A white Pomeranian named Fluffy flew out at a fifth-floor window in Panna, which was a brand-new building with the painter's scaffolding still around...more A white Pomeranian named Fluffy flew out at a fifth-floor window in Panna, which was a brand-new building with the painter's scaffolding still around it.
Well, what to say about this booK? The plot is a mixture of espionage, suspense, thriller and contemporary history around two main characters, Sartaj Singh, a Sikh police inspector in Mubai and Ganesh Gaitonde, a notorious Hindu gangster and don. Certainly, my favorite one is Ganesh above any doubt even if he is considered the "bad" guy.
Thanks Sandybanks for this excellent recommendation.(less)
In my opinion, the main issue of this book is not about the proper choice (or not) of a child's name by his parents when they try to keep a Bengali tr...moreIn my opinion, the main issue of this book is not about the proper choice (or not) of a child's name by his parents when they try to keep a Bengali tradition.
The author's challenge was to show how different cultures can collide to each other in very simple questions. First, Gogol denies his background by refusing his father simple explanation for their name's choice. Only when he reaches his full maturity, he finds the real motivation for his namesake.
I personally didn't like the character of Moushumi Mazumdar who is totally disconnected to her own identity.
From BBC Radio 3: Mani Shankar Mukerji's 'Chowringhee' is a gentle comedy of life in a grand Calcutta hotel in the late 1950s adapted for radio by Roge...moreFrom BBC Radio 3: Mani Shankar Mukerji's 'Chowringhee' is a gentle comedy of life in a grand Calcutta hotel in the late 1950s adapted for radio by Roger James Elsgood from a translation from the Bengali by Arunava Sinha.(less)
This is the story of Anjali telling the story of her two marriages to Sandeep and his previous husband Prakash.
The central plot concerns Prakash had forgotten to pick up Anjali in the railway station to take her home which was the night of the Bhopal gas tragedy (December 3, 1984) - the gas explosion from the Union Carbide factory.
Both Anjali and her son Amar will suffer the consequences of Prakash's irresponsibility act.
This is a very touching story told by 4 narrators which are the main characters (including Indu, the second wife of Prakash) showing how their relationships interfere with their own lives.
Since the plot takes place during the 70's and 80's years in India, the author also mentions the social disapproval of a divorcee woman, a fact not so well accepted by her own relatives.
The assassination of Indira Gandhi by the Sikhs is also mentioned in the narrative.
This is the story of James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Khair un-Nissa who converted to Islam and married her despi...moreJust arrived from Australia through BM.
This is the story of James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Khair un-Nissa who converted to Islam and married her despite the opposition from both cultural sides.
Even being the British representative at the court of Nizam of Hyderabad, he also became a double agent, working for the Nizam against the East India Company.
Page 4: Clive needed to know the truth about the East India Company's Resident at the court of Hyderabad, James Achilles Kirkpatrick.
Page 11: India has always had a strange way with her conquerors. In defeat, she beckons them in, then slowly seduces, assimilates and transforms then.
Page 54 - India has perceived as a suitable venue for ruthless and profitable European expansion, where glory and fortunes could be acquired to the benefit of all concerned. It was a place to be changed and conquered, not a place to be changed or conquered by.
Some pictures of the British Residency at Hyderabad:
Original steel engraving drawn by Capt Grindlay, engraved by W. Miller. 1844:
Photograph of the British Residency in Hyderabad, taken by Deen Dayal in the 1880s, from the Curzon Collection, 1892:
Some historical background which is important in order to follow the plot:
Pankot, Barbie Batchlor's new home:
Page 50: Gandhi's quit India resolution (Quit India Movement), August 14th, 1942.
Page 100: Subhas Chandra Bose takes the leadership of the Indian National Army.
Page 284: ...the defeat of the Japanese attempt to invade India at Imphal...
The plot is set in Pankot which is a "second class" hill station in the province which serves as a headquarters for the 1st Pankot Rifles, an important regiment of the Indian Army, who fought the Axis (the alignment of nations that fought in the Second World War against the Allied forces) in North Africa.
This is the story of Barbie Batchelor, an old missionary schoolteacher, who, after years of service to the church, decides to take her pension and retire. She finds a place as a paying guest with Mabel Layton, a member of the aristocracy of the English in India, at Rose Cottage in Pankot. Barbie and Mabel become close. Late one night, Mabel tells Barbie that she will only go to Ranpur when she's buried, which Barbie interprets to mean that she wants to be buried in Ranpur, next to the grave of her late husband, James Layton.
Barbie is proud of her working class background and her simple Christianity, but she does her best to behave in a manner that makes upper-class Pankot comfortable. Unfortunately, they will never accept her as one of their own, treating her as a peculiar and unwanted intruder.
This book's title is related to the Parsee's Tower of Silence which is a circular, raised structure used by Zoroastrians for exposure of the dead, particularly to scavenging birds.
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.
The story describes the decamping of the British from India in the period of 1947-48. The main character is Guy Perron who became an observer of India on the eve of Independence.
There is a tragic event which describes the turbulent India-Pakistan partition thus ending this magnificent saga written by Paul Scott.
This is the first book written by Rohinton Mistry that I've read and I really liked it.
The story is about the fami...moreJust arrived from Israel through BM.
This is the first book written by Rohinton Mistry that I've read and I really liked it.
The story is about the family of Nariman Vakeel, a 79 year old Parsi widower who suffers from Parkinson's disease. To worsen his physical health, he ends breaking his ankle, getting unable thus of getting around. Even living with his step-children, Coomy and Jal, they weren't able to take good care of their father.
By forcing the circumstances, Nariman is forced to move to the flat of his younger daughter Roxanna and her family in a very tight apartment. By consequence, Roxanna's family will face with new challenges, from economical point of view and her children's education as well.
Some religious and social issues are raised by the author along the narrative, specially concerning the Parsi's heritage after the Partition of India.
A very realistic story written by some sense of humor. In any case, a magnificent and unforgettable book. Now, I must read A Fine Balance.
From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week: India's struggle with justice for women in the 21st century is becoming one of the most prominent news stories of...moreFrom BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week: India's struggle with justice for women in the 21st century is becoming one of the most prominent news stories of the moment. In the last few months, another terrible gang rape hit the headlines. Women's collectives are growing up all over the country and beginning to fight back. The most prominent and potent is the Pink Sari Gang. This is their story.
From BBC radio 4 - Book at Bedtime: It is the 1960s, and violent revolution has come to India and America. Two brothers, Subhash and Udayan, born in Ca...moreFrom BBC radio 4 - Book at Bedtime: It is the 1960s, and violent revolution has come to India and America. Two brothers, Subhash and Udayan, born in Calcutta just fifteen months apart, have been inseparable since birth, but their paths are diverging. Udayan - charismatic and impulsive - finds himself drawn to the Communist movement sweeping Bengal. He will risk all for what he believes. But Subhash, the dutiful son, doesn't share his brother's political passion, and leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet corner of America. But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family's home, he returns to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind.(less)
During the period from 1976 until 1984 of , the lives of the main four characters are entwined having The...moreThis is the second novel by Rohinton Mistry.
During the period from 1976 until 1984 of , the lives of the main four characters are entwined having The Emergency as a historical background.
Dina Dalal is a daughter of a medical doctor who died when she was twelve years old. Since her mother was enabled to take care of her, this task is given to her older brother Nusswan. Due to his abuses with the whole housework, Dina managed to escape from his household by marrying a chemist, Rustom Dalal. In order to fight against her destiny, Dina became a tailor by working for a company called Au Revoir Exports by being ready-made dresses in patterns. However, her poor eyesight make Dina hires two tailors, Ishvar and Omprakash.
In one of their way to Dina's house by train, these two tailors met Maneck Kohlah, a college student, who by coincidence is going to rent a room in Dina's flat.
The author explores the difference in caste and education among these main characters, giving us a vivid portrait of Bombay during this tumultuous period of time in India.
In spite of the heavy emotions that comes up during the narrative, Mistry wrote another great, poignant and magnificent masterpiece.
The cover of this book, Savita, is a photograph made by Dario Mitidieri, showing a two and a half years girl from North Bombay, who performs for Arab tourists near the Taj-Mahal Hotel. (From the Children of Bombay series, 1992).