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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada (Nov. 22 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385662297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385662291
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #282,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By fa23 on Jan. 30 2012
Format: Paperback
it was one of the best books i have ever read. i highly recommend it to anyone who likes reading about other cultures because it exposes you to a different world inside india, that indian movies dont readily portray. i honestly believe that this book has the potential to be turned into a movie...it is that good. highly recommend it to everyone. its not long so even if this isnt your favorite genre, you will get through this.
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By "kirari2" on March 23 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was having a very high expectation for this book, especially after reading his previous book: The Cripple and his talismans. Like the previous book, Anosh Irani uses words so beautifully and somewhat darkly. I liked The Song of Kahunsha more than his previous one, because it contained heart-warming sentences as well. They just grabbed my heart. I highly recommend this book to everybody.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D on Sept. 20 2007
Format: Paperback
Slow paced and repetitive best describes this book. The prose plodded along and bored me.
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The Song of Kahunsha Is Worth Reading Twice! July 19 2007
By Diana Rohini LaVigne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Title: The Song of Kahunsha
Written by Anosh Irani
Category: Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor Canada
ISBN: 978-0-385-66229-1 (0-385-66229-7)

Review By: Diana Rohini LaVigne, Indian Life & Style Magazine
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As you watch the life of a ten-year-old orphan unfold in the darks streets and hidden places of Bombay, you feel the tension; simple beauty and the developing complexities come alive as you turn each page.

Doses of religious devotion and questioning weave its way throughout the story as the boy, Chamdi moves from the safety of the inner sanctums of an orphanage to the hard, cold, unforgiving street life of India.

Chamdi is ultimately looking for a place of solace which he named Kahunsha but instead finds himself among beggars, thieves and violent criminals. He brings a glimmer of hope to a brother and sister and shares his vision to escape to a land far away where they can all live in harmony.

But an evil-minded underworld don toys with those less fortunate and controls not just the streets but the people who live there. Violence erupts and shows the inner strength of the young Chamdi but coming of age comes with a price. He starts to become part of the very society that has disgusted him in the past.

This book was so well written that I read it in one day too engrossed in what will happen next. It was a disturbing book that opens ones eyes up to modern day slavery, the plight of children in poor regions of India and how easily a person's life can change with a mere stroke of luck. It was the expert writing style that delivered such a strong flavor for the characters that I felt like reaching out to assist the helpless Chamdi during his times of need. The book will give reader's a feel for India with its tantalizing descriptions of the smells, tastes and visuals Chamdi experienced. It's not a book worth reading once, but twice.

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