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#StoryOfTheMonth July 2016 by Anindita Chatterjee

I liked  Sayantan Ghosh’s Harold Pinter like technique of using symbolism to convey an idea of an identified menace lying in the social system in which were are nothing but automatons taught to parrot ideas that are imposed on us. Any voice of aberration or resentment is throttled to silence in the name of order. The exchange of dialogue in the class in crisp colloquial humour strikes a deep ironical note which becomes politically and socially relevant across time, age and space. It reminds one of Satyajit Ray’s Hirak Rajar Deshe (Kingdom of Diamonds) in which those who protested against the autocratic king were incarcerated in the ‘Jantarmantar’, a chamber for brainwashing devised by the scientist patronised by the king. The story ends with the rebel child being taken away to be administered a dose of treatment whereas the others get busy in the mundane activities of life. The unfinished ending leaves us with an eerie apprehension as to what happens thereafter to the child, is he stifled to silence or does he stand out on his own. The story carries a profound message beneath its apparent simplicity and makes use of the literary device of irony to drive its point home. Fools Rush in will definitely appeal to an academician for its crisp and topical content.