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Tales from Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry
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Feb 08, 10

Read in February, 2010

The concept is great. This isn’t just a collection of random, unrelated stories. Firozsha Baag is an apartment complex in Mumbai, and its inhabitants form a fairly tight-knit community - the kind of place where everyone knows each others’ names (as well as their business). Each story features a different member of the complex as its main character and, therefore, is told from a completely unique perspective. What’s entertaining is that all the characters pop up each others’ stories, either directly or indirectly – so by the end of the book, you feel like you know the whole gang pretty well (like you are a resident of Firozsha Baag yourself!)

I’m generally not a big fan of short stories, but I was willing to give this collection a shot after reading “A Fine Balance” – which is without doubt one of my top three favourites to date. While I didn’t enjoy this nearly as much (not all of the stories held my full interest), I think Mr. Mistry pulled it off. His ability to weave the neighbours and their intertwining stories throughout the book allowed for the kind of character/relationship development you’d usually find in a novel.
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