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In this sequel to “English, August” – which I enjoyed immensely – August is no longer the naive, optimistic, pot-smoking wannabe beaurocrat. Oct 06, Devashish rated it really liked aelfare.

Upamanyu has a unique sense of humour that served him well in the first offering. A must read mammarkes anyone who intends to join the Indian bearacracy, this book, I would say is still not better than its English, August which was funnier, more out of the box and more random.

Jun 21, Anuj rated it it was ok. Agastya does not want to rate this book.

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Jul ma,maries, Dayanand Prabhu rated it did not like it. The complete review ‘s Review:. Even the asides and casual observations are nicely done and spot-on: Hardcoverpages. Quite different from English, August particularly in terms of the non-linearity of the narrative. Lastly, you wish to be an ias, why?


Agastya is older, more bitter but still resistant to change into syate monster that the system called “The Welfare State” forces its employees to become. Certainly not for the faint hearted or ones with a weak stomach. As Madame Europe Olympia says disappointedly to Agastya: Nutsyanyaya, he calls it, and examples abound throughout the book.

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.

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Indeed, in the opening passage of the novel we learn that: There’s lots of drifting appropriate to the subject matterand characters fade in and out of view and focus. Cashback will be credited as Amazon Pay balance within 10 days. Indeed, it is a book about Nutsyanyaya, the essentially impenetrable monolith of omnipresent bureaucracy that has taken on a life of its own and does more bad or rather: It is also a hypothesis that justifies the manifest social inequalities of the Hindu community.

Neither father nor son had retained his original caste-revealing surname for the obvious reason that for the legerdemain of politics, one travels light. Agastya believes in what Upmanyu has said, “Nothing is sacred except the right to laugh”.


Clearly one should have a useless drain for a mind to appreciate the beauty of this book, well, thankfully I have. Daya even offers him a position, but Agastya remains devoted to bureaucracy Oct 27, Prakriti rated it it was amazing.

Still, his ambiguous feelings towards Daya don’t prevent Agastya from making a spectacularly ill-fated marriage proposal. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. See all 4 reviews.

Equality, liberty and justice swing sinusoidally from zero to negative to back at forefront. The Mammaries of the Welfare State picks up welfaare seven or thee years after the time of English, August. Other complications in his life include his love life. Hilarious for the characterization, while saddening to see how the country’s bureaucracy has messed it all up.

The author keeps ranting with inside references which most of the time will not make any connection to the reader.

The best book written about the indian condition by an indian, undoubtedly. Life in the city is not good. Don Mammaries I re-started reading this book, but would always get stuck around page range.