Dealing with the locals turns out to be a lot easier for August than living with himself. This was one that I made my American wife read before we got married, to help her understand parts of my ‘coming-of-age’ in India that would be otherwise difficult to convey. Upamanyu Chatterjee is an Indian author and administrator, noted for his works set in the Indian Administrative Service. The name field is required. Some features of WorldCat will not be available.
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A fresh recruit to the Indian Administrative Service IAS and his friend sit in their car, totally stoned and deliberating the relative merits of being a bureaucrat. The time period in which the book is set upamxnyu to the mood of it all. The description of the rural places, the road side evenings and the ebookk of villagers around actually make you eenglish a part of the whole narrative.
The Naxal hit Filth disguised as ‘humor’. WorldCat is the world’s largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. Remember me on this computer. Aug 30, Upmanyu Finkelstein rated it liked it. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Refresh and try again. Lethargy will only win the second prize when compared to how much corruption has rusted the machinery of Governance in India. Above all, the novel is a telling commentary on our dissatisfaction with our jobs more so with the current generation, who seeks faster results and instant gratification.
It might make them empathise or strongly degree with the portrayal of the character and circumstances.
English, August: An Indian Story
The E-mail message field is required. This fever of restlessness defies all boundaries and cures and even a divine invocation can be of limited help.
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It is an Indian “The mind is restless, O Krishna” I couldn’t at once decide – in fact, I debated it a lot internally – whether to brand Agastya Sen’s story as a 3-star serio-comedy or a 4-star piece of literature. The lethargy and inertia of the Sarkari Babus read as officials is the chatteree bag on which Chatterjee lands his most powerful blows.
Easily, this has to be one of the most brilliantly written and genuinely edgy reads for me.
Agastya is of the same breed for all that he can feel is a disjointed state of mind with the rest of the world. Also these thoughts do not in anyway contribute to the course of the story. I really think you’re going to get hazaar fucked.
English, August: An Indian Story by Upamanyu Chatterjee
A contribution not just to Indian literature but to world literature; highly recommended. An Indian Story and other books by Upamanyu Chatterjee.
City and town life. Chatterjee draws heavily from his own experiences in the Indian administrative service to paint a picture of life in rural India, working of Government offices and bureaucracy in India of Jan 25, Rukmini rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: At places the words are actually quite heavy and may be only an English August can read it without dictionary!
It is a read that could be finished in rather few chugs granted, I took a little longer to finish it off. An Indian Story by Upamanyu Chatterjee. Finally, after months of no consequences, August runs up against a solid barrier to living a hedonistic life. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. As a reader, I however felt that the author did not give corruption among this mass it’s due attention in this tale.
English, August is nothing short of a modern classic, and I will definitely come back to it again and again for the sheer dark enjoyment it brought me. I hope that the magic of those evenings spent in the silence of the forest somehow compensated for living thousands of kilometres from his family in India, in a god-forsaken Canadian hi My father used to disappear in the evenings.
The character appear real enough although the dialogues may sometimes appear to be unreal.