Chandra Pips Arundhati to Commonwealth Prize. The Times of India News Service. NEW DELHI: Vikram Chandra’s Love and Longing in Bombay has won the. Vikram Chandra is one of those writers who really likes to spin a yarn. Unlike many contemporary fiction writers, especially from India, whose. In these five haunting stories Vikram Chandra paints a remarkable picture of Bombay—its ghosts, its passions, its feuds, its mysteries—while exploring timeless.

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There were the Victorian couches covered with faded flower prints, the gold-rimmed paintings on the wall of his grandparents and uncles. Overall, it was a short and easy to read, and a nicely spent afternoon. He was not dealing with his parents, who in their misguided way were trying, and I felt that in the end things still were unresolved. The Idea of India. Artfully told… Love and Longing in Bombay leaves you with characters and images that stay longibg you long after you put the book down.

I thought the story about social climbing was hilarious.

Vikram Chandra’s ‘Love and Longing in Bombay’: Where potboilers meet literature

So now they moved, Thapa a little behind and flanking, up the stairs. It is a clever and utterly convincing conclusion to a superbly crafted collection bomby stories. He was a small, round man, not fat but bulging everywhere with the compact muscles of the mountains. When he had won the gold medal for best cadet even the major-general who was commandant of the Academy had said to him at the reviewing stand, “Good show, Jago.

Love and Longing in Bombay

He had learnt long ago that professionalism was a much better way to defeat fear than self-castigation and shame, and now he applied himself to the problem. After he left they lolled on sofas, sipping from their drinks, and told stories about him. He was moving, moving. The book-keepers in the computer story reminded me so much of the tailors in A Fine Balance. Literary enjoyment’s literary enjoyment, but it’s always good to get your money’s worth. I read a good bit of fiction by Indian authors.

He steers a steady course between the commonplace and the exotic…. It is fantastic, a story ending a set of stories about stories, explaining that it was story that brought the storyteller and his wife together in the first place. All in all life is a vicious circle of longing and what do we desire the most — love Sep 13, Aubrey rated it really liked it Shelves: It was very dark, moonless, and the small space between the gleams on the furniture held him comfortably in its absolutely silence.


But on the landing a breath of air curled around his ankle like a flow of vlkram liquid, and he began to shiver. A fiercely moustached nursing-assistant pushed at his shoulders, but he struck the hands away and took a deep breath. His jaw cracked, and he said: Then he bit down, but despite his straining he could hardly take a step before he stopped again. His roommate had found him at five o’clock on a Saturday morning doing push-ups on the gravel outside their room, and rubbing his eyes he had said, “Antia, you’re an enthusiast.

He’s smart, efficient, tough, disciplinarian and knows his duty and responsibility well. vkkram

The sake of the new. The contour maps were covered with markers, and his mind moved easily among the mountains, seeing the units, the routes of supply, the staging areas.

The only possible conclusion was that it had been a trick of the light on the water, and so he was able to move lonying the staircase, smooth and graceful once again.

Vikram Chandra guards the sauna room of the soul, keeping the coals afizz as he saturates the air bomby dire reminders of fallible, finite, flawed existence…. With a groan he collapsed against the banister and slid down the stairs, all the way to ans bottom, his leg rattling on the steps. Love and Longing in Bombay is a book that seeps and chatters in the mind of the reader whenever it is set aside. Jago Antia said to Jung: He had been introduced to me at a table on the balcony, sitting with three other older men, and my friend Ramani, who had taken me there, told me that they had been coming there for as long as they had worked and longer.

In the pause the waves gathered against the rocks below, and then Subramaniam spoke. The incidents in the book is what we read every day I liked that Chandra uses the stories to explore a variety of genres, linking the stories through framing device and theme while exploring other areas in each individua The five stories in Love and Longing in Bombay are connected in a few ways: It was amazing, he found himself thinking, how localized it was.


In fact only life itself. Does he really want to be the all-too-easily-bribable, occasionally torturing cop he’s somehow become over the years? As Iqbal begins his desperate search for Rajesh, he is drawn into a world of underworld crime. A collection of short stories For a moment Jago Antia felt time iin around him like a dark wave, but then he shook away the feeling and stood up. Amma took two steps forward. These five stories are long enough to encompass entire novels, but never leave you feeling confused or overwhelmed.

One moment and a whole city gone.

He is always in command, yet emotionally vulnerable. It’s simply an observation that, lovf to my recently acquired background awareness of Mughal and Pakistan and Sikh, I was able to brush up gently against the references and sink my teeth into the marrow of the genre.

The beguiling self-confidence of Mr.

Vikram Chandra’s ‘Love and Longing in Bombay’: Where potboilers meet literature

So while one story in this book loev ranks as one of my all-time favorite short stories ever, the rest of it I can only think of with a sense of spoiled and entitled disappointment. But he strained and finally he was able to find, inside, some part of himself, and his body jerked, and they held him still. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

We shouldn’t sleep here. Lyrical and humane, this book plots a fresh path in Indian writing. The story teller weaves his familiar but special magic which is disturbing and humorous in equal measure.

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