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    [E–book] The Way Things Were The past is a foreign countryWhen Skanda's father dies it falls to Skanda to accompany his body back to India for the funeral rites Though at fi

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    [E–book] The Way Things Were Aatish Taseer í 0 download A vicious narrative of the historic events that have shaped India or rather Delhi through the eyes of the drawing

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    review The Way Things Were [E–book] The Way Things Were Aatish Taseer í 0 download With Aatish Taseer we encounter a writer whose intellectual power and scope he knows a breadth of the world from New York to Kerachi as intimately as most of us know only our own small lives And no one no one conveys setting seasons of settings with Taseer's precision and beauty The Way Things Were plotted on circular tim

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    [E–book] The Way Things Were A story transcending the contemporaric notion of time A story of past to discover and understand who you are whil

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    free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook í Aatish Taseer [E–book] The Way Things Were Aatish Taseer í 0 download “This is part of the beauty of all literature You discover that your longings are universal longings that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone You belong” – F Scott FitzgeraldAs I finished reading this book and at so many points while reading it this is the uote that came to my mind again and again I am at a

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    review The Way Things Were free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook í Aatish Taseer Aatish Taseer í 0 download Awful Page 3 style tattle of socialites who stoically face the ups and downs of their privileged lives with a drink in one hand and a smart repartee on the other hand All this while 2 Sanskrit scholars father and Son struggle to reconcile modern India with Kalidasa's India They find that what is left of Kalidasa's India has been appropriated by right wing nutters No really ? And all this over 600 pagesI must be a sucker for a fe

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    [E–book] The Way Things Were It's exceedingly rare that I don't finish a book but got almost 100 pages into this and really didn't care to go any further it wasn'

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    [E–book] The Way Things Were In a lot of ways I've been reading this book for two full years Taseer perfectly captures so much of India's natural and historic beauty and al

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    free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook í Aatish Taseer Aatish Taseer í 0 download review The Way Things Were Ranging from 1975 to today this book centres on two generations of a wealthy Indian family and how their lives are buffeted by the huge political and social changes that occur over those years At the personal level it captures the powerful influence that parents no matter how physically or emotionally distant exert on their children It’s also a story of language itself Sanskrit How it can enrich us by capturing and carrying forw

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    [E–book] The Way Things Were Aatish Taseer í 0 download review The Way Things Were A noble failure Found Taseer juggling too many balls the rot within the political class present linguistic anaemia cultural amnesia colonial hangover ie almost all of his woes with contemporary Indian State of Affairs hamfisted into monologues by characters who are not given any room to grow other than their yawn inducing

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The Way Things Were review ↠ 0 review The Way Things Were Skanda's father Toby has died estranged from Toby's mother and from the India he loved Skanda is tasked with fulfilling Toby's final wish and returning his ashes to his birthplace It is a journey that takes him from Manhattan to Delhi and deep into the story of his family. With Aatish Taseer we encounter a writer whose intellectual power and scope he knows a breadth of the world from New York to Kerachi as intimately as most of us know only our own small lives And no one no one conveys setting seasons of settings with Taseer s precision and beauty The Way Things Were plotted on circular time seasonal time so that readers might move from the book s end to its beginnings without too much narrative break in structure is comparable in its success only to something we might find in Cormac McCarthy Taseer s plot also is modeled by analogy on a large segment from the Ramayana The Birth which concerns Prince Rama s childhood and marriage and his finding like many mythic sons a way to taking his father s place in the landscape The plot works on the convention of tale within a tale There is the frame story of Skanda a son unable to move forward with the deposition of his late father s ashes and within it the narrative of Skanda s parents marriage a Dickensian bit that brings David Copperfield to mind In the beginning I was born It s not clear to me whether the limit of this view is revelatory of Skanda s youth Taseer s or new India s false self chosen disingenuousTaseer s theme is the decay of the subcontinent s cultural history in the popular imagination the product of deracination and of assimilation with Western values and pursuits In that way the novel is a somewhat lengthy lachrymosa Embedded in this sorrow is an appeal to the reader to Indians primarily but it is applicable to almost anyone know your history tell the truth about it consult it for understanding the present but without trying to return to it a bogus effort that can only end in disaster as we have seen in the efforts of living Muslims to invoke Islam s lost empire This universal applicability works especially well for American readers and is why I think Americans have tremendous ease in accessing Indian cultural values middle class Indians these days like Americans have pretensions to education but what theywe want most is to live well and buy things Neither of us is much interested in the the real past or the effort it would take to acuaint ourselves with it in any depth Instead we are satisfied to mouth unconsidered inaccurate slogans Sanskrit is the mother of all languages or Railroads opened up the West Further the novel is suffused bursting with delightful details cognates of Sanskrit with modern languages epigrammatic statements the reader aches to share via social media insights to character like Skanda s realization that his father Toby a magnificent scholar is nevertheless only a teacher Toby s work in the end has done nothing to bring about the change he longs for in a sense it is a change that amounts to stasis which is impossible the novel s obsession with language is the best metaphor for that impossibility for India to become a museum to itself although Toby maligns the idea This museum in fact presents itself in a plot element the building of an Indian Holocaust Museum a wrong headed effort at once distasteful and tasteless laughable and sad There is also Skanda s mother Uma s inability to shed Toby s world despite their divorce She has become the thing she scorned a psychological phenomenon people who have been married and divorced recognize Finally we revel in Taseer s humor she s slept with half the Punjab a saying no matter how freuently invoked collapses us with laughterHowever I hate to say this I dislike drawing away from so much that is instructive memorably articulated in this novel but I don t think The Way Things Were is finished work The events are connected with one another by a seemingly endless string of parties plastic beads on a chain parties that inevitably grow ugly from voiced and simmering hostilities Some of these anecdotes add little and could be cut or summarized Also some transition scenes in the frame story seem to be there so we won t forget who we are talking about but they contribute to an unevenness in tone the reader finds disturbing There is a conversation between Skanda and his lover for example intended to reveal the characters normality and playfulness this scene in particular feels deliberately constructed and rings false Counter to this criticism is the fact that there are episodes that are actually underdeveloped There is an encounter early in the novel between Uma and an abusive passenger on a plane Their conflict is key Its insult to Uma s pride is the motive for her eventual connection with Toby She wants to undo a vision of herself as ignorant and powerless Yet I went back and re read it I don t know how many times Uma is relating the story about the plane to her sister in the way human beings freuently do to uncover the meaning of an event in the telling and the conversation is unfinished inconclusive People make extraordinary decisions because of pride and are often unable to unpack the source It should not have been so difficult for the reader to make out what is happening It s familiar But Uma never does uite get to the bottom of it even much later when she feels plagued by all she s learned and it takes untoward effort for the reader to do so which tells me something is missing And there are sentences not too many but a few that somehow got through the editing but need revision It s understandable when you are drafting 500 plus pages you ve read the thing so many times you can t see it any you hope to never see it again I resisted the temptation to mark some of these passages not wanting to feel like I am being mean but there they are thereFinally I must point out the most interesting character in this book is the narrator an omniscient but unidentified voice Taseer s own voice his perspective his view his observations his language that engages us we want to return to it again and again a voice I will go back to for as long as he is working

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The Way Things Were review ↠ 0 review The Way Things Were In particular to a night three decades earlier when an act of shocking violence forced his parents' fragile marriage apart Set at flashpoints in 1975 1984 1992 and the present day The Way Things Were shows how our most deeply personal stories are shaped by ancient history. Awful Page 3 style tattle of socialites who stoically face the ups and downs of their privileged lives with a drink in one hand and a smart repartee on the other hand All this while 2 Sanskrit scholars father and Son struggle to reconcile modern India with Kalidasa s India They find that what is left of Kalidasa s India has been appropriated by right wing nutters No really And all this over 600 pagesI must be a sucker for a few Sanskrit phrases strewn around the book

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The Way Things Were review ↠ 0 review The Way Things Were And volatile politics; how the life of a country and the life of an individual are irrevocably entwined Spanning three generations it is at once intimate and panoramic with a thrilling ambition that places it alongside such masterpieces as A Suitable Boy and A Fine Balance. Ranging from 1975 to today this book centres on two generations of a wealthy Indian family and how their lives are buffeted by the huge political and social changes that occur over those years At the personal level it captures the powerful influence that parents no matter how physically or emotionally distant exert on their children It s also a story of language itself Sanskrit How it can enrich us by capturing and carrying forward the past and how it can be co opted by sloganeering and religious hatred As one character puts it The past has to be seen as dead or the past will kill A hugely ambitious highly readable book I loved it

  • Paperback
  • 560
  • The Way Things Were
  • Aatish Taseer
  • English
  • 25 August 2018
  • 9781447272724