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A Strange and Sublime Address

Amit Chaudhuri ☆ 4 Read

Reading Amit Chaudhuri s A Strange Sublime Address is like sipping vintage wine on a transcontinental flight You Big Bad Detective Agency re in the same seat seemingly not having gone anywhere but mysteriously transported without your own knowledge to another place another time All this with the smoothness of velvety turns of phrase and clever manipulations of language If youe looking for a story or a purpose then there is none But then is there any purpose in sipping a glass of vintage wine on a long flight but the joy of sheer indulgence in the simple pleasures of life I m tempted to give it 4 stars instead of 3 simple because of its first half He beautifully strings together the everyday nothings in a Bengali household till a point after which there was something amiss Hence the 3 stars Too many tacky metaphors and similes I tried to work past it but then THIS happened on page 12 13 a grating earthy noise like a drunk man cracking an obscene joke in a guttural dialect and laughing at it at the same time and each year is like a precious deposit in a newly opened bank account NEWLY OPENED BANK ACCOUNT I closed the book immediately and gave up I ll give some of his later works a try Sublime indeed This is probably the best book I have ead in the past few years Indian books are often expected to have colour and chaos and flavour Not that there is anything wrong with the books that do have this but it can t be denied that such expectations have certain orientalist implicationsA Strange Address on the other hand is an incredibly moving portrait that captures an elusive spirit of middle class India It in the beauty of the every day of the silliness and the grace of our small lives I finished the book and then turned back to the page where the short stories began and then e Otto Freundlich: Cosmic Communism read them again Then I immediately went and purchased two books by the author and I m very much looking forward to digging in I had almost abandoned A strange and Sublime Address but then decided not to Soon Iealized that the slow paced nar. Sandeep is an only child living in a Bombay high ise and in this book makes two long visits to his extended family in Rative is actually what the story told demands To The Idle Atmosphere create the idle atmosphere Calcutta s summer Everyone who has spent their share of summer holidays at their maternal uncle s place will understand where the book is coming from Almost nothing happens as pages flow and yet a sense of nostalgia is instilled Amit Chaudhuri brings the little joys and disappointments in a subtle Way Never Fully Exploiting The never fully exploiting the that boils below the surface The book observes the way a child looks at his elders around him and the way the lifestyle and culture of a place create their impressions on little mindsThe plot or the lack of it takes place over two seasons The protagonist Sandeep spends his summer vacation at Calcutta at his maternal uncle s place and then eturns again to spend his winter The way his experiences during these short vacations differ during these two seasons creates the little Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness ripples on an otherwise calm surface of Amit Chaudhuri s writingThe main story is followed by short stories which again compose the nostalgia thatises from life in Calcutta One thing common throughout the book is the author s successful portrayal of the wonder hidden in ordinary day to day life of everyday people A Strange and Sublime Address transports the eader to lazy afternoons somewhere in the lost lanes of childhoodRating 35 5 Sandeep an only child living in a Bombay comes with his mother to his maternal uncle s house to spend his vacations with his cousins Abhi and Babla This book has a mention of two such vacations one and a half year apart one in the summers and one in the winters of the following year The way the kids spend their time in the summer vacation looking at the pigeons watching the passers by sitting on the balcony looking at the palm tree in the neighborhood eflects how innocent childhood is The story has been narrated in a very descriptive manner and some of the scenes can actually be visualised I eally enjoyed this part of the bookNine short stories follow the main book These stories are very dif. Alcutta This novel tells the story of the atmosphere in the small house where they live Chaudhuri writes precisely and Ferent in nature and essence from the main book and most of them actually all
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one leave the expecting out of the story as they end abruptly Four stars for the main story and three stars for the following nine Almost my entire life I have been magnetically drawn to Indian literature from Riki Tikki Tavi through to Midnight s Children so this one leapt from a Indian literature from Riki Tikki Tavi through to Midnight s Children so this one leapt from a and into my hands without me having any say in the matterAnd it soon became abundantly clear that Chaudhuri has writerly magic at his fingertips his prose is wonderfully poetic and each incidental detail is lovingly observed Yet the story itself is languorous and moves without any discernible purpose On top of that even I the Sultan of Similes thinks he should have kept his trigger happy simile gun holstered for longer periodsIn summary the book was beautifully written but it dragged indolently like a Calcutta heatwave D oh Someone please take my simile gun from me before I shoot myself in the foot 35 out of 5 Chaudhari the mood magician He cant tell a good story if you put a gun to his head but that s okay because that s not his job His job is to shape with deft fingers beautiful images of everyday life where nothing happenswhere the whole day is composed of a series of dot dot dots where languid days of summer stretch into the horizon punctuated only by pigeon flutterings and afternoon siestas What is the book about then Nothing eally simply the patchwork display of everyday sound smell touch and thoughts of estless school boys Would have given it four if the short stories were as good as the first novella One of those books where nothing happens and that s ok Lovely prose describing two holidays on the life of 10 year old Sandeep who travels from the modern apartment of his parents in Bombay in the school holidays to the chaotic world of his extended family in Calcutta A story of Der Bilderwächter rickshawallas and all the kids in one bed of learning to speak some Bengali and coping with the diabolical heat It gives a feel of India in 250 pages. Arefully trying to capture in thehythms of his prose the faded happiness of things the strange pure emembered moments. ,

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