so many beautiful prospects of expressing emotions in their womb. And dictionaries r not for booker nomination...they r for enriching the language..for preserving the long lost words..mine is a dictionary in fiction..u r right in assesment..bt only in that...bcause even i have the knowledge that a dictionary in the form of a tale cannot win booker..and i m aware of that..so at least i wasnot bothered abt booker nomination while writing the book..

Nov 23 '15
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