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Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga
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Jan 30, 2012

really liked it
Read from January 23 to 30, 2012

brilliant moments, gives a real feeling of Mumbai, not as captivating as The White Tiger...filled with insight and excruciatingly real human behaviour. One of my favourite passages is:
Sunbaked and sweating, looking like a big pink baby, a foreign man in a singlet and blue shorts was jogging down the pavement, slowly enough for his Indian minder to follow him on foot.
Ajwani saw four young men in polyester shirts gaping at the foreigner. They had been chatting and cackling a moment ago, commenting on every passing car and young girl. How they watched in silence.
He understood.
Having dreamed all their lives of better food and better clothes, the young men were looking at this rich foreigner's appalling sweat, his appalling nudity. Is this the end point, they were wondering: a lifetime of hard work, undertaken involuntarily, to end in this--another lifetime of hard work, undertaken voluntarily?
The city of wealth was playing its usual cat-and-mouse games with migrants: gives them a sniff of success and money in one breath, and makes them wonder about the value of success and the point of money in the next.

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