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Santosh, a young engineering graduate, goes from a city to his backward, native village in Thanjavur, South India, to start a small manufacturing factory and farm his ancestral lands. Set in the mid-1970s, the story describes Santosh's serious and humorous interactions with the local folk and their idiosyncrasies, his attempts at farming, the obstacles he faces from the l Santosh, a young engineering graduate, goes from a city to his backward, native village in Thanjavur, South India, to start a small manufacturing factory and farm his ancestral lands. Set in the mid-1970s, the story describes Santosh's serious and humorous interactions with the local folk and their idiosyncrasies, his attempts at farming, the obstacles he faces from the local authorities, the machinations of his dishonest caretaker Govindraj who has been looking after his family's property for many years and embezzling their money and how Santosh struggles to cope with the various adverse situations that continually confront and challenge him.


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Santosh, a young engineering graduate, goes from a city to his backward, native village in Thanjavur, South India, to start a small manufacturing factory and farm his ancestral lands. Set in the mid-1970s, the story describes Santosh's serious and humorous interactions with the local folk and their idiosyncrasies, his attempts at farming, the obstacles he faces from the l Santosh, a young engineering graduate, goes from a city to his backward, native village in Thanjavur, South India, to start a small manufacturing factory and farm his ancestral lands. Set in the mid-1970s, the story describes Santosh's serious and humorous interactions with the local folk and their idiosyncrasies, his attempts at farming, the obstacles he faces from the local authorities, the machinations of his dishonest caretaker Govindraj who has been looking after his family's property for many years and embezzling their money and how Santosh struggles to cope with the various adverse situations that continually confront and challenge him.

31 review for A Twist at Every Turn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dev Kar

    The story captures the hopes and frustrations of Santosh, a young Indian engineer who goes to his ancestral village in South India to establish a small rice and paddy processing plant in the mid-1970s. Buffeted by the vagaries of nature, poor infrastructure, inefficient and highly corrupt state and local government, Santosh's best efforts are thwarted. To make matters worse, the very people he tries to help look for every opportunity to profit from his failure. The story has no heroes, only vill The story captures the hopes and frustrations of Santosh, a young Indian engineer who goes to his ancestral village in South India to establish a small rice and paddy processing plant in the mid-1970s. Buffeted by the vagaries of nature, poor infrastructure, inefficient and highly corrupt state and local government, Santosh's best efforts are thwarted. To make matters worse, the very people he tries to help look for every opportunity to profit from his failure. The story has no heroes, only villains. Yet, it remains a testament to the power of the human spirit to prevail against all odds and emerge stronger from adversity. I would hope that the author will write a sequel to the story where Santosh compares his experiences in the pre-reform India with current post-reform (after 1991) period. Have economic conditions such as infrastructure and corruption issues such as bribe-taking increased or receded in perceptible ways?

  2. 4 out of 5

    S K

    A fascinating storyline of 70's where young engineer giving up lucrative career willing to try entrepreneurship in a back of beyond place deep in south . a realistic portrayal of characters almost like a parody, touching raw reality of hinterland and its biases and attitudes . Full of subtle understated humor . Inspiring ! A fascinating storyline of 70's where young engineer giving up lucrative career willing to try entrepreneurship in a back of beyond place deep in south . a realistic portrayal of characters almost like a parody, touching raw reality of hinterland and its biases and attitudes . Full of subtle understated humor . Inspiring !

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dhurjati

    The author has a quirky sense of humour and an excellent command of the English language. The description of characters and events are graphic and exhaustive so much so that the story unfolds like a movie. The flow of events is so gripping that it is difficult to put down the book till you finish it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jyothi

    The book describes the experiences of a city-bred engineer in his native village. The vivid descriptions and portrayals of various rural characters and officials make for very interesting reading and tells about human nature without being seen through the rose coloured lenses of Indian movies.It is easy to picture the scenes described and feel the emotions of the protagonist. His interactions with different government officials and officers of the lower court reveal corrupt practices, as is to b The book describes the experiences of a city-bred engineer in his native village. The vivid descriptions and portrayals of various rural characters and officials make for very interesting reading and tells about human nature without being seen through the rose coloured lenses of Indian movies.It is easy to picture the scenes described and feel the emotions of the protagonist. His interactions with different government officials and officers of the lower court reveal corrupt practices, as is to be expected, but also tells about surprising honesty and integrity in some individuals. The misfortunes that befall him are related with a light touch and without melodrama. A humorous and engrossing page turner which is a must-read for those interested in tales of the real India.

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