|Real Time (2002) [Collection]|
by Amit Chaudhuri
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(From the publisher):
In these wry, lyrical stories, men, women, children, and even gods try to maintain their dignity, and make sense of their lives, amid the jostling loneliness and cultural upheaval of post-post-independence India. Whether it's an embarrassed schoolboy standing up to the tyranny of disco, a conventional housewife inspired to write her memoirs, a businessman attending memorial rites for a young suicide, or two divorcees about to enter an arranged marriage, the portraits that Amit Chaudhuri draws from India's new middle class are studies in heartbreaking awkwardness and hard-won grace.
Here, too, are those whose vocation puts them at odds with the new India: a teenaged Calcutta poet introduced to Baudelaire by a lonely widower; a traditional singing teacher who finds himself the rage among Bombay's business elite; writers and painters whose high seriousness Chaudhuri treats with knowing irony and deep, elegiac respect.
(from the publisher)
- Portrait of an Artist
- Four Days Before the Saturday Night Social
- The Man from Khurda District
- Beyond Translation
- The Great Game
- Real Time
- Prelude to an Autobiography: A Fragment
- The Second Marriage
- Words, Silences
- The Party
- Confession of a Sacrifice
- The Old Masters
- An Infatuation
- The Wedding
- White Lies
- Chasing a Poet: Epilogue
Original title: Real Time: Stories and a Reminiscence
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
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