When it comes to imagination and relativity,Upamanyu Chatterjee takes the cake along with the bakery.The grip that he maintains over the readers is really fascinating and I have to admit,at times,disturbing.The characters written by him are so real,that you could easily bump into them on your way to work or to the shop around the corner.They start living inside you as you turn the pages. English,August was excellent,this one tops that. His characters really make me think and look around myself as like me,most of the Indians grow up in similar family environments.It really becomes hard to understand,where you draw the line.The book makes you think,it makes you reconsider the way in which most of us take life for granted,and it does that with wit and satire,Chatterjee's most powerful weapons which he is aware of and knows perfectly where and how to use them. India is a country where family is given top priority,not that it is a bad thing,but most of the people do not get the right meaning of the word family and the responsibilities that come with it.If you look closely enough,you will find one 'Burfi'in almost every house,making similar choices and decisions,with a 'Jamun'by his side.Chatterjee makes it a point that his readers should be at ease with characters and also tries to makes them sympathise with the situations he puts them in.Which works just fine.It is really hard for me to say which is my favourite character in the whole book as all of them manage to touch you deep down,in some way or the other.This book is the stuff Bookers are made for.But it would be eons before any Indian author gets something he really deserves.Upamanyu Chatterjee displays genius beyond the recognition of an award or a prize.His characters are the best award any author could dream of. The Last Burden,definitely worth reading,is a classic novel by a great author of our time.Upamanyu Chatterjee has got my expectations raised to the peak towards his third novel,but with talent like his,rest assured.