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The Candidate
Author: Anirudha Bhattacharya

Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780143422570
Pages: 295
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'I can't picture you surviving in Indian politics. Let me tell you the reasons:you have morals, too much integrity, and you lack an ego.'Without a job, and a marriage on the rocks, the mild-mannered JayBanerjee has no choice but to come back from the US to Delhi. A chancemeeting with a childhood friend, Govardhan Ray, aka Raja-a neta with ascandal too many-plunges him into the seamy, madcap world of Indianpolitics.
The fight for the Narayanpore seat-a nondescript district in WestBengal-begins, and along with it, the process of discovering 'the realIndia'. Jay's challenge: to provide a 'clean campaign with integrity'.Replete with colourful campaigns, media hullabaloo, cynical voters, goondas, chamchas and all the usual suspects, The Candidate is a breezy and humorous story of the great Indian election tamasha. .
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