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Return to Book Page. Comic and Kafkaesque, The Mammaries of the Welfare State is a masterwork of satire by a major writer at the height of his powers. Hardcoverpages. Published December 1st by Viking Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Mammaries of the Welfare Stateplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Mammaries of the Welfare State. Lists with This Book.
Nov 25, Sunil rated it it was amazing Shelves: The identity of the book lies in its growth; Eight staate in the service, beloved August, has grown into a well rounded Sri Augustya Sen saab; the confusion has given way to charming cynicism which helps him to keep his nose just above the waters and take one day at a timeliterally. It is easy to see why the book h The identity of the book lies in its growth; Eight years in the service, beloved August, has grown into a well rounded Sri Augustya Sen saab; the confusion has given way to charming cynicism which helps him to keep his nose just above the waters and take one day at a timeliterally.
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 out. But still, the book is absolutely brilliant for Chatterjee remains faithful to sfate 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. If English, August was a delicate outside-in peep into the Indian bureaucracy through the august eyes of EnglishMammaries is a vast chronicle of the functioning mammariess Indian bureaucracy and its hilarious yet inevitable association with the Indian politics.
Upamanyu Chatterjee: The Mammaries of the Welfare State – The Modern Novel
Had I read this book a bit earlier or even later, I would have missed the grand joke that runs through page after page in the book. Clearly one should have a useless drain for a mind to appreciate the beauty of this tsate, well, thankfully I have.
Apr 01, Swathi Kiranmayee Manchili rated it it was ok Shelves: I expected this book to be as interesting as Th, August. Not as engaging as the prequel but is a decent read.
Upamanyu Chatterjee: The Mammaries of the Welfare State
It took me sometime to finish this book. Dec 27, Shaz S rated it really liked it Shelves: In this sequel to “English, August” – which I enjoyed immensely – August is no longer the naive, optimistic, pot-smoking wannabe beaurocrat.
He is no longer called August either. 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. He is the mamaries guy in a realm where being good implies being lazy and indifferent. 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.
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. With characters nuttier, aelfare and more real than any other in Indian fiction, Chatterjee manages to paint a true picture of the bizarre universe called the Indian society.
The book was published in and some of the events and welfzre decisions that Chatterjee envisions in the book, more for comic relief, absurdity and overdramatisation, are a reality today. I wish that this book was as popular as its prequel. Oct 03, Sourabh Biswas rated it it was amazing. Depressingly humorous, the entire story goes on like a multitude of sequences, events, incidents in succession one after the other as in a marijuana fueled haze.
Quite different from English, August particularly in terms of the non-linearity of the narrative. Somewhere someone has compared Upamanyu Chatterjee to Joseph Heller, and I would not disagree with him. Apr statf, Kushal Srivastava rated it it was amazing. Amazingly brilliant and humorous. Upmanyu Chatterjee is the Joseph Heller of India. Sometimes it can look tedious and took me a long time to read but it’s totally worth the time and effort. The book begins 8 years after English, August and elaborates in much details the workings of the welfare state.
Chatterjee is a cynic par excellence and the proximity of his prose to reality terrifying. Mar 08, Rajat Bansal rated it liked it. Nov 08, Muthu Raj rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 06, Devashish mammariws it really liked it. A good sequel to english august. mamnaries
May 10, Anil Swarup rated it it was ok. After an amazingly well written “English August”, this one is disappointing. This book yet again demonstrates author’s command over the English language as well as the Hindi slang that has been used profusely right oc the narration.
However, this narration becomes monotonous and, on occasions repetitive and boring. The author exaggerates time and again perhaps based on his personal experiences to “drive” home the humour. No one has been spared in the book that takes a dig primarily at the After an amazingly well written “English August”, this one is disappointing. No one has been spared in the book that takes a dig primarily at the bureaucracy almost everyone does these days and the “state” of affairs.
There are indeed fascinating references to the politicians as well, including their sartorial details: The Prime Minister wears it. The clip of we,fare Cartier gold fountain pen looks splendid against it”.
Upamanyu has a unique sense of humour that served him well in the first offering. However, he carries it a bit too far in this one. Oct 27, Prakriti rated it it was amazing. The best book written about the indian condition by an indian, undoubtedly. It will get you disgusted, it will churn your stomach, it will stun you into silence. Satte not for the faint hearted or ones with a weak stomach. Ah well, just read below http: Wrote a short story in attempted tribute to Upamanyu Chatterjee and this book have barely written short stories in my life http: An The best book written about the indian condition by an indian, undoubtedly.
And just thinking about him http: Nov 04, Ashwini Nocaste rated it it was ok.
The Mammaries of the Welfare State
Twice I re-started reading this book, but would always get stuck around page range. The levity that put the pre-quel on another pedestal is completely lost in this sequel. 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 from further reading.
The book turned me away, just the way the bureaucracy turns people away with its fibbings and fobbings and long winded vaguery. Don Twice I re-started reading this book, but would always get stuck around page range. Don’t get me wrong. I am Upamanyu’s fan. Jul 21, Dayanand Prabhu rated it did not like it. Imagine a Book like English August, but with all elements that made the original a fun read stripped out. That is what this book really is, a bad hangover without the alcohol. The author keeps ranting with inside references which most of the time will not make any connection to the reader.
The book’s sense of humor also began funny, but rapidly become stale and repetitive. Jun 21, Ov rated it it was ok. Well, at times the style of writing just gets on you, and at other times it appears quite funny. The book gives an insight into the working of the ‘system’. A must read for anyone who intends to join the Indian bearacracy, this book, I would say is still not better than its English, August which was funnier, more out of the box and more random.
Jul 02, Anirudh rated it it was ok. I expected the brilliantly portrayed personal angst and stoner inner self from English, August. Not a massive political lampoon fest. A pretty okay read on its own, but a poor sequel to English, August. Feb 02, Mammariex Krishnan rated it liked it. The novel is an attack on the imperfect beaurocraticy of India.
The politicians as well as the govt officers plundering the state.
The Mammaries of the Welfare State by Upamanyu Chatterjee
This shocking novel is realistic in the sense that ordinary people might have experienced more than we can ever imagine. Apr 05, Nithya rated it liked it.
Nov 05, Shwetank rated it really liked it. Agastya does not want to rate this book. Agastya will rate it some other time.