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Sociology by Yogesh Atal

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Acknowledgements

As I conclude this book, I am reminded of three persons: Sikander, Salma, and Sanjay. Sikander has been with our household as a domestic help since 1999. Watching my routine, and overhearing my conversations with visiting friends, he once asked the innocent question: ‘why do you always talk of social?’ His worry was why other things were less important for me. He was also unable to understand what my job was, as I had retired. When I moved him to Bangalore to work for my son, Sanket, who had moved from the US, Salma – a Muslim girl from West Bengal and somewhat educated – replaced Sikander. After a few days of her stay with us, she also inquired whether I am some sort of a writer, as she found books everywhere in my penthouse. ...

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