Real Time: Stories and a Reminiscence
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Real Time: Stories and a Reminiscence

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Amit Chaudhuri's stories range across the astonishing face of the modern Indian subcontinent. From divorcees about to enter into an arranged marriage to the teenaged poet who develops a relationship with a lonely widower, from singing teachers to housewives to white-collar businessmen, Chaudhuri deftly explores the juxtaposition of the new and old worlds in his native Indi...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published August 24th 2004 by Picador USA (first published January 1st 2002)
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I do wish some of my online Indian acquaintances had opinions about this book; in some respects it is difficult to know what to make of it.

For a start one sympathises with the readers and reviewers online who complain about the structure of these stories. I would describe many of them as episodes rather than stories and for those who like an end to a story, this is a collection that will largely disappoint, most of them stopping rather than ending.

For another thing, I imagine non-Indian readers...more
Erika Jones
I have to say, I didn't really get it. These were such small stories, and there was so much detail packed in, but I felt, not a lot of description. It seemed like I should be building a literal mental street map from all the detail, but never understood the feeling from the description. Britannia India was worked into literally every story, and a number of other companies were worked into most of them repeatedly. Did these companies pay for the book to be published? Are there only half a dozen b...more
Kathy Chung
Reviewed here : Mama Kucing Books : Real Time Stories & A Reminiscence By Amit Chaudhuri

I don't really like the stories in this book. Too many of it with not clear ending and clear story line. More like hanging threads of thoughts. For example"Confession of a Sacrifice". The lady said she was aware that she is being prepared for a sacrifice in the future. But there is no mention of what sort of sacrifice that she is being pushed to. It was left hanging there.

I like story where there is a beg...more
Chaudhuri writes universal themes of human struggle among various elements and settings. Though the stories in this book were uneven (in terms of quality and tone), I enjoyed being transported between Calcutta and Mumbai. The end of the first story, "Portrait of an Artist," sums up many of the people I've met here, "Calcutta was his universe; like a dewdrop, it holds within it the light and colors of the entire world."
Sundarraj Kaushik
Except for a few stories others seem pedantry. Does not seem worth reading except for expats who may wish to reminiscence about Kolkatta and in some stories about Mumbai.
A wonderful Indian (English language) author. A fine collection of stories, based largely in Calcutta and Mumbai.
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Amit Chaudhuri was born in Calcutta in 1962, and grew up in Bombay. He read English at University College, London, where he took his BA with First Class Honours, and completed his doctorate on critical theory and the poetry of D.H. Lawrence at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was a Dervorguilla Scholar. He was Creative Arts Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, from 1992-95, and Leverhulme Special R...more
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