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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Another important fact is that Chandra is certainly aware of the various forces working in mega cities like Bombay.

Love and Longing in Bombay

Also, this book is based in that part of Bombay I love the most, the areas around the sea and South Bombay and my school; Jaslok Hospital and St Xaviers College and Kemps corner chandta Malabar Hill, even the road and building on the cover of this book are right next to my school.

So now they moved, Thapa a little behind and flanking, up the stairs. 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.

Wherever they had met, far away from Bombay, he annd always seen the old disappointment and weariness in their eyes. How would you rate Indian writers writing in English?

Then he saw his leg. It shamed him more than anything else that they were not disappointed but sympathetic. He shut and opened his eyes several times, searching for connections that seemed severed. Having giving that disclaimer, I truly did not like this book. Follows the Matroska style of narration vis a vis story within a story within a story. If you want to specify something or point out the shady and hidden goings in Bombay, the come out and say so.

But Subramaniam is the linking character of all the five stories that distances the author from the tales he tells who does not have any relation with other characters. In balancing both timeless and contemporary at the same time Chandra has succeeded in maintaining a spirit of artistic vision.


Nevertheless, each had something to say about the state of India: Love and Longing in Bombay. Who killed Chetanbhai Patel? Professor, Dept of English, A. Thy had broken parts of each other like that all through the time at the end,and he tasted these strange victories that left him empty and wishing for nothing more than endless sleep, like the last man on a battlefied where even the blades of grass were dead.

I liked that Chandra uses the stories to explore a variety of genres, linking the stories through framing device and theme while exploring other areas longjng each individual work.

His jaw cracked, and he said: In fact, one cannot deny the inseparable ties of language and ethnicity through the tangle of five short stories that find its titles borrowed from Vedic traditions of India.

They had done the party to mark an obscure regimental battle day from half a century before, because he would never have allowed a celebration for himself. So the words will recover their cultural bond. He thought finally that nothing would happen, and there was a grey outside the window, but then he heard again the incessant calling.

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

The regional prize is a forerunner for the 10, pound-Commonwealth Writers Prize,to be given away in Jamaica next month….

His first and third books are epic novels with long, complex plots and subplots that unravel like a spool of thread. Three stars out of five. If I was to classify, these are the two books.

Vikram Chandra’s Love and Longing in Bombay: A Critique | Savita Deogirkar –

In the murder mystery detective story Kama, the detective Sartaj Singh who is going through a troubled marriagebecomes deeply involved in a murder mystery. Love and Longing in Bombay is a skilfully crafted collection of five carefully linked long stories. Loev took a deep breath, and walked into the drawing room. Both frame and stories present Mumbai as the modern Indian city it is, longihg with Meeruthis, street lights, mansions and shanty towns, computers, businessmen, artists and crooks.

Consider this passage where the focus is on the central character Shiela, one of the bimbay figures of the story, whose elegance and quiet confidence bombaay me think of her as someone who looked like an aged Leela Naidu: Read the following passage, to get a peek into Sartaj Singh, my favorite character, and also to taste the simple and elegant prose that Chandra serves up: Jago Antia remembered then a story that was a part of his own legend: The pain didn’t go away, and Jago Antia couldn’t sleep.


Now he was fighting it, he was using his mind, he felt his strength coming back, he could find his hands, and he pushed against the bed and sat up.

He completed most of his secondary education at Mayo College, a boarding school in Ajmer, Rajasthan.

Love and Longing in Bombay by Vikram Chandra

A marvellous, irresistible pleasure, and a fabulous new voice in the Indian novel. I enjoyed the Bombay setting, usually the upper class or newly emergent middle class computer programmers for example – something that is different to the usual view of India.

Will Sheila and her husband succeed in buying out the Boatwalla mansion? Not really worth reading. Jun 24, Lori Kincaid Rassati rated it did not like it. All in all life is a vicious circle of longing and what do we desire the most — love Impossible not to lose yourself in its tumultuous emotions vy of subcontinental passion, longing, evil, death, spirits, and dreams of Bollywood.

An interlocking of stories, five main stories, out of which dozens of other longkng narratives unfold, cchandra story begetting another and another in the concentric kind of narrative structuring Chandra evidently loves. Quotes from Love and Longing In fact, Bombay becomes a microcosm where all the drama takes place.

He came around the corner, back against the wall. Western influence is so obviously witnessed in all walks of life that contemporary Indian Writers bobay it a moral duty to give voice to the spiritual and ethical vacuum that engulfed the country. And these are only the main characters.