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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A too sure of himself main narrator bumps into an old storyteller whose tales open up the main narrator to a wider sense of the world, of possibility and, most of all, to the city in which the tales are set: She had cried then and said she didn’t mean that at all.

On the surface it’s a mystery story, as a cop tries to track down the killer of what seems at first to be a traditional middle-class family’s ultra-respectable father. He was icy now, his mind holding it all, and as an excited captain reported to him he listened silently, and there was the flat crack of a grenade, not far off, and the captain flinched, then blushed as he saw that Jago Antia was calm as if he were walking down a golf course in Wellington, not a street shining with glass, thousands of shards sharp as death, no, he was meditative and easy.

Chandra is sly here, implying that the story itself may be just another tale woven by the teller to entertain and educate the main narrator. When the wind came in from the sea it fluttered old flowered curtains and a calendar, and I was restless already, but I owed at least a drink to the courtesy of my friend Ramani, who understood my loneliness in Bombay and was maybe trying to mix me in with the right circle.

Kama showcased sex and identity crisis horribly, the ending had a will-understand thing, well we don’t Mr. Chandra is a gifted writer, no llove, but I felt no connection to his characters, to their stories. In four strokes he was through.

Love and Longing in Bombay by Vikram Chandra

On the day that Major General Jago Antia turned fifty, his missing leg began to ache. Jago Antia had never married. Now Jago Antia looked up at the razor edge of the ridge far above, and he could see, if he turned his head to one side, a line of tiny figures walking down it. He thought of Megha, and he tried to answer the question, Rahul’s question, his own, and he said what happened to us was that we loved each other, and we were unkind to each other, and impatient, and unfaithful, and disappointed, and yet we wanted it for forever, but these are only words, and then came a flowing stream ane images dense with colour and the perfume of her hair, and it carried him.

Love and Longing in Bombay: Stories

Artha had the element of religion, that along with the protagonist being gay was hypothetically a good element to incorporate, but again the execution of that and mafia was not good. I have a deep connection to the subcontinent and try to learn about the culture through current literature.

With the writing of these short stories, the boombay literally rejuvenated the age old tradition of story- telling with amazing first person and second person narratives. Though Chandra is still very interested in magical realism, at the heart of the book are some wonderfully Victorian subjects and good, solid, traditional stories.

Another important device that is used by the author is intertexuality. He knew there was a problem, but of course he had the essential belief that the wars of the past were fought because of benighted ignorance, that good sense would after all prevail. The quick pacing and series of intriguing events are punctured with longinb quiet moments, revealing characters who are complex, self-reflexive and often tormented.

I had a bad taste in my mouth actually, after vikrm above two and Shanti completed. And finally Shanti, which should have been the best one but fell flat.

Love and Longing in Bombay | Vikram Chandra

Love and Longing is all about storytelling. Not really worth vikam. There’s a ghost story, a gangster story, and all sorts of love stories of various kinds–a gay couple of whom one has a secret, a soldier haunted by an unforgiven childhood accident, a policeman going through a divorce investigating the murder of a loving husband and father. May 30, Vinitha rated it really liked it Shelves: He drove himself across jungle terrain and shamed men twenty years younger, and it was as if the leg had never been lost.

Iqbal, the protagonist is Muslim, gay and smart – he works in computer coding, but I did not understand what was the problem with code until now.

The stories themselves have a perfect, fractal symmetry, each stroke containing the whole in a series of breathtaking, ever-expanding reflections. Probably they are the two different cities of the mind where one follows western culture and the other tries to maintain its bond with its rich old heritage.

As boombay obvious the title cannot have the same connotations if the reader is alien to Indian culture.

The balcony filled up with journos full of horrific election-time tales from the interior, and the younger Maruti kind of stockbrokers, and also a certain hotel-trainee group who always said.

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

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

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Since it was set in India, I thought it might be by an Indian writer, but I wasn’t sure. But on the landing a breath of air curled around his ankle like a flow of cool liquid, and he began to shiver. I may vent out some frustration – Love and Longing in Bombay is a collection of 5 short stories set in urban Bombay of the s – Artha, Dharma, Shakti, Kama and Shanti, all Indian words which mean: