The Dormant State #BookReview

the dormant stateAuthor : Major Dibya Satpathy
Publisher : Partridge Publishing
Release date : 2016
Pages : 184
Genre : Political thriller / Fiction
Source : Writer’s Melon (

The only reason I picked up this book for review was it was set in Odisha.  I have been reading many Indian authors lately.   Odisha and in fact,  many of the eastern states,  except for West Bengal,  is not featured in them.  The blurb also mentioned politics.  Again,  though I am not a fan of political thrillers,  I am not really averse to a good plot.

The book started off smoothly and the interest is maintained throughout the book.  It has a nice pace with twists and turns keeping the interest high.  It is not as fast-paced as a thriller,  but smooth and steady.

The author has very good clarity on what ails the state. He calls it a ‘Dormant State’ because of the apathy of the government in administering the people and the equally uninspiring apathy of the people. They are used to being neglected by the administration.  The author has touched upon the natural disasters in the state,  its mineral rich land,  naxalism,  temple tourism.  Politics is at the center of everything here be it in college or the temple.

It is a good political thriller as it makes ways and inroads into the mammoth political system,  step-by-step. The protagonist, Aniruddh, is ever ready to do anything for the benefit of the people.  It is his idealistic will to help people which takes him places.  The book highlights the intricacies of the political machinery.  It highlights the glory that can be achieved and also the loopholes through which it can be manipulated.

I loved the character of Aniruddh.  He is singularly focused on the upliftment of the people and development.  All his actions and dialogues are focused and highlights the clarity of his thoughts and vision.  Aniruddh is preparing to enter into the employment sector as per a clearly laid out path charted out by his parents. Every Indian parent will be familiar with this scenario.  But,  Aniruddh has very different plans.  He wants to enter into politics.   In India,  politics is never a career option.  This is something I do not see the younger generation doing,  though it is the need of the hour.

I liked it that the author stuck to his plot throughout and did not add details to sensationalize.  The writing is fluid,  straight-forward, well-edited and never predictable.

I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone who loves to read political thrillers similar to those written by Jeffrey Archer.  I am ready to read his next book too,  if he is writing one.

About the Book: 

Aniruddh Mishra is a non-conforming, spirited, unorthodox youngman, bound by the shackles of tradition. Brought up in one of India’s poorer states – he experiences first-hand, through his middle-class upbringing, the gruesome realities of governance in the country. His youthful exuberance and provocative circumstances leave him with no option but to take on the system.

On entering the murky world of politics, he realises there are a lot of things he hadn’t bargained for. His transformation from an honest novice mutineer to a guile political leader brings out the layers in his character. Amidst strained relations, friendships that turn ugly and back- stabbing foes, Aniruddh has to govern a dormant state and win over the masses.