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Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph
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it was ok
bookshelves: indian-lit, mumbai, 2019

Anjali Joseph sure can write. Hell yeah, she can write damn well. But that isn't much of a consolation when you have your mind constantly weighed down by the burdensome descriptions that leave the narration tardy at arriving at the actual plot.
Based in present-day Mumbai, Mohan is a letter-writer, content but unhappy. Lakshmi, his wife, is a homemaker, tired of that title. When Lakshmi's nephew, Ashish, arrives to stay with them, they both grab the opportunity as a chance to fill the voids between them, left by time. But Ashish has his own share of trials, and sooner or later, he is going to have to learn to get over them and find a life for himself.
This book was recommended to me by a friend when I asked for books on history of Mumbai. There's plenty of references of some of the suburbs and some lesser-glamorous parts of one of the zaniest cities the world has known - Mumbai. But that's that. One can't really consider to get anything from it if you are really looking to skim through Mumbai's history.
It could pass for a three but only for the writing, for the author clearly has a penchant to write trivial and substantial aspects such as the train journeys Mohan takes, the with a precise pen for better comprehension. But in the end you ask yourself, what was the point of it all? And you yourself find answering it, Nothing.
Some books drive you in, neck deep, into the sentiment that prevails across its pages. It's a tedious chore the life Mohan and Lakshmi lead, and then a emotional chore for Ashish. Perhaps, that's why the reading itself felt like a taxing chore.
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Reading Progress

February 26, 2019 – Shelved
February 26, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
February 26, 2019 – Shelved as: indian-lit
February 26, 2019 – Shelved as: mumbai
March 5, 2019 – Started Reading
March 5, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019
March 5, 2019 –
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March 5, 2019 – Finished Reading

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