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The Music of Solitude

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They are solitary—they live all by themselves. They have met at a juncture in their lives where special friendships like theirs are unheard of in a city like Delhi.

Aranya and Ishan are neighbours. She is impulsive, anarchic and fiercely feminist while he is gentle, Asensitive, orderly and believes in the institution of family, even though he has no one to call his own. In
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Harper Perennial India (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Look for the tumult in the silence within yourself. That's where you will find your story."

"If you keep looking for glitter outside, the one inside will be forgotten."

"The body rides on the wings of change in order to live."

"Is disappearing into the limitless, into Shunyata, the destiny of mankind?"

"Are comforts the same as happiness?"

"The impression of experience can never let the mind know the intense bliss of innocence."

The music of solitude is a soothing love song that one wishes would neve
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Is disappearing into the limitless, into Shunyata, the destiny of mankind?" -Krishna Sobti, The Music Of Solitude. 

How do you describe or review a book which seems like a page straight out of real life? Sobti manages to design this bitter truth of life intricately for the readers and sends us reeling into a long silence drowned into noise of our own thoughts.

The book is neither a character driven nor a plot driven work, just a sensitive and observative contemplation of life towards its end stag
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Review to follow soon
Asha (Storyteller_womaniya)
Rating 3.5

I finished The Music of Solitude a few days back but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't write anything to “review” it. Even now I am not reviewing the book because. Just sharing some thoughts which are as sporadic as this book.

The music of solitude is a collection of musings and ramblings about life, with no definitive start or end. This book is based entirely on characters, incidents and philosophy. You have two main characters, central to narrative; Aranya, who is cynical, stron
Teenu Vijayan
A music of solitude by Krishna Sobti felt like I was listening to fragments of a melancholic song that somewhere got lost in between.
The story introduces you to Aranya and Ishan, and doesn't really mull over the details of their lives. Rather, the author throws at you bits and pieces, pensiveness seeping through them when you get a glimpse of their lives.
What if life was more sorted?
What if we didn't have to worry about tomorrow?
What if a relationship could be defined?
What if you could hold onto
Sonali Dabade
I tried. I swear, I really tried to read this one, but I just couldn’t! Just a few pages in and the urge to DNF it got so bad, I ended up ditching the book. Still, I’m adding this to the list of books I read recently because I tried, didn’t I? I don’t know if it is the prose itself or if it is the translation, but it seemed to me a heavily pretentious account of two people connecting with each other, no offense to people who liked the book. I’ll probably try Krishna Sobti’s works in the original ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘Much later she thought, I could have phoned and thanked him. No. Let this remain unsaid. I'm feeling special. I've just received the flowers of narcissus for a gift. These bloom on the mountains where silence swims in the air.’

Having sat on the review for almost a month and thinking and rethinking about the novel, I don’t find a more apt and lyrical paragraph in the entire book like the one above…

Translated by Vasudha Dalmia as ‘The Music of Solitude’, Krishna Sobti’s ‘Samay Sargam’ is the sto
Niharika Suri (spiritsignia)
"No one is excluded from the pressure of existence.
Fire lives off the death of Earth
Wind, off the death of fire
Water, off the death of wind and
Earth is kept alive by the death of water"

This translated piece is an ode to the spirit of life and death, it celebrates and mourns the cycle of change in all it's shapes and forms.

Aranya, a fiery, independent, practical and assertive woman, and Ishaan, a dreamer, philosophical and conservative soul. The narration oscillates between the everyday exis
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a book about moving in this city of Delhi. The story is such a feel of having been written by seasons. You might even conclude for dinner time that climate change isn't real. But when reading, it would rain in November, you will find reality is stranger than fiction afterall. The book is written for a person who moves, be it on roads, parks, or just getting older. Loved it. ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of those books whose each and every word has a purpose for being there. Excellent !!
Grande Dame of Hindi literature, Krishna Sobti’s moving elegy about the subtle romance between two aging Delihites - Aranya ( a fiery secular feminist who is a Partition migrant from Lahore) and Ishan ( a calm spiritual Kashmiri Pandit) - who find themselves reminiscing about everything from lost youth to Hindu philosophy to death - is a beautiful and melancholic meditation on aging and aging gracefully. Five stars.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Music of Solitude written by Krishna Sobti & translated into English by Vasudha Dalmia uncovers the life of Ishan and Aranya who are in the autumn of their lives with no trappings of family or other domestic compulsions to weigh on their solitary existence. However, as it happens, the two seek solace in a shared solitude that is as sweet as apposite for two people slightly haunted by thoughts of their impending death.

The book is written in a manner to provide you only snippets, brief recolle
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