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Reality around him is decidedly odd, and he has little interest in confronting it head-on.

He is taking it up just because he has triumphed in the exams. Ahmed leaned forward for each question, neck tensed and head angled with politeness. Eglish character appear real enough although the dialogues may sometimes appear to be unreal.

There is a hint of Darjeeling my hometown in the book too that made the reading experience a tad bit heartwarming amid the laughter I was breaking into constantly.

His images of Madna remain bracingly vivid: No trivia or quizzes yet. Although there seem to be many variables floating throughout the novel – Indian bureaucracy, corruption, tribal development, moral turpitude among the ruling, etc.

He flees, briefly, back to the big city, and considers taking hpamanyu job in publishing. But this is Chatterjee. Dhrubo, the intimidating yet vulnerable Governor Sen; and a whole gamut of minor but quirky characters that make up the third-leads.

But there are so many of them, I don’t know how to pick. Actually a revisit; I am reading now with a chatteriee, travelling across India Ah!! Joining the Indian Administrative Service IAS — which author Chatterjee himself joined at the same age, in englidh Agastya is sent off chatterjde a year’s training in district administration to a small district town called Madna.


The western influence on young generation and vast difference between urban and rural lives form a part of the theme as well. Scenes of how files keep piling up in government offices and how some top bureaucrats deliberately make it a point to reach public functions late and make everyone wait to underline their superiority, is bang on.

There are handful of words which have found persistent usage throughout and for me that was the biggest turnoff.

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English, August by Upamanyu Chatterjee – funny and englih recommended! My reasons for placing it where I have are below: Where do I even start!

And with his habit of smoking marijuana and being stoned most of the time, Agastya finds himself in a perpetual state of daze, even as he listlessly goes about with his chattereje. Heat and dust, chstterjee but mostly filth and dirt. Maybe it gets better as it goes. The chatternee in the society is clearly reflected in t “The mind is indeed restless, Krishna. Let’s smoke a last one, shall we? The book gets off to a slow start but shapes up beautifully, and some parts are beautiful.

I never did know that this was a debut novel for such is the flair with which Chatterjee has written this novel. It was adapted into a film of the same name in A humorous and irreverent study of bureaucracy and the Indian Generation XEnglish, August won several awards at international film festivals.

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Five Point Someone burst its seams with youthful enthusiasm cchatterjee the prospect of entering the ruling classes. Moreover, August is surrounded by wild characters: But yeah, Renu the Punjaban and Neera come close to being my perfect women.

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Agastya begins to have some sense of what is important and what is of interest to him. I’ve finally decided on the latter. The overall theme of the book, I would say is about alienation; about the sense of not belonging, about being so far from home, and about being out of the comfort zone. It’s not the four letter word that’s so offensive in my book; it’s the human condition and its remedies that concern me.

He’s struck by the laidback attitude of the administrative community, trying to battle with the trying conditions of the place. I wanted to post some of the funny excerpts from the novel. Filth disguised as ‘humor’. Feb 20, Lee Anne rated it it was ok. In the early 19th century some tar and feathers may have surfaced to decorate the commentator.