Murder with Bengali Characteristics

Murder with Bengali Characteristics A teacher lies dead in a small village near Calcutta Since the Chinese took over things in the Bengal Protectorate have been sliding from bad to worse It looks like the work of the New Thug Society

  • Title: Murder with Bengali Characteristics
  • Author: Shovon Chowdhury
  • ISBN: 9789382277798
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A teacher lies dead in a small village near Calcutta Since the Chinese took over, things in the Bengal Protectorate have been sliding from bad to worse It looks like the work of the New Thug Society, whose members are determined to free Bengal from Chinese oppression.Under Governor Wen, who is confused and slightly weepy, the law and order situation continues to deteriorA teacher lies dead in a small village near Calcutta Since the Chinese took over, things in the Bengal Protectorate have been sliding from bad to worse It looks like the work of the New Thug Society, whose members are determined to free Bengal from Chinese oppression.Under Governor Wen, who is confused and slightly weepy, the law and order situation continues to deteriorate Resurrected members of the Bengal politburo stalk the land, demoralizing all those who thought they were dead The Maoists are still in the jungle, and remain strangely reluctant to re integrate with the Motherland Meanwhile, Didu has escaped, the price of fish is rising, and the Competent Authority, undisputed ruler of India, is trying to start a war with China.Unimpressed by the rising threat of war, which is none of his business, Inspector Li of Lal Bazaar doggedly pursues his prey Why is Propagandist Wang so keen that he investigate something else What are mining magnate Sanjeev Verma and his partner Agarwal up to, and how is Governor Wen involved Will Inspector Li be able to interview his suspects before General Zhou shoots them all And why does his ex wife keep calling, even though her new boyfriend is rich enough to have a duplicate Eiffel Tower in his garden Outrageously funny and wickedly imaginative, Murder with Bengali Characteristics marks the return of one of our finest comic writers.

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    1. Good to read a dystopian book with contemporary characters. With lots of wit and funny episodes one can find tickles funny bones.

    2. The story is set is a not so distant Dystopian future (2035) where China is all powerful and has taken Bengal under it’s ever expanding wing. The book starts with Inspector Li (Chinese) investigating the murder of a seemingly harmless local icon who actually spends time teaching the Bengali children. The clue lead Inspector Li to believe that it was a hired hit, done by thugs and he sets out to find out why. And of course, whom. But the why is more important here. Then we meet Mr.Agarwal and M [...]

    3. Shovon Chowdhury’s ‘Murder with Bengali Characteristics’ wears a spectacular jacket. In the dark it glows. In the light it reminds you of Mithun da’s hero uniform, but that could be because there’s ‘Bengali’ on the cover and fish all around it. The red could also signify a certain political party, or bloody murder which follows close on political heels, especially if we are to believe what the blurb says about the story. Books like ‘Murder with Bengali Characteristics’ are rare [...]

    4. the excessive use of expletives throughout bring only the following words to mind: this was a dick of a book! the only theme throughout was the bashing of Bengali "eloquence" with no flow in the continuity of chapters or character development all around thumbs down

    5. Completed this book today. Kept me up during exams. This is a murder mystery like none other. Keeping in sync with the previous book, this builds up a wonderful plot, a murder mystery, a brewing revolution, in this propaganda driven, post-colonial and again colonized, war-torn, dystopian India. Like The Competent Authority, the book is witty, its heavily critical, over the edge satirical, but unlike that book, Shovon wrote a much more detailed, dense story. He nailed the act of appropriating Dys [...]

    6. More Chinese than Bengali, this is a hilarious, sharp satire that is a worthy follower to 'The Competent Authority'. Set in the future, the book has some memorable characters and very recognisable caricatures, and actually made me laugh out loud so many times. Immensely enjoyable and absolutely recommended. The stunning cover itself is enough reason to pick up your copy, take it home and devour it immediately.

    7. ‘Murder With Bengali Characteristics’ excels in its comic timings, and one chief reason for this is its characters, or to be more appropriate, caricatures. There are people we can relate to in real life, like Pishi and Bijli Bose, who are political rivals just like their real life counterparts.To read the full review, go to bit/1CA9dWp.

    8. An interesting book where I found the setting and the backdrop of the narrative more interesting than the narrative itself. Detailed review can be found at mahabore.wordpress/2015/0

    9. As a western reader I found this a very accessible read, despite a lot of local slang.The author has played a very interesting trick, in that it actually feels more to be a book about the contradictions inherent in the ruling class of contemporary China than about India / Bengal itself.

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