A tremendous first novel from an exciting young author.
Feted for its electric chaos, the city of Bombay also accommodates
pockets of calm. In one such enclave, Mohan, a middle-aged letter writer – the
last of a dying profession – sits under a banyan tree in Fort, furnishing
missives for village migrants, disenchanted lovers, and when pickings are slim,
filling in money order forms.
But Mohan's true passion is collecting second-hand books; he's
particularly attached to novels with marginal annotations. So when the pavement
booksellers of Fort are summarily evicted, Mohan's life starts to lose some of
its animating lustre.
At this tenuous moment Mohan – and his wife, Lakshmi – are joined in
Saraswati Park, a suburban housing colony, by their nephew, Ashish, a diffident,
sexually uncertain 19-year-old who has to repeat his final year in college. As
Saraswati Park unfolds, the lives of each of the three characters are thrown
into sharp relief by the comical frustrations of family life: annoying
relatives, unspoken yearnings and unheard grievances. – Good Reads
My Thoughts on
This unique and refreshing read set in
modern day Bombay was a beautifully written, intimate and thoughtful novel that
captured my mind with its simple, yet skillfully written prose and its
intricate and fascinating characters.
While at times it was a little slow
going, for the most part the languid nature of this novel drew me in and had me
flipping pages and making teapot after teapot of tea, enjoying everything from
the landscape, to the situations that arose- to the little memories and details
that are now etched in my mind and have left me with a tremendous sense of
I loved learning about the culture of
India and the insight that I did gain was enough to fuel me into doing more
research and looking into reading more books by Indian authors and reading more
novels set in India. The different points of view throughout the novel was not
confusing and in fact allowed for a break between the more intense scenes which
I found relaxing and my favorite part had to be the underlining concept of writing,
art, imagination and a simple life which we struggle with so much nowadays.
If you are looking for a different
read that is both powerful and introspective and that will capture your heart
and fill you with hope, love and contentment, then I would strongly urge you to
pick up this book. I will be certainly looking into any other books by Anjali
Joseph and I am so grateful to have read such a fantastic book.
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