04 August, 2021

The Ballad Of Babel

The Booker winner finds a novel that pierces through Mumbai’s masquerade, capturing its miasmic heart

Amit Haralkar
The Ballad Of Babel

By Yashwant Chittal
A truly first-rate novel of the corporate workplace hardly exists in Indian literature; equally rare is a novel of sustained psychological intensity. A book that combines these qualities, hence, should be greeted by much acclaim. The odd thing is that there has been just such a novel around for years, and hardly anyone seems to know about it. Published in 1979, Yashwant Chittal’s Kannada novel Shikari tells the story of Nagnath, a migrant from north Karnataka who has risen to a high-ranking position in a chemicals corporation in Bombay....

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