TITLE : The Dormant State
AUTHOR: Dibya Satpathy
GENRE : Political Thriller




Aniruddh is a non-conforming, spirited, unorthodox young man, 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 is forced to confront with evils, which he hadn’t bargained for. The events in his life leave his relationships at peril as he lurches along the forlorn lanes of insecurity. 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.

The climax is a gripping tale of sinister moves and counter moves that end up bringing out the devil in him in a moment of self adjudication.



Storyline : Interesting, intriguing and engaging, the book takes the reader on a virtual tour of a state riddled with problems. While on the one hand we come across the rise of a lad of humble origins, one who is pure of heart and feels strongly for his fellow beings, on the other we also come across those wily beings whose every breath stinks of deceit.

In short, the story is a mirror to the dirty politics played in not only Odisha but in almost every state of India. There’s nothing new that we don’t know yet how many of us has the guts to put it across in black and white. Kudos to the courage shown by the author.

While there are some interesting twists and turns that keep the reader on tenterhooks, the climax is the icing on the cake.

Characterization: The character of the protagonist i.e. Annirudh Mishra is well – developed. However I feel that the characters of some of the other players in the story like that of Vishnu, Deepak, etc. have a lot of potential. They could have been given some more space and importance in the story. It would have added more spice to the plot.

Language: Simple and easy to understand.

Pace: Though slow at first it picked up in the second half.


Narrative: Long winding narratives while explaining the state of affairs in Odisha acted as hurdles at times. Similarly some generalized / sweeping statements proved to be irritants in an otherwise well-crafted plot.


An interesting thriller one that’s sure to make you guessing regarding the man behind the scene, the one who pulls the strings and the climax, I’ll give it 3 on a scale of 5.


A copy of the book was provided to me by writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


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