Title: Resident Dormitus
Author: Vikas Rathi
Publisher: Rupa and Co.
“Did anybody tell me that by taking such a decision, I would have to live my life in a phoney high society that I would learn to shun, that I would have to work for a multinational corporate entity which is such a facade that I don’t even know who is really operating, that I would be forced to withstand and avoid moral temptations on a daily basis. That in the whole process, I might cease to be me..”
The name of the book is inviting. Once you get into the dark confines of the vast expanse of the book, there is no stopping you. The book is definitely not a piece of literary excellence. I am sure that the author would not have intended it that way too. Unlike authors who narrate a story and let it wrap you in the blanket of words, thoughts and emotions to convey the final message, Vikas Rathi uses a different method to rattle the senses of the readers at every step!
What sets this book apart is that it makes use of temptations, of values gone haywire, of the urge to explore and exploit facilities (or loopholes if you may call them!) that accompany the package of a new job for the youth in today’s world. What other books might avoid or choose to ignore in order to give a more calm cover to the entire act of working, this book throws right into your face. ‘TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT’ – that is the idea and the intention.
Blatantly crude, the story is highly realistic. There are no shades of grey. The protagonist Achet is into everything he thinks he is capable of indulging in, from drugs, to throwing away money and of course women. But, with each experience comes a lesson (which is written at the end of every chapter) – an honest confession of thoughts and emotions to the self, something, that we would tend to hide deep with our souls. The darker side that is…
“We were being stripped off our innocence. Slowly, our brains were becoming numbingly accustomed to what we had ridiculed before. The transmorgification was on its way to completion and the best part was that we weren’t even aware of it.
Resident Dormitus is a must read for all those youngsters getting into new jobs(more like the placements acquired while in college) which bring with it perks that tend to corrode the imagination. The sudden ‘high’ that they get even with mediocre jobs seem to challenge values and views. Of course, the book is not every one’s cup of tea. So, read it with caution. But it is a fact that the book is an honestly realistic view out there – farce, hypocrisy and immorality included.
Some of my best quotes from the book:
“When you are childish, people around pity you and thereby take care of you. If you are wise all the time, people are eventually going to become sick of you because they don’t like to be told what to do all the time.”
“The traveller , in his turn, and in this age, is so influenced by his fellow passengers that he himself is not sure of what he really wants. It all boils down to what makes one happy. And that is so ephemeral a concept that it will wither away if one so much as whispers it.”
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