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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Help Center Find new research papers in: In balancing both timeless and contemporary at the same time Chandra has succeeded in maintaining a spirit of artistic vision. The story teller weaves his familiar but special magic which is disturbing and humorous longkng equal measure. So I watched a navy ship, a frigate maybe, wheel into the sun, sipped my drink despite everything, I noticed, a perfect gin slingand listened to them vikran. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Vignettes introduce you to a garden of characters; reading this almost vkram like watching short films, observing rather than inhabiting carefully staged and haunted dioramas.

This structure both formalises the storytelling act, and gives it purpose as a pastime, as entertainment, and as instruction. It was muffled by distance and the rain but he heard it clearly. The stories themselves have a perfect, fractal symmetry, each stroke containing the whole in a series of breathtaking, ever-expanding reflections.

So while one story in this book still 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.

The engineer looked up at her, a glass of milk in his left hand. Once in a while you come across a book that makes you read with a kind of greed, as if you were breaking a fast.

Love and Longing in Bombay | Vikram Chandra

Delta Bravo, bunkers, platoon strength, I am going in now. Yet the other stories in the book didn’t hold my attention in the same way, although they were undoubtedly well-crafted and well-told. Want bpmbay Read Currently Reading Read. Okay, my review may be a bit confusing cause I was trying not to give any spoilers. Do you get the impression this collection is all about Story?

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Another important device that is used by the author is intertexuality. Then he was rolling across the chanra, and the chute was off. He was thinking about the Academy, about how he had been named Jago, two weeks after his arrival.

Sep 21, K. For me they were all ok reads but nothing more. Open Preview See a Problem?

Love and Longing in Bombay by Vikram Chandra

With Love and Longing in Bombay, Mr. All except one are set in Bombay. London; Fabor and Wnd, There were old trophy fish, half a century old at least, strung along the walls, and on the door to the bathroom there was a picture of a hill stream cut from a magazine, British by the look of it.

I’m sorry, he came off as insolent, not handling the loss very well and taking questionable steps which thankfully did not end with him in lovd.

All just sheets on the furniture. This is a winning combination…. Another book with Longing in its name. One moment and a whole city gone. Jago Antia took two steps forward.

Will Iqbal find Rajesh? Western influence is so obviously witnessed in all walks of life gombay contemporary Indian Writers find it a moral duty to give voice to the spiritual and ethical vacuum that engulfed the country.

I don’t know if I can speak coherently about the ways in which I love this book. Old and New, ancient and modern, abstract and concrete, material and the spiritual.

Love and Longing in Bombay

Some tales are better than others. Above all Love and Longing in Bombay, as a fictional depiction of the myths and traditional oral storytelling retold and revisited. He had no intention of using the house again, and he saw no other alternative. What are we, she said.

Love and Longing in Bombay: Stories

Books bombwy Vikram Chandra. But at night these pills too proved no match for the ferocity of the pain, which by now Jago Antia imagined as a beast of some sort, a low growling animal that camouflaged itself until he was almost at rest and then came rushing out to worry at his flesh, or at the memory of his flesh. We experience modes of thinking and behaving that include love and longing but go beyond them, that have endured through the centuries.

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As if that was not enough to raise it to a meta-lavel, its plot also mainly consists of its two protagonists telling each other stories which are given inside the story, but never as told by their original narrator, always passed on through an intermediary.

But we’re all haunted by them.

We are… led to suspect that Subramaniam has fantasized and reshaped fragments of his own life ponging all these stories, and that his young listener is influenced to follow his example. Hence the “eh” rating. Mar 28, Srinath rated it really liked it Shelves: He steadied himself and gripped it with both hands and shut his eyes for a moment, and there was impossibly the sound lonying the sea inside him, a sob rising in his throat, he opened his eyes and fought it, pulled against it with his shoulders as he raised the kukri above his head, against darkness and mad sorrow, and then he chanxra the blade down below his knee.

The latter, featuring a down-at-heel, soon-to-be-divorced, Sikh cop dragging his heavy heart through the urban anomie, grips with its mystery, aches with empty lust and sears with naked emotion. I still had my body turned around in the seat, but the rest of them turned to him expectantly.