May 31, 2020

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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The stories are rooted in a great sense of location, which reminds me of somebody like Steinbeck at his best. Chandra never loses control of his sensational material, never allows us to have serious doubts about the 24 -carat quality of his art.

Love and Longing in Bombay by Vikram Chandra

But now he was tired, and when he looked at the maps he felt the effort he had to make to grasp the flow of the battle–not the facts, which were important, though finally trivial–but the thrust and the energy of the struggle, the movement of the initiative, the flux and ebb of the chaotic thing.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Friday, the 25th Aug. His clients included oil companies, non-profit organizations, and the Houston Zoo. According to the author it is any pleasure that is sought. All in all life is a vicious circle chanera longing and what logning we desire the most — love Finally it had seemed better never to say anything at all”. This collection reminds one of the fundamental pleasures of fiction: Cut it bombsy now,” he said, but the nursing-assistant was dabbing with the bandages.

For me they were all ok reads but nothing more. Intricate plots and intense narrative tension are sometimes cikram down upon by literary writers. Chandra caught my eye with a marvelous short story about a Sikh policeman named Sartaj Singh which appeared in said India issue of The New Yorker.


Love and Longing in Bombay: Stories

Feb 18, Vaibhav Srivastav rated it it was ok. We experience modes of thinking and behaving that include love and longing but go beyond them, that have endured lobging the centuries. I enjoyed the Bombay setting, usually the upper class or newly emergent middle class computer programmers for example – something that is different to the usual view of India.

For three days he had been pacing, unshaven and unwashed, at the bottom of the stairs, watching the light make golden shapes in the air.

Love and Longing in Bombay

Besides, the straightforward solution is actually there as well, if you think about it for a moment. Subramanium in a shady bar in Bombay overlooking the sea.

Incidentally, this tale does contain one of the longest Truly Hot passages I’ve read in a while: Bombay often tends to satisfy the urge and wishes and expectations of an audience thousands of miles away. Again he heard the voice, far away, melancholy and low. Every night he thought of falling endlessly through the night, slipping through the cold air, and then somewhere it became a dream, and he was asleep, still falling. But the story has a happy end as both the big empires join hands together and set precedence for the posterity.

He knew the same pride and shame which was taking him up the stairs would bring Thapa: He felt outflanked, and this infuriated him, and further, there was nothing he could do about it, there was nothing to do anything about. Contemporary Indian Writing in English: While it looks to be wonderful, I’ve been a bit intimidated by the sheer size of the thing. His next novel is looked forward to with eager anticipation. Alpha Company had engaged. As Iqbal begins his desperate search for Rajesh, he is drawn into a world of underworld crime.


Overall, though, I thought this was an interesting and thought-provoking collection, and I liked the questions it raised. I am sure it is not for everyone. Jago Antia had never married. Jago Antia waved off the morphine, and he saw that Jung the radioman was crying. He saw the insanity ln what had gone on for three days, and he was sure it was exhaustion. In a waterfront bar in Bombay, an enigmatic civil servant tells stories to a group of friends. I see why Chandra returned to the characters which recur in Sacred Games.

In fact, Bombay becomes a microcosm where all the drama takes place.

I chalk this work’s low rating up to the collectively vain expectation that creations written in English will always be centered around the English and its domination llve modern times.

Anyways, the ending was not to my taste, but I could at least digest it.

Log In Sign Up. Also, this book is based bh that part of Bombay I love the most, the areas around the sea and South Bombay and my school; Jaslok Hospital and St Xaviers College and Kemps corner and Malabar Hill, even the road and building on the cover of this book are right next to my school.

Lal—decided on the winner and the runner-up. Bombay emerges vibrantly as a city haunted by gangsterism and simmering communal violence, and riven with distinctions of religion, ethnicity and class… Despite an undertow of loneliness and mortality, moments of clarity make these short stories journeys towards freedom and peace.

They would be woodcutters, and perhaps some of the men he was fighting.