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But even here the Welfare State makes life complicated for him. But it is hopeless — the Welfare State is a mystery within and without and getting things done is pretty much last on the list of everyone’s priorities.

Open Preview See a Problem? Well, at times the style fhe writing just gets on you, and at other times it appears quite funny. Enter your mobile number or email mammariez below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.

A solid and occasionally searing critique, The Mammaries of the Welfare State stage also an enjoyable if sometimes too-broad entertainment. Please try again later.

Agastya himself only survives his job because he carefully balances work with as much leave as he can afford to get away with. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

One person found this helpful. Agastya does not want to rate this book. Feb 02, Sarath Krishnan rated it liked it.

A hallmark of a good satire is that it must be short and this book is anything but. I am aware that the writing was mocking the Indian bureaucracy by mirroring its love for vacuous and long winded sentences, but this very thing, ironically put me off stte further reading.


The clip of his Cartier gold fountain pen looks splendid against it”. Far more often than not he is on target. Am a big fan of ‘English, August’ and was thoroughly disappointed by this sequel. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Agastya escapes Madna and gets sent around elsewhere to pretend to do his duties.

Absolutely hilarious, while saddening at the same time. He is quite philosophic about the law that governs the transfer of civil servants; he sees it as a sort of corollary to the law of karma, namely, that the mammqries of life passes through innumerable and fundamentally mystifying changes, and these changes are sought to be determined by our conduct, our deeds otherwise, we would quite simply lose our marbles ; only thus can we even pretend to satisfactorily explain the mystery of suffering, which is a subject that has troubled thoughtful souls all over the world since time immemorial.

Neither father nor son had retained his original caste-revealing surname for the obvious reason that for the legerdemain of politics, one travels light.

The Mammaries of the Welfare State by Upamanyu Chatterjee

Could have been better if preference had been given to the protagonists story than to provide a sarcastic account of the inner working of the government. Indeed, in outlook and approach he is much like his younger self.

Agastya happens to have worked with Menon, the “Deputy Secretary Personnel Housing ” eight years earlier in Madna, but given that despite his position it took Menon three years before he could allot himself his own very fancy flat, things don’t look promising for Agastya. Certainly not for the faint hearted or ones with a weak stomach.

Upamanyu Chatterjee: The Mammaries of the Welfare State

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He wishes to change the system from the inside but then he comes across the universal In this sequel to “English, August” – which I enjoyed immensely – August is no longer the naive, optimistic, pot-smoking wannabe beaurocrat.


Upmanyu Chatterjee is the Joseph Heller of India. Nov 04, Ashwini Nocaste rated it it was ok. Showing of 4 reviews. He is no longer called August either. Still, Chatterjee’s satire is sharp, and his lingering over various politician’s sagas and descriptions of futile attempts at getting anything done are enjoyable. Amit rated it liked it Feb 04, The book turned me away, just the way the bureaucracy turns people away with its fibbings and fobbings and long winded vaguery.

However some hues of red and tacit justification of the same is cleverly potrayed.

The Mammaries of the Welfare State

Ah well, just read below http: Oct 27, Prakriti rated it it was amazing. Sold by a-Muse and ships shate Amazon Fulfillment. I felt that Chatterjee could have taken a fine scalpel to dissect the problem but, instead, takes a massive sledgehammer, scattering all in its wake but leaving us overwhelmed and, to be honest, too often bored.

He wishes to change the system from the inside but then he comes mammaires the universal problem of being a speck in the ocean of the corruption and vile.

Jul 02, Anirudh rated it it was ok. It is easy mmamaries see why the book has been unpopular, or rather, not as popular as its prequel; it lacks a centre, the narration is diffuse while the characters conveniently drift in and out. Sure, some things have changed: