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The Goat, The Sofa & Mr. Swami
R. Chandrasekhar

Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Sep 01, 2010
Imprint : Hachette India
Page Extent : 304
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9789350090619
Price : 399

About the book

A politically weighted cricket match between Pakistan and India provides the setting for the hilarious farce set in a delightful 'Yes Minister' format.  The Pakistani Premier's sudden decision to invite himself to a cricket series to be played in India creates uncertainty, panic and bureaucratic gamesmanship in New Delhi. Seemingly above such mundane concerns, India's elderly Prime Minister, devoted to movies, scotch and late mornings, adds to the confusion with random utterances and occasional temper tantrums. His official factotum, a bureaucrat named Swami, plays the confusion for all it is worth, attempting to advance his career and settle old scores. Old rivalries between the Foreign Service and the domestic bureaucrats flare up as the day of the Pakistani Premier's visit approaches. Matters get stalled as rival departments choose to hide behind arcane laws. Conscious of his place in history and of the damage a botched visit would cause, the Prime Minister stages his own protests. Swami is forced to chart a treacherous course between his political and bureaucratic masters. A parable rooted in the absurdities of modern India, this novel takes a light-hearted dig at the pretensions of people who matter.


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R. Chandrasekhar

R. Chandrasekar was born in Madras and studied at Mayo College, Vivekananda College, Madras, the Delhi School of Economics and the University of Chicago. He has researched and pric...(+)

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