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Bombay Time

by Thrity Umrigar

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Her first novel. A series of stories, portraits of a group of people attending a wedding. Their lives, their histories, their interconnectedness. ( )
  BCbookjunky | Mar 31, 2013 |
Her first novel. A series of stories, portraits of a group of people attending a wedding. Their lives, their histories, their interconnectedness. ( )
  TheBookJunky | Sep 24, 2011 |
Oh, I love Umrigar, don't get me wrong. However, this book was definitely a task to get through. In fact, I am not even all the way done, but I am just exhausted.

What exhausts me? Well, the overabundance of names, for one. It seemed as if on each page five new characters were introduced. Then, when Umrigar began to finally settle down on a couple of characters, they would flashback and therefore a slew of other characters would be dragged up.

When Umrigar did settle into a narrative, it was interesting and captivating. She writes with such poetic license. ( )
  amandacb | Mar 11, 2010 |
Set in the 60s and 70s, this book evokes a description of a quainter time and looks into the the lives of of a neighborhood of Parsis living in urban Bombay. The Parsis are peoples that migrated from Persia to India several hundred years ago to escape Islamic persecution, and this book tells us in touching detail how present-day Parsis live their lives. You read the angst with which the Jewish girlfriend of a Parsi boy decides to leave India for Israel and you wonder if a similar decisions might not have been taken by Parsis as well if they had a homeland to go back to. Fortunately for India, they remained and flourished and became full Indians.

While the specifics of this book make it a book about Parsis, Indians or Bombayites, the sensitivity with which Umrigar portrays the frailties, eccentrities, successes and failures of her community makes it a deep and loving foray into the human condition. ( )
  chickletta | Apr 3, 2008 |
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At the wedding of a young man from a middle-class apartment building in Bombay, the men and women of this unique community gather together and look back on their youthful, idealistic selves and consider the changes the years have wrought. The lives of the Parsi men and women who grew up together in Wadi Baug are revealed in all their complicated humanity: Adi Patel's disintegration into alcoholism; Dosamai's gossiping tongue; and Soli Contractor's betrayal and heartbreak. And observing it all is Rusi Bilimoria, a disillusioned businessman who struggles to make sense of his life and hold together a fraying community.

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"Thrity Umrigar introduces us to the Parsi men and women who have grown up together in the aging community of Wadia Baug. She traces young Adi Patel's disintegration into alcoholism; indicts Dosamai, the old neighborhood gossip; exposes the shattering romantic betrayal Soli Contractor suffered many years ago; depicts the rise of Jimmy Kanga, the local success story; and examines the history of the reclusive widow Tehmi Engineer. Above all, Umrigar gives us a nuanced portrait of Rusi Bilimoria, a middle-aged businessman who is struggling to come to terms with a bad marriage and the realization that many of his dreams remain unfulfilled. Long ago stripped of the ideals he held as an inexperienced young man, Rusi tries hard to make sense of his life and hold together a community that is fraying around him."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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