This is based on Mumbai city in India, where I live. Mumbai-the city that never sleeps. When we hear this, we imagine the night life of Mumbai. But it's not just the night life, it's the morning as well. It's just as beautiful. You'd wake up to the smell of garma-garam adrak ki chai made by your mom and if it's a Sunday, there's an addition of plate of jalebi and fafda.
Heading off to work, you bid hi to the watchmen having their cutting chai. People in Mumbai are hard working, all up and going from 6 in the morning. Govinda, Jackie Shroff fined Rs 20, for promoting pain relief oil.
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One of the stories ridicules Communists in name only: I wanted to talk about the development of Communist philosophy from Hegel to Karl Marx and the disuss the viewpoints of Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin. Then I would tell her about the young men and women who become Communist as a way to meet the opposite sex. I would tell her how half the boys who join the Movement are, simple put, horny, and how they stare at the girl initiates with eyes filled with centuries of unrequited desire.
I would tell her how most of hte girls are rebellious daughter of fat-cat industrialists who read introductory books then become activemembers just in order to stave off boredom Of course some stories are more successful than others, but I enjoyed the collection very much. It felt very authentic, without striving to be so. Manto himself is a character in several of them, and he sometimes refers to this overlap directly.
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The translators emphasize his role as the first modern Bombay author, portraying the city as a place of anonymity that is both liberating--one can be oneself--and lonely--no one notices whether you live or die. Whorehouses and shrines--I feel at peace nowhere else. But India has thousands of saints. What better place could there be for a person who wants to deceive himself? I honestly think this book just suffered a lot from its translation.
As I was reading it I could literally feel how much context I was missing out on because it wasn't translated well. A lot of meaning and symbolism is lost once a work has been translated and I'm quite a big fan of the way penguin pocket classics format their translated fiction, so for example in those editions if a phrase, name, or a word is mentioned that needs further explanation for the reader to truly understand its I honestly think this book just suffered a lot from its translation.
A lot of meaning and symbolism is lost once a work has been translated and I'm quite a big fan of the way penguin pocket classics format their translated fiction, so for example in those editions if a phrase, name, or a word is mentioned that needs further explanation for the reader to truly understand its importance they add an asterisk and give the background information necessary in the footnote on the page.
It's simple to follow and helps a lot with understanding the book. I think if Vintage had a similar format to that of Penguin's this would have been far more enjoyable. There was a point in the book that just annoyed me so there's a line that says "I don't know what his real name was but everyone called him Dhundhu, which was fitting because his job was to find girls that satisfied his customers' varied tastes.
That's why I feel like I wasn't getting as much as I could have from this collection unfortunately. The writing was really bland nothing was driving the stories, if this were to have been one story rather than a collection of short stories I'm not sure I would have even gotten through it at all. Manto often puts himself in the stories which I didn't enjoy at all it made the stories feel like a poorly written recount because it was all just: I went to the coffee shop to meet my friend.
My friend was struggling. We talked some more then we separated. Then I met another friend.
Again, I feel like this was less Manto's fault and more the translators'. Regardless, there's no argument that Manto was an incredibly influential writer and I'm glad to have read some of his work.
His life was the biggest tragedy and yet his legacy carried on in formation of India's film industry, it's literally the biggest shame that he didn't live to see it. I generally love most things written about India, particularly from this time period. But there is not a lot of redeeming value in this collection of stories written mostly in the s, which have been recently translated, collected into one volume, and then published in The characters, heavily centered on pimps and prostitutes, are mostly unappealing.
The stories themselves are not highly entertaining. However, I can appreciate that these stories were groundbreaking in its day and have I generally love most things written about India, particularly from this time period. However, I can appreciate that these stories were groundbreaking in its day and have heavily influenced several succeeding generations of writers. There are small glimpses into the Bombay of the s and s, which are fascinating and further put the city way ahead of its time. But the price of extracting these glimpses is too high for my taste. Jul 25, Saumya rated it really liked it.
It's a marvellous short stories collection! Sep 05, Sandeep rated it really liked it. How I love Manto, and how obscure I have been about his writing all these days! Pity me, but not anymore. I have read multiple books on Indian History, Indian freedom struggle, set during 's.
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This particular book too is set round about the same time and it covers quite a lot of ground as it chugs along covering topics other than the freedom struggle. How the author has portrayed his stay in Mumbai during the pre-independence era, what occupation the people were into, a glimpse into the film How I love Manto, and how obscure I have been about his writing all these days!
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How the author has portrayed his stay in Mumbai during the pre-independence era, what occupation the people were into, a glimpse into the film industry during the 's, it has left me with no other option that to order few more books of Manto as well as Bombay and start reading them too. So many people get introduced in this book and each one has a different tale to tell. Its a great work, the translation might have taken off some luster but overall its a gem worth taking some time out and reading. That's my perspective though, I hope you agree!
I could literally visualize an era, where the population was less, technology was not that advanced, life was laid back, where a journey from Lahore to Bombay could be taken by a train, plus an age where letters, telegrams and occasional roaring of an engine, still held a charm. How I wish I could have heard such stories from my grand parents. Never mind, but with Manto's stories for company, I am sure, I can fill that void and instead come closer to understanding the day to day life of a Indian common man during the 's and 's.
The writing in this book has an astonishing spontaneous feel to it, anything can and will happen in the raw inventive hands of Manto.
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I didn't know If Manto has lived those moments and meet those interesting characters which are described in the book but he has made me feel like that he was the very part of it. His self-conscious reflections on storytelling break the conventions of storytelling and it interrupts the transparency visible in documentary realism. Sep 12, Lily rated it did not like it. According to Salman Rushdie's blurb on the back of this book, Saadat Hasan Manto is the "undisputed master of the modern Indian shot story. He writes about prostitutes, pimps, madams, and the men who enlist their services in Bombay.
It was like reading a narrative version of the scene where Joan prostitutes herself to Herb so Sterling Cooper can get the Jaguar account. Over and over and over again. I think there's something According to Salman Rushdie's blurb on the back of this book, Saadat Hasan Manto is the "undisputed master of the modern Indian shot story. I think there's something to be said for shedding light on the sex industry, but it was just a rough read.
And anyway it was written by a man, a man who put himself into the stories as a kindly john who just wants these girls to get out of the game. Wasn't for me. Jan 08, Somya rated it it was ok.
Stories about the underbelly of pre-independence Bombay. Something was definitely lost in translation here. Perhaps Manto in Hindi would be better. Oct 24, Sheetal rated it it was amazing. Many babies are born prematurely and so are weak, and love, too, remains weak if rushed. Sometimes childbirth is very painful, and sometimes falling in love causes great pain. Just as a woman may miscarry, love can die before it has had a chance to grown. Sometimes women are infertile, and from time to time you'll also find men incapable of loving.
That isn't to say they don't want to love, but they don't know how to. Some women can't have babies and some men cant inspire love because they lack Many babies are born prematurely and so are weak, and love, too, remains weak if rushed. Some women can't have babies and some men cant inspire love because they lack something emotional. My game evaporated! Now, who's going to screw things up for me? Bombay meant something similar to Manto though he was not born there.
I liked his perspective and the way he felt and woven the essence of Bombay, the people, into his stories. All characters, locations came to life. Feb 18, Lady Poe rated it really liked it. Beautifully crafted short stories exploring the socially perceived 'degenerates of society' and finding humanness within these characters, which I found to be an incredibly seductive literary endeavour. It provokes, ridicules, demands and confuses the reader and creates engagement.
Manto employs various figurative language techniques such as metaphorical language, repetition and other poetics.