Why does the author say that Iswaran seemed to more than make up for the absence of a TV in Mahendra's living quarters?
The author said so because Iswaran provided a very good company to Mahendra. He would chat with Mahendra at night when he returned from his work. Iswaran had great narrative skills. He also entertained Mahendra by telling good stories. Mahendra enjoyed listening to his stories because they were packed with adventure, Horror, and Suspense.