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Book review and recommendation: Oxygen Manifesto by Atulya Misra

Title- Oxygen Manifesto
Author- Atulya Misra
Publisher- Rupa Publications India
Format- Hardcover
Pages- 208
Genre- Fiction
Publication date- 20 March 2019
My ratings- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Book blurb:

Oxygen manifesto is a story of the triumph of ordinary people over the might of the establishment in their battle to save the environment. Thatha lives in a remote and inaccessible part of Manipur and Ravi is a young IAS Officer from the Tamil Nadu Cadre. Circumstances bring them together and they create the most effective environmental movement the world has ever seen. They shun the politics of criticism and personal attacks and focus on establishing a new Polity based on the principles of environmental protection, habitat conservation, direct Civil action and democratic Decentralization. Oxygen manifesto is an engaging story about environmental degradation and the impact of the Anthropocene. It exposes the myth around wealth creation and the paradigm of economic growth. It also plants a development narrative that is environment-centric—an idea which is considered fringe in today’s times, but is bound to emerge as a mainstream thought in the future. The story also has an undercurrent of minimalism and Veganism, as opposed to consumerism and wasteful consumption. A novel concept of taxing Goods and Services based on their carbon and Water footprint has also been introduced by the writer. This is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of human civilization.

Book review:

“Retrieving the planet is not a matter of choice, but that of compulsion. After all, it’s the only one we have.”

This story is all about the journey of an IAS officer Ravi Chandra Bose meeting an old man of Moreh, Thatha; sharing their knowledge to save the environment and putting forth the movement of “Oxygen Manifesto” in spite of the diabolic political parties who don’t even bother to lay their hands on to bring out the safe and sound environment.

“Is this not the story of almost all major scams and scandals? Is it worth it? Are we not fooling people all the time? Do we not know the character of our politicians before we elect them to high office? Do we expect a noble transformation when they sit at coveted positions, from where they have enormous power and opportunities to plunder? Are we not fooling ourselves? All the time!”

We are aware of the fact that our environ is no more fit and healthy all because of the human anthropogenic activities and no or very few official work on this real evil.

Anthropocene; Earth’s most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans and through a profound tale author has provided many thought-provoking insights on environment and its degradation and how we humans are so self- occupied that we are dodging the real demon and letting it destroy us and our world.

The cover of the book completely justifies its content. This books talks about the power of individuality. It took me 4 hours to finish this book and it was totally worth it. The book that valorously elaborates the evil of the mother earth. The author has explained that how death and devastation caused by air pollution is like a huge man- eating monster, who has devastated a myraid of life.

“At this rate in the near future will see more plastic in the ocean than fish.”

The narration is lucid yet rich. I totally appreciate the author’s selection of words. Characters of Ravi and Thatha goes abruptly with the book.

The book is absolutely engrossing and brilliant incentive to bring out the harsh realities of human activities towards the environment. I would recommend it to every other person to arise out the sense of vigilance and protection towards nature.

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