A philosophical inquiry into life that defies the time it s been set in What could be different in the novel from the conversations of today is the absolute authority with which caste and gender pervades all discussions of the characters Of course, they are discussed today, but in a completely different light. The Cat And Shakespeare Is A Gentle, Almost Teasing Fable Of Two Friends Govindan Nair Is An Astute, Down To Earth Philosopher And Clerk, Who Tackles The Problems Of Routine Living With Extraordinary Common Sense And Gusto, And Whose Refreshing And Unorthodox Conclusions Continually Panic Ramakrishna Pai, Nair S Friend, Neighbour And Narrator Of The Story This Evocative Novel Brings Alive The Raw Texture Of Life In Trivandrum, And Delights In Its Humour There seem to be no boundaries in and to his writing Normal acts and philosophy keep merging into each other, to make you home to the dreamy state that life is His style sets you free from the bounds of usual structured writing and makes the mind so light The sense of time in the story keeps getting warped, and still it seems natural As the story proceeds, the metaphysical themes are explored , and left open to the reader s interpretation. plain stories through talks about random thoughts existence,objects, their properties, space , conceptual analysis, blah blah blah There s a whimsical sing song feel to this book, I enjoyed the odd humour and upbeat storytelling I wouldn t say go get this book right away But if you want to explore different writing styles, this would be a good suggestion. What I liked most about this book was its music When you start reading it and you get into the rhythm of the book, you are singing the book Metaphysics galore Also, low key humorous People don t lie when they say that this book reads like a song it indeed does In an all, quite unlike anything I ve read before. If you re into metaphysics, then this is your heaven The central point isThe student Rama, the MC has ambitions, desires But lets them be Then, comes the Guru Govinda , who guides the latent to fruition and half completion the house is finally built of two storeys instead of three Why The student knows naught the reality of the world But the Guru knows Is cat unreality and Shakespeare reality Then is ambition unreality that needs to become reality Then does that mean that unreality comes before reality, thus there is no unreality Because unreality is simply a part of reality It is fun to go on such musings But what the novel is to me is language Nowhere will you find such elevating poetry Prose and poetry are not separate but are one ha It is pure sensual pleasure reading this novel Wit also plays its part, gathering a few laughs Want a sensory experience of a South Indian town village with a metaphysical twist Then, you must read.