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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Guernica Editions; 1st edition edition (March 31 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550716727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550716726
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #590,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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It is the rare artist who can inspire love for an entire genre in her audience. The short stories in Bombay Wali invite you to slip through a portal into an absorbing new world. Despite sometimes unfamiliar cultural references and settings, you immediately see through the main character's eyes and are absorbed into their world. The author's words are deftly chosen, her protagonists' emotions beautifully conveyed. Her depiction of grief in Middle Age Jazz and Blues is spot on. Gokhale's debut collection is a treasure chest full of sparkling gems.
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HASH(0xa4a18b28) out of 5 stars Armchair forays into middle-class Indian life to get lost in March 20 2013
By Vinay Kolhatkar - Published on
Format: Paperback
Veena Gokhale has a nice writing style, blending external, well-laid out imagery, with internal emotions. Here's my pick of the lines from a couple of the stories in Bombay Wali:

"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.
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HASH(0xa4b68e4c) out of 5 stars Not your stereotypical India! May 19 2013
By MR AP JOSHI - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is not the romanticized India of the migrant mind yearning for warmth. It is not the colour coordinated opulence of Bollywood. Nor is it the despair of the horrific tales of exploitation and abject poverty. This is an urban India lived and reveled in by the author. It is neither apologetic about the inherent differences in class, caste and thus opportunity, nor does it claim to justify why a 'wrong' is actually right. Veena's stories are real, they happen everyday, not just in Mumbai (Bombay)as in the title story, but in Nepal, Japan and Canada as well. And rarely is real life dramatic. The author's skill in picking up the 'interesting' within the mundane and weaving a touching narrative comes through. Engaging!

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