“There have been so many Indian novels in English. This, I think, is perhaps the best. This is the story of a man called Agastya Sen, who is a civil servant. He’s a member of the elite Indian Administrative Service. When you become an IAS officer, you’re basically the king of a district in India, you have all the accoutrements of power that the British created and enjoyed. There are retinues of staff at your disposal.Upamanyu Chatterjee finds the comedy in this. He doesn’t spare anyone…I’d say it’s the most comically brilliant English novel to come out of India in the past 70 years.” Read more...
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