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The Mammaries of the Welfare State – Upamanyu Chatterjee

Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item? The sex scene, the idiosyncrasies of the bribe-guzzling, tai-chi practicing, file pushing Indian bureaucracy is satisfactorily described.

He could find an example of lunacy wherever he looked in the Welfare State, but no one else seemed to bother, most qelfare it funny or pleasantly incomprehensible. Agastya happens to have worked with Menon, the “Deputy Secretary Personnel Housing ” eight years earlier in Madna, but given that despite his position it took Menon three years before he could allot himself his own very fancy flat, things don’t look promising for Agastya.

But even here the Welfare State makes life complicated for him. He does manage to get himself assigned a statee in the official Guest House with “a spectacular view of both the garbage dump and the slum” — the garbage dump being nothing less that “the world’s largest”but he finds himself sharing these quarters with six strangers.

Sheldon rated it really liked it Jun 29, The Mammaries of the Welfare State picks up some seven or eight years after the time of English, August. Imagine a Mxmmaries like English August, but with all elements that made the original a fun read stripped out.


The politicians as well as the govt officers plundering the state. Could have been better if preference had been given to the protagonists story than to provide a sarcastic account of the inner working of the government.

Oct 27, Prakriti rated it it was amazing. He wishes to change the system from the inside but then he comes across the universal In this sequel to “English, August” – which I enjoyed immensely – August is no longer the naive, optimistic, pot-smoking wannabe beaurocrat.

Upamanyu Chatterjee: The Mammaries of the Welfare State

Agastya will rate it some other time. At least Agastya finds some female company to keep and with mammries a place to spend at least a few nights a week: Am a big fan of ‘English, August’ and was thoroughly disappointed by this sequel. Chatterjee’s love for the language is perceptible. Hilarious for the characterization, while saddening to see how the country’s bureaucracy has messed it all up.

Real life examples easily flash across your skull when you read about the ruling Aflatoons or the gun tottering uneducated son of the chief minister, Makhmal Bagai. If English, August was a delicate outside-in peep into the Indian bureaucracy through the august eyes of EnglishMammaries is a vast chronicle of the functioning of Indian bureaucracy and its hilarious yet sttae association with the Indian politics.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Had I read this book a bit earlier or even later, I would have missed the grand joke that runs through page after page in the book. Amazon Prime Music Stream millions of songs, ad-free.


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Still, his ambiguous feelings towards Daya don’t prevent Agastya from making a spectacularly ill-fated marriage proposal. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. See our Returns Policy. There’s lots of drifting appropriate to the subject matterand characters fade in and out of view and focus. It does get heavy on your cerebrum sometimes and I could handle that in discrete time periods, ….

Apr 12, Kushal Srivastava rated it it was amazing. Kunal Bansal rated it it was amazing Nov 07, Let me confess that I couldn’t go beyond a few chapters Oct 03, Sourabh Biswas rated it it was amazing.

Indeed, in outlook and approach he is much like his younger self. It took wwlfare sometime to finish this book. Agastya does not want to rate this book. Painted with euphemisms, disgust,and a remarkable insight into Indian bureaucracy, the mammaris surely charts its meaningful path through the jungle of rich English. Open Preview See a Problem? Hardcoverpages. A number of fathers are interested in marrying their daughters off to him, despite his best efforts to ward them off. Ah well, just read below http: Quite different from English, August particularly in terms of the non-linearity of the narrative.

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