Saraswati Park

Saraswati Park

Anjali Joseph / Feb 21, 2020

Saraswati Park Mohan a middle aged letter writer sits under a banyan tree in Fort furnishing missives for village migrants disenchanted lovers and when pickings are slim filling in money order forms But Mohan s

  • Title: Saraswati Park
  • Author: Anjali Joseph
  • ISBN: 9780007360772
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mohan, a middle aged letter writer sits under a banyan tree in Fort, furnishing missives for village migrants, disenchanted lovers, and when pickings are slim, filling in money order forms But Mohan s true passion is collecting second hand books and he s particularly attached to novels with marginal annotations.

    Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph Jul , Saraswati Park is a warm, beautiful and simple book that is as much a post card of Bombay life as it is of the new middle class The book is set with normal people dealing with ennui of life, burden of buried aspirations and want of love. Saraswati Park Saraswati Park Kindle edition by Anjali Joseph As Saraswati Park unfolds, the lives of each of the three characters are thrown into sharp relief by the comical frustrations of family life annoying relatives, unspoken yearnings and unheard grievances. Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph review Telegraph Aug , Saraswati Park is a fictional area of suburban Bombay named after a female goddess who dispenses learning and wisdom Mohan Karekar, a Anjali Joseph s Saraswati Park Quiet is the perfect Saraswati Park was the impressive, prize laden debut novel of Anjali Joseph and it packs a quiet punch Set in a Mumbai suburb, it follows a phase in the life of an elderly couple, Mohan and Lakshmi, and their nephew, Ashish, who comes to live with them while he repeats his final year in college. Full Online Saraswati Park narrowgate rmartin Saraswati Park Ebook Ebook Saraswati Park ,MB Saraswati Park Ebook Scouting for Saraswati Park Ebook Do you really need this book of Saraswati Park Ebook It takes me hours just to attain the right download link, and another hours to validate it. Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph NOOK Book eBook Her first novel, Saraswati Park, won the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Betty Trask Prize, and the Vodafone Crossword Award for best novel in India, and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and a Commonwealth Prize Another Country is her second novel Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay in . Saraswati Park joseph anjali Saraswati Park and millions of other books are available for Kindle Learn Enter your mobile number or email address below and we ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Anjali Joseph Official Site Anjali Joseph is the author of Saraswati Park, Another Country and The Living Winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize Winner of the Betty Trask Prize Winner of the Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction Gokhale Saraswati Park BHK Apartments in Ideal Colony, Pune Gokhale Saraswati Park is a large project spread over an area of . acres Gokhale Saraswati Park comprises of BHK and BHK Apartments in Pune Gokhale Saraswati Park brings a lifestyle that befits Royalty with the batch of magnificent Apartments at Ideal Colony.

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      • Anjali Joseph

        Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay in 1978 She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has taught English at the Sorbonne More recently she has written for the Times of India in Bombay and been a Commissioning Editor for ELLE India She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia with distinction in 2008 Saraswati Park is her first novel.


    1. It was an enjoyable read . I love such languid, easy paced , middle class Indian existence of ordinary people -their hopes, disappointments , desires, achievements , frienships, insecurities etc. Te story revolves around Mohan - small time letter writer (an obscure occupation ) with a secret desire to be a writer, his wife Lakshmi and his nephew Ashish who is forced to stay with them to complete his education . Ashish has a secret to hide and Mohan fears that his wife is slowly but steadily drif [...]

    2. A fine novel with well-written characters. I loved the Mumbai the writer has created. The middle-class middle-aged couple Mohan and Lakshmi are so real that you feel you have known them all your life and start worrying about their problems like you would for your relatives. Especially endearing is Mohan’s love for books and his introspective nature. The boy Ashish, sensitive and intelligent wins you over with his vulnerabilities. Even the smaller characters like Satish, Narayan, Mayank, Madhav [...]

    3. Saraswati Park is a warm, beautiful and simple book that is as much a post card of Bombay life as it is of the new middle class. The book is set with normal people dealing with ennui of life, burden of buried aspirations and want of love. Mohan and Lakshmi are the middle aged couple who have completed their duty to their children and endure the burden of routine. Mohan's world of second hand books, wish to write, and the dying occupation of letter writing is filled with silences and words unsaid [...]

    4. It took me a few tries to get into this book, and only by plowing through the first six chapters or so did I finally start to find myself interested in the characters enough that reading became less of a chore. It was around that mark, too, that I finally understood that this was really just meant to unfold like a parlor drama on public television; it's just a little story of a few unremarkable middle-class lives in modern Mumbai. Its emotional impact is probably greater the closer one knows tha [...]

    5. Ever wondered the role of Middle class in fiction. Who wants to read about an ordinary person with ordinary life. Everyone wants to read about the rich who have scandales or insufficiences in so seemingly perfect life or the poor who have challenges and struggles in their daily life. Quote: The Building was like the people living in it middle class to its core Improvement or Failure – incapable of either extremityTo read more, visit the link here: storywala/2012/10/

    6. A gentle read, never too taxing. A story about a disruption within a family, but you never really feel like the events that cause the disruption are worthy of a novel. I got to the end of the book and thought to myself "Nothing really happened." I don't think I'd be rushing to pass it around to my friends, but it was a nice way to pass some time.

    7. Saraswati Park is the story of Mahesh. A letter writer by profession, his life is bound by a set routine which includes waking up early, making tea for him & wife, getting ready, taking the local for V.T. etc. He derives small pleasure by visiting the street vendors who sell 2nd hand books at Fountain area. He is passionate about collecting 2nd hand books, a habit which irritates his wife Lakshmi. He is shocked out his reverie when the street vendors are thrown out by the municipality but be [...]

    8. Loved loved loved this book. There must be something in the water as I have never read a book by a South Asian writer I haven't loved. Having said that, this was special. Set in a middle class area of Bombay where everything and nothing happens, this is a story of the things we never say to each other, of unrequited love and longings as well as a depiction of the unfulfilled dreams and desires of all of us. Mohan is a middle-aged man who wants to be a writer. His long suffering wife finally reac [...]

    9. I've read this over the weekend. It was fast and simple. I didn't expect the male on male romance, which the synopsis does a great job of concealing. The premise takes place during the monsoon season in India, and it follows a middle-class Indian boy who is flunking college. He is sent to live with his uncle and aunt to get put on the right track. While there, he falls into an unrequited romance with his male tutor. This was a quiet read. Not much goes on. The protagonist, Ashish, spends most of [...]

    10. Saraswati Park could be seen as a novel about how the exterior — a sharply-felt sense of place — informs and affects the emotions and ideas of our interior lives. And vice versa. The author is meticulous in describing each character's surroundings, so that we can actually smell what they smell, hear what they hear, and vividly see what they see. But at the same time she links these acutely-felt physical sensations to precise feelings and/or thoughts. The pleasureable result is that we keenly [...]

    11. A slow gentle book about a middle class family in Bombay. A very quiet book, but I like Indian novels, so enjoyed it.

    12. very slowa bit too slow for my likingwas waiting for story to kick inbut didntbut it was an ok reada bit disappointed to be honest:(

    13. One of the recent books I received from friend S in the U.K. is Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph. This novel was released over there in July by HarperCollins. Right out of the box I was attracted to Saraswati Park. I liked the cover and the description of the book from the publisher had me ready to read. Saraswati is about a middle class family in Bombay. Husband Mohan is a professional letter writer. This is not a growth field. He gets some work putting pen to paper for divided lovers and famili [...]

    14. It took me a while to get into this, but it's well worth it. S Park is a much better defense of the realist novel than Franzen's Freedom, for instance; it packs the same emotional weight into a third of the pages (and, at a guess, a quarter of the words). Like 'Freedom,' the book has a bit of a chip on its shoulder: while Franzen talks a lot about Tolstoy, Joseph's particular reference is Henry James, and there's some great, gentle parody of the modernists (James Joyce as captain of the pick-up [...]

    15. My Thoughts on Saraswati ParkThis unique and refreshing read set in modern day Bombay was a beautifully written, intimate and thoughtful novel that captured my mind with its simple, yet skillfully written prose and its intricate and fascinating characters.While at times it was a little slow going, for the most part the languid nature of this novel drew me in and had me flipping pages and making teapot after teapot of tea, enjoying everything from the landscape, to the situations that arose- to t [...]

    16. This would make an excellent movie! Mohan and his wife live in Saraswati Park Bombay and his nephew,Ashish comes to stay with them after failing and having to repeat his last year in college. Mohan is a letter writer and lives in his own world and comfort, never realizing what effect this has on his wife, Lakshmi, till a relative of hers falls ill and she leaves to help and doesn't seem to want to come back. Ashish is nineteen and coming onto his sexuality. A failed relationship with a richer fr [...]

    17. The writing is atmospheric and at times the descriptions of the place she called - interestingly - Bombay - are beautifully written but the characters didn't quite engage me. Why for example can I hardly recall the one woman in the tale? So when the narrative progressed into teenage gay sex, I lost interest. I don't think I'm prudish but I just wasn't convinced; perhaps it is too difficult for a female to write about what boys get up to. And how a middle-aged couple respond to each other and the [...]

    18. I probably can't write as good a review as other readers but I really liked this book. It had a bit of everything in it I guess. Gives a little insight into the lives of people living in a small Bombay enclave; their families, friends, and events shaping their lives on a day-to-day basis, death, marriages, sexuality all shaping their lives conventionally and unconventionally . The writer shows how functional and dysfunctional the people in that part of the world can beg equally as functional and [...]

    19. This, while not a book that stands as an epitome of literary art is nonetheless a thoroughly enjoyable read, with an accurate depiction of middle-class life in India: a letter-writer (a dying breed), a housewife, and a college student who didn't pass last year, and is retaking his final year. There are some brilliant moments and the characterization is well done, with none of the characters being quite a cardboard cut-out: time is spent showing the motivations for each, and getting into their br [...]

    20. A narrative that seemed to go nowhere. I found this a difficult book to like, the story - what of it there was - was thin and uninspiring, the characters were not sufficiently developed for the reader to have any sense of who they really were and the plot dithered about and failed to deliver anything substantial. A disappointing read. I was hoping to get a real feel for Bombay - the sights, the sounds, the smells; it's vibrancy, poverty, humanity. This book did not deliver enough of anything.

    21. Except for the last few chapters which are very moving, this book left no deep impression on me, and not necessarily because of the lack of a plot. It’s well written with a fine sense of humour and some lovely analogies. There is a lot about birds and trees, rain, dust and smells and it’s all very evocative but there is little substance. The story is suffused with feelings of sadness, regret, disappointment and defeat as the characters live their ordinary lives through their ordinary days th [...]

    22. Picked this book on Financial Times recommendation. Anjali Joseph, the author, potrays evocative images of life in mumbai circa 2011. Extremely well written English, but the main-plot of an old marathi couple in mumbai is tipid.The narration is extremely slow, with enormous description of the trees-birds-insects-roads- apartments etc etc.Pick this if you have already finished Shantaram & Maximum City, which have much better story on the mumbai pathos.Read 'Saraswati Park' if you want to impr [...]

    23. I wouldn't say this book is bad, however it did take me quite a while to get through for such a short book. The characters are likable enough and the writing is good, but there is no plot. I found this book very boring. Also, there is a kind of awkward relationship between Ashish and his much older tutor, Narayan. Despite the fact that Ashish is 19, and therefore technically an adult, the relationship between these two characters feltwrong. Read it if you want, but I can't say I recommend it to [...]

    24. Nice piece of 'mood' writing, the whole book is a mellow unfolding of small Bombay lives. Nothing is ever too dangerous, nothing threatens, but sunlight is a character of its own, peeping between old Bombay buildings and the people who live there. Books are referenced extensively, and form a backdrop for the unfolding of the drama. A book lover's book, and also a Bombay-phile's one :)Also reminded me a little of Ishiguro's style, though not as accomplished.

    25. I had starting trouble with the book but once the ice was broken after a few pages, Anjali's easy writing assumed a clarity that made all the characters believable and the events easy to relate to. More than the ageing letter writer nurturing ambitions as a writer and his travails with his marriage, I was absorbed by Ashish's life. In a manner so unpretentious, she deals with homosexuality without falling for stereotypes. Very original writing of very original lives.

    26. Saraswati Park is a suburban housing colony in Mumbai. The people who live there are neither rich or poor and live ordinary suburban lives. This is a class of Indian society largely ignored by a lot of novelists, who concentrate on the social extremes. Indian society forms a rich tapestry of life and the colours and pattern are no less fascinating in the middle, as this book shows.The synopsis gives far too much detail of the story!

    27. This is a subtle story about a couple who have been married for years and their uncertain 19-year-old nephew who comes to live with them. It's certainly not action-packed but is well written and engaging. I enjoyed the descriptions of everyday of a middle class family in Bombay as well. The Observer calls it a "portrait of unrequited love, frustrated aspirations and the unspoken compromises of marriage and family". I would probably give it 3.5 stars if that were an option.

    28. Sweet story. Pleasant read. The author's focus on details paints a very precise image of Bombay and the setting of the story but it feels that it is sometimes at the cost of not telling the story itself. For me, too many details of the story itself are not present in the book which in the end feels a little superficial.

    29. boring but have to admit that it is evocative. unfortunately the book lacks a plot and from what i read in the P.S. section, the author was directionless when she wrote the novel. that was obvious. like a writing exercise that kept going on and on until it was long enough to be put shoddily into a novel. a waste of time.

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