A wikipedia would define Satire as a genre of literature in which the vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings of individuals, corporations, government, or society are held up to ridicule, ideally hoping for an improvement. A feature of satire is strong irony or sarcasm. Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, it’s greater purpose is constructive social criticism, using wit to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society.
We are seeing some solid society churning. In such times, a true writer uses the pen to echo the turmoil around.
When the mere wax figures masquerade as role models to the ignorant and fawning believers,
when goddesses mull over festering sores of deep-rooted gender inequalities,
The domestic drivels or the mismanaged familial relationships or the idiosyncrasies of our daily humdrum,
When knowledge acquisition suffers a collateral damage as you go chasing degrees,
When even after 70 years of independence, an MP has no Locus Standi,
When a death in search of fame doesn’t even merit a footnote in the daily rags,
When the age old biases exist to debilitate and stunt,
When it becomes a herculean task to find a noble prince or a malleable maid,
When Gods are slotted, reservations are resisted and blood needs to be proved,
When it is not fair to be dark and the government becomes our matrix,
When miracles or god-(wo)men defy logic or a tail becomes a frenzied tale …
It is then time to get to work, wield that acerbic pen and whip up a torrid storm.
These are the prevalent, pertinent issues, screaming for a platform to be showcased so that there could be a change, albeit slowly.
There are two ways to go about this.
Either one pontificates or playfully delivers a sledgehammer.
The second option is always, in my humble opinion, more effective because it softens the blow while making one chuckle and also circumspect.
Sarcasm always works because humor helps you cope, think and if possible…act!!
Edited by Indrani Ganguly, Mock, Stalk and Quarrel, a collection of satirical stories, pokes fun at all the seemingly insurmountable, deep-set issues of today.
Short story format is apt for such an endeavor as the restless world around expresses the feelings in 140 characters. Everything is insta and happening!
So short and snappy is catchy.
It is our way of wanting a tangible change.
Together, we could and we did.
I’m extremely proud to be associated with this ‘Must-Read-One-Of-A-Kind-Satirical-Anthology’ and invite you to pick your copy at this URL..
Abide with us -The Magical 29