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Published March 30th 2005 by Penguin India
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Hiten Samtani
Oct 28, 2010 Hiten Samtani rated it liked it
With no punches pulled, Vertigo is one of the grittiest tales of survival, ambition,and sexual frustration in modern Bombay (Mumbai).

Two emotions that are explored very effectively in this book are lust and anger. The author goes into great detail to explain the extent of the character's sexual desire, and his rage at not getting any. Unforgiving Bombay with all its dirt and squalor is described in uncomfortable detail (the author describes one location as smelling of "garlic farts"), and the '
May 24, 2015 Moving_Finger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very vivid, as promised on the cover: noir narration and super story telling makes the reading go along at a nice clip. All the more fun if you grew up in Bombay of old - allows you to identify with it, a jaunt across familiar landmarks, if not relive the daily grind. Saw the end coming, so predictable denouement that way, filmy if not downright cheesy, but in the author's defense, he had to wrap things up. That said, without giving anything away by way of spoilers, the girl's character - the on ...more
Rishi Katiyar
Jun 09, 2015 Rishi Katiyar rated it really liked it

This is my First book of Ashok Banker, and after reading it I am more than sure than it will not be the last. After finishing the book, I read his life history on Wikipedia, and it is even more interesting than the book, which seems like with this book, I recommend the wiki page of Ashok Banker, for inspiration.
Vertigo-It is the sensation of spinning or swaying while the body is stationary with respect to the earth or surroundings. (Source Wikipedia)

True to its title, it’s a boo
Dec 05, 2014 Saurabh rated it really liked it
For some strange reasons, I never explored any of Ashok Banker's book before, though he was a pretty well known figure in fictional writing. Vertigo depicts unusual characters bonded by some complicated relationships. And the protagonist comes off age with the love and support from unexpected quarter ..strongly reco this amazing piece of fiction..
Chiththarthan Nagarajan
1984 Bombay!

Business, family, love, lust and life mixed with the terrible combination of co-incidence in the background of Bombay.

Kuunal Deshmukh
It has such immense power....I was in a depression mode all along the reading time...Unfortunately work took me a bit longer to complete this one...probably a week or so...But the week was all about the characters. My girlfriend threw the copy away when she learnt tht it was the reason behind me being so depressed. :P no body's mistake.
Abhijit Singh
Mar 09, 2013 Abhijit Singh rated it really liked it
Must read .. Pity that the author hasn't been able to recapture his touch in any of his works since.
Shaji t
Sep 23, 2007 Shaji t rated it really liked it
love it.. every line...the tragedy the circumstances and last but not the least the emotions..
Saif Hasan
Oct 13, 2009 Saif Hasan rated it really liked it
Became a huge Ashok Banker fan after reading this one.

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Sunil Vashisth
Mar 16, 2013 Sunil Vashisth rated it really liked it
Nice book
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Ashok is an internationally acclaimed author of mixed-race and mixed-cultural parentage based in Mumbai, India.
His Epic India Library is a lifetime writing plan that aims to retell ALL the major myths, legends and itihasa of the Indian sub-continent in an interlinked cycle of over 70 volumes.
This includes the Ramayana Series, Krishna Coriolis, the Mahabharata Series, the contemporary
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