With the wedding season waning, I have a little more time on my hands now to catch up on all my reading.
I received a copy of Upamanyu Chatterjee’s book English, August a couple of months back and I have not been able to put it down. First published in 1988, according to Akhil Sharma who introduces the book, English, August was widely appreciated for, well, its honesty and humor. The story is about Agastya [or August] and his coming of age in the Indian Administrative Service. [no small feat]
When the whole world has decided to turn inward and become all so serious, a book like English, August comes along that says, “hey, it’s ok to laugh at the system.”
The book has been republished here by the New York Review of Books and is available at all your favorite book stores.