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The Sane Psychopath is the anti-thesis of ‘news’ – while news today is about frenzy, the book is about thought.
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.
Read the book its quit interesting and engaging bt some how for the chap 1 and. 2 felt that its beating around the bush nevertheless after this its moving quickely diluted with violence and the climax is also quit dissaponting if u alter this climax then it would be best I think so and its not everyones cup of tea
To be honest I am a fan of Salil Desai's Inspector Sarlakar series. That is why I picked this up. The Sane Psychopath is a book, drew inspiration from 2012 Pune Bus Incident and I must say that this is a great mixture of reality and fiction. 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.