In his new book, IndiaÃ½s pre-eminent humorist turns to the subject of domestic help, and brings us ten hilarious stories about some memorably idiosyncratic people. The tales are put together by Ganesh, a freelance journalist trying to write a feature article on servants he has known. As his chronicle progresses, what emerges is a richly embellished narrative starring unforgettable characters. There is Swami, the cook, who finds his true vocation as a godman; Kumar, who deserts his household duties to pursue his tinsel-town dreams; Anthony the driver who makes money on the side by giving lifts to strangers; the maid Shanti, whose life is thrown into turmoil by the neighbourÃ½s servant who is besotted with her; and Ramaswami, a trusted retainer who reappears mysteriously, much to the consternation of his employer, long after he has been presumed drowned.Marked by LaxmanÃ½s trademark wit, and including pencil sketches drawn specially for this edition, Servants of India is a delightful read.
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