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No Onions No Garlic Amandeep Murugesh Rufus and Sundar are bucks who talk dirty for the same reason that they remove the mufflers from their motorcycle exhausts— it makes them feel like men Like libertines To their hormonal despair when Professor Ram stages his remake of A Midsummer Night's Dream at their college fest he casts these four as fairies The farce that follows gradually takes over the lives of the rest of the characters in this achingly funny novel about the pratfalls that accompany caste pride On and off the campus of Chennai University you will encounter onion and garlic free TamBrahms who rewrite Shakespeare to uphold the Hindu order smug NRIs who call the shots in matrimonials visiting Canadians who are aghast at the plight of Dalits pronounced 'daylights' and at the apex of the whole tumbling structure a bibulous builder who invokes the gods even as he defrauds his clients Tailing the characters around this plot is an unseen but all seeing spectator You may never guess who that is but will laugh all the way to the answer

10 thoughts on “No Onions No Garlic

  1. says:

    Frankly I didnt go beyond a few 50 100 pagesI picked up this book presuming the plot or the story is a nice vivid description of the Tambram culture probably in a long lost civilization Unfortunately the author's sattire and cliche can really get irritatingYou can blame it partly on the fact that the Tambrahm image might influence the reading However too many references to toilet habits and personal behaviour can seem to be a highly gross generalization The subtle references to Chennai and the Munniyandi Vilases' might appear amusing but the references are always to the present and hence can definitely be misleading in places where readers want to relate to the readingsNot that the readers head to Munniyandi Vilas but to bring in a bias in terms of a fictional plot is too high a price to pay As much as I dont want to generalize a few things it seems very easy for the NRI Tambrahmsnot all to grab a pen and weave a story of dry humor and sattire and end up showcasing literary skills with a regional flavor rather easily and grab a few brownie points In recent times Chetan Bhagat did the same with a so called reference to 2 states post marrying a Tambrahm which was a big hit amongst the new breed readers and the south indian bashers particularly A few weeks ago Navjot Sidhu did a very gross reference to Chennaites mocking at the speed with which they gobble foodagain an ignorant reference Harsha Bhogle was uick to bring the reference to the anvil and correct Sidhu on the same The fact that the community at times is uiet bolsters the new found attempts at bringing anything and everything that they do under a scanner and make a mockery out of itBack to the review I didnot go beyond 100 pages since I felt there was nothing to keenly look forward to but mere ramblings of a lost plot I checked the online reviews for the book and incidentally noticed a few of the author's friends trying to post their reviews very subtly disappointed yet a mere acuaintance forces them to gently pat the authorA big thumbs down for the same

  2. says:

    this book made me vow that I will never read Indian authors again I stopped reading for a while after this book

  3. says:

    You can appreciate this book the best if you were raised in the background that forms the backbone of this novel and is dealt heavy sarcastic blows from start to finish The narrative details left me in splits most of the time and I feel super smug over the fact that my community has a knack at satire and humour that is uite unmatched in the greater picture That said this story does bring out the extreme prejudice that runs through the concept of caste I hold it strongly that the Brahmin perspective of prejudice is only one angle The pendulum swings both ways in a country like mine that has absolutely no dearth for differences no matter how loudly we claim to be stringing all of them together and labelling it with the sophisticated term 'diversity' My one strong rouse about this book is the crapload of toilet humour pun kinda intended and tedious exaggerations that suffocate the truly hilarious parts and test your patience There is an actual instance of someone defecating in the middle of the road If only Ms Natarajan hadn't stretched it too far I did manage to ignore these road bumps and plough through to the end that offers a nice culmination of unfortunate circumstances The one other thing completely unnecessary was the odd butting in of a first person narration The summing up would've sounded eually good with a third person perspective as well Fair job overall

  4. says:

    Hilarious Being a south indian it was easy to relate the whole TamBrahmAss drama is so true and funny

  5. says:

    The book begins with the cool sea breeze of scorching hot summer of Chennai battling against the builder MrSheshadri that no matter how many towers he raises the blowing wind cannot be stopped While MrSheshadri determined to win by placing stone n cement in possible corner of the coast of the city There is also ProfRam challenging the world literature with his spiritually creamed Midsummer Night’s Dream play in which he plays the narrator of the drama while his students are fit into other characters or rather pushed stuffed and cello taped into the characters ProfRam is a man who highly thinks of his caste and is devoted towards refining education “TamBrahm” style One of his students is Sundar who though is a TamBrahm too but falls his heart to a pretty non tambrahm girlRead here

  6. says:

    'Dai FAIRIES' One should seldom start a review with a uote from the book that has helped itself from another book Bit Inception alistic However this case I am willing to do so This book left me in splits had some really cheeky sardonic and satirical humor Some comical blows many puns totally intended and misspellings aimed at a particular accent which only intensified the legitimacy of the sarcasm Now I look back maybe the author might have gone a bit far nevertheless it was amusing and playful My copy is filled with pencil markings of underlined words and their meanings aplenty of them Which just shows maybe just a tiny bit that the author knew what they were doing I harrowed through the book in a single setting and found myself searching for books by the author Definitely give it a read

  7. says:

    Just hours after I read the first few pages I found myself uoting them to my husband to describe the sea breeze I remembered from my childhood to the one we were currently feeling That's why I enjoyed this book so much I recognized the characters as overblown as they were because they are a part of my history I recognized the language they used I've heard family speak that way I even recognized the experiences they were living through because I've lived through some of them myselfTo have all those familiar elements tossed into a pot with a heavy sprinkling of dark humor and literary references stirred briskly and returned to me on a plate garnished with wit was a pleasure

  8. says:

    This is the funniest book I have read in a long long time Pretty much on the lines of the legend PG Wodehouse the author has put together a hilarious collection of comedy of errors that eventually culminate in a grand finale and suddenly all is well in the world when the last page is turned The author has taken standard Indian beliefs and superstitions and laced them with satire and grim sarcasm The dark humour enhances what would have otherwise been a very racist story Totally totally recommend it Can't wait to read it again

  9. says:

    This was an absolute surprise find This is a funny book which takes on Tamilian Brahmins Mind you it is written by a Tamilian brahmin I found it to be a good read Try it sometime It's an easy light hearted read Disclaimer This is no psychotic way means disrespect to people of any community or religious beliefs

  10. says:

    The first 50 pages of this book is hilarious Especially the description of the play and the so called brahmin version of midsummer night's dream will catch you laughing But as the book progresses there is so much of toilet humor that is enough to make you cringe I plodded on and finished the book though but felt disappointed in the end It started so promisingly

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