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Mario Dhingsa is a UK-born, Wellington-based, award-winning author. Previously a paralegal in England, he is currently a civil servant for the New Zealand government.
He has published two fictional works on geopolitics and human relations, and is currently drafting his next project, a children's book.
High Office Whispers
B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree (2018)
'Feathered Quill' Book Review by Holly Connors (9 June 2018):
Author Mario Dhingsa delivers an interesting, and entertaining, read in his newest work, High Office Whispers. If you've ever wondered what happens with powerful people behind closed doors, check out High Office Whispers - you're sure to get a laugh.
Available only as an ebook, High Office Whispers is a collection of three short stories that were originally written as a radio play. For all three stories, the year is 2011, and the place is...well, each place is somewhere very important to world events. Now on to those stories...
The first story takes place at the Vatican and as in all three stories, revolves around just two people. For this one, we're taken to a private meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Silvio Berlusconi, the Prime Minister of Italy. The real Berlusconi served as Prime Minister for nine years and had a controversial career with many "highlights" including a prison sentence for corruption. In this story, Berlusconi meets with the Pope at the Pope's request. The Pope, it seems, is bothered by Berlusconi's lifestyle and his apparent ability to spread "...the seeds of sin." The Pope wants Berlusconi to confess his sins, but will he?
In the second tale, we meet Julia Gillard, the Prime Minister of Australia and Tony Abbott, the Leader of the Opposition (he became Prime Minister in 2013). On opposing sides, Gillard is hopeful that the two can find middle ground from which to agree. But Abbott is far more interested in having Gillard call him "Tony A." Apparently, it's very important to Abbott...When Abbott starts talking about what he does to "...perform in this damn theatre of politics," things really get going. It sounds a lot like what is happening currently in the U.S.
The final story takes place at the Kremlin between - who else - Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev (President of Russia). Putin has called the meeting between the two, at 6 a.m., as a "catch-up" meeting to learn of recent events that he, as Prime Minister, needs to address. Medvedev does his best to update Putin, but Putin is far more interested in manly things like taking his shirt off. This meeting is not going to end well...
High Office Whispers is a quick read, one that you could easily do over a leisurely lunch. The stories are quirky - definitely a bit offbeat and unusual. They also all made me laugh, roll my eyes numerous times (in a good, "oh my" sort of way), and picture those famous people in the circumstances the author created. It is definitely interesting to imagine what the Pope or Putin might do behind closed doors and author Mario Dhingsa has given us a humorous look that may also get you thinking about what might really go on when the cameras are gone. As a very reasonably priced ebook, High Office Whispers is a good investment for a fun afternoon read.
Maps of Bliss and Rage
EIGHT COUNTRIES, EIGHT STRANGERS, EIGHT ESCAPES
Eight achingly original, wonderfully witty and touchingly tender stories spanning the globe, including:
– Between the Sword and the Wall.
When two depressed Antarctic scientists hear rumours of an all-female crew at a distant station, they attempt to hitchhike across the harsh landscape in pursuit of ‘a warmth not found in sunshine’.
– The Pierogi Negotiations.
It’s 1973, and in a New York restaurant, Dr Henry Kissinger uses his diplomatic skills to placate President Nixon when their starters fail to arrive in a timely fashion. But his style creates more problems than it solves.
– A Gentle Hand.
In a cemetery in Rome, three ghosts – a Chinese doctor’s wife, a Victorian Englishwoman, and an Iranian diplomat – try to calm a new arrival on his first day.
– The Knives Within.
Three teams of spies, from Japan, South Korea and North Korea, attempt to outmanoeuvre the Imperial Household Agency and make contact with the illegitimate princess of the Japanese Imperial Family.