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Delhi and its inhabitants through the eyes of a taxi

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/4/travailswithchachi.jpgTravails with Chachi: Conversations with a DLY Taxi Driver, written by Louise Fernandes Khurshid, is a narrative of a taxi driver, Madath Singh Yadav, and his taxi called Chachi.

Embedded in the distinct Indian flavour are 42 chapters on the travels of a 15-year-old ambassador taxi which has human emotions and at times breaks down to express her displeasure.

As the narrative unfolds, the reader gets to know more about Chachi and her owner, Madath Singh. Singh, who lives in Delhi but belongs to the badlands of Uttar Pradesh, is a simple family man who opposes the three C’s of politics — caste, criminal and cash, having witnessed it all closely.

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The taxi, while travelling in and around Delhi, has seated political personalities such as the former prime minister, election commissioner and Crane Bedi (read Kiran Bedi), and gives occasional glimpses into the lives of those who are central figures in the field of politics.

Overall, it is an interesting read that highlights the characteristics of the city with a blend of politics.

Title: Travails with Chachi
Author: Louise Fernandes Khurshid
Publisher: Hay House
Price: 350

 

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