My first draft was about 250,000 words all written on single-sided sheets of paper. I love sleeping, singing, swimming. There is atleast one book written on every single topic under the sun. Vikram Seth takes you to the place of Brahmapur where the story takes place with an occasional visit to Calcutta, Delhi, Kanpur and other cities. He spares no details and the richness.
In fact, as I said weeks ago about , it is as complete in every sense as a book could be. I have to admit I remember little about the novel, except enjoying the story very much when I read it. But it is very engaging; I managed to read it in one stretch, with a break to sleep, while I awaited the movers to take me and my belongings across the country. Personally, I think the best here would be a tie between the love stories and Vikram Seth's wicked, humorous turn of phrase and the witty conversations between his characters which made me smile so many times. But if they're good, I turn into a social moron for days, refusing to go out of my room, scowling and growling at interruptions, ignoring weddings and funerals, and making enemies out of friends.
Maybe Seth was writing his own personal history in these 1400+ pages. You need to keep discussing it and gushing about it with someone. His was the real arranged marriage, in the true sense of the word, and yet you cannot dislike him or his wife Savita because they are both so lovable people, that you just know that they were destined to be together, no matter how they got together. Though Liz was brought up marinading Near the jacuzzis of Marin, She never reveled in parading Her heart, her knowledge, or her skin. Though there are surely lingering benefits of British colonialism, this kind of internalised oppression seems to me to be fairly odious. Rupa Mehra, is intent on conducting an agonizing hers search, that pulls in all members of her immediate and extended family, to find a suitable husband for Lata. All right, all right, I confess it was actually two white chocolate, coconut Christmas cookies.
The writing tips on this blog reflect my experience as an independent professional fiction editor. The British have been gone 3 or 4 years at the outset of the book. Seth, is reluctant to let him go when he finally dies at the age of 89. I read 'Cymbeline' in just that way on the train here; and I never would have otherwise. Ever single person who turns a professional, wants to win nothing more, than Wimbledon, at least once.
Lata's brothers clash in Calcutta. I found myself fully engaged with the characters by the end of page 1, and I hated to put the book aside every night to go to sleep. The way he understood Islamic laws for example prove the detailed manner in which he must have spoken to religious scholars. The novel begins with the arranged marriage of Lata's sister Savita to Pran Kapoor,a young man who is a professor in Brahmpur University and from a prominent family. A Suitable Boy is, first and foremost, a book about people.
More than just a good read! But recently, as my brother would say, I have developed a taste for it. I often wanted to just run away, and I did, since it is the end of the financial year February and what is normally a quiet relaxed month turned out to be one of the craziest in recent history. To my chagrin I had completed it before my flight, and when it finished I didn't want the book to be over, I wanted to go back and re-read it from the beginning. Lata's irresolution - 'I like everything,' she says brightly, 'but at different times' - holds in tension the large political themes: the dismantling of huge private estates, the keel of rural immutability that has endured in India for thousands of years, the sudden irruption of violence often linked to religion. That cost the book two more stars.
His brow wrinkles and his voice registers distress as he answers the charges. Books are not only written to educate, they are written for leisure and even for the metamorphosis of the soul. Lata Mehra, a university student, is under pressure from her mother to get mar This is a magnificent saga, which left me breathless and awaiting the next word, set in India at the beginning of the fifties. It amazed her how he was able to go to sleep for ten or twenty minutes at a time whenever or wherever he wanted to. I just felt that Lata was wrong in her decision to marry Haresh.
And the thing that I feared -- that I would only find thick-headed beach boys -- wasn't true at all. As one reads, the genealogy comes together on its own. I still bear the scars of 'Middlemarch. That is just someone doing the obvious, pedestrian things we go through every day. Is Malati wedging in between that relationship? Left out of the conversation loop, I am reduced to watching television.
During the course of his doctorate studies at Stanford, he did his field work in China and translated Hindi and Chinese poetry into English. But my absolute favorite hands down was Mrs Rupa Mehra. The plot, as in Jane Austen, revolves around Lata and her suitors, but the richness of the book comes from the hundreds of interactions between families and friends, brought together as passing strangers or made enemies by legal, religious, musical, literary, economic and social institutions. I have always been impressed and awed by writers mainly because of the research and effort they put in to write the perfect tale and their imagination in bringing together characters and the details that govern each characters features. His mother has written about Seth's and her coming to terms with it in her memoir. There is a rich cast of characters, many of whom are members of Lata's extended family, and some writing of extraordinary beauty and lyricism. Instead, the story is told in a flat style of alternating description and dialogue, with the omniscient narrator jumping freely between the thoughts of the different characters.