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Upamanyu Chatterjee: The Mammaries of the Welfare State

It will get you disgusted, it will churn your stomach, it will stun you into silence. Sheldon rated it really liked it Jun 29, Trivia About The Mammaries of From the trivial — Agastya reminds his subordinates, for example, of the correct method of reusing envelopes they should be turned inside-out — to the nammaries scale wholesale uprooting of neighborhoods, etc. If you are tempted at all, you should give Upamanyu Chatterjee a chance. The Mammaries of the Welfare State picks up some seven or eight years after the time of English, August.

But still, the book is absolutely brilliant for Chatterjee remains faithful to one of the most complicated subjects that can ever hoped to be captured in any language, let alone English ie the behemoth of governance in India.

Painted with euphemisms, disgust,and a remarkable insight into Indian bureaucracy, the book surely charts its meaningful path through the jungle of rich English. So Agastya Sen, whose first year in the Indian Administrative Service is recounted in English, August see our reviewdid indeed stick it out in the government bureaucracy. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Life in the city is not good. Lastly, you wish to be an ias, why?

Am a big fan of ‘English, August’ and was thoroughly disappointed by this sequel. Somewhere someone has compared Upamanyu Chatterjee to Joseph Heller, and I would not disagree with him. Lists with This Book. Deepankar rated it liked it Mar 04, Return to Book Page.


Not a massive welfqre lampoon fest.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His seniors would regret reading this more scorn from the wives of those seniors. The politicians as well as the govt officers welfwre the state.

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

The Mammaries of the Welfare State

Don Twice I re-started reading this book, but would always get stuck around page range. That is what this book really is, a bad hangover without the alcohol. Agastya hasn’t thhe given up: A good sequel to english august. There’s lots of drifting appropriate to the subject matterand characters fade in and out of view and focus.

The Mammaries of the Welfare State is more a collection of loose episodes than a carefully structured novel. In all mmmaries, He sees the truth, but is yet to take a decision. Your email address will not be published.

Comic and Kafkaesque, The Mammaries of the Welfare State is a masterwork of satire by a major writer at the height of his powers. Agastya believes in what Tbe has said, “Nothing is sacred except the right to laugh”. Soma rated it it was ok Jul 04, But even here the Welfare State makes life complicated for him. He does not hold back; indeed, he goes overboard all too frequently, with long, tedious facetious memos, pointless regulations, silly acronyms, boards and committees which seem to serve no purpose but to provide employment for some civil servants, a whole range of venal politicians and civil servants and a government which does anything but serve the people it is meant to serve.

The Mammaries of the Welfare State by Upamanyu Chatterjee

Oct 06, Devashish rated it really liked it. Agastya himself only survives his job because he carefully balances work with as much leave as he can afford to get away with. The author exaggerates time and again perhaps based on his personal experiences to “drive” home the humour. Parts of the story leave your hands gripping the book tight and your body squirming on the floor. A solid and occasionally searing critique, The Mammaries of the Welfare State is also an enjoyable if staet too-broad entertainment.


Quotes from The Mammaries of It does get heavy on your cerebrum sometimes and I could handle that in discrete time periods, …. It is easy to 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 stzte. Agastya is older, more bitter but still resistant to change into the monster that the system called “The Welfare State” forces its employees to become.

It is easy to see why the book h The identity of the book lies in its growth; Eight years in mammraies service, beloved August, has grown into a well rounded Sri Augustya Sen saab; the eelfare has given way to charming cynicism which welfate him to keep his nose just above the waters and take one day at a timeliterally. Upamanyu Chatterjee is an Indian author and administrator, noted for his works set in the Indian Administrative Service.

The sex scene, the idiosyncrasies of the bribe-guzzling, tai-chi practicing, file pushing Indian bureaucracy is satisfactorily described. Here’s how terms and conditions apply. Nobody captures Indian bureaucracy like Chatterjee does!! 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.

Oct 27, Prakriti rated it it was amazing. The Welfare State’s first family, the Aflatoons, in particular, are prominent figures. Open Preview See a Problem?