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The Gin Drinkers by Sagarika Ghose

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New Delhi’s liquid colonialism is on its way out. The old social order is crumbling. Those born into English-speaking privilege – Uma, the England-returned graduate; Madhavi, the academic, and journalist Dhruv; Shantanu, the civil servant, and his wife Anasuya; Deekay, the middle-class revolutionary; Pamela Sen, the dedicated teacher; Ikram Gilchrist, the famous author – are slowly but surely yielding ground to the subaltern. In the roil and rustle of this change, a mysterious gang of thieves is stealing old and rare books from the houses of the well-heeled. Who are these people? Where are they taking these books? And who is the mysterious Jai Prakash? What is his secret? The Gin Drinkers is a tragicomedy of manners and a true mirror to the class and caste conflicts that define modern India.

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Sagarika Ghose is a senior journalist, broadcaster and columnist. She has worked with the Times of India, Indian Express, Outlook, BBC and CNN-IBN. Her show, Question Time Didi, with Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, received the News Television (NT) Award for Best Public Debate Show in 2013.

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She was awarded the Gr8-ITA Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2009 and the Excellence in Journalism Award (Aparajita Award) from the FICCI Ladies Organization in 2005. In 2012, she received the C.F. Andrews Award for Distinguished Alumnus from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi. She was conferred the ITA Best Anchor Award from the Indian Television Academy (ITA) in 2013. In 2014, the Rhodes Project named Sagarika Ghose one of the thirteen famous women Rhodes scholars in the world. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in modern history from Magdalen College and an MPhil from St. Antony’s College, Oxford. She lives in New Delhi and is the author of two novels, Blind Faith and The Gin Drinkers.

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New Delhi’s liquid colonialism is on its way out. The old social order is crumbling. Those born into English-speaking privilege – Uma, the England-returned graduate; Madhavi, the academic, and journalist Dhruv; Shantanu, the civil servant, and his wife Anasuya; Deekay, the middle-class revolutionary; Pamela Sen, the dedicated teacher; Ikram Gilchrist, the famous author – are slowly but surely yielding ground to the subaltern. In the roil and rustle of this change, a mysterious gang of thieves is stealing old and rare books from the houses of the well-heeled. Who are these people? Where are they taking these books? And who is the mysterious Jai Prakash? What is his secret? The Gin Drinkers is a tragicomedy of manners and a true mirror to the class and caste conflicts that define modern India.

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