But not for the first time, Arzee has it all wrong! The Noor is about to be closed down, taking away to its grave all his hopes of this world and his walls against it. A new darkness threatens, more sinister than the comforting womb-night of the Noor. Arzee knows he will be crushed by that new cycle of rage and impotence, all these added to the perpetual indignity of walking face-to-face with "the crotches and asses of this world".
Arzee the Dwarf follows Arzee over two weeks, setting off Arzee's frenzied plotting and pleading against the beating and pulsing of the great city around him. The narration vividly brings to life not just the protagonist, but also a host of characters to whom Arzee turns in his hour of need: the departing head projectionist Phiroz, the sneering faux-gangster Deepak, the poetical taxi-driver Dashrath Tiwari, the enigmatic hairdresser Monique, and the garrulous and homely Shireen.
Can Arzee fight off all the forces that menace his world, or will the vast city that he loves succeed in crushing him? Chandrahas Choudhury's bittersweet comedy, selected by World Literature Today as one of 60 essential works of modern Indian literature in English, is a novel about the strange beauty of human dreaming.
Amit is an ambitious person. His meteoric growth in the corporate world propels him to quit the job and become an entrepreneur.
Srikant accidentally joins politics and becomes a minister. He enjoys power and gels with the system.
Vikram becomes an engineer and gets disillusioned with the monotonous lifestyle in a manufacturing industry. He quits, becoming a successful motivational speaker.
Pankaj is working in an ordinary job when he discovers his flair for teaching and starts coaching classes.
But then, what have they sacrificed to attain this success? Are they really happy?
In spite of his huge success, why does Amit feel that there is a vacuum in his life?
As a motivational speaker, Vikram improves the life of many people, yet why does he suffer in his personal life?
Why does Pankaj leave the successful coaching classes and take an entirely different path?
Why does Srikant want to leave politics and retire?
They all meet in their sixties and evaluate who has been happiest among them.
This is a book on human passions and their changing ideologies.
It talks about the power games of life.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Everything about an Indian wedding is signi cant-the mantras, the sacred re in the middle of the altar, the seven rounds around the re, and the colors of the bride's sari. This day of an arranged marriage for the Sharma family is drenched in heavy rain, but far deeper problems lay within this particular Indian family, who has lived in Canada for the last thirty years.
For Gangga Sharma, marrying Subash has been her dream-until her wedding day, when her dream turns into a nightmare. For Jamuna Sharma, the wedding is sacred; she vows if she gets married, it'll be an Indian wedding. She's not certain, though, that it will be with an Indian man. For Kaveri Sharma, the sacredness of her marriage meant nothing.
For Menaka, her marriage destroyed the life she'd always dreamed of living. When she discovers Ajay's a air, she believes she's failed at being a good wife. For Ajay, his daughter's wedding opens a can of worms that could potentially destroy his life and his relationship with his daughters.
The Sharma family must analyze what marriage means to each and reconcile their expectations with the old culture of India and the di ering culture in Canada.