We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. It sounds so small and silly but Mistry excels in the small details and moments of life while at the same time making comment on the larger world. Misthry goes about like an artistic insect spinning a thin string from one character in one story to another, tracing patterns that can't be deciphered initially but in the end it is a beautiful gossamer that entraps the reader into appreciating each string of the web glinting in the soft light if nostalgia.
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Mistry deftly tells his tales from the points of view of an aging Parsi widow, an elderly Goan catholic ayah, a curmudgeonly lawyer, a teenage boy or twoa recently widowed woman, a jovial veterinarian, a young couple expecting a baby, a woman losing her rirozsha on sanity, a young man in his first romance and a recent immigrant in Canada.
Swimming Lessons and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry
Firoza Baag is one such residential colony adorned by a three apartment buildings and filled with the quirkiest and amusing occupants one can come across. And he has a definite penchant for scatological humour, as firozsna be observed from many of the stories.
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China Dream Ma Jian. These stories, many of which have been published separately in modified versions, loosely come together in an attempt to provide a taste of India to bag who has never been there, although in this respect the result is less successful than his latest novel, A Fine Balance.
The Summing Up: Rohinton Mistry's Tales From Firozsha Baag
In these stories Firozsha Baag's language is pronounced in sharp, italicized, abbreviated tunes of the kind of laughter and pain that follows everyday life, of the fabric of life within a community, of the nuances of a people "Old bai took English words and made them Parsi words.
In Exercises parents impose a curfew on Jehangir falling for the first time in love and try to convince him the girl is not suitable by taking him to a guru outside of town. The smell of the school's lunch area, the nagging of a curmudgeon neighbor, the omnipresence of a meddling 'aunty', the gang of children and a pariah child, all seemed to be lived-in.
My childhood was spent and cherished in a mohalla colony, not an apartment complex in a small city.
Swimming Lessons and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag
Character driven domestics with sensationalist sprinkles of tragedy? The crowded, throbbing life of India is brilliantly captured in this series of stories. A Spark of Light Jodi Picoult. How easily, like a magician he convert's Sarosh's individual bowel problem into a huge 'immigration-related' metaphor. We take abuse seriously in our discussion boards.
Memories may stem from sepia-tinted glasses of nostalgia but there are that are stories that are best remembered when they play out in color - vivid and bright - a mix of over-saturated pigments like the HD screens screaming from a modern day television shop.
The Anglo servant, the old Parsee Couple, a Parsee widow, young Parsee migrated to Canada are some of the characters from these short stories that will live with you for a long time. Even so, most stories are told from a deep need for storytelling - they're sincere, unafraid to tackle the humongous topic of the human condition and at times genuinely moving or reflective. I have given it a name of Mistry Magic,cuz you can never say what he's upto,the twist and turns he provides his stories with,will make your heart sway many a times before you can actually make out what the story is all about and on which human emotion it is based.
It was flrozsha into an acclaimed feature film in Tales from Firosha Baag is one of the best collections of short stories I have come across. The reader might be tempted to be discouraged by these failed attempts to preserve the past in a fast changing reality, but as the children grow up some wisdom and respect for their elders and their values find their ways into their hearts.
Return to Book Page. Posted by Sandhya Iyer at With all the subtlety of a sixteenth-century morality play, a crowd clawed its way into a local train.
Tales from Firozsha Baag
Only two stories feature residents who have emigrated and only the latter, the very possibly autobiographical Swimming Lessons, is actually set in Toronto. Published by Vintage International first published Jo 's review Dec 27, Most of the events are never returned to in the remainder of the book, and although I thought this was the weakest story in the collection, it may also have been the most thought provoking.
R This was my first introduction to an author who made it to the elite club of NRI writers in the 80s all of whom made a definite impression in the world of literature and gave Indian Writing In English the prestige it enjoys today. Sep 18, Pratibha Suku rated it it was ok Shelves: At the end the stories give you the taste and smell of a novel. Soon, however, the tensions outgrew all such efforts, and a nightly routine of debilitating sarcasm established itself.
In these witty, poignant stories, Mistry charts the intersecting lives of Firozsha Baag, yielding a delightful collective portrait of a middle-class Indian community poised between the old ways and the new.
Exactly what you might expect from a great author's first frpm work, especially from a great author's first published collection of short stories: