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Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai
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Nov 07, 11

Read from May 12 to 14, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 4

since the book was set in shahkot, north india(the capital of divine religious cultures and morals) one would expect the book to be have a wide range of religious themes, settings etc however desai employs a much different setting. she completely turns around and lowers the prestige pattern of hinduism as a religion and culture that was set in books known for this such as 'a passage to india'.
the book's main genre is comedy and that is the device she uses in potraying the indian beliefs. the author potrays them as corupt and totally commercialised people not the simple non-buereaucratical peopole. desai openely says this; " how many hermits were secretly wealthy? how many holy men were not at all the beggers they appeared to be? "
to turn around a corrupt and illegal act of reading through peoples mail as a spiritual proclaimation conveys the insatiable appetite for gurus
when she turns around the religious theme. it is quite predictable since the title itself speaks about what one would expect before reading thus no criticism should be put on its religious setting
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