Beautifully done As honest a book as it is entertaining The TimesFunny yet deeply melancholic, this is a brilliant and remarkably mature second novel A rare achievement The EconomistTwenty-first-century Mumbai is a city of new money and soaring real estate, and property kingpin Dharmen Shah has grand plans for its future. His offer to buy and tear down a weathered tower block, making way for luxury apartments, will make each of its residents rich if all agree to sell. But not everyone wants to leave; many of the residents have lived there for a lifetime, many of them are no longer young. As tensions rise among the once civil neighbours, one by one those who oppose the offer give way to the majority, until only one man stands in Shahs way: Masterji, a retired schoolteacher, once the most respected man in the building. Shah is a dangerous man to refuse, but as the demolition deadline looms, Masterjis neighbours friends who have become enemies, acquaintances turned conspirators may stop at nothing to score their payday
About the Author :
Aravind Adiga was born in Madras in 1974. A former correspondent for Time magazine, his articles have appeared in publications including the Financial Times, Independent and the Sunday Times. He is the author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel The White Tiger.
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