Books and ballots

For Indians, there is surely only one novel in English that perfectly captures the many nuances of our vast and complicated electoral process: Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy

Mihir S Sharma

Many of us will be glad that these apparently interminable elections are finally over. It will now be possible to have conversations about things other than voting percentages and air strikes. But it is also possible that, for some of us, there will be withdrawal symptoms. Electoral politics has been discussed threadbare for months — and now, suddenly, we are supposed to stop thinking about it? Let us not despair! For, even if the daily newspaper now turns to such trifles as a slowing economy or a trade war, there is always the bookshelf. If your preferred party was ...