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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To take his mind off his personal problems, he throws himself into the murder case, thus unraveling lurid details about the victim.

I had to look the terms up in Wikipedia, but even at such a superficial level, having some idea what the concepts mean does shed some additional light on the individual stories. The war virkam words that lasted nearly 30 years At once tiny and huge: He was so rude to his sister and her family, who were only trying to help him.

The final story in the collection, though, is markedly different from the others: And these are only the main characters. He is always in command, yet emotionally vulnerable. Her first book, Sholay: Don’t be shy when aand executing your idea.

Love and Longing in Bombay: Stories

Reading this quintet of brilliantly sculpted short fictions one is not only made to feel the physical crush of contemporary Bombay—a fusion of the beautiful and dangerous, the mythic and mundane, ghosts and gangsters—but also given an insight into its infrastructure: The only possible conclusion was that it had been a trick of the light on the water, and so he was chanda to move up the staircase, smooth and graceful once again.

He had been a distant son, meeting them on leave in Delhi and Lucknow while they were on vacation.


You know you’re not allowed to drink tea. A nice breezy winter read for sure: Nationalism in one and hoards of what I take to be Hindi with no sign of footnotes in the other.

The stories in this collection are not an “easy longng, however, once you are in and underway lpnging is gripping. Sep 23, Atcekg rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

Longig the fourth one most. Lal—decided on the winner and the runner-up. 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: 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.

It is actually a murder mystery which centers round sexual secret.

There’s something in it. The purpose of having the proper understanding of life itself is served thus. It was a freezing chill that spread up his thighs and into his groin, and it caught him so suddenly that he let his teeth chatter for a moment.

He came around the corner, back against the wall. Love and Longing is all about storytelling. Even though he knew it was probably Amir Khan talking to himself, flicking away with a duster in the imagined light of some long-gone day, he moved cautiously, back against the wall.

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. Dec 13, Rachel Pollock rated it it was amazing. Whatever it was, it was coming towards him. They brought him tea without being asked, he noticed that his aides spoke amongst themselves in whispers, his headquarters ran–if it was possible–even more efficiently than before, with the gleam of spit and polish about it.


The chute popped with a flap, and after the jerk he flew the sky with his legs easy in the harness. Even your parents slept in the old study. Chandra has the power to captivate and shock his readers….

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Some of the characters live in chawls, while others seek adventure in dodgy boarding houses with dark rooms. One has to critically examine the title of the book as well. A wonderful collection of five stories all interlinked in an ingenious manner.

It is an excellent book. Chandra is a writer completely unafraid of being thought old-fashioned, and the book unwinds as a series of stories told by a narrator in a bar. Through it all, perhaps there is one constant and common longing.

Bombay often tends to satisfy the urge and wishes and expectations of an audience thousands of miles away. I have truly enjoyed works by Lahiri, Mistry and others.

I am glad I picked this one.

Love and Longing in Bombay by Vikram Chandra

He had been told by the doctors about phantom pain, but the leg had been gone for twenty years without a twinge, and so when he felt a twisting ache two inches under his plastic knee, he stumbled not out of agony but surprise. Surprisingly Chandra does not give room bomay Moksha i.

So when he left the bara khana his men looked after him with reverence, and curiously the lapse made them believe in his strength all the more.