The Great Indian Novel

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the epic of Mahabharata is redesigned with a focus on Indian independence movement and post-independence decades. This is the book a must-read among the best books to read on satire.  The writer utilises an irreverent tone on Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru who are treated as idols by the Indians.  Some might find it as an allusion to the ‘Great American Novel’ with a punned approach to the Mahabharata.  Mr Tharoor perfectly amalgamates the Indian obsessions of culture as well as politics to structure the novel.

What makes this book stand out?

The author shows a master display of oral confidence. The writing style, prose and verses are fluid.

Read it for

excellent use of humour, satire and wit.

Don't read it for

Description of sex is at its worst. There is also lack of ageing in the book.

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