Top 10 Satire Books of 2016 – India

 

The form of satire is somewhat different from sarcasm.  However, in Indian scenario satire is not so well accepted. However, the India writers do not fall short of working with this genre of literature which reflects the subtlety of their flair.  India landscape of books is filled with excellent political satires which reflects the Indian political scenario with its complex situations.

The Courtesans’ keeper

the strength of Indian political writers and their language is best displayed in this book by Kshemendra. The satire backdrops at 10th century Kashmir.  It is an English translation of thousand-year-old Sanskrit satirical novel Samaya Matrika. The writer expertly designs the book through eight chapters with picturesque social satire. The novel is one of those rare books which reflects on non-so popular literary pieces from the history.

Read it For:
An interesting sociological perspective is reflected through this book. A good glimpse of Kashmir is experienced from a 1000-year-old scenario.
Don't Read it For:
A part of the reading experience might succumb the readers to boredom.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is funny and expertly translated. A good inclusion to the top books of satire from India.

Unreal Election

the book is from the people who introduced Unrealtimes.com. This literary piece has appropriately accompanied Indian general election of 2014.  It entertains the readers with notions like Modi’s favourite film is The Lion King, the shawl woes of Kejriwal. Writer successfully frames all such situations from political satire lists to make it a colourful read.  India’s funniest blogger does not fail to impress the readers through a paperback edition of the Unreal election.

Read it For:
Find answers to question like what happens to Arnab Goswami’s milkman when he tries to cheat, how Sonia Gandhi reshuffles the Cabinet with a bit of help from Britney Spears.
Don't Read it For:
It creates a situation of lightness during a serious issue of general elections.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book ‘Unreal Election’ provides a candid view of Indian politics during the extremely sensitive political situation.

The Great Indian Novel

the epic of Mahabharata is redesigned with a focus on Indian independence movement and post-independence decades. This is the book a must-read among the best books to read on satire.  The writer utilises an irreverent tone on Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru who are treated as idols by the Indians.  Some might find it as an allusion to the ‘Great American Novel’ with a punned approach to the Mahabharata.  Mr Tharoor perfectly amalgamates the Indian obsessions of culture as well as politics to structure the novel.

Read it For:
excellent use of humour, satire and wit.
Don't Read it For:
Description of sex is at its worst. There is also lack of ageing in the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author shows a master display of oral confidence. The writing style, prose and verses are fluid.

The White Tiger

the list of top 10 satire books of 2016 is incomplete without Booker-winning writer’s debut novel.  It is refreshing and a new take on social class disparities and complexities.  Balram Halwai is the main protagonist of the story, and the narration develops from his perspective. Balram is a poor villager who comes to Delhi to become a driver for the elite class family. The writer expertly does a constant utilisation of satire and allusion. The book has been excellently received from the readers worldwide.

Read it For:
The first novel of Arvind Adiga who made his mark on the world of literature.
Don't Read it For:
There is no apparent reason for not to read it, to be honest.
What makes this book stand out?:
Watch out for writer’s subtle mix of globalisation, individualism, social class and knitting them with threads of satire.
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Raag Darbari

Though this book is from 1968 it is one of the best inclusion is top 10 satire books.  The author reflects on the failing values which he experienced during the post-independence society of India.  The intellectuals helpless and the corrupt, criminal, businessmen and politicians had joined their hands. Ranganath, the central character comes to know how his uncle utilises the village panchayat, local office of government for political agenda and purposes. Readers would get the essence of rural India and how people are exploited.

Read it For:
Excellent utilisation of humour, satire and picturesque writing style. One can easily spend a life of loneliness with this book.
Don't Read it For:
The original version is in Hindi which contains the real essence.
What makes this book stand out?:
A masterpiece by one of the best humour and satire writer.

Get Corporate before you get fired

the author might not be famous, but his silly but funny approach is commendable. Therefore, the inclusion of this book to list of best books to read on satire cannot be questioned.    One can find the characters same as their office colleagues. Best parts come with the HR and readers would find it most hilarious.  The managers’ funny mannerism often gets the readers a good laugh.  One can easily relate this book to office life which is of close resemblance.  If you are bored with your corporate life, give it a read.

Read it For:
Super funny, laughable excerpts. One is a good relation with corporate work life and fun associated with it.
Don't Read it For:
Focuses on a particular group of people. Normal readers might not relate with the fun.
What makes this book stand out?:
Simple yet funny presentation makes this book stand out.

The Wednesday Soul: The Afterlife with Sunglasses

the author shows the novel from eyes of Nysa Dubey, a female vigilante.  The novel kind of develops on readers expectation utilises the utilisation of lifestyle. Though there is a sense of criminology, vigilantism, yet the book does not fail to share the comedy which the writer expertly infused.  Jokes and pot-shots are the instances which provide the reader with ample share of comedy and satire. The book is full of ingredients to make it to top 10 satire books.

Read it For:
The share of comedy varies from Russian comedy to aspiring Indian doctorates in the queue.
Don't Read it For:
The narration style keeps the reader desired for more. There are too many loopholes in the characters.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is quite passable in its readability. There are gags, pun shots which presents the reader with good humour.

Oh, Shit. Not Again”

the novel is packed with fun like playing porn in front of Grandma, having kicked in the groin by the girl the guy is going to kiss.  The protagonists are five friends with their hilarious stories of life. The questions presented above are all answered by these five people.  The book provides a roller coaster ride through comedy which the readers are sure to enjoy. The literary piece is rightly among the top satire books of 2016. The author does not fail the readers with his share of comedy.

Read it For:
A gut-busting laughter awaits the readers and lovers of comedy and satire. There are filthy characters who bring the adult twist.
Don't Read it For:
The novel gets too filthy at times to complement the humour.
What makes this book stand out?:
The ease of reading and simple humour which the readers can easily relate to their experiences.

Two Guys, Three Girls, and a Mad Professor

Ainash is a crazy professor of anatomy.  He has two daughters who need to be married. However, the twist of the plot lies when the girls are seen to have other plans.  A literary piece for relaxed reading which works with modern Indian culture. The author remembers to add ample amount of humour and satire. The top 10 list of satire books would be incomplete without this humorous, satirical novel.

Read it For:
A blend of dry humour and interesting satire.
Don't Read it For:
At times the author tries to inject movie style confusion.
What makes this book stand out?:
A simple read with ample humour and well laid out storyline.

Show Business

though the novel is from 1991, it has got all the satire and metaphorical reasons to be in top 10 satire book list.  One of the attraction to the storyline is, of course, its association with Bollywood.  The protagonist Ashok Banjara reveals the story in a flashback.  The satire lies through ups and downs of Ashok Banjara’s film career and life.

Read it For:
Its delicate narrative structure firmly poised to push the readers to read till the end.
Don't Read it For:
Flashback sequences often become confusing in paperback form.
What makes this book stand out?:
The excellence of Sashi Tharoor as a writer and that also a satire writer.

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