About the authors:
Rashma Kalsie is a writer and playright. She has been involved with many NGOs and is the founder of the Indian Diaspora Dramatics Association in Australia. George Dixon has been writing short stories for ten years and has published five books on Kindle.
Impressions from the cover:
A novel where Gods are online and having fun doing social networking. It also involves corrupt politicians in some way because the subtitle has it and there are politicians in the cartoon. The cover also makes me thing it is humor genre.
Impressions from the blurb:
Validates the impression from the cover, but Gods are among humans than in heavens maybe. And it might be more philosophical and explorative of life as well.
My thoughts on the book:
Looking solely at the title and the cover, the impression that I got was a story of gods having social networking and such, and a tale of corruption (as the subtitle says) also happening along. Maybe the gods use their online privileges to try and stop that and such. Also, with the story having gods, the narration would be magical and bring out a world where these heavenly deities work their magic.
The book begins with Christ (Chris in the book) buying a computer, and starting a Facebook account. He notices most of the gods are already there. Buddy Roy (Buddha), Krishna, Vishnu, Ati etc. are the gods online. Christ stays in a cottage that is between heaven and earth. The book also has these odd characters like Sunderaman, who is Krishna’s boss. He comes across as someone who lives to eat. The book, though humorous and witty in title, doesn’t have as much humor as philosophy. The conversations online are mainly between Krishna and Christ.
For me, the tone of the book is very important. In this case, it was flat. It didn’t feel interesting to read, rather it felt like it was an essay. Once that appeal factor goes, the rest doesn’t work out well. To name a couple of things, I couldn’t understand why Christ, who uses some “finger movements” to silence the salesman can’t just get a computer with that magic. He drives a VW Camper, but is amazed at the goods he sees on sale. Vishnu is on Facebook, as is Krishna. I know it is fiction, but can Vishnu’s avatar exist in the same world as Vishnu himself? If Atheists don’t believe in the existence of God or deities, can there be a God of Atheists? Some actions, some characters didn’t make sense. And to give a suggestion to Sristi, the publishers, if an author has an alternate name, it would be good if he uses one of the two. On the cover, it says George Dixon. In the acknowledgement and dedication part inside, it says Phil Cherry. And nowhere does it mention that both are one and the same.
I like the premise of the book, and it promised humor to the reader. There was a little humor, but it didn’t come across well. For me, this book was more miss than hit.
Title: Oh! Gods Are Online…
Authors: Rashma Kalsie and George Dixon
Publishers: Srishti Publishers
Price: INR. 150
(July 7th, 2013)