As i wanted to dedicate 2016 for indian authors, upamanyu chatterjee came in my list for the above mentioned book. Picked it opposite the homeopathy clinic where I waited for 90 mins to see the doc.
This book is about urban-bred, city-loving youngster who does his IAS and goes for an year of training in Madna, a place where he never imagines himself to be. It chronicles how he thinks during the entire period.
The narrative is dry humor, sarcastic and very original. I quite liked the way in which agastya sen looks at the world. There are a lot of real life elements the author subtly inserts, like tribals, leprosy institute, john avery. You need to have fine eye for detail.
The best part of the book to me was the thoughts agastya gets. And how everyone feels dislocated, wherever they are and whatever they’re doing. So damn true.
Pick it up, and read in leisure. Its a journey to be experienced with the author in his head, not a movie to be watched.
My rating : 5/5