Satyajit Ray was one of the greatest film-makers of his time. In , he was awarded the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement by the Academy In these five haunting stories Vikram Chandra paints a remarkable picture of Bombay—its ghosts, its passions, its feuds, its mysteries—while exploring timeless questions of the human spirit. The stories are linked by a single narrator, an elusive civil servant, who, on each of five evenings, recounts an extraordinary tale to those seated around him in a smoky Bombay bar.
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Search: Title Author Article. Rate this book. Chandra's collection of interconnected stories begins in an out-of-the-way bar in Bombay, as an enigmatic civil servant, Mr. Subramaniam, recounts an extraordinary sequence of tales to those seated around him. Each of the tales is rich in character and atmosphere and falls into a distinct genre: "Dharma" is a ghost story in which a soldier recuperating from a leg amputation discovers that his house is haunted by the spirit of a young child; "Kama" follows a detective as he investigates a murder and discovers a web of sexual and political misdoings; and in the love story, "Shanti," a twin brother is consumed by his love for a married woman.
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After a short stay at St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, he came to the United States as an undergraduate student. In , he graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, near Los Angeles with a magna cum laude BA in English, with a concentration in creative writing. While in the Columbia library he happened upon the autobiography of Colonel James "Sikander" Skinner, a legendary nineteenth century soldier, born of an Indian mother and a British father.
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Love and Longing in Bombay
Search: Title Author Article. Rate this book. Chandra's collection of interconnected stories begins in an out-of-the-way bar in Bombay, as an enigmatic civil servant, Mr. Subramaniam, recounts an extraordinary sequence of tales to those seated around him.
Vikram Chandra’s ‘Love and Longing in Bombay’: Where potboilers meet literature
In a waterfront bar in Bombay, an enigmatic civil servant tells stories to a group of friends. His work, comprising five short stories set in Mumbai, has beaten The God of Small Things , the Booker Prize-winning novel by Arundhati Roy, which was judged runner up in the same category. The regional prize is a forerunner for the 10, pound-Commonwealth Writers Prize, , to be given away in Jamaica next month…. Could it have been that Arundhati Roy and her book has had more than their fair share of acclaim? Lal—decided on the winner and the runner-up. Lyrical and humane, this book plots a fresh path in Indian writing.
Love and Longing in Bombay: Stories
Unlike many contemporary fiction writers, especially from India, whose focus is on their prose, Chandra, while stylish, is above all else a storyteller. His first and third books are epic novels with long, complex plots and subplots that unravel like a spool of thread. Sandwiched between those two is his second book, the collection of stories called Love and Longing in Bombay. Love and Longing is all about storytelling.
LOVE AND LONGING IN BOMBAY
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