Rabi does it all during the six months of the programme touring London and other towns of England, riding trains, hopping pubs, chatting up with his course-mates from different countries, meeting up with old friends from Delhi - Madhu, a lawyer who is not doing all that well, and Rajinder and the over-sexed Jagdeep, who are well settled - and even attending a rave party, all the while often verbosely comparing the Indian way of life with the Western one. But what he really does of any concern is to flip for Janis. There are of course some potential hurdles: the atheletically built American course mate James, who Rabi thinks may have a soft spot for Janis; the family history of his great-uncle Yudhisthtar, incidentally the current London-uncle's father, who went mad after having a failed love affair with a gori, when he was in London ages back, and the resultant fear that Rabi may face a similarly tragic outcome (in fact to be fair to the otherwise below par novel, the Yudhistar episode is sketched very poignantly, and the author could have probably stuck to a full blown account of this tale alone); to say nothing about assumptions regarding Rabi's mother's potential objections to the match.
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