Half a Rupee Stories

Half a Rupee Stories

Gulzar / Jan 20, 2020

Half a Rupee Stories Twenty five fascinating stories from the inimitable GulzarA suicide bomber in a small town plans out her last day getting herself photographed before she goes and blows up the prime minister A drunka

  • Title: Half a Rupee Stories
  • Author: Gulzar
  • ISBN: 9780143068792
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • Twenty five fascinating stories from the inimitable GulzarA suicide bomber in a small town plans out her last day, getting herself photographed before she goes and blows up the prime minister A drunkard in a Mumbai slum tries to compete with the torrential rain, even as it washes his dwelling away An army man at the border has become so accustomed to speaking over the wiTwenty five fascinating stories from the inimitable GulzarA suicide bomber in a small town plans out her last day, getting herself photographed before she goes and blows up the prime minister A drunkard in a Mumbai slum tries to compete with the torrential rain, even as it washes his dwelling away An army man at the border has become so accustomed to speaking over the wireless that he ends every sentence with Over And in the title story, a cop drags a dead cow from Vinayak Rao Patwardhan Road to the adjoining Bapu Road, since the latter is so much easier to spell.From real life stories about Javed Akhtar, Sahir Ludhianvi and Kuldip Nayyar to tales set in Kashmir, in the hinterland, in the modern megapolis and on the LoC, from anecdotes of love and betrayal to fables of courage and conviction, this is an enthralling collection available in English for the very first time.

    Customer reviews Half a Rupee Stories I feel diminutive while attempting to write a review for a book penned by the celebrated poet, writer, lyricist and director Gulzar This book Half a Rupee Stories is an awe inspiring kaleidoscopic collection of short stories that encompass a mixture of emotions, feelings, values and lives, young or old, each with varied hues and colours. Rupee The rupee is the common name for the currencies of India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Mauritius, Nepal, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, and formerly those of Afghanistan, Tibet, Burma and British East Africa, German East Africa and Trucial States and all Gulf Arab Countries as Gulf rupee. In Indonesia and the Maldives the unit of currency is known as rupiah and rufiyaa respectively, which is a cognate of the History of the rupee The history of the Rupee traces back to the Ancient India in circa th century BC Ancient India was the earliest issuers of coins in the world, along with the Coins of India from ancient times to the present COINS OF INDIA, PAKISTAN, BANGLADESH, NEPAL BHUTAN FROM ANCIENT TIMES TO THE PRESENT ANCIENT BENT BAR COIN OF INDIA This unusual bent bar Satamana is VICTORIA Rupee Dot Varieties JFCampbell Rupee A I A II B I B II In Hundred Years of Indian Coinage Dr Sharif says that the ten examples of four dot Rupees in his collection were all different, and he believes he s examined another different variations. Indian Currency History, History of Indian Rupee The history of Indian currency not only spans centuries but also boasts quite a fascinating past Read on for a brief glimpse of India s and your wallet s financial history The rupee in your pocket has a mysterious past Behind Mahatma Gandhi s smiling face lies a long history of Rupee weakens past to new closing low The Hindu The rupee weakened further on Thursday, closing past the mark against the dollar for the first time ever as foreign funds continued to stream out of emerging markets on expectations of higher U India scraps and , rupee bank notes overnight Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the . and , rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from the financial system overnight The surprise move, announced on Tuesday Oil, widening CAD may push rupee to against The Hindu The Indian rupee is likely to touch a U.S dollar as weakness in the currency market is continuing with the upward trend in crude oil prices and strengthening of the U.S dollar index, aided by XE RUB USD Currency Chart Russian Ruble to US Dollar Rates USD US Dollar Our currency rankings show that the most popular United States Dollar exchange rate is the USD to EUR rate The currency code for Dollars is USD, and the currency symbol is.

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      • Gulzar

        Sampooran Singh Kalra Punjabi , Hindi , Urdu known popularly by his pen name Gulzar Punjabi , Hindi , Urdu , is an Indian poet, lyricist and director He primarily writes in Hindi Urdu and has also written in Punjabi and several dialects of Hindi such as Braj Bhasha, Khariboli, Haryanvi and Marwari.Gulzar was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2004 for his contribution to the arts and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002 He has won a number of National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards In 2009, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for Jai Ho in the film Slumdog Millionaire 2008 On 31 January 2010, the same song won him a Grammy Award in the category of Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.Gulzar s poetry is partly published in three compilations Pukhraj, Raat Pashminey Ki and Pandrah Paanch Pachattar His short stories are published in Raavi paar also known as Dustkhat in Pakistan and Dhuan.


    1. That Gulzar is a magician with words is a given. Notwithstanding his contribution to Bollywood, Gulzar has written soul stirring poetry in Hindi and Urdu that can give you goosebumps. I came across this book while I was reading one of his fabulous poems online. Without giving it a second thought, I ordered for the book. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed.Half a Rupee Stories is just that: simple, inconsequential stories about everyday struggles of ordinary people. No major plot, no twis [...]

    2. My rating is not for the book as such. It is for two heartwarming stories- Ghugu and Jamuni- Oh!! What a lovely lovely tale. A bird in love with a kite. A story that will be in my heart forever.Even if you skip the whole book it is ok, but don't miss this love storyThe Charioteer- At first you might feel sorry for Maruti who works asa sweeper in a ferry and has a hard life. But when he gets back home he is in the warmth of his family's love. Then you realize you have no right to feel sorry for h [...]

    3. Half a Rupee Stories is a brilliant translation of Gulzar Saab's works by Sunjoy Shekhar. In this choicest collection of short stories Gulzar Saab , like always, weaves his magic of raconteuring. Encompassing stories from the length and breadth of his homeland i.e. from the panic-stricken valleys of Kashmir, the skirmishes along the barbed borders of India and Pakistan , the fierce battle for existence in the metros , excerpts from the vaults of Filmdom, and across many other poignant fronts. Th [...]

    4. [Gulzar] A good storyteller is the conscious-keeper of a nationWalk through the pages of a book and you'll find charactersLike old friends ― In the corridors of timeA large part of me still lives on that side of the borderMy roots still remain on the other side[Javed Akhter] Poetry flows in his veinsJ Krishnamurti. History would be read and then repeatedDreams heed no border, the eyes sees no visas With eyes shut I walk across the line in time ― All the timeBoth sides stake their claims on K [...]

    5. Half a rupee stories by Gulzar is a compendium of twenty five stories touching various chords of the human sentiments, woven around those daily emotions of one’s life that there is some inherent oneness that the reader feel once he reads the stories. There are no major plots in the stories to glue the readers…there are no exemplary twists and turns to arouse one’s interest…there are no larger than life characters that remains historic… There is, however, an experience of almost each an [...]

    6. Atthani would be too much to pay for this sentimental drivel. When he isn't namedropping, Gulzar presents us with excruciatingly crude caricatures of the picturesque poor. He's trying so hard to be like Manto, esp. the story "Hilsa" where a murdered gangrape victim's eyes are compared to that of a fish on the chopping board of a coy Bengali housewife. Manto had compared the necrophiliac energies of Partition violence to thanda ghosht (cold mutton) with such provocative and lyrical force. Gulzar [...]

    7. 2.5/5Out of 25 stories divided in 8 parts, immensely enjoyed 7 stories comprising mostly the first and the last parts. Rest of it were at best mediocre and a total let-down.The ones which struck many chords in my heart. and the sole reason to be happy to have picked this : Kuldip Nayyar and Pir Sahib - Real account of Kuldip Nayyar's memory of Pir SahibSahir and Jaadu - Real account of Javed Akhtar's relation with father figure Sahir.LoC - On the bondings of family friends split across Indo-Pak [...]

    8. A few stories might have a slow pace but almost all of them are really good. You got to admire the simplicity and lucidity. The stories were very touching and masqueraded the sadistic life people near the border live due to the partition and other socio-economic issues. Stories involving Kashmir were undoubtedly more interesting and rather black, but really reaffirm the unity that should be binding India and Pakistan instead of separating them.

    9. the first few stories are about film personalities like javed akhtar and others and apart from his tale,the rest are average. but despair not.once the book moves to mumbai,it literally takes off and stuns with the poignant insights.fantastic collection with nearly twenty stories out of the twenty five being truly world class.

    10. Probably Gulzar is better off writing poems. I couldn't manage to complete the book. And then the translation is awful. Somebody should have been paid to proof read the grammar. Overall, the book is just like the title - half baked!

    11. I am sure there are a lot of elements that get lost in translation. However, the humanity of this work transcends the boundaries of language.

    12. 25 short stories with immensely captivating endings. Proves the genius Gulzar sahab is renowned for. Brilliantly translated too.Review to follow!

    13. 'Because "common man" like us only having half of things –half-plate eating, half-night sleeping, half laughing, , half crying, half living and also half dying. This atthanni never becomes full rupiah.' Gulzar. Gulzar. Gulzar. I am absolutely in love with this wordsmith. His words will definitely melt your heart. Even the toughest cannot survive when stroked by the pleasantness of his word power. So I began reading this book by Penguin India. I had finished it a long time ago but owing to the [...]

    14. Frankly, I was disappointed nothwithstanding the fact that Gulzar has a reputation of a literary giant. One reason could be the loss of nuances when translating from one language to another. While the prose is terrific and it comes through, it still doesn't read like someone writing in his/her natural language. Stories are short and feels more like a roving camera that goes through people's life. This powerful narration obviously shows his mastery of the art of storytelling. In a nutshell, me re [...]

    15. Beautiful stories, enchantingly told. The collection reminds you on a chilly day, sitting around the fire and somebody starts tales or people known and unknown. Totally captivating and heart warming. A slice of life, a small incident in their long meandering life, that is what these stories are about. The translation is excellent. It often left me wondering, if the translation is so good, how much more captivating would the original have been. And knowing Gulzarji's style, there is no doubt abou [...]

    16. Reading Gulzarji is a treat! Half a Rupee Stories is a journey towards emotions we observe day to day yet we don't express! Every story is narrating some special incident that grows inside us. Human emotions and life has been portrayed so beautifully that reading this book one feels living it within.A must read! :)

    17. Gulzar Sahab as everyone calls him really does deserve the Sahab after his name. Though I read the book in English it felt very Hindi Urdu on my tongue. my favourites were the story on Javed Akhtar and Gulzar Sahab's travelog.

    18. Everyday stories that happen around us and are easily forgotten or missed. Each of us carry a story and Gulzar and brought some of them to light. The translation is weak in parts but overall, an easy quick and sometimes hard-hitting read.

    19. There were a couple of stories that struck a chord but for the most part, they were underwhelming. Perhaps something was lost in translation. Note to self - Read Gulzar in Urdu/Hindi.

    20. Half a Rupee is a story taken from a collection of stories (Half a Rupee: Stories) by Gulzar, the title story in fact, and offered here as an independent read. It is from part five, which is about Naxalite movement in India, so named after the small rural place Naxalbari in West Bengal (east Bengal is what is now called Bangladesh, the half that split away from motherland in '47 at partition and then had to seek independence because faith based nations don't necessarily work when all other bases [...]

    21. AHA !! and OUCH That is what you’ll feel after reading this book !The book is divided into 8 sections with 3 stories each. Each section starts with a poetical introduction. All the stories have a typical Gulzar touch and Sunjoy ji has not lost the essence while translating. 1st section has biographical stories wherein Gulzar ji talks about Kuldeep Nayyar, Bhushan Banmali and Saahir and Javed Akhtar’s relationship.2nd section describes the Mumbai city. In “The Stench”, there’s this fami [...]

    22. Come compilations are like gummy bears. You gulp some, you chew some, you lick some. How long does one stays in your mouth will never be the same. In the end its all about the after effects, to each its own. Some will touch your heart and leave an after tought, some will just end there itself. Overall a delicious mixture of gummy bears.

    23. I have always been a fan of short stories. This is my first book of Gulzar and the stories were amazing. But I certainly think that I need to read the original version to write about the translation.

    24. To start with, I am a huge fan of Gulzar Saab’s writing. I was really excited when I discovered this collection of short stories in a little book store in College Street, Kolkata. The variety in the terms of genres that this book offers is huge. There are tales about the deadly partition that had hit our country some seven decades back, about the bitter sweet relationship people across the bordering areas of both our countries still share. There are stories woven around the myriad complexities [...]

    25. I think he is just God in Short Stories. The way he thinks about a situation, the way he sequences it to have the reader craving for more at the end of each story, the way he ends his stories, the impact of the last line is so powerful that you need to pause and reflect on it, each time, every time you read it.Be it his choice of title, theme of the short writes, fiction or real, Gulzaar saab never fails to evoke the dormant sentiments in you and play hell with it.In “Over” where he builds a [...]

    26. A half rupee, an atthani, is hardly worth anything today. It's more a burden to carry that coin around, you're trying to get rid of it, than to use it to buy anything. After all, what can you get for a half-rupee? Gulzar sets out to answer this question in his collection of short stories, Half Rupee Stories.A short story is almost always difficult to read and write. Keeping a tale short without being trite or uninteresting, is an art by itself. Gulzars excels in his stories. These stories transp [...]

    27. Gulzar is a renowned persona in the field of letters. He is known as a poet,lyricist and director of feature films. His skills as a writer of short stories is something very new to me. Having read this book of 25 tales, I was not very impressed with this. The backdrops of the stories range across the northern half of India and sometimes even strays to Pakistan. The characters are from all walks of life and Gulzar does a good job at sketching their lives. However all these stories suffer from a h [...]

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