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The Sane Psychopath Kindle Edition
Are some crimes unpardonable?
A young lawyer is about to find out.
It was just another day in Pune. Just another morning.
Until a man decided otherwise.
And left an entire city horrified . . . scared . . . angry . . . baying for blood.
This is the story of Shanker Lande, driver of a state transport bus, who goes on a bone-chilling hour-long rampage on the streets of Pune—killing 10, maiming 70, and damaging over 100 vehicles, before he is captured.
In this case of Shanker Lande vs the city of Pune, the difference between the criminal and the victims is clear as night and day. But a young idealistic lawyer, Varun Gupte, a Punekar, still decides to defend Lande. And in the process seeks help from a psychiatrist, a man who lost his son to the same incident.
Caught in the pincer grip of their dilemmas, do the two men crumble? Do they unearth the truth? And does the truth absolve Lande?
Inspired by a real incident, The Sane Psychopath is a fictional exploration of a frightening murderous phenomenon of our times.
—SUJOY GHOSH, Director – Kahaani --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
An alumnus of Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Salil’s dramatized management training videos (www.relivingindia.com) are much appreciated in the corporate world. He also conducts intensive workshops in creative fiction writing, story and scenario design, screenplay writing and film-making.
Salil was also one of the four international authors worldwide selected for the HALD International Writers’ Residency in Denmark, hosted by the Danish Centre for Writers & Translators in June 2016. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07TZ1NV2W
- Publisher : Fingerprint! Publishing (9 January 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 12163 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 174 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #34,518 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First and foremost, this is not a murder mystery as in his earlier books. This is radically different. This novel is based on a true event which occurred in Pune. I vividly remember the case when the incident actually happened in Pune. I Googled the current status and found that the Supreme Court has reduced his punishment from Death to Life imprisonment considering insanity as a plea.
Now, coming to the book – it is not an easy book to write. It requires a fine sense of balance. Also it is his shortest book and I can say equally gripping. The plot is tight with no deviation whatsoever. Short chapters add to the pace. What is most critical in such books is the ending. Without mentioning the details the ending actually seals everything. Puts everyone in place. No room for discussion. There is a lot of oscillation in the minds of the readers throughout the book – ranging from anger, sadness, disappointment, sympathy, helplessness, etc. But the end puts a full stop on everything.
There are other small small things in the books which add a lot of character to the pace of the novel.
Read it and you will not regret it.
News narrates events as they occur, raises surface-level questions, and then answers its own questions, drawing us into its loudness and frenzy by feeding on our apprehensions and anger.
The novel, on the other hand, speaks to our sane mind. It takes a horrific real event, the mowing down of Pune citizens by a bus driver, and probes the events, emotions, and thresholds that trigger the latent ‘demon’ within the driver. It tells us that given the right triggers, sanity can snap for any one of us, at any moment, just as it did for Shanker Lande.
It shows the circular nature of cause and effect, in which the effect can once again become a cause, and points, without judgement, to the difficulty of letting go of our anger and pain. It also shows that we are all inextricably linked in ways that we do not want to acknowledge.
Showing that the perpetrator himself had been a victim and that the victim, in turn, can become a future perpetrator, the novel forces us to acknowledge our reluctance to look inwards at our own anger and the many times when we ourselves must have been the trigger in small ways. It raises the question of our interactions with pain, sickness, everyday life through the men in the car and Lande’s boss.
We are guilty of road rage, of being uncaring with colleagues, service providers, family, strangers, clients, of causing pain and discomfort in our interactions, which we brush aside, stating that we were justified in doing so.
In a very direct way, the novel also highlights the urgent need to better understand and accept psychiatric illnesses.
Crucially, for today’s times, lawyer Varun Gupte’s stance shows the interaction between thought and frenzy and the courage it takes to follow up on thought.
Whoever said that crime novels are mere thrillers! The Sane Psychopath is that and more. Salil Desai shows that the genre can help us revisit our attitudes and thought.
But if we compare it to the other books of him this was a quite bad. The writing, the language is not lucid and easy to understand. Some questions are remained unanswered. Some plots are unnecessary. Character development is also not properly done.
So if you are a regular reader go for this one. Not for a casual or new reader.