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A Fine Balance With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India The time isThe place is an unnamed city by the sea The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state [PDF] ✅ Le déshonneur des Montergnac Par ISABELLE BUFFET – Kleankitchen.co.uk this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption ❮Reading❯ ➺ The Angel of Antioch Author Daniel Molyneux – Kleankitchen.co.uk dignity and heroism [PDF / Epub] ☄ My Beloved Devil By Miyake Madoka – Kleankitchen.co.uk of India The time isThe place is an unnamed city by the sea The government has just declared a State of Emergency ☀ [PDF / Epub] ★ The Truce at Bakura By Kathy Tyers ✍ – Kleankitchen.co.uk in whose upheavals four strangers a spirited widow [Lesening] ➾ Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 1 ➵ Tomohito Oda – Kleankitchen.co.uk a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station [Read] ➲ AlterWorld (Play to Live, By D. Rus – Kleankitchen.co.uk and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village will be thrust together [PDF / Epub] ✅ Inferno (Play to Live Author D. Rus – Kleankitchen.co.uk forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love [Reading] ➱ DIY Lithium Batteries: How to Build Your Own Battery Packs ➹ Micah Toll – Kleankitchen.co.uk A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state Because it wasn t an unputdownable, hold you in its thrall page turner, this novel took me weeks to finish.My only real issue was that I loved the writing WAYthan the actual story.And what s not to like about Mistry s beautifully crafted prose I drooled over his penmanship and revelled in his wordplay Like Rushdie and Shakespeare, he intermingles pathos with humour.The story, though, didn t grab me by the ears and snog me.Which is why it drops one star. I stayed up all night to finish this book, because the climax is simply unputdownable I am hesitant to formally review it because it s one of those few books that can t be confined within the bounds of a critique or summary, and one that is so magnificent and moving that the idea of reviewing it makes me feel insolent already So I ll just note what I feel about the book, and the kind of effect it s had on me.It s grim Very grim There are moments of tragicomedy, of overjoyed glimpses of the s I stayed up all night to finish this book, because the climax is simply unputdownable I am hesitant to formally review it because it s one of those few books that can t be confined within the bounds of a critique or summary, and one that is so magnificent and moving that the idea of reviewing it makes me feel insolent already So I ll just note what I feel about the book, and the kind of effect it s had on me.It s grim Very grim There are moments of tragicomedy, of overjoyed glimpses of the sun on a very grey day, but it s not a happy story, and it makes no pretensions to being one The heartwrenching ending had me involuntarily wondering what kind of person would want to write a bleak tale like that and then I understood Mistry s message through the book, that this is fiction, but not made up this is a novel, but larger than life this is yesterday, persisting into today and reaching out its long clammy fingers into tomorrow.Life s vicissitudes toss four unlikely companions into one living space, a dingy little flat, in the City by the Sea, Bombay Widow Dina Dalal has lived for decades in solitude, barely making ends meet, watching the sun rise and set everyday with the same transparent indifference college student Maneck Kohlah has left his much loved life and his family s little general store in the Himalayas to study air conditioning and refrigeration in the city, a course that his father believes will equip him to deal with a world that is hell bent on destroying nature to further technology tailors Ishvar and Omprakash Darji, uncle and nephew, have left their village, and their traditional untouchable occupation of tanning animal hides to seek their fortunes in this city of dreams and earn enough money to go home and livecomfortably This is the story of how these four people find family in each other, find friendship, laughter, and a courage to struggle and persevere despite all their troubles This is the story of shattered dreams, of Indira Gandhi s cruel Emergency, of how each person s life is webbed and entangled in its own drama, of caste, poverty, and a positive survival instinct corroded into a dog eat dog mentality that strangulates, just as time itself does.Many parts of the book brought tears to my eyes, but by the time I finished it, I was actually sobbing Somewhere in these six hundred pages the reader becomes friends with the characters, begins to share their joys and sorrows, and desperately wish for a happy ending that he she knows, deep down, is not to be.This is a life changing read, and one that I would be truly sorry to see anyone miss out on You see, we cannot draw lines and compartments and refuse to budge beyond them Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping stones to success You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair He paused, considering what he had just said Yes , he repeated In the end, it s all a question of balance A Fine BalanceI sometimes take a moment to focus on the corner of my office The way the two walls come together forming a line, a demarcation I think of it as bringi You see, we cannot draw lines and compartments and refuse to budge beyond them Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping stones to success You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair He paused, considering what he had just said Yes , he repeated In the end, it s all a question of balance A Fine BalanceI sometimes take a moment to focus on the corner of my office The way the two walls come together forming a line, a demarcation I think of it as bringing the two halves of my brain together, to focus, to think, to ponder It is an illusion of course, but I m fortunate that some of my life can be given to fanciful thoughts like thinking I can marshal the powers of my mind by staring meditatively at a conjunction We all worry about things, ponder things, and even dream about being somewhere else or about being someone else We all have loose threads that bother us, sometimes they are consuming us, and little do we know these bothersome threads are becoming stronger, like a man imprisoned, who spends vast amounts of time doing pushups and situps, waiting for the bars to open But it is a small matter, because I eat three meals a day, take a hot shower every morning, and sleep six solid hours a night on a bed that is not too soft nor too hard I have rights that protect me from my government at least for the moment I have law enforcement that doesn t have to be bribed to protect me from those that wish to do harm for harms sake I have a circle of family and friends who wish me well and will lend a shoulder to lean on if I falter I have healthcare and life insurance in case I am unlucky I live in a bubble of civilization that almost insures me a certain length of life span So when I do get time to snip those loose threads of my life I m doing so with a brain that has the luxury of worrying about somethingthan just NEEDS As large as my problems become they are still,but a small matter There are a vast array of characters in this novel Some are at a slightly higher economic level than the rest, but regardless of their circumstances no one can feel safe, no one can worry about matters beyond the most basic needs of water, food, and shelter The bulk of this story occurs in 1975 in an unnamed Indian city by the sea It is the time of The Great Emergency which really means that the government has declared a form of martial lawfor the safety of the people of course They have implemented a rigorous Family Planning Program that at first entices people with cash and better ration cards for food if they are willing to have the operation for sterilization When bribery doesn t elicit the results the government wants their methods becomeinvasive anddrastic The government also implements a beautification program that translates to bulldozing all the temporary structures that have been erected around the city These were thrown together to house the influx of country people coming to the metropolis to try and scrounge a living doing what others don t want to do The hodge podge of housing built out of cast off materials, rubbish to people of means, is not beautiful, not in the way that we are taught to evaluate beauty, but the creativity and the determination to build something for themselves is beyond beauty It is simply magnificent As they make a little money they fix something, add something, make ittheir home You build it and they will come There is no field of dreams in this India.So the government eliminates these eye sores, but does not provide a place for these people to live They are thrown to the elements to shift for themselves If truth be known the government would like to see these people vanish, stacked in the same pile as the rubbled remains of their homesWhat sense did the world make Where was God, the Bloody Fool Did He have no notion of fair and unfair Couldn t He read a simple balance sheet He would have been sacked long ago if He were managing a corporation, the things he allowed to happen The two tailors Ishvar Darji and his nephew Omprakash were there when the bulldozers started knocking down homes Only after all the homes were destroyed did the monster machines stop for twenty minutes to allow people to salvage what they could The tailors are working for a woman named Dina Dalal who is fortunate to have her own apartment She still mourns the death of her husband taken from her in a freakish accident many years ago She nearly went over the brink with griefFlirting with madness was one thing when madness started flirting back, it was time to call the whole thing offShe has a relationship with her brother that is complicated She dislikes having to accept his help and yet, finds herself going to him for money when she is short of rent In a bid forindependence andfinancial security she decides to start making clothes for a large manufacturing company, but her eyesight is failing and so she hires Ishvar and Omprakash to do the sewing Further help arrives in the form of Maneck Kohlah, a rich boy in comparison to the other people in the apartment, who contributes much needed rent while he is going to school She is not supposed to run a business out of her apartment She is not supposed to sublease The landlord is looking for any reason to get his hands on this apartment so he can finally break the rent controls It is a recipe for disaster born out of desperation It is a bid for freedomAfter all, our lives are but a sequence of accidents a clanking chain of chance events A string of choices, casual or deliberate, which add up to that one big calamity we call life Through a series of unpredictable events they all end up living in the apartment together The tailors out on the veranda Dina shoehorned into the sewing room Maneck in Dina s old bedroom There are difficulties mainly because Omprakash begins to resent Dina s position as overseer Om perceives her as a big shot, a rich person, when nothing could be further from the truth Being a manager myself I really identified with Dina s issues She would try to belenient and the two men would takeandadvantage of her She would try yelling and the men would become resentful She would try negotiating with them, but any concessions she was willing to make was never enough How quickly the men forgot how bad things were before the found the benevolence of the woman with an apartment Despite those issues for a little while, too short of time, they were happyGod is a giant quiltmaker With an infinite variety of designs And the quilt is grown so big and confusing, the pattern is impossible to see, the squares and diamonds and triangles don t fit well together any, it s all become meaningless So He has abandoned it The mystery of happiness It is so hard to obtain and so difficult to duplicate You can bring together the same people under the same circumstances and not be able to achieve it again There is a magic missing, a zing, a spice, a mood or just the will to let it happen There are a host of satellite characters who add so much vitality to this novel My favorite was the Beggarmaster As his title indicates he managed and took care of an army of beggars He also, for a price, extended protection to people like the tailors, to people like Dina He is as powerful as a magistrate and the police know not to mess with him or his people He sees everyone the same whether they are people missing limbs or people still retaining every body part they came into this world with He sees the world through the lens of the poorFreaks, that s what we are all of us I mean, every single human being And who can blame us What chance do we have, when our beginnings and endings are so freakish Birth and death what could bemonstrous than that We like to deceive ourselves and call it wondrous and beautiful and majestic, but it s freakish, let s face itThe Beggarmaster would have been perfectly at home stepping into a Dickens novel as would many of the characters in this novel Many reviewers have made comparisons to Charles Dickens and nowhere is itapparent than in the cast of characters that Rohinton Mistry has assembled Dickens would have also certainly loved taking on the issue of forced sterilization, the issue of sanitation, the issue of deprivation, and the overreach of a government completely out of touch with the largest majority of their populationthe poor You will find yourself living with these characters You will even feel like you are sharing their deprivation through the power of a gifted writer s words Success is fleeting Disaster ever present Hopelessness is a shadow around everyone s heart No one is immune and everyone is walking on the ledge hoping the wind doesn t blow The things that matter to them the most are the essential things The very things the rest of us take for granted Rohinton MistryRohinton Mistry very well may have written a masterpiece This was recommended to me as a favorite book I can t resist when people say a book is their favorite book So what I would like is for everyone to share their favorite book with me on the comments thread I will do my best to eventually read every one of them that I haven t read before This novel is Highly Recommended If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at But rest assured This tragedy is not a fiction All is True Hence started my journey of a fine book, A Fine Balance I have no sane excuse for my ignorance about Rohinton Mistry novels I just didn t have a single clue about him or his achievements till I joined Goodreads Yes Though it s not a big deal as one is not supposed to know everything but here s a writer of Indian origin, writing unbelievably great books about Indians and is still remain unacknowledged by a common Indian reader is But rest assured This tragedy is not a fiction All is True Hence started my journey of a fine book, A Fine Balance I have no sane excuse for my ignorance about Rohinton Mistry novels I just didn t have a single clue about him or his achievements till I joined Goodreads Yes Though it s not a big deal as one is not supposed to know everything but here s a writer of Indian origin, writing unbelievably great books about Indians and is still remain unacknowledged by a common Indian reader is densely pitiable His Facebook page has 7000 odd likes where, as I gauged from the comments, majority is of non Indians But then he is no marketing guru but a writer who writes and writes well, so well that it can make you cringe at the comfortable life you re having or at least makes you open your eyes to take a good look at the hardships of the hapless lots around you I don t read about Politics because it disgusts me I don t have a deep understanding about the 1970 s Emergency period because fortunately nobody in my family or acquaintances got affected by it, so basically it s the experience which tells a story, just watching, simply gives an indifferent shrug On the surface I know that it happened under the PMship of Indira Gandhi School mainly tells you She was the First women PM of India She was the daughter of honorable Pandit JawaharLal Nehru She was the mother of one of the youngest PM of India, Rajiv Gandhi She was the reason why India didn t face another partition by launching Operation Blue Star, hence reduced the idea of Khalistan into ashes because of which she was later assassinated Nothing , nothing less always a glossy and martyred picture of Daughter of India, Ironically So how does it feel to read A Fine Balance What does it promise to convey its readers What makes a 600 page novel readable or rather a page turner What s different about the lives of Dina Dalal, Ishvar, Om and Maneck that you haven t witness before especially being an Indian Well the answer could be May be nothing is different, all trite , or It s helluva great story, I haven t read anything like this before But the answer remains somewhere in between and the secret is Rohinton s great writing His matter of factly narration, awesome character building and plot settings can give you the pleasure like watchingHum Logon high definition channel He is not a man of big bulky words, dictionary is almost dispensable while reading him but the words are piercing enough to make you feel the subject The story reflects through them in an unmatched finesse There is no room left for any improvement as he has used every single component at his disposal in building this masterpiece, just like Dina s quilt in the novel The story revolves around four main characters, Dina Dalal, a widow and a self respected lady who treats her independence dearest than any of the relations left in her life Ishwar, a darji tailor whose father sent him to get equipped with tailoring in order to earn him a life of repute which he wouldn t have got under the fate imposed Chamaar profession Om, Ishvar s nephew, again a darji, a young and aggressive lad and an orphan whose life is dedicated mainly to his uncle Ishvar and vice versa And, Maneck, a guy from Mountains, whose struggle to know and feel his worth in lives of others especially his parents and a college friend remained unending The story is about how four of them got together in one flat not willingly but due to twists and turns life threw at them It s a journey of how reluctance was over powered by compassion, how loneliness made room for companionship and how a house became home , how four of them amidst many doubts and objections became there for each other Kind, but it was a home of cards waiting for a gush of insensitive wind to tumble it and its housemates It s a sad novel, heart wrenching in fact It will make you cry except in case of defective tear ducts and it will make you very angry It has its dose of humor but simultaneously it carries an air of apprehension around it like how a moment of happiness is short lived and shall soon be replaced by gloominess and sorrow It s something I felt while watching Clint Eastwood s Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino, where as an audience one starts to feel that good days will be balanced out with bad days because Life, the bitch, usually gives us lemons, and to the unfortunate lot, it plants a lemon tree at the backyard of their wretched life But throughout, this book echoes one universal law, that despair doesn t have a favorite victim It befalls upon everyone at some point of time, triggered by fate, destiny or power hungry human beings History is a witness to how Power breeds evil, breeds mainly on the blood of innocent lives who would have never imagined that their destiny would sacrifice them to such inexplicable atrocities This book depicts the story revolving around such atrocities and enduring them, living through them, dying through them or merely surviving through them and resilience is the main key to such survival Rohinton has captured life through his characters, has captured India through an unfortunate time, has captured ugliness of human face and has finally captured resplendence of human soul through his mesmerizing words.READ IT Here s my audio review of this book

    [PDF] ✅ Le déshonneur des Montergnac Par ISABELLE BUFFET – Kleankitchen.co.uk this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption ❮Reading❯ ➺ The Angel of Antioch Author Daniel Molyneux – Kleankitchen.co.uk dignity and heroism [PDF / Epub] ☄ My Beloved Devil By Miyake Madoka – Kleankitchen.co.uk of India The time isThe place is an unnamed city by the sea The government has just declared a State of Emergency ☀ [PDF / Epub] ★ The Truce at Bakura By Kathy Tyers ✍ – Kleankitchen.co.uk in whose upheavals four strangers a spirited widow [Lesening] ➾ Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 1 ➵ Tomohito Oda – Kleankitchen.co.uk a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station [Read] ➲ AlterWorld (Play to Live, By D. Rus – Kleankitchen.co.uk and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village will be thrust together [PDF / Epub] ✅ Inferno (Play to Live Author D. Rus – Kleankitchen.co.uk forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love [Reading] ➱ DIY Lithium Batteries: How to Build Your Own Battery Packs ➹ Micah Toll – Kleankitchen.co.uk A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state Because it wasn t an unputdownable, hold you in its thrall page turner, this novel took me weeks to finish.My only real issue was that I loved the writing WAYthan the actual story.And what s not to like about Mistry s beautifully crafted prose I drooled over his penmanship and revelled in his wordplay Like Rushdie and Shakespeare, he intermingles pathos with humour.The story, though, didn t grab me by the ears and snog me.Which is why it drops one star. I stayed up all night to finish this book, because the climax is simply unputdownable I am hesitant to formally review it because it s one of those few books that can t be confined within the bounds of a critique or summary, and one that is so magnificent and moving that the idea of reviewing it makes me feel insolent already So I ll just note what I feel about the book, and the kind of effect it s had on me.It s grim Very grim There are moments of tragicomedy, of overjoyed glimpses of the s I stayed up all night to finish this book, because the climax is simply unputdownable I am hesitant to formally review it because it s one of those few books that can t be confined within the bounds of a critique or summary, and one that is so magnificent and moving that the idea of reviewing it makes me feel insolent already So I ll just note what I feel about the book, and the kind of effect it s had on me.It s grim Very grim There are moments of tragicomedy, of overjoyed glimpses of the sun on a very grey day, but it s not a happy story, and it makes no pretensions to being one The heartwrenching ending had me involuntarily wondering what kind of person would want to write a bleak tale like that and then I understood Mistry s message through the book, that this is fiction, but not made up this is a novel, but larger than life this is yesterday, persisting into today and reaching out its long clammy fingers into tomorrow.Life s vicissitudes toss four unlikely companions into one living space, a dingy little flat, in the City by the Sea, Bombay Widow Dina Dalal has lived for decades in solitude, barely making ends meet, watching the sun rise and set everyday with the same transparent indifference college student Maneck Kohlah has left his much loved life and his family s little general store in the Himalayas to study air conditioning and refrigeration in the city, a course that his father believes will equip him to deal with a world that is hell bent on destroying nature to further technology tailors Ishvar and Omprakash Darji, uncle and nephew, have left their village, and their traditional untouchable occupation of tanning animal hides to seek their fortunes in this city of dreams and earn enough money to go home and livecomfortably This is the story of how these four people find family in each other, find friendship, laughter, and a courage to struggle and persevere despite all their troubles This is the story of shattered dreams, of Indira Gandhi s cruel Emergency, of how each person s life is webbed and entangled in its own drama, of caste, poverty, and a positive survival instinct corroded into a dog eat dog mentality that strangulates, just as time itself does.Many parts of the book brought tears to my eyes, but by the time I finished it, I was actually sobbing Somewhere in these six hundred pages the reader becomes friends with the characters, begins to share their joys and sorrows, and desperately wish for a happy ending that he she knows, deep down, is not to be.This is a life changing read, and one that I would be truly sorry to see anyone miss out on You see, we cannot draw lines and compartments and refuse to budge beyond them Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping stones to success You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair He paused, considering what he had just said Yes , he repeated In the end, it s all a question of balance A Fine BalanceI sometimes take a moment to focus on the corner of my office The way the two walls come together forming a line, a demarcation I think of it as bringi You see, we cannot draw lines and compartments and refuse to budge beyond them Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping stones to success You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair He paused, considering what he had just said Yes , he repeated In the end, it s all a question of balance A Fine BalanceI sometimes take a moment to focus on the corner of my office The way the two walls come together forming a line, a demarcation I think of it as bringing the two halves of my brain together, to focus, to think, to ponder It is an illusion of course, but I m fortunate that some of my life can be given to fanciful thoughts like thinking I can marshal the powers of my mind by staring meditatively at a conjunction We all worry about things, ponder things, and even dream about being somewhere else or about being someone else We all have loose threads that bother us, sometimes they are consuming us, and little do we know these bothersome threads are becoming stronger, like a man imprisoned, who spends vast amounts of time doing pushups and situps, waiting for the bars to open But it is a small matter, because I eat three meals a day, take a hot shower every morning, and sleep six solid hours a night on a bed that is not too soft nor too hard I have rights that protect me from my government at least for the moment I have law enforcement that doesn t have to be bribed to protect me from those that wish to do harm for harms sake I have a circle of family and friends who wish me well and will lend a shoulder to lean on if I falter I have healthcare and life insurance in case I am unlucky I live in a bubble of civilization that almost insures me a certain length of life span So when I do get time to snip those loose threads of my life I m doing so with a brain that has the luxury of worrying about somethingthan just NEEDS As large as my problems become they are still,but a small matter There are a vast array of characters in this novel Some are at a slightly higher economic level than the rest, but regardless of their circumstances no one can feel safe, no one can worry about matters beyond the most basic needs of water, food, and shelter The bulk of this story occurs in 1975 in an unnamed Indian city by the sea It is the time of The Great Emergency which really means that the government has declared a form of martial lawfor the safety of the people of course They have implemented a rigorous Family Planning Program that at first entices people with cash and better ration cards for food if they are willing to have the operation for sterilization When bribery doesn t elicit the results the government wants their methods becomeinvasive anddrastic The government also implements a beautification program that translates to bulldozing all the temporary structures that have been erected around the city These were thrown together to house the influx of country people coming to the metropolis to try and scrounge a living doing what others don t want to do The hodge podge of housing built out of cast off materials, rubbish to people of means, is not beautiful, not in the way that we are taught to evaluate beauty, but the creativity and the determination to build something for themselves is beyond beauty It is simply magnificent As they make a little money they fix something, add something, make ittheir home You build it and they will come There is no field of dreams in this India.So the government eliminates these eye sores, but does not provide a place for these people to live They are thrown to the elements to shift for themselves If truth be known the government would like to see these people vanish, stacked in the same pile as the rubbled remains of their homesWhat sense did the world make Where was God, the Bloody Fool Did He have no notion of fair and unfair Couldn t He read a simple balance sheet He would have been sacked long ago if He were managing a corporation, the things he allowed to happen The two tailors Ishvar Darji and his nephew Omprakash were there when the bulldozers started knocking down homes Only after all the homes were destroyed did the monster machines stop for twenty minutes to allow people to salvage what they could The tailors are working for a woman named Dina Dalal who is fortunate to have her own apartment She still mourns the death of her husband taken from her in a freakish accident many years ago She nearly went over the brink with griefFlirting with madness was one thing when madness started flirting back, it was time to call the whole thing offShe has a relationship with her brother that is complicated She dislikes having to accept his help and yet, finds herself going to him for money when she is short of rent In a bid forindependence andfinancial security she decides to start making clothes for a large manufacturing company, but her eyesight is failing and so she hires Ishvar and Omprakash to do the sewing Further help arrives in the form of Maneck Kohlah, a rich boy in comparison to the other people in the apartment, who contributes much needed rent while he is going to school She is not supposed to run a business out of her apartment She is not supposed to sublease The landlord is looking for any reason to get his hands on this apartment so he can finally break the rent controls It is a recipe for disaster born out of desperation It is a bid for freedomAfter all, our lives are but a sequence of accidents a clanking chain of chance events A string of choices, casual or deliberate, which add up to that one big calamity we call life Through a series of unpredictable events they all end up living in the apartment together The tailors out on the veranda Dina shoehorned into the sewing room Maneck in Dina s old bedroom There are difficulties mainly because Omprakash begins to resent Dina s position as overseer Om perceives her as a big shot, a rich person, when nothing could be further from the truth Being a manager myself I really identified with Dina s issues She would try to belenient and the two men would takeandadvantage of her She would try yelling and the men would become resentful She would try negotiating with them, but any concessions she was willing to make was never enough How quickly the men forgot how bad things were before the found the benevolence of the woman with an apartment Despite those issues for a little while, too short of time, they were happyGod is a giant quiltmaker With an infinite variety of designs And the quilt is grown so big and confusing, the pattern is impossible to see, the squares and diamonds and triangles don t fit well together any, it s all become meaningless So He has abandoned it The mystery of happiness It is so hard to obtain and so difficult to duplicate You can bring together the same people under the same circumstances and not be able to achieve it again There is a magic missing, a zing, a spice, a mood or just the will to let it happen There are a host of satellite characters who add so much vitality to this novel My favorite was the Beggarmaster As his title indicates he managed and took care of an army of beggars He also, for a price, extended protection to people like the tailors, to people like Dina He is as powerful as a magistrate and the police know not to mess with him or his people He sees everyone the same whether they are people missing limbs or people still retaining every body part they came into this world with He sees the world through the lens of the poorFreaks, that s what we are all of us I mean, every single human being And who can blame us What chance do we have, when our beginnings and endings are so freakish Birth and death what could bemonstrous than that We like to deceive ourselves and call it wondrous and beautiful and majestic, but it s freakish, let s face itThe Beggarmaster would have been perfectly at home stepping into a Dickens novel as would many of the characters in this novel Many reviewers have made comparisons to Charles Dickens and nowhere is itapparent than in the cast of characters that Rohinton Mistry has assembled Dickens would have also certainly loved taking on the issue of forced sterilization, the issue of sanitation, the issue of deprivation, and the overreach of a government completely out of touch with the largest majority of their populationthe poor You will find yourself living with these characters You will even feel like you are sharing their deprivation through the power of a gifted writer s words Success is fleeting Disaster ever present Hopelessness is a shadow around everyone s heart No one is immune and everyone is walking on the ledge hoping the wind doesn t blow The things that matter to them the most are the essential things The very things the rest of us take for granted Rohinton MistryRohinton Mistry very well may have written a masterpiece This was recommended to me as a favorite book I can t resist when people say a book is their favorite book So what I would like is for everyone to share their favorite book with me on the comments thread I will do my best to eventually read every one of them that I haven t read before This novel is Highly Recommended If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at But rest assured This tragedy is not a fiction All is True Hence started my journey of a fine book, A Fine Balance I have no sane excuse for my ignorance about Rohinton Mistry novels I just didn t have a single clue about him or his achievements till I joined Goodreads Yes Though it s not a big deal as one is not supposed to know everything but here s a writer of Indian origin, writing unbelievably great books about Indians and is still remain unacknowledged by a common Indian reader is But rest assured This tragedy is not a fiction All is True Hence started my journey of a fine book, A Fine Balance I have no sane excuse for my ignorance about Rohinton Mistry novels I just didn t have a single clue about him or his achievements till I joined Goodreads Yes Though it s not a big deal as one is not supposed to know everything but here s a writer of Indian origin, writing unbelievably great books about Indians and is still remain unacknowledged by a common Indian reader is densely pitiable His Facebook page has 7000 odd likes where, as I gauged from the comments, majority is of non Indians But then he is no marketing guru but a writer who writes and writes well, so well that it can make you cringe at the comfortable life you re having or at least makes you open your eyes to take a good look at the hardships of the hapless lots around you I don t read about Politics because it disgusts me I don t have a deep understanding about the 1970 s Emergency period because fortunately nobody in my family or acquaintances got affected by it, so basically it s the experience which tells a story, just watching, simply gives an indifferent shrug On the surface I know that it happened under the PMship of Indira Gandhi School mainly tells you She was the First women PM of India She was the daughter of honorable Pandit JawaharLal Nehru She was the mother of one of the youngest PM of India, Rajiv Gandhi She was the reason why India didn t face another partition by launching Operation Blue Star, hence reduced the idea of Khalistan into ashes because of which she was later assassinated Nothing , nothing less always a glossy and martyred picture of Daughter of India, Ironically So how does it feel to read A Fine Balance What does it promise to convey its readers What makes a 600 page novel readable or rather a page turner What s different about the lives of Dina Dalal, Ishvar, Om and Maneck that you haven t witness before especially being an Indian Well the answer could be May be nothing is different, all trite , or It s helluva great story, I haven t read anything like this before But the answer remains somewhere in between and the secret is Rohinton s great writing His matter of factly narration, awesome character building and plot settings can give you the pleasure like watchingHum Logon high definition channel He is not a man of big bulky words, dictionary is almost dispensable while reading him but the words are piercing enough to make you feel the subject The story reflects through them in an unmatched finesse There is no room left for any improvement as he has used every single component at his disposal in building this masterpiece, just like Dina s quilt in the novel The story revolves around four main characters, Dina Dalal, a widow and a self respected lady who treats her independence dearest than any of the relations left in her life Ishwar, a darji tailor whose father sent him to get equipped with tailoring in order to earn him a life of repute which he wouldn t have got under the fate imposed Chamaar profession Om, Ishvar s nephew, again a darji, a young and aggressive lad and an orphan whose life is dedicated mainly to his uncle Ishvar and vice versa And, Maneck, a guy from Mountains, whose struggle to know and feel his worth in lives of others especially his parents and a college friend remained unending The story is about how four of them got together in one flat not willingly but due to twists and turns life threw at them It s a journey of how reluctance was over powered by compassion, how loneliness made room for companionship and how a house became home , how four of them amidst many doubts and objections became there for each other Kind, but it was a home of cards waiting for a gush of insensitive wind to tumble it and its housemates It s a sad novel, heart wrenching in fact It will make you cry except in case of defective tear ducts and it will make you very angry It has its dose of humor but simultaneously it carries an air of apprehension around it like how a moment of happiness is short lived and shall soon be replaced by gloominess and sorrow It s something I felt while watching Clint Eastwood s Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino, where as an audience one starts to feel that good days will be balanced out with bad days because Life, the bitch, usually gives us lemons, and to the unfortunate lot, it plants a lemon tree at the backyard of their wretched life But throughout, this book echoes one universal law, that despair doesn t have a favorite victim It befalls upon everyone at some point of time, triggered by fate, destiny or power hungry human beings History is a witness to how Power breeds evil, breeds mainly on the blood of innocent lives who would have never imagined that their destiny would sacrifice them to such inexplicable atrocities This book depicts the story revolving around such atrocities and enduring them, living through them, dying through them or merely surviving through them and resilience is the main key to such survival Rohinton has captured life through his characters, has captured India through an unfortunate time, has captured ugliness of human face and has finally captured resplendence of human soul through his mesmerizing words.READ IT Here s my audio review of this book"/>
  • Paperback
  • 603 pages
  • A Fine Balance
  • Rohinton Mistry
  • English
  • 23 October 2019
  • 140003065X

About the Author: Rohinton Mistry

Rohinton Mistry is considered to be one of the foremost authors of Indian heritage writing in English Residing in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Mistry belongs to the Parsi Zoroastrian religious minority.Mistry s first novel, Such a Long Journey 1991 , brought him national and international recognition Mistry s subsequent novels have achieved the same level of recognition as his first His second novel, A Fine Balance 1995 , concerns four people from Bombay who struggle with family and work against the backdrop of the political unrest in India during the mid 1970s The book won Canada s Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award It was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a finalist for the Booker Prize Mistry won the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2012.Author photo courtesy of Faber and Faber website.Wikipedia article at THIS LINK.


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