Bombay Wali & Other Stories Paperback – Mar 31 2013
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These are stories that provide the genuine flavour and taste of India, and other exotic locales ? we meet true-to-life characters imbued with interest and complexity. ? Mark Frutkin
About the Author
Veena Gokhale started her career in the mercurial world of print journalism in Bombay, in the 1980s. She first came to Canada on a journalism fellowship, returning to do a Masters in Environmental Studies in Toronto. She has published fiction and poetry in anthologies and literary journals. She lives in Montreal with her partner, Marc-Antoine.
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"The evening had split her into two people: the Renuka who was going along with Gulnar's outrageous scheme--a shadow with a motive; and the Renuka who was still painfully embedded in her own flesh. The one had watched the other all evening, stifling a scream of horror and disgust."--Bombay Wali, the title story.
"She felt a scream forming at the base of her throat and rising slowly, and then she was at the entrance of her building, her self-control deserting her as soon as she was inside the door, making her run up the hollow-sounding, wooden staircase, till she collided into a man who was going down the stairs..."--Reveries of a Riot.
Reveries of a Riot has quite an intensity which doesn't go down; a really sharp turn in the way we see Mira; as her hunger for life bursts forth. Gokhale's affection for, and knowledge of, Indian culture and Bombay, really shines through in these stories. No need for a jet plane, visas, and vaccinations. Get yourself an armchair, a copy of "Bombay Wali", and get lost in the wandering.