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Family Matters - Rohinton Mistry

I was mulling over which book to review first. Choosing just one from my many favourites was quite a task but I decided to choose ‘Family Matters’ by Rohinton Mistry as it revolves around certain archetypes that are close to my heart – family, caring for the elderly and the city where I was born and raised, Bombay.
The protagonist of the book, Nariman Vakeel, is an endearing sort of fellow. You instantly empthaise with him as he grapples with the debilitating nature of Parkinson’s disease amidst the many vagaries of old age. He must, along with his health problems; deal with what the author alludes to as ‘family matters’. These involve managing household finances, carrying out mundane chores, dealing with each other’s idiosyncrasies and still managing to function as one relatively sane unit. The other characters in the book namely Nariman’s stepchildren and his own daughter and her nuclear family are also brilliantly crafted by Rohinton Mistry who according to me is a master wordsmith.…

Indian Fiction - The Essence

I have always been fond of writing and have found myself starting pieces of written work without deriving the desired satisfaction. Maybe it was the pressure that I put on myself to write, by viewing the art of writing as an end in itself rather than a means to achieve an end. I think I've found this 'end' - my love for Indian Fiction.
The essence of this blog will aim at giving you my perspective on various books that today constitute the genre of 'Indian Fiction'. I have been a huge fan of many Indian authors and many a times am saddened to learn that they are not widely read. The blog therefore, is a humble attempt on my behalf to be able to reach out to to anybody and everybody who can read and is willing to explore this beautiful genre that I believe has been ignored for far too long. 
The image accompanying this blog is quintessentially Indian and I hope that like the myriad flavours of this much loved condiment, the books that I review here will appease your r…