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A Free Man by Aman Sethi
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Nov 16, 11

Read in October, 2011

Aman Sethi's attempt at presenting a ringside view of the lives of the working poor is a bold venture. He does well in charting out their daily uncertainties regarding employment, money and even location, of a daily wage worker. Very early in the narrative, he describes the hierarchical 'lines' system that classifies skilled labour (the mixing of cement, the skinning of chickens) and unskilled labour (the optimal way of lifting crates). Sethi does a fine job of translating the dialogue which is mostly in Delhi argot Hindi. While there is a pervasive bleak air about the narrative, it never turns excessively maudlin. Overall, a fine read.
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