Adiga explores the caste system and the harm it does, telling the story of Shankara, a young boy who is part Brahmin and part Hoyka, who finds himself an outsider in both castes. He builds and detonates a bomb in his chemistry class in order to feel some measure of control and revenge.
In the fifth story, the Assistant Headmaster at the same school examines societal corruption again. But Mr. His attempts to protect Girish from corrupting influences are doomed, however. Adiga turns his attention to the criminal underground that often serves as the last resort of the poor and unfortunate in India, telling the story of Keshava, who sleeps in an alley working for a relative. He catches the eye of a local gangster and slowly rises through the ranks—but his fame and success come at a terrible price, as he is literally mute by the end.
The seventh story is about a journalist who is initially proud of his writing about Muslim-Hindu strife in the city but is broken when he discovers that his sources are plants and his work has been manipulated by a local politician. His slide into despair and insanity is an examination of the rot Adiga sees at the roots of Indian society. Poverty is the theme of the eighth story, in which a cart driver named Chanayya is painfully aware that his work is literally killing him. He rages against the rich and his fellow impoverished drivers, trying several ways to break out of the trap, but finally resigns himself to slowly fading away as he works himself to death.
The ninth story examines family ties, following a pair of young siblings as they beg for money and purchase drugs for their addict father.
Adiga returns to the caste system and the harm it does in the tenth story, where an old Brahmin woman hates her work caring for the spoiled children of the rich, but ultimately finds herself unable to change her life because her faith in the caste system traps her. The two become a steady presence and do well until a simple mistake ruins everything, and they find themselves right back where they began.
The twelfth story is about Ratna, a man who makes his living selling fake medicine to men who have venereal diseases. The boy he chooses to marry his daughter turns out to be infected, and while Ratna is able to call off the wedding, he feels the first qualms of conscience. The thirteenth story revisits the harm of the caste system, focusing on a Brahmin couple.
Childless, they throw frequent dinner parties as part of the Brahmin tradition of courtesy.
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