- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Jaico Publishing House; 1 edition (8 February 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8184956568
- ISBN-13: 978-8184956566
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Atulya Mahajan is a writer and satirist. His debut novel Amreekandesi - Masters of America was published in 2013. He writes a popular satire blog at amreekandesi.com and tweets as @amreekandesi. He has previously written humour columns and currently blogs for The Times of India.
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But very honestly, I had to struggle to finish this book. The book has its moments of pure, unadulterated slapstick humor such as when a dynastic politician falls into a village well and others. The mapping to real-life people is obvious and great fun too in a tongue in cheek way.
However, I have two main criticisms of this book:
1. The names of certain people, parties and others are childish - not funny. A 'we will we will rock you' party doesn't really add anything to the overall narrative.
2. There is no "goal" or real plot of the story. It reads simply like a series of incidents - albeit told in a funny way - of things that occur in normal life. Every story needs a MacGuffin - a goal to further the plot. This one simply doesn't have one and loses coherence quickly. The ending also seems very tacked on to not offend anyone.
If you like political humor - esp. in the context of indian politics, I'd recommend you also check out "The Goat, the Sofa & Mr Swami" http://www.amazon.in/Goat-Sofa-Mr-Swami-ebook/dp/B007IR57T2. This is really good political satire as well.
I agree with Gul Panag that the book is a #MustRead! If you are on twitter, you will definitely enjoy the book more. The tweets at the beginning of each chapter are the icing on the cake.
Hats off to Atulya for his courage in making fun of some of the most powerful people in India.
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