Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
The Centipedes is a post-truth fiction. It is an account of the dilemma faced by a reporter while chasing a story of a crime that was committed in the national capital. Events and thoughts are interwoven into the fabric of the story making for a tense and gripping read. In the course of doing his job, the reporter finds himself trapped in a vicious circle of cunning and artful dealings causing him to become disillusioned and disenchanted. Will he be able to complete his assignment?
It is a work of fiction based on post-truth. The protagonist is a roving correspondent who travels from New Delhi to Allababad, Varanasi and Bhadohi. He meets several people and finds that people are eager to compromise at every level. The protagonist is not ready to accept this because he has grown in an atmosphere where morality is taught from the day a child is born.
Piyush Srivastava is a journalist with twenty years of experience. He has worked with almost every newspaper of the country and covered politics.
The Centipedes is a post-truth fiction. Ramayan Prasad, the protagonist, a journalist is following events after an incident of gang-rape and founds at every stage that nobody is interested in ensuring that such a heinous crime is not repeated.
He concludes he is doing is futile job, as his writings are not going to change the world. At every stage, he gets frustrated to see lousy politicians and so-called intellectuals, as they all are ultimately anti-woman and want status quo in Indian society.
At every stage, the truth turns into supra-truth for Ramayan.