Lucifer’s Lungi – Book Review
Title: Lucifer’s Lungi
Author: Nitin Sawant
Number of Pages: 111
Price: 120 [INR]
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…
Welcome to the madness of ‘Lucifer’s Lungi’… where What-You-See-Is-NOT-What-You-Get…
I was curious about the story line when I saw the title of the book. While it intrigued me, it gave away nothing about what it holds in store for the readers. It took me 2 hours to complete the book and I must say, it was a very satisfying read.
The protagonist of this book is a software professional who is bored with his mundane life. While trying ways to break free from the monotonous life, he develops a habit of going on weekend trips to new places and thus enjoying the break from his routine at office. On one such trips he ends up in a small village, where the stay becomes no less than an adventure.
While the modern world is embracing science and scientific reasons behind every phenomenon, there are still places where religious myths exist. They are so deep rooted in people’s mind that even if you try to correct them, they will never accept the truth. ‘Lucifer’s Lungi’ is about one such incident.
Though short, the story is packed with humor. I loved how the confusion of the protagonist is portrayed clearly, especially when the his mind struggles between accepting the modern thoughts and bracing the myths. It is rightly said that when fear clouds one’s mind, their reasoning and judgement turn out weak.
The narration is crisp and vivid. I felt like I was taking the journey with the protagonist through the jungle. I was experiencing his fears and his confusion. The story leaves you questioning the beliefs you have been believing in blindly all your life. Though the story gets a little boring in some places, the ending makes up for it. It was so gripping that I could feel the tension build up in me as the story was coming to an end. All in all an interesting read.
I’ll end this review with my favorite quote from the book:
There’s more to fear in the wild, than just wild animals. FEAR YOUR IMAGINATION!
My Rating: 4/5 Stars