Breathless in Bombay

  • Title: Breathless in Bombay
  • Author: Murzban F. Shroff
  • ISBN: 9780312372705
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • Breathless in Bombay Shortlisted for the Commomwealth Writers PrizeShroff s vibrant narratives in this concept collection of stories set in contemporary Bombay feature a range of beautifully drawn characters in fa
    Shortlisted for the 2009 Commomwealth Writers PrizeShroff s vibrant narratives in this concept collection of 14 stories set in contemporary Bombay feature a range of beautifully drawn characters in fascinating situations from the laundrywallas water shortage problems, to the doomed love affair of a schizophrenic painter and his Bollywood girlfriend, to the wandering thoShortlisted for the 2009 Commomwealth Writers PrizeShroff s vibrant narratives in this concept collection of 14 stories set in contemporary Bombay feature a range of beautifully drawn characters in fascinating situations from the laundrywallas water shortage problems, to the doomed love affair of a schizophrenic painter and his Bollywood girlfriend, to the wandering thoughts of a massagewalla at Chowpatty Beach, to the heart warming relationship of a carriage driver and his beloved horse Each of these stories is richly crafted and arranged against the grand chaotic backdrop of life that is Bombay Shroff s love for his hometown shines through, but so does his deep understanding of its challenges and problems The reader is afforded an insider s view of this pulsating city, and through an unforgettable emotional and cultural journey comes to care for the characters presented in these stories.

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    1. Of late, one is getting more and more sensitized about how Mumbai – by far India’s most multicultural and economically vibrant cities—is slowly slipping into the abyss of bad governance, terror scare, crammed spaces, and heavy concretization…all of it which is steadily eating into the essence of this dream city. People living here rue the fact that many of the city’s authentic places are being sold off to builders who are constructing residential skyscrapers and shopping centers for th [...]

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    2. I don't know what it is about non-English writers and short story collections, but I have a soft spot for them. I've always been facinated with Indian culture, so this is a great match for me! I like how these stories are not about being American-Indian, but rather, about being Indian in India. I can only read a these one at a time, and usually only one per day, so it's taking a while.Okay, done. Finally. The stories were good, but I was reminded on every page why we should avoid adverbs--they a [...]

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    3. This is a book of literary fiction that should be mandatory reading for anyone who has ever loved the city of Bombay (or Mumbai, whatever you prefer). Easily the most arresting fictional biography of a city and its inhabitants in a long, long time, Shroff's short stories crackle with a sort of nervous energy that makes the familiar, endearing and the seemingly unknown, fascinating. All fourteen stories sing, dance and catapult their way into your heart with a richness of cast and detail that lit [...]

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    4. A great discovery of a book and an author - Breathless in Bombay by Murzban F. Shroff. You can feel his love for this city and its people. I can imagine him sitting in the window of his house seeing the lives passing by and reading their minds and thoughts to build these stories. To read more:storywala/2012/06/

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    5. Really enjoyable short stories of life in Bombay. If you've ever been to Bombay, you will enjoy this book. It's about day to day life of people who live in the large metropolis - Bombayor Mumbai as it's now known.

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    6. One of my favourite short story collections about Bombay. Read and re-read it time and again.

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    7. BREATHLESS in Bombay menjungkirbalikkan apa yang difantasikan oleh Shahrukh, Amir dan Salman Khan atau Aishwarya Rai, Kajol dan Priyanka Chopra dalam kepingan-kepingan filem Bollywood mereka.Di tangan Murzban F Shroff, penanya menyelongkar 14 cerpen yang menyusup ke dunia real Bombay bersama-sama kibaran pakaian di puncak dhobi ghat (bukit kecil) yang berhimpunnya kasta pengusaha dobi secara tradisional dan picitan pengurut maalishwalla di tepi pantai yang kedua-dua kelompok itu berkongsi gelisa [...]

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    8. Breathless in Bombay is Mumbaietely, teeming with characters that gives Mumbai its current character. Shroff uses characters from many walks of life and across age bands to describe the lives that make up the city. And these are not just the Mumbaikars, but also those who come from different parts of the country and end up being absorbed by the city and its machinations for love, money, power and everything else that makes it tick. With 14 stories, each of which showcases different Mumbais/Bomba [...]

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    9. A solid anthology of stories based in the city I've always wanted to live in! These stories could be based in any city, hence giving them a universal feel! An undiscovered little gem! A lot of the stories in this collection are open-ended and which is (mostly) a nice thing. And some of the writing reminds me Rohinton Mistry!

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    10. I'm challenged by short stories in general and don't really search them out or read them (except for Tim Horvath's excellent collection of course), and these were challenging for me to read as well, but also truly captured Bombay and so many different aspects of living and being there.

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    11. I decided to read this book because I wanted to understand the city I live in. Breathless in Bombay, however, is more superficial in having one story on each of the Bombay characters and less about the spirit of the city. The stories seem rushed and unfinished. Three stars.

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    12. To be honest, the only reason I picked up this book was because, that day I was walking down the old roads of the city, admiring the Victorian architecture, imagining the air which once blew in those streets, visualizing the grandeur of the life of the Bombay of the old, empathizing with the spirit of the city, building my own dreams in the city of dreams. This book claimed to tell me of dreams and lives of different people, fourteen people to be precise, sheltered in the city and how this city [...]

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    13. Reviewed at :Mama Kucing Meow : Breathless In Bombay Stories by Murzban F.ShroffThere are 14 short stories in this book, a total of 306 pages.Each story is special. Each story is written in the point of view of an individual and at the end of the story there would be a surprising insight about that person or that person discovered something that he/she have been blind about.I especially love the story titled "A Different Bhel". Story told from the voice of a woman named Hilda about a local notor [...]

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    14. Well researched work.The authors core strength lies in the descriptions of various facets of Bombay and the detail in hitch he has described the town. The observations of the authors life as well as the research that has gone into understanding the lives of people from different walks of life is commendable. Though certain descriptions, especially that of places of interest such as the Queens Necklace are a bit repetitive across stories, the general idea of getting across slices of life from the [...]

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    15. Three and a half stars. Shroff's debut collection of short stories paints a vivid picture of Bombay that captures its essence very well. This isn't a glossed-over, sanitized portrait of a city. It's the real thing, complete with liquor dens, whores, gangs, and the familiar contrast between the very wealthy and those living and dying on the streets in abject poverty. My favorite story was The Queen Guards Her Own, a tale of a victoriawalla and his horse, set against the backdrop of Marine Drive.

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    16. I was disappointed when I realized that this was a book of short stories (yes, after I'd started it) but the writing is so incredible that I'm reading it anyway. Dare I compare it to Interpreter of Maladies? I do indeedUpdateI have a few more pages left to go, and I can't quite bring myself to care - it being a short story and all, not too involved with the characters. I'd love to read a novel from this author.

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    17. I enjoyed this book, although was a little disappointed that the author did not make much effort to tie any of the stories together. It was a collection of short stories, all based in Bombay, focusing on the differences between the "haves" and "have-nots". In some cases the connection was a stretch and in others the picture was painted quite clearly. Some of the stories resonated better than others, while some seemed as if they were filler to make the book seem more comprehensive.

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    18. This book provides the vivid picture of Bombay with its characters. Very nice and enjoyable stories that show about Bombay life. This is about the struggle of humanity and their aspirations and day to day life of not only Mumbai people but also people from various parts of India who go there for employment to fulfill their dreams and get absorbed in the city life.

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    19. A series of short-stories narrated by characters of various backgrounds in Bombay. I really loved some of these stories, but eventually grew a little restless at reading so many. Overall, the resonating theme of these stories (life in Bombay can beat down even the most well-intentioned of people) was believable and could be felt throughout the book.

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    20. Really enjoyed reading this book. Though the first story was a little disappointing, but the ones that follow just tend to pull you into their own small worlds and lives. 10 on 11 were great, 4 more to go!The author is able to bring out the peculiar "mumbai-ness" in his stories that makes them an interesting read.

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    21. An excellent collection. Explores the lives of Bombayites from all classes and backgrounds. Combine it with "The Space Between Us" and "No God In Sight" for a 360 degree view (or close to it!) of Bombay from several perspectives -- Hindu, Muslim, Parsi, Gujurati, Punjabi, rich, poor, master/mistress, servant.

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    22. Short stories set in Mumbai. I liked some better than others. I picked it up in Mumbai. Then my friend and colleague Melvin Sterne (fellow professor in Singapore) was visiting, and he was talking about a similar book. I took it off the shelf, and he showed me that he was thanked in the acknowledgements, as he was buddies with the author. Very small world!

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    23. I have never stayed in Bombay but have always heard stories and seen a lot of it in movies. This book is a collection of short stories where every story covers one aspect which makes Bombay what it islovely book by the debutant writer.

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    24. The book gives a vivid picture of the realities of life in Mumbai - of common folk like taxi drivers and dhobis to well-heeled Parsis. Reminded me of two other splendid books I'd read earlier - A fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry and Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer by Cyrus Mistry.

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    25. Interesting short stories from the varied perspectives of "under-observed" Mumbaikers. Too heavy handed with the moral preaching - a dash of subtlety would've made the book a hit and less of a cliche.

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    26. I liked this book, I didn't love it, but I liked it. I have read a lot of novels and stories set in India, and even had the good fortune to visit a number of years ago. He did manage to capture some of the flavour of India, and Bombay in particular; but all in all it felt a little lacking.

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    27. Actually similar to In Other Rooms, Other Places, these are lively stories of Bombay with a very modern edge and a bent towards the upper crustr

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    28. literaryfeline/2008/01

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    29. Good read! short stories with not so obvious endings

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    30. I wanted this book to help me fall in love with India, but sadly I found the plots predictable and the characters two dimensional.

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