In "Bombay Time" we are introduced to the Parsi residents of an apartment house in Bombay. Rusi Bilimoria is one of the residents who made some unfortunate choices early in his life and he must now live w ...more
Friends from Wadi Baug (a middle class apartment building in Bombay) are gathering for a wedding. Throughout the day of the wedding we get to know all of the people through flashbacks. We see them grow and cross paths over about 50 years. Each character is shown through his or her own point of view. I liked some of t ...more
I particularly liked the structure, with an apartment building as the stage for the many! vivid characters. Reminiscent of Tales of the City (how long ago did I read that?).
The places we live are, or can be, so important in shaping our friendships, memories, and lives. My nomadic family uses the name of the house we lived in as shorthand for time-stam ...more
This book was different again from the others I've ready by Umrigar. In this book, individuals are developed by-the-each in succession, and the story is woven as their lives intertwine and culminate in the celebration of a wedding. By the end of the book I feel as thou ...more
But, it was tedious getting through the beginning of the book. I decided that I didn't like the women and didn't know the men yet, so I just gave up. I'll read some reviews to learn the plot since I would like to know what happens to Rusi.
However, the last two chapters bothered me. I felt as though if the poor people were going to be so vital, they should have been introduced earlier and in greater depth. Otherwise they feel like a deus ex machina used to get a climax that wasn't really necessary. Yes, certain chapters ...more
Her characters are entirely real and the author manages to involve us in their lives practically from the start. The book is pervaded by a feeling of nostalgia for lost youth, lost l ...more
Author Thrity Umrigar probes beneath the jolly appearances of life among India's struggling middle class by joining a group of middle-aged friends who celebrate a wedding of one of the children. Most of the characters of the books are Parsi, and members of one of India's religious minorities. Yet, while they are proudly Parsi, they are also fiercely Indian. As they eat and chat, drink ...more
The storyline is about the Parsi community lived in Wadia baug in Bombay. Author drew a very realistic picture of the members of Parsi community & their culture.
The novel unfolds with each chapter introducing the life of each member. It tells us about the lives & times of people and how their lives interlaced with each other. The book has too many characters but at the same time all have very interesting stori ...more
While its set in Wadia Baug and among Parsis, the stories are more human than community specific and applies to any large group of people that grows up together and grows old together. Its a warm read that shows ...more
The story takes place on the eve of a wedding of one of this group's most successful member's son.
As they gather together many reflect on their live's journey to this moment in time.
It is a most engaging story of a small group of people and their ups and downs in life.
While I am not Indian, I can well imagine that what the author portrays in her account ...more
Un'India parsi, benestante, diversa, forte, ma non meno umana.
Proprio così, non meno umana.
Adi aprì la bocca per protestare, ma Philomena si era già alzata dalla sedia e troneggiava su di lui come una montagna: fiera, imperiale, incollerita. "Pensavo davvero che tu fossi diverso dagli altri uomini" gli disse, la bocca in una piega amara. "Ma hai dimostrato di essere un bambino, proprio come tutti gli altri".
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Read this book a few years ago and I'm enjoying it just as much as the first time. A different view of Indian family lives. Kind ...more
Bombay, un intero quartiere a maggioranza Parsi si riunisce in occasione del matrimonio di uno dei figli del gruppo, l'occasione è buona per raccontare la storia di ciascuno, nel dettaglio e con abbondanza di caratterizzazione culturale, una lettura assai istruttiva, soprattutto per chi ne sa poco, una lezione di vita altra, diversa e lontana, il finale riporta tutto nei binari, questa non è Bollywood, anche se i protagonisti faticano ad ammetterlo, nessun posto è più l ...more