An exploitative eco-system

Richa Lakhera  

Journalist Richa Lakhera’s third book, Hungry Gods has been inspired by her work in the media. The book has a multi-voice narrative. Though a work of fiction, the stories are inspired by Richa’s observation of the film industry. “One of the angles I have taken in the book is also about corporates and superstar brand ambassadors. The relationship sometimes become toxic, for example what happened with Tiger Woods, Sharon Stone and Christian Dior and Aamir Khan, among others. The book is about a rich and powerful superstar, who is a megalomaniac and exploits women. This is what I have seen of a dog-eats-dog exploitative eco-system.”

Sexual domination is also a crucial aspect in the book, Richa points out. “The events depict women caught in violent sexual crimes. The woman protagonist has a relationship with a sportstar but she is scared to speak out because she would either be called vindictive or hysterical.” The book has another layer to it; it highlights a faulty criminal investigation system. “According to the United Nations, there should be one policeman for every 428 people. But in India there is only one policeman for 700 people!”

The book explores the dark world of narcotics. “The biggest consumers of drugs is the literate class. More than 70 per cent of well-placed people take drugs. In the book I have written about the connection between industry high flyers and drug suppliers.”

Along with narcotics, Hungry Gods has yet another angle to it: The flesh trade. Research forms the bedrock of the book, says Richa. She describes writing a thriller, “As someone once said, it is like to trying to cross the ocean in a bath tub.”

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