Hinglish lovers rejoice. Your hinglish vocabulary will be launched to the next level with the opening idiom ‘Hazaar-f**ked’. Meet Agastya Sen. The prototype of the new Cadre of IAS officers, who realize they never should have passed the IAS exam only after joining the system.
Pushed from urban luxuries straight into a rural town of Madna, he starts a war. A war against productive work, backed by his faithful soldiers weed and alcohol. The jocular tone and the hinglish words don’t take anything away from the amazing quality and content of this novel(Please don’t vitiate it by associating with Chetan Bhagat’s genre). Very enjoyable and gives you a layman’s description of the actual administrative system in the grassroots of India.
And for all bibliophobics there is the movie by Dev Benegal too.Grab a dvd if you are scared of paper.
Excerpts from the book:
‘In his essay, Agastya had said that his real ambition was to be a domesticated male stray dog because they lived the best life.They were assured of food,and because they were stray they didn’t have to guard a house or beg or shake paws or fetch trifles or be clean or anything similarly meaningless to earn their food.’
‘A red banner over the door,and outside,a statue of a short fat bespectacled man with a rod coming out of his arse.He asked in wonder, ‘Is that a statue of Gandhi?’. Srivastav laughed shrilly.’Yes,Who do you think?’.’Phew,whats the rod,sir’?
Srivastav laughed even more. ‘That is to prop up the statue.It fell off a few weeks after it was installed. Madna will have many more surprises,Sen’.
Author : Upamanyu Chatterjee
Thickness : 291
Publisher : Penguin
Price : Rs. 299
Contributed by : Satyabrat Mishra