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Bleached House Cat

An unsuccesful foray on breezy-absurd territory where anything goes. You can't even take the author to court.

Bleached House Cat
Bleached House Cat
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The tone of the writing is breezy-absurd, which means we can’t hold the writer accountable for anything that happens in the book. Two-foot-long geckos and corpses whose toes send messages from beyond the pyre? No problem. After all, compared to the real-life absurdities of Indian life, where public buses routinely mow down pedestrians on the roads of the capital city and ordinary citizens murder their daughters-in-law on a daily basis, the events in the book are entirely commonplace.

The author’s target is the cruelly insensitive landlord class, so we can relax in the knowledge that he’s a Pureheart, battling for the downtrodden and the underprivileged. Too bad they won’t be the ones reading or even buying this attractive-looking hardcover book! At nearly Rs 400, it is accessible only to that vile class which will no doubt enjoy recognising itself as the villain of the piece. That’s just another part of the all-pervasive absurdity—attackers and defenders have no choice but to sit at the same table, snarling over which of them has the greater right to capitalise upon the suffering of the mute and toiling masses.

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