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English August  (English, Paperback, Upamanyu Chatterjee)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: FABER
    • ISBN: 9780571218769, 0571218768
    • Edition: 2011
    • Pages: 291
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    English, August : An Indian Story chronicles city bred protagonist Agastya Sen’s experiences with Indian bureaucracy in the heart of rural India, in sharp contrast to his own sophisticated urban upbringing and mindset, when he is thrown into the small obscure town of Madna as part of his first posting as a civil servant in training.

    Summary Of The Book

    Agastya Sen is the quintessential city boy raised in Delhi, and a civil administrator's son who has followed in his father’s footsteps by opting to become a civil servant himself. His westernised and polished behaviour, and love for the English language have earned him the nickname of ‘August’ and sometimes even ‘English’, among his friends.

    As part of his first training cum posting, he is sent to Madna, a tiny, obscure town deemed to be the hottest place in India. Madna and its people seem to be a far cry from his previous life of sophistication and class among the well bred city dwellers that he left behind in Delhi, and during his first few weeks there, he feels miserably out of place and perplexed at the ways of the Indian bureaucracy and administration.

    Unmotivated with his surroundings and disinterested in his job at first, gradually, he finds himself getting involved in the scheme of things and observing the unique set of characters that comprise Madna such as, Srivastava the local district collector, and his wife, Sathe the cartoonist, and the police superintendent, to name a few.

    Through the eyes of August, readers get to understand the functioning of Indian bureaucrats, the administrative trends at grass root levels within India, the sharp contrasts between the perspectives of the older and the younger generation, and the distinct rungs of hierarchy in Indian society such as the urban and the rural classes of people.

    English, August : An Indian Story is a timeless and philosophical novel about August’s humorous attempts at self discovery, and trying to fit in alien lands. The novel received favourable reviews. It was made into a film by the same name in 1994, starring Rahul Bose as August.

    About Upamanyu Chatterjee

    Born in Patna, Bihar, in 1959, Upamanyu Chatterjee is an author, short story writer, and civil servant from the IAS batch of 1983 in the Maharashtra Cadre.

    He subsequently wrote The Last Burden, The Mammaries Of The Welfare State, Weight Loss, and his most recent novel Way To Go.

    Considered one of the first few writers to present real India as seen in recent times, and offer keen insights on the Indian bureaucracy in his writings, Chatterjee, as experts suggest, with his dry sense of humour, ironic wit, understanding, and imagination has finally captured the often ignored urban Indian class, westernised in its outlook.

    Recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2004, Chatterjee has been compared to literary greats like W. B. Yeats, Kafka, and Camus. He is currently serving in the Ministry of Defence as the Joint Secretary to the Government Of India.

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    • 2011
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    5

    Wonderful insight into the life of a trainee bureaucrat.

    The Book is written in a very lucid style and contains many humorous and entertaining elements.
    Great work done by the Author and a Book presented in a very simple and sober manner.
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    Sachin kangotra

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    18 Dec, 2016

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    5

    english august review

    must read book...........recommented for all age groups................a real issue discussed in a humoous way.............keeps the reader for a long time.........
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    gowri

    Certified Buyer, Trivandrum

    17 Sep, 2016

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    Nothing great but a simple read. Author tries hard though.

    The book is not really that great what other comments would lead you to believe. The book seems to be a simple account of an IAS trainee and it seems the book is written with as dull and uninteresting mindset with which Agastya (protagonist) drags his existence throughout the book. Nothing engrossing ever happens. The book just leads on and on...Certainly not a must-read book for any aspirant.
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    Harshit Ladva

    Certified Buyer, Jamnagar

    23 Oct, 2013

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    5

    Worth every penny

    The book has a few spelling mistakes but other than that it is comedy gold. Gives us an unique insight into the life of a freshly recruited IAS officer. It is not essential reading for a civil services aspirant but a great read for people who enjoy satire.
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    Siddhant Das

    Certified Buyer, Guwahati

    1 Dec, 2018

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    5

    Best in the market!

    Nice Quality. Flipkart pleases me more with every purchase!
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    Suhel Malik

    Certified Buyer, Jodhpur

    21 Aug, 2018

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    4

    Pretty good

    relatable
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    vigneshwaran

    Certified Buyer, Chennai

    1 Jun, 2018

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    4

    Good choice

    Very appropriate, good read and Hilarious.I like the vocabulary. Recommend reading.
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    Avishek Bhattacharjee

    Certified Buyer, Barddhaman District

    27 Jan, 2018

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    Perfect product!

    Nice book for reading
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    Mr. Yashdeep

    Certified Buyer, Jaipur

    29 Sep, 2017

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    Utterly Disappointed

    Too many printing mistakes, beware!
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    Sarrah Usmani

    Certified Buyer, Lucknow

    7 Jun, 2017

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    Chatterjee's cup of tea !

    of course ! i am already acquainted with upamanyu and his style of writing ! but be sure that his content may be for adults and beware of children and young guys ! ha ha
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    Selvaraja A K

    Certified Buyer, Alanganallur

    16 May, 2017

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