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Post  WillyNilly on Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:11 pm

the father of pakistan's fastest bowler, on his first visit to india, is murdered at a banquet in delhi. the instrument of murder: butter chicken with poison in it; and v.p., india's "most private investigator," swings into action. at about page 75, mummy-ji, unbeknownst to v.p., takes up the case.

i'll need to finish the book to find out why mummy-ji, accompanied by ritu auntie, is on her way to haridwar. it can't be only to scatter uncle jagdish's ashes in the ganges. what is mummy-ji's connection with the victim, faheem khan? the one thing that chubby (v.p.) and his brother bhuppi know is that mummy-ji and faheem khan had both lived in rawalpindi before the partition.

in the book are present-day descriptions of the crowded metropolis of delhi, the suburbs, indian bureaucracy, the poor, the rich, the hotels, the waiters, the housemaids, and especially the middle-class punjabis who inhabit the book, all laced with humour, from the p.o.v. of an english author who is married to an indian woman, and lives in delhi.

more later, perhaps, if you haven't already googled this subj to death.


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Post  Guest on Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:27 pm

WillyNilly wrote:the father of pakistan's fastest bowler, on his first visit to india, is murdered at a banquet in delhi. the instrument of murder: butter chicken with poison in it; and v.p., india's "most private investigator," swings into action. at about page 75, mummy-ji, unbeknownst to v.p., takes up the case.

i'll need to finish the book to find out why mummy-ji, accompanied by ritu auntie, is on her way to haridwar. it can't be only to scatter uncle jagdish's ashes in the ganges. what is mummy-ji's connection with the victim, faheem khan? the one thing that chubby (v.p.) and his brother bhuppi know is that mummy-ji and faheem khan had both lived in rawalpindi before the partition.

in the book are present-day descriptions of the crowded metropolis of delhi, the suburbs, indian bureaucracy, the poor, the rich, the hotels, the waiters, the housemaids, and especially the middle-class punjabis who inhabit the book, all laced with humour, from the p.o.v. of an english author who is married to an indian woman, and lives in delhi.

more later, perhaps, if you haven't already googled this subj to death.



thanks, but what is the name of the book? For an authentic description of rural north india, read this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Darbari-Shrilal-Shukla-Gillian-Wright/dp/0143418890/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1350073595&sr=8-2&keywords=raag+darbari

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