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Polite Society by Mahesh Rao

'I don't really know Serena that well so I wouldn't like to comment.'   'Oh please.'   'I have been to a party at her brother's house in Kasauli, though.'   'And?'   'The garden was full of dahlias in the most vulgar colours.'
A slice of contemporary Delhi so realistically described that one can't help but feel one knows each of the characters, their scandals, and the glee they take in each others' misfortunes. "Once these matters were unearthed, it was common practice in Delhi to raise a beautifully threaded eyebrow and inquire in bafflement: 'Didn't you know?'," as the author points out.