May 14, 2009

Latest Read

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As much as I am a sewionista, I am also a bookworm. Unfortunately, I don't get to read much right now. Usually only on my way to work and back on the train. The book I just finished was "A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry. Certainly, a book that I can recommend although it took me almost a month to read through the more than 750 pages.

The story is set in the mid-1970s in Mumbai, India when the government declared a "State of Internal Emergency". During this period of expanded government power and crackdowns on civil liberties, four characters from diverse backgrounds—Dina Dalal, Ishvar Darji, his nephew Omprakash and the young student Maneck Kohlah— come together in Dina Dalals tiny flat. These characters are all brought together by economic forces changing India.

Ishvar and Omprakash are tailors who have been forced from their village into the city in order to find work. They work in Dina's flat for an export company, sewing ready-made garments.

Maneck, from a small hillstation near the Himalayas, moves to the city to acquire a college degree for the case that his father's business is no longer able to compete after a highway was built near their village.

Dina, from a traditionally wealthy family, maintains her independence from her brother through the money she earns from the export company and the lodging of Maneck.

All of them are painfully constructing new lives which become entwined in circumstances no one could have foreseen.

I really enjoyed reading this book due to it's beautiful language and I liked how the different stories were woven together to one. If you are interested in historic events and different cultures, this is certainly a book that you will like. However, I think the ending could have been a little happier but that's just my opinion. Did you read any good books lately? Let me know!

Happy reading!

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