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Sometimes it can look tedious and took me a long time to read but it’s totally worth the time and effort. Neither father nor son had retained his original caste-revealing surname for the obvious reason that for the legerdemain of politics, one travels light. The clip of his Cartier gold wflfare pen looks splendid against it”.

In Madna, in particular, but also throughout the novel Chatterjee indulges in local and national politics with Agastya out of sight for long sectionsadding to his Indian tableau. There are indeed fascinating references to the politicians as well, including their sartorial details: Visit our Help Pages. Most seem to have adjusted to the situation better than Agastya has: Veturi rated it really liked it May 25, Karn Kher rated it really liked it Apr 25, Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.


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The book begins 8 years after English, If and elaborates in much details the workings of the welfare state. Lists with This Book. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? While the two who use his bed in his absence do vacate it when Agastya is there, it is a less than ideal arrangement.

Hardcoverpages. A good sequel to english august.

I say that it continues his story, makmaries it does, but the book is essentially a long, vicious, occasionally witty satire on Indian government, with Chatterjee outlining the corruption, incompetence, laziness, at times viciousness and malice of those who govern India. This website uses cookies to improve your experience.

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A must read for anyone who intends to join the Indian bearacracy, this book, I would say is still not better than its English, August which was funnier, more out of the box and more random.

Madna — ghastly, insignificant Madna, kilometres from Delhi, familiar to readers of English, August — “is representative of ten thousand other small towns and five hundred other districts in a land of a billion people.

Upamanyu Chatterjee is an Indian author and administrator, noted for his works set in welffare Indian Administrative Service. Coming from an Upamanyu Chatterjee fan, this review would probably seem biased. Quotes from The Mammaries of Agastya is older, more bitter but still resistant to change into the monster that the system called “The Welfare State” forces its employees to become.


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Apr 05, Nithya rated it liked it. To get the free app, enter mobile phone number. Chatterjee is wefare cynic par excellence and the proximity of his prose to reality terrifying.

Books by Upamanyu Chatterjee. Comic and Kafkaesque, The Mammaries of the Welfare State is a masterwork of satire by a major writer at the height of his powers. Apr 07, Rishi Prakash rated it liked it. At least Agastya finds some female company to keep and with it a place to spend at least a few nights a week: However, he carries it a bit too far in this one.

Sure, some things have changed: And then there is Daya: