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

According to the author it is any pleasure that is sought. I’ll see Todywalla too. Charles added it Shelves: Sometimes he was sure he was in his dream, and he was grateful for the velocity of the fall, and he could feel the cold on his face, the dark, but then he would sense something, a tiny glowing pinpoint that spun and grew and finally became a bright hurling maelstrom that wrenched him back into wakefulness.

He didn’t know how to translate “atom. On the first landing, near an open door, he sensed a rush of motion on the balcony that ran around the outside of the house; he came to the corner, feeling his way with his hands.

Not the author’s name, not the character’s name, and certainly not the name of the story. Shakti, it means strength and the female characters – Sheila, Ganga, Dolly and Asha had it in spades. Surprisingly Chandra does not give room to Moksha i. On the day that Major General Jago Antia turned fifty, his missing leg began to ache.

The boy hesitated, but then the blade came out of its scabbard with a hiss that Jago Antia heard despite the ceaseless roar outside. However in the future I may rant off, so beware.

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


It was very dark, moonless, and the small space between the gleams on the furniture held him comfortably in its absolutely silence. From “Shanti,” a man remembers the death of his twin: 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.

Love and Longing in Bombay by Vikram Chandra

The five stories are reasonably good urban tales but none of them stands out, and two weeks later, I can’t say they stuck into my memory. Vikram Chandra was born in New Delhi. Kama showcased longihg and identity crisis horribly, the ending had a will-understand thing, well we don’t Mr.

The sun was high now, and Jago Antia went to his work. All the stories contained in this book are well-drawn, its characters deeply sketched.

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

The quick pacing and series of intriguing events are punctured with remarkably quiet moments, revealing characters who are complex, self-reflexive and often tormented. At last I found it by exhaustively combing the New Yorker’s online archives.

Each is a telling portrait of Bombay society: Bombay emerges vibrantly as a city haunted by gangsterism and simmering chanrra violence, and riven with distinctions of religion, ethnicity and class… Despite an undertow of loneliness and mortality, boombay of clarity make these short stories journeys towards freedom and peace.

In balancing both timeless and contemporary at the same time Chandra has succeeded in maintaining a spirit of artistic vision. It was still much as he had left bombsy many years ago to go to the Academy. Now he was fighting it, he was using his longnig, he felt his strength coming back, he could find his hands, and he pushed against the bed and sat up.


He had no intention of using the house again, and he saw no other alternative. In all the noise of the city.

Love and Longing in Bombay: Stories

In four strokes he was through. In fact, Subramaniam could be read as the link to the age-old tradition of Mahabharata and Ramayana in Artha two men are shown to love each other. Dec 13, Rachel Pollock rated it it was amazing. The attempt to combine them into one arching tale was redundant, but not intrusive. He ate breakfast eagerly, and felt almost relaxed.

Everything in the darkness appeared as shades, blackness and deeper blackness. It’s simply an observation that, thanks to my recently acquired background awareness of Mughal and Pakistan and Sikh, I was able to brush up gently against the references and sink my teeth into the marrow of the genre. Vikram Chandra has ane a number of miracles in his new book, a collection of interrelated short stories, which I believe stands up as a really fine novel… it is simply at ease, in a fashion rare in the contemporary novel, rarer yet when that novel addresses India, which seems to whisk many of those who try to approach it in prose into a frenzy.

Now he was sweating freely, and the weight of his pistol swung against his hip. Thapa was standing by the door, his whole body straining away from the stairs. So his work suffered, and he felt the surprise of those around him. Open Preview See ivkram Problem? Chandra belongs to a confident generation of Indian writers in English who feel little compulsion to gloss. Vikram Chandra has been able to capture this spirit, but also the influence of the criminal underworld and the communal politics which has cast a long shadow over Bombay, transforming it to Mumbai….