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A Fine Balance free read ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ñ Best Kindle Epub, A Fine Balance author Rohinton Mistry This is very good and the main topic to read with book details isbn 9789035118249 format Paperback and others 582 pages and has a text language like DutchOrmat Paperback and others 582 pages and has a text language like Dut. “Poor naked wretches wheresoe’er you areThat bide the pelting of this pitiless stormHow shall your houseless heads and unfed sidesYour looped and windowed raggedness defend youFrom seasons such as these O I have ta’enToo little care of this Take physic pomp;Expose thyself to feel what wretches feelThat thou mayst shake the superflux to themAnd show the heavens just” King Lear “Why did I dislike him so much she asked herself Where humans were concerned the only emotion that made sense was wonder at their ability to endure; and sorrow for the hopelessness of it all” Dina A Fine Balance Lear’s Patchwork uilt A Fine Balance is a true modern epic built on the ordinary If one could read only one book about India this would make a very good choice On city one village one town three families this is the tight canvas in which Mistry paints or rather is the uilt that he weaves They fit together to form a Persian carpet that captures within it an entire country’s desolation As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love Mistry creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state at once unsettling pitiful and maddening in its clarityNever dramatic never superfluous the details keep getting added to the uilt no stray piece left untended every discarded cloth piece added and stitched in with exuisite care Mistry’s uilt is perhaps among the greatest novels composed on modern India at least in terms of sheer ambition of the construction and the constrained canvas in which it is accomplishedEvery anguish spread across four generations every tumult and gasp of a country is sueezed into the harrowing tales of a few poignantly realized figures Indeed the whole drama is almost Shakespearean in scope with distinct echoes of King Lear in it in the pride and distance of each character; in their imaginary walls which crumple with closenessLear’s Storm Writ LargerMistry is often compared to Dickens the archetypal author of the Uncaring State For me the comparison that kept forcing itself was with Shakespeare As I mentioned above I could hear distinct echoes of King Lear as I was reading this magnificent book However I was not sure if I was reading this into Mistry since I had just gone very deep into Lear in which I was reading too much of Plato to be honest I did not trust myself and decided to investigate and I found to my relief that Mistry loves King Lear he had even made an entire novel out of it not this one but ‘Family Matters’ It thus turned out to be a very lucky coincidence that I read King Lear almost in parallel with MistryIn any case I now feel justified in elaborating on this theme on the logic that a possibility of a King Lear influence having contributed to 'A Fine Balance' cannot be discountedI have to confess that once I made this discovery I became overzealous and did make an attempt to draw the plot of King Lear directly into Mistry’s novel but Mistry is too much the master for that I tried to connect the abiding theme of love in both trying to imagine Dina as an abandoned Cordelia I tried to think of Maneck as a proxy Edgar one who was spared tragedy but only the obvious hard hitting ones that we dignify by the word ‘tragedy’ not the creeping disenchantment with life that can be even cruel I tried to deconstruct and see if the intermixing story lines of Fine Balance serve the same function as in Lear the two story lines the two tragedies mixed into one joining to form a single base line to the symphony echoing and reaching the same notes a ritornello of sorts None of this worked satisfactorilyEventually my reconciliation is that Mistry has set his novel in an in between place between the lunacy of self inflicting suffering and the self wrought tragedy of the end of Lear Instead this epic unfolds in the forest in the storm the characters thrown into it directly with no semblance of a ‘why’ or a uestion of ‘deserving’ anything Unlike the Shakespearean tragedy where there is at least an apparent causation for the tragedies that befall each the condition of the storm of wild uncaring nature is the default here All are eual in this world the same storm lashes them allOne of the major themes in King Lear is the path to understanding and salvation forged in the wild under this wild buffeting of nature’s storms where the ships of varying fates are lashed against each other making them realize the ‘euality of pathetic mortals’ the only salvation allowed to them to be extracted from the whole tragedy “You know—things falling apart centre not holding anarchy loosed upon the world and all that sort of thing” In Mistry’s world too the blind force of the Government and the ‘Emergency’ looms large and ominous in the background affecting these characters with no personal enmity or malicious intent almost like a primal force of nature grabbing destroying or sparing the lives and joys of the actors just like wild nature in King LearMistry also works in a lot of political criticism of the Indian political system Let us pick a phrase from Mistry to summarize this A house with suicidal tendencies The path seems inexorable Once tyranny makes an entrance it allows the government to become and authoritative insensitive even casual in how they treat human lives and dreams without any real conscious intent like the blind pagan gods of Shakespeare Thus maybe a step beyond nature then as powerful all pervading and unreadable as the Gods themselvesIt makes one wonder how unreasonably powerful our modern governments are capable of reaching in and snuffing out even the minutest blooms of happiness at random Isn’t it scary to have such gods amongst us “Where was God the Bloody Fool Did He have no notion of fair and unfair Couldn’t He read a simple balance sheet He would have been sacked long ago if He was managing a corporation the things He allowed to happen ” Set against this blind force the characters of Mistry too blunder blindly through the vast forces of ‘nature’ in search of some reconciliation their lives too seem to present glimmers of hope until the next wild gust or random malice sweeps it away but finding each other giving what support they can realizing that the straws are all that matters to the drowning man finding what little joys they can in the occasional beauty of their fraying tapestry of a uilt “But how firm to stand how much to bend Where was the line between compassion and foolishness kindness and weakness And that was from her position From theirs it might be a line between mercy and cruelty consideration and callousness She could draw it on this side but they might see it on that side” If you think about it that is almost a primal uestion for a civilized society From asking a uestion like that to reaching a point in which the line is erased altogether at least when seen at a certain angle from both sides that is the only trajectory that deserves the name “progress” Emergency is an almost comical word but it is poignant since as Mistry shows most stumble from one Emergency to the next uncomprehending Some may escape the blindness and see each other but perhaps only in the minds of visionary authorsAll this parallels the distinct evolutionary trajectory of the characters in King Lear too as the Kings and Nobles realize that underneath their garbs the thin veneer of civilization we are all eual And when fates and ‘higher powers’ tear us apart and smite us with lightening the poor and the rich can see each other and their euality in that fateful  flashThe Finely BalancedSo we come back to this Indeed the whole drama is almost Shakespearean in scope with distinct echoes of King Lear in it in the pride and distance of each character; in their imaginary walls which crumple with closenessThe real fine balance the real circus act is the flimsily constructed wall that balances so finely between people between families between castes between classes between societies but it cannot stand up to personal acuaintance Which is why we use emotions of fear and disgust to prop it upThis wall a mere figment of imagination is made up of stories fictional ones the moment it encounters real stories it tumbles down Authors like Mistry are the modern euivalents of the uixotic hero trying to crumple these walls reaching across thousands of miles through the pages of a bookOf course we can see in figures like Nusswan those people who manage to keep the walls of fine balance erected throughout their lives we see in them ourselves Can we dare to see ourselves in Nusswan In a character like Maneck we can see someone who was perhaps lucky to escape childhood without erecting them In the other poor souls who haunt the book we see the ones on the other side of our well tended walls Then in Dina we can see the ones who do break free of these finely balanced walls And we might even aspire to their tragedy so that we can be free of these walls too That is the power of a work like this it makes us crave even for tragedy if only to let us escape our self constructed prisons How powerful is that

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This is probably the most depressing book I have ever read in my entire life Not only is its chronicling of four lives bleak and without the slightest hint of hope or redemption but it does this with a comprehensive scope and an unforgiving manner Even re reading it knowing what was going to happen did not mitigate my sadness If anything it amplified my emotions because for all of the good things that happen in this book the moments of joy I knew how it was all going to go wrong And this is not some adventure story or a romance where things get bad for a few hundred pages before the protagonists rise in the face of adversity No in A Fine Balance everything goes to hell And it doesn't get betterI could spend several paragraphs discussing how this book is depressing Suffice it to say A Fine Balance is set in Mumbai India It covers over 30 years from independence in 1947 to the Emergency of the 1970s Rohinton Mistry follows four characters two tailors Ishvar and Omprakash; the widow Dina Dalal who employs them in her apartment; and the college student Maneck rooming with the widow These characters endure poverty oppression and abuse by those in power and those with power The tailors their relatives victims of caste violence in their village back home arrive in Mumbai only to live in a slum that gets demolished its slum lord now in the pay of the government But living on the streets is not an option for during the Emergency police have broad discretion when it comes to beautifying the streets of the overcrowded overpopulated city and losing their residence is by far one of the lesser misfortunes that Ishvar and Om experienceThe Emergency happened before I was born in a land far removed from me It is nothing than a name to me a period in the recent history of a country related to mine by imperial ties and immigrant exchanges So this book lacks the personal resonance it has for those who did live through this period whether in India or abroad And I haven't really ever experienced any of the hardships Mistry depicts here Nevertheless I can still appreciate A Fine Balance as a depiction of suffering during a time of turmoil and tyranny And yeah it is depressing but I do not agree with those reviewers who find this a valid reason for panning the book Mistry makes you feel sad for a reasonWhile not perfect Mistry's four protagonists are all good people We learn this early in the book for he recounts their past to us in a series of flashbacks so verbose as to transcend mere exposition and become true parts of the plot and narrative Dina grows up under the thumb of her older brother her dreams of becoming a doctor suashed by a patriarchal society Instead she resorts to marriage as an escape enjoys a happiness too rich to last long and becomes a widow For her as with everyone the uestion is how to make enough money to get by Ishvar and Om come from a caste of tanners; their father made the defiant transition to tailoring and paid for the insolence with his life They carry on in his tradition but they have come to the city seeking work Maneck has come to the city also looking for escape and edification; he is enrolled in a one year college certification on air conditioners He's not a very good student but he is happy he has left his hometown and with it his unsatisfying relationship with his fatherThese are ordinary everyday people They do not invite the misfortune that befalls them Why do bad things happen to good people A Fine Balance is many things but it is not theodicy It is instead a look at the conseuences of a certain zeitgeist present in India at the time of the emergency We see it in the way that Ishvar Om Dina and Maneck all become victims yes but this zeitgeist pervades the novel on every level It is present in the attitudes of Mistry's minor characters in the exclamations of approval from Mrs Gupta and Nusswan regarding the Emergency and its effect on trade unions in the derision of Beggarmaster and the guilty conscience of Sergeant Kesar Just as ordinary people ignored the obvious injustices happening during the Holocaust so too did ordinary people rationalize and justify the brutality and the injustices that occurred during the Emergency Some like Mrs Gupta or Nusswan do it for economic reasons whether or not they believe such actions are truly justified—scarily enough some do Others like Sergeant Kesar care less about the political significance of their actions and about the moral significanceI like Sergeant Kesar He is a very minor character but he is an example of how Mistry manages to make the scope of his political themes so broad There are plenty of stock characters in A Fine Balance but for every goonda mindlessly enforcing the will of a landlord or minister there is a Sergeant Kesar or an Ibrahim an authority figure with a name and a face These are antagonists or sometime allies who for one reason or another are probably good people but have managed to end up in the wrong line of work at the wrong time They struggle with their jobs with the way they interact with people like Dina Dalal This struggle is a poignant counterpoint to the innocent suffering of our four protagonists The Emergency is not a monolithic movement of one group oppressing another It is Mistry shows us a tumultuous period of conflict as one government tries to stay in power while elements subvert it for their own purposesThat seems to fit with India a country always in flux as a result of its vast population and rich history Indira Gandhi's desecration of democracy destabilizes the country but it is just another straw on the back of an already over laden camel From Ishvar and Om's backstory we learn of the deterioration of the caste system and the resulting resistance from those like the Thakur who have power in the villages From Maneck's childhood we see how urban development and expansion commercialism and competition are changing India's rural landscape and endangering some enterprises like his father's general store Dina's tale is personal and gendered but it is also a story about family and independence As she points out independence is an illusion We are all dependent on each other especially in a city as big as Mumbai and the culmination of the relationships of these four characters is an illustration of their interdependence Ishvar and Om's detainment and disappearance profoundly affects Dina and Maneck both personally and professionally; likewise Dina's troubles with the landlord threaten Ishvar and Om's livelihoodBut I digress In A Fine Balance Mistry juxtaposes the turmoil of the Emergency with many other events occurring simultaneously to alter India's zeitgeist The result is a snapshot of a country that has always fascinated me for its conflict and its contradictions Mistry's descriptions of life in Mumbai especially for the impoverished are almost beyond my ability to grasp so different are they from what I know India is in that interesting zone between developing and developed nation though I am aware such terminology is as ever controversial Its economy is so huge so rich both real and with potential yet its massive population faces problems of education poverty and health It is a fascinating country with very real challenges both now and in the 1970s when this novel takes placeAll this of course does not really address that central uestion why so depressing Why couldn't Mistry weave a thread of hope through his uilt of a story In my opinion Maneck's ultimate fate obviates any possible solace one might find in the tenuous euilibrium achieved by Dina Ishvar and Om It is a grace note that manages to overpower the end of the book cause shock and dismay and colours anything that follows I don't want to spoil it if you haven't read the book but it is an action of such implicit nihilism that it is emblematic of the tone of A Fine BalanceSimply put if this book ended on a happy note if Ishvar Om Dina and Maneck emerged with little in way of complaint then their suffering would have been meaningless That is a major claim to make I know Other books involve characters who suffer greatly only to emerge triumphant and all the better for it so what makes these ones different It is both the nature and the degree of their suffering Their experiences are so brutal so dehumanizing that any serious redemption would minimize them too much for the reader In order to emerge from such experiences triumphantly it would have to be through actions of their own doing through some form of resistance that overcomes the adversity This would contradict the sense of powerlessness that Mistry wants to communicate the utter helplessness in the face of an implacable political climate created by corrupt politicians and police Ishvar and Om are not cannot be revolutionaries Dina and Maneck cannot be subversives So when they suffer and submit and then it is over well it cannot really be over not until they are devastated Mistry must administer a coup de grâce that finalizes the destruction he has plotted since page oneThis book is fiction so it must have a beginning middle and end But it is as close to being true as fiction can get both in verisimilitude and in attitude It is neither uplifting nor endearing but wearing Even the most optimistic person would feel besieged by Mistry's careful and persistent erosion of everything good from the universe of A Fine Balance And this holds up to repeated readings because his depictions of characters both major and minor are just so vivid so believable so tortuously touching that you cannot help but care about what happens to them even when you know it will be nothing goodAnd so I am not sure what to say except that this is one of my favourite books and in my opinion one of the best books ever written period There will always be those who disagree who pick it up trudge through fifty or a hundred or two hundred pages and then declare it a waste a wash unimpressive or boring at best I don't know how to respond to those people or even if I should respond All I can say is that few books have ever affected me so much as A Fine Balance Many books have moved me; many have entertained me and charmed me and made me laugh and cry But A Fine Balance has left an indelible mark upon me It is a work of consummate skill This book is fiction so it must be false But it is a sad depressing book because somewhere out there in the past and the present and yes the future every single bit of it is in some form true

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A Fine BalanceBest Kindle Epub A Fine Balance author Rohinton Mistry This is very g. But rest assured This tragedy is not a fiction All is True Hence started my journey of a fine book A Fine Balance I have no sane excuse for my ignorance about Rohinton Mistry novels I just didn’t have a single clue about him or his achievements till I joined Goodreads Yes Though it’s not a big deal as one is not supposed to know everything but here’s a writer of Indian origin writing unbelievably great books about Indians and is still remain unacknowledged by a common Indian reader is densely pitiable His Facebook page has 7000 odd likes where as I gauged from the comments majority is of non Indians But then he is no marketing guru but a writer who writes and writes well so well that it can make you cringe at the comfortable life you’re having or at least makes you open your eyes to take a good look at the hardships of the hapless lots around you I don’t read about Politics because it disgusts me I don’t have a deep understanding about the 1970’s Emergency period because fortunately nobody in my family or acuaintances got affected by it so basically it’s the experience which tells a story just watching simply gives an indifferent shrug On the surface I know that it happened under the PMship of Indira Gandhi School mainly tells you She was the First women PM of India She was the daughter of honorable Pandit JawaharLal Nehru She was the mother of one of the youngest PM of India Rajiv Gandhi She was the reason why India didn’t face another partition by launching Operation Blue Star hence reduced the idea of Khalistan into ashes because of which she was later assassinated Nothing nothing less always a glossy and martyred picture of Daughter of India Ironically So how does it feel to read A Fine Balance What does it promise to convey its readers What makes a 600 page novel readable or rather a page turner What’s different about the lives of Dina Dalal Ishvar Om and Maneck that you haven’t witness before especially being an Indian Well the answer could be “May be nothing is different all trite” or; “It’s helluva great story I haven’t read anything like this before” But the answer remains somewhere in between and the secret is Rohinton’s great writing His matter of factly narration awesome character building and plot settings can give you the pleasure like watching ‘Hum Log’ on high definition channel He is not a man of big bulky words dictionary is almost dispensable while reading him but the words are piercing enough to make you feel the subject The story reflects through them in an unmatched finesse There is no room left for any improvement as he has used every single component at his disposal in building this masterpiece just like Dina’s uilt in the novel The story revolves around four main characters Dina Dalal a widow and a self respected lady who treats her independence dearest than any of the relations left in her life Ishwar a darji tailor whose father sent him to get euipped with tailoring in order to earn him a life of repute which he wouldn’t have got under the fate imposed Chamaar profession Om Ishvar’s nephew again a darji a young and aggressive lad and an orphan whose life is dedicated mainly to his uncle Ishvar and vice versa And Maneck a guy from Mountains whose struggle to know and feel his worth in lives of others especially his parents and a college friend remained unending The story is about how four of them got together in one flat not willingly but due to twists and turns life threw at them It’s a journey of how reluctance was over powered by compassion how loneliness made room for companionship and how a house became home how four of them amidst many doubts and objections became “there for each other” Kind but it was a home of cards waiting for a gush of insensitive wind to tumble it and its housemates It’s a sad novel heart wrenching in fact It will make you cry except in case of defective tear ducts and it will make you very angry It has its dose of humor but simultaneously it carries an air of apprehension around it like how a moment of happiness is short lived and shall soon be replaced by gloominess and sorrow It’s something I felt while watching Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino where as an audience one starts to feel that good days will be balanced out with bad days because Life the bitch usually gives us lemons and to the unfortunate lot it plants a lemon tree at the backyard of their wretched life But throughout this book echoes one universal law that despair doesn’t have a favorite victim It befalls upon everyone at some point of time triggered by fate destiny or power hungry human beings History is a witness to how Power breeds evil breeds mainly on the blood of innocent lives who would have never imagined that their destiny would sacrifice them to such inexplicable atrocities This book depicts the story revolving around such atrocities and enduring them living through them dying through them or merely surviving through them and resilience is the main key to such survival Rohinton has captured life through his characters has captured India through an unfortunate time has captured ugliness of human face and has finally captured resplendence of human soul through his mesmerizing wordsREAD IT Here's my audio review of this book