Punchtantra: Parables for the 21st Century

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Penguin Books, 1998 - Fables, Indic - 213 pages
A wacky take-off on Vishnu Sharmaıs Panchatantra

Inspired by James Finn Garnerıs Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, best-selling author Gautam Bhatia takes the men, women and animals of the Panchatantra and relocates them in contemporary India with its newly acquired nations of political correctness. So we have the fiercely vocal lesbian feminist, Yajnadatta, who leaves her husband for a woman; the expatriate dog Chitranga who flees racial persecution in the West; and a mongoose with an Oedipus complex, armed with a .45 Colt. As these characters engage with the burning issues of the dayıunemployment, oppression, environmental pollution, sexual incompatibilityıthey lay bare the hilarious absurdities of our muddled world.

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