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Asa me asamiWhen I reviewed “Vyakti ani Valli” by Pu La Deshpande, I was just acting on my promise to talk about the great writer and his writings. I didn’t know that the post would be so popular (it has more views than second and third most popular posts on this blog combined, and then some).

Given the interest of the people, I want to follow it up with the another book from his three most famous books, “Asa Me Asami“, on the birthdate of Pu La.

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Milrose MunceRemember Moaning Myrtle (it hasn’t been that long)? And remember how despite her epithet “moaning”, each and every encounter with her ends up being hilariously funny? Well, “Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help” by Douglas Anthony Cooper is full of such Myrtles, each with differing degrees of humour and potential for humour.

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Cross-Posted at Desicritics.org (my first post there)

A young man (I am speaking of ‘young’ in political sense) becomes a minister after years working for the party. When he takes charge of the department, he is faced with the Civil Service, wielding The Red Tape, who try to stop him from converting his dreams (of Open Governance) into reality. He almost falls prey to the system in his naivety, before fighting back with the (hidden) help of his trusted Private Secretary. In the process, he gets the coveted job of Prime Minister due (in true tradition of heroes) to a lucky chance and some conniving protagonists. Due partly to his increased standing in and understanding of The System, helped in part by his trusted Secretary and some mistakes on part of the protagonists, he is finally able to emerge triumphant.

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Pu La….

“[If the people in this book come alive and meet me,] I will embrace them warmly!”
P. L. Deshpande (when asked about characters in Vyakti ani Valli)

Vyakti ani Valli Almost any marathi person’s introduction to PuLa is reading “Vyakti ani Valli”, “Batatyachi Chaal” or “Asa Me Asa Me”. These books, along with his other comedy stories are so engraved on marathi psyche, that just the mention of the names of characters is enough to invoke laughter.

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The Craziest Book

The Stupidest AngelChristopher Moore

By the rating, you must have known by now that this is one of the books where you can’t read another line, and can’t stop without knowing what happens next. This is the book where anything can happen, literally, because there is divine intervention at work.

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