Exposé books can be explosive, or they just won’t matter

14 September 2014 | by Gargee Gupta

Recently, exposé books authored by influential people have flooded the market, literally. It maybe only three books – Sanjaya Baru’s The Accidental Prime Minister, Natwar Singh’s One Life is Not Enough, and Vinod Rai’s Not Just an Accountant. But it looks like a deluge as the media and the drawing rooms alike are full of conversations and critique about them.


So at PettiCourtyard’s meeting last evening, we discussed them too although with a very different angle. Each member put forth their views about whether people need this kind of exposé literature at all.

Roald Dahl PettiCourtyard



Of course, varied opinions came up. Some felt that this category of literature is nothing but a manifestation of a reporter’s ‘inside story’ or a ‘sting operation’, which creates excitement immediately and may even work as an eye opener but once it lands on our bookshelves, just like the books, even the thrilling truths within them gather dust.


Roald Dahl-PettiCourtyard


Some members were strictly against such kind of literature. According to them it reflected the author’s revengeful mindset, his “wimpy kid” like character and a completely biased outlook.


Ordinary readers usually frame their views and ideas by getting influenced by such sources, hence such literature is not worth circulating or even flipping through as it can work as an explosive and create unnecessary chaos.


We also celebrated English writer Roald Dahl’s 96th birthday with a black forest cake and a short discussion on his most famous book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.





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