The Householder Naresh Kumar PA to Shri R K Asthana IAS is his boss doorkeeper There is a share for Naresh in the bounties that flow in through that door and there has been for years But he is a man besieged His

  • Title: The Householder
  • Author: Amitabha Bagchi
  • ISBN: 9789350292297
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Naresh Kumar, PA to Shri R.K Asthana, IAS, is his boss doorkeeper There is a share for Naresh in the bounties that flow in through that door, and there has been for years But he is a man besieged His married daughter is having trouble conceiving, his son s call centre job might be a cover for something murkier, and his wife expects him to solve these problems Then thNaresh Kumar, PA to Shri R.K Asthana, IAS, is his boss doorkeeper There is a share for Naresh in the bounties that flow in through that door, and there has been for years But he is a man besieged His married daughter is having trouble conceiving, his son s call centre job might be a cover for something murkier, and his wife expects him to solve these problems Then there is Pinki Kaur, a colleague and his friend s widow, whose presence in the office stirs responses in him that he can neither submit to nor suppress Distracted by personal crises, he misses the signs of political trouble brewing at work, and so it is that Naresh finds himself suspended from his job Unseated from the desk that has been the source of his power and well being, he must still struggle to make things right for his family Naresh is, after all, a householder.With uncommon acuity, Amitabha Bagchi writes of a world where favours are currency, where access to power sometimes feels like a prerequisite for survival, where power can be both total and ephemeral The Householder is a view from within this world, an examination of the moral condition of our times.

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    1. I like to call myself a connoisseur of good booksbut I have a confession to make . I am more partial to the Indian Authors. There is something strangely earthy reading about a monotony you are very familiar withthe waking up ritualsthe clang of the milkman’s cyclethe adrak vali chaay to ward off a bad cold…the aroma of crisp dosas wafting from the kitchenworries over a daughter still unmarried…or the son who is still jobless uncles…aunty’s… and gossip fresh from a kitty party.Maybe t [...]

    2. Amitabha Bagchi's “The Householder” charts, with an endearing restraint, the moral struggle of an ordinary government employee, its eponymous protagonist, confronted as he is with the vagaries of power in his ceaseless battle to secure the happiness of his family.The novel's middle-class characters and their everyday conflicts are instantly recognisable, but Bagchi's lucid perceptiveness lends their portrayal a quiet dignity, elevating what could have slipped into a nondescript soap in lesse [...]

    3. The novel flows well ,it's simple but not cheap, a fine statement on the dichotomy of the middle class .The book is about many things - a widow , a young married girl having difficulty in conceiving , difficult in-laws , house-maker , being a pawn but largely it's about Naresh , PA to Mr Asthana -the IAS. Naresh is in a lot of trouble at office and at home - some his making and rest the making of others , in a way quite normal to any householder.This book has some tangential parallel to White Ti [...]

    4. I haven't read Amitabha Bagchi's first book, but I just read through this one in a single sitting. It's a light read, and well-written - but what caught my interest in the first few pages, and held it through the book, were the little, intricate, detailed descriptions of people's mannerisms. How very perfectly Bagchi has caught out the reasons for each of these little mannerisms, and how very well he describes them! The story itself is simple, and so believable. By the end of the book, one feels [...]

    5. I must admit i was not a big fan of the writer's debut novel, 'Above Average'. I thought it was a book which was true to its title. But in his next book, the writer explores the dark underbelly of power, greed and corruption in Delhi. It has delicate touches of humour and sensitivity which is rare to find in the India based fiction writing these days.The novel incorporates two worlds — New Delhi’s babu-dom and the flashy gen-next culture of Gurgaon’s call centres. He takes us into the laby [...]

    6. A simple story with ordinary characters, but, it still keeps you glued till the end. The credit goes to the brilliant and lucid writing style of Amitabha Bagchi, who makes a hero out of a common Indian citizen, who is corrupt because of his family. It questions the responsibilities we hold towards our family and how we justify our actions citing them as excuses.

    7. It was a OK book. Simple to read. Not too many pages of rambling or complex prose. Not taxing. But nothing great or very interesting. Probably bit clichéd for me: About a government official named Naresh, his corrupt ways, his son too is corrupt, he worries for his daughter and son, and so on and so forth.

    8. The author's understated style of writing makes this novel a good read. That we are able to sympathize with a corrupt protagonist owes a lot to the skills of Bagchi. The author doesn't sermonise inspite of having enough room for it. Instead,he leaves the message to the reader.

    9. The story line is very realistic and reminds you of Delhi Bureaucracy.The author has been able to capture the dilemma of a government official so beautifully who is unable to meet the expenses of his household without stooping to corruption and how that becomes an integral part of his existence.

    10. very nice pace and development of characters is a great caricature of the middle class family in india, albeit one with privileges read it in one sitting !

    11. Story revolving a middle class family,the main protagonist who has to be corrupt so that he and his family can live comfortably.A quick simplistic read.

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