No Onions Nor Garlic

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Penguin Books India, 2006 - Caste - 326 pages
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Amandeep, Murugesh, Rufus and Sundar are bucks who talk dirty for the same reason that they remove the mufflers from their motorcycle exhausts-it makes them feel like men. Like libertines. To their hormonal despair, when Professor Ram stages his remake of A Midsummer Night's Dream at their college fest, he casts these four as fairies. The farce that follows gradually takes over the lives of the rest of the characters in this achingly funny novel about the pratfalls that accompany caste pride. On and off the campus of Chennai University, you will encounter onion-and-garlic-free TamBrahms who rewrite Shakespeare to uphold the Hindu order, smug NRIs who call the shots in matrimonials, visiting Canadians who are aghast at the plight of Dalits (pronounced 'daylights') and, at the apex of the whole tumbling structure, a bibulous builder who invokes the gods even as he defrauds his clients. Tailing the characters around this plot is an unseen but all-seeing spectator. You may never guess who that is, but will laugh all the way to the answer.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
14
Section 4
20
Section 5
26
Section 6
28
Section 7
36
Section 8
40
Section 23
262
Section 24
265
Section 25
272
Section 26
278
Section 27
280
Section 28
284
Section 29
286
Section 30
288

Section 9
42
Section 10
44
Section 11
56
Section 12
75
Section 13
107
Section 14
139
Section 15
174
Section 16
204
Section 17
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Section 18
222
Section 19
233
Section 20
242
Section 21
250
Section 22
256
Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
310
Section 38
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Section 39
318
Section 40
320
Section 41
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Section 42
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