From the boondocks of the Sundarbans to the hallowed corridors of the Supreme Court of India, and everywhere in between, comes this insightful and humourous "non-story" that regales the tales of struggling lawyers, their colorful clients, and the landscape of the Indian judiciary, all via the perspective and experiences of one such lawyer - Gourango, the unwitting star of this narrative.
"An authentic behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives and challenges of lawyers and their clients, this book will fascinate readers with its many colorful larger-than-life characters, dramatic stories, and unexpected plot twists."
- Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Author of The Last Queen and Forest of Enchantments
"Each chapter, often peppered with affectionate Bengalese, is both poignant and sweet. This is why your smile will play around the edges long after you've turned the last page. For the non-initiate, cheeky access to the legal world as well."
- Dipankar Gupta Sociologists and Public Intellectual
"Ghose manages the impossible here; he brings relatability to an otherwise drab & complex universe of Indian Jurisprudence. A satirical look into how Indian courts function, with all their eccentricities & the power games that are played. A must-read "non-story" for anyone interested to know how justice is done in our country (or not)."
- Akash Banerjee Satirist and Political Commentator
Part I 1. Noor Mallik 2. Keshto Bannerjee 3. Justice Parambrato Basak 4. It begins 5. Annapurna and Sunanda 6. Roopa Bose 7. Siddhant Jhunjhunwala 8. The Countdown Begins 9. Noor’s big day in court 10. Snigdha Chakraborti (née Sarkar) 11. Narendra Biswas 12. Action Replay 13. How Gourango lost his O
Part II 14. Ali Khan 15. Indumati Khilnani 16. Sreedharan Chandrashekharan Pandiyan 17. Bipin Bihari Panda 18. Indumati Khilnani II 19. Gourango loses his O 20. The Meeting 21. Judgment Day
Part III 22. The Nine Day Queen 23. The “Gujjar” from Greater Noida and Lofty Latin 24. The incorrigible “I’m also a lawyer.” 25. “You must always lose.” 26. “Won’t you treat me to a cup of coffee first?” 27. “You are a cruel man Mr. Ghose.”