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Write a product review. The Mammaries of the Welfare State picks up some seven or eight years after the time of English, August.

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welfsre Jun 21, Anuj rated it it was ok. Return to Book Page. Imagine a Book like English August, but with all elements that made the original a fun read stripped out. Peter Williamson rated it really liked it Aug 15, Penguin India 1 May Language: Hardcoverpages.

This shocking novel is realistic in wdlfare sense that ordinary people might have experienced more than we can ever imagine. Agastya is older, more bitter but still resistant to change into the monster that the system called “The Welfare State” forces its employees to become.

He is the good guy in a realm where being good implies being lazy and indifferent. From the trivial — Agastya reminds his subordinates, for example, of the correct method of reusing envelopes they should be turned inside-out — to the largest scale wholesale uprooting welfade neighborhoods, etc.

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However, he carries it a bit too far in this one. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. A good teh to english august. After an amazingly well written “English August”, this one is disappointing.


The book was published in and some of the events and government decisions that Chatterjee envisions in the statd, more for comic relief, absurdity and overdramatisation, are a reality today. Stzte expected the brilliantly portrayed personal angst and stoner inner self from English, August.

I am Upamanyu’s fan. It took me sometime to finish this book. Customers who bought this item also bought. Oct 06, Devashish rated it really liked it.

The clip of his Cartier gold fountain pen looks splendid against it”. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

His novels are just so odd and hard to forget. Amit rated it liked it Feb 04, Coming from an Upamanyu Chatterjee fan, this review would probably seem biased. Nov 25, Sunil rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sure, some things have changed: Don’t get me wrong.

Twice I re-started reading this book, but would always get stuck around page range. Certainly not for the faint hearted or ones with a weak stomach.

However some hues of red and tacit justification of the same is cleverly potrayed. See all 4 reviews. Chatterjee is a cynic par excellence and the proximity of his prose to reality terrifying.

Even the asides and casual observations are nicely done and spot-on: Most seem to have adjusted to the situation better than Agastya has: Agastya himself only survives his job because he carefully balances work with as much leave as he can afford to get away with. So Agastya Sen, whose first year in the Indian Administrative Mammaies is recounted in English, August see our reviewdid mammarirs stick it out in the government bureaucracy. Books by Upamanyu Chatterjee.

Dec 27, Shaz S rated it really liked it Shelves: The novel is an attack on the imperfect beaurocraticy of India. He does manage ot get himself assigned a room 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 mammzries largest”but he finds himself sharing these quarters with six strangers.


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Still, his ambiguous feelings towards Daya don’t prevent Agastya from making a spectacularly ill-fated marriage proposal. Agastya believes in what Upmanyu has said, “Nothing is sacred except the right to laugh”. Sold by a-Muse and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. Please try again later. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

The politicians as well as the govt officers plundering the state. The complete review ‘s Review:. A solid and occasionally searing critique, The Mammaries of the Welfare State is also an enjoyable if sometimes too-broad entertainment. Kunal Bansal rated it it was amazing Nov 07, Share your thoughts with other customers.

Upamanyu Chatterjee: The Mammaries of the Welfare State

I say that it continues his story, which it does, but the book is essentially a long, vicious, occasionally witty satire on Indian government, with Chatterjee outlining the corruption, incompetence, laziness, at times viciousness and stwte of those who govern India. The author keeps ranting with inside references which most of the time will not make any connection to the reader.

Apr 01, Swathi Kiranmayee Manchili rated it it was ok Shelves: