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FREE EBOOK à EPUB Small Remedies ì 9780140294873 ☆ SHASHI DESHPANDE ☆ ✮ [PDF] ✩ Small Remedies By Shashi Deshpande ✻ – Shashi Deshpande's latest novel explores the lives of two women one obsessed with music and the other a passionate believer in CH her Muslim lover and accompanist Ghulaam Saab to pursue a career in music Gentle strong willed Leela on the other hand gives her life to the Party and to working with the factory workers of BombayFifty years after these events have been set in motion Madhu Leela's niece I am left with so many feelings with which nothing can be done

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Travels to Bhavanipur Savitribai's home in her last years to write a biography of Bai Caught in her own despair over the loss of her only son Aditya Madhu tries to make sense of the lives of Bai and those around her and in doing so seeks to find a way out of her own grie Of course the story has a strong dose of feminism; however it would be a mistake to label it feminist least of all in the negative sense That is because while most of the barriers and taboos that the brave women strive against remain faceless there are plenty of caring and supportive male characters with one unexpected exception Also the novel tries to weave a range of issues besides feminism including interfaith relations politics and above all struggle of a mother trying to come to terms with the loss of her child The book especially its first half is written as a flow of thoughts with events performing only a supportive role It is charming in the beginning Later it becomes tedious as thoughts as expected tend to be repetitive giving an impression of repetitiveness to the events as well Overall the effect is that of an incoming tide each wave covering a little ground and retreating

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Small RemediesShashi Deshpande's latest novel explores the lives of two women one obsessed with music and the other a passionate believer in Communism who break away from their families to seek fulfilment in public life Savitribai Indorekar born into an orthodox Hindu family elopes wit This was uite an interesting departure from my normal reading This is literary fiction by an author who is apparently very well known in India but practically unknown in the West If marketed here it would probably be called women's fiction because Small Remedies is a very introspective first person narrative by a woman who has lost her son and as she traces the histories of two other influential women in her life while also unveiling all her other formative experiences she ties a multitude of narrative threads together as a way of putting a coda to her grief and loss It's the sort of story that let's be honest will appeal to women than men not just because it's mostly about women but because it's all about feelings and interpersonal relationships and all that There is not really a lot of plot here; rather there are a bunch of different characters all of whom have some relationship to one another some very significant some only tertiary and the book is about the unveiling of each one's story and how it relates to the central theme of dealing with memories and loss and the things people give upOne of the things that made this book interesting to me was of course the fact that it's 100% Indian fiction — although written in English it's by for and about Indians Shashi Deshpande offers no concessions to the non Indian reader she simply assumes that you are familiar with all the cultural references she describes just as an American author will talk about AP classes and private health insurance and Top 40 radio and football and deer hunting under the assumption that an American audience knows exactly what all those things are and how they workTo draw an analogy you can always tell a non American author writing about America because there will be a positive obsession with guns like the average American has a gun collection sufficient to arm a small militia and the most important political issue on our minds is always the 2nd Amendment Now in fairness that does describe some Americans but certainly not the vast majority Likewise a non Indian author writing about India will almost inevitably put an elephant somewhere in the book and Ghandi must be mentioned at some point and we'll get helpful infodumps about Hinduism and Indian food and clothing etc Whereas Deshpande just mentions dhotis and pithla etc as casually as an American author will mention t shirts and hamburgers Not Indian don't know what pithla is? You can go Google it if you feel the need but the story flows on uite understandably even if you don't recognize all the termsAnyway Madhu the first person narrator in this slow carefully arranged book grew up in a single parent household with a father who was a small town doctor Having had no real female influence in her life as a child she subjects her relationships with other women as an adult to a great deal of examination; one senses trying to figure out how her own lack of a mother figure has changed her Madhu is a journalist and a writer and she's been sent to write a biography of a famous singer now uite old and in failing health who has had a somewhat tumultuous and scandalous life and careerFrom the moment Madhu arrives at the home of Savitribai Indorekar there is something unspoken hanging between them Madhu was a childhood friend of Savitribai's daughter a deceased daughter whom the singer has practically excised from her life a daughter who likewise did her best to rewrite her own life story to eliminate her mother and her stepfather from it It's implied throughout Madhu and Savitribai's conversations that Savitribai knows who Madhu is from the latter's childhood hanging around the singer's house and knows what is being unsaid and unasked but will Madhu ever go there?Tied into the story also are Madhu's memories of her aunt Leela her first mother figure who looked after her after her father died And finally we get to the real linchpin of the story the tragic death of Madhu's son Adhit and how this caused her to try to redact her own memories and how it affected her already strained marriage with Adhit's fatherThere are many personal revelations in the book some of which almost have the character of plot twists but really there isn't much of a plot just a narrative and the thing the reader is waiting for until the end is closure for all of these people Will Savitribai ever acknowledge her daughter? Will Madhu make peace with her loss? Will she and her husband reconcile?The undercurrents of social tension tying both the larger and the personal stories together add verisimilitude to the novel they aren't what the book is about but they are there Savitribai was a Hindu woman who married a Muslim man It was an act of terrorism the precise cause and culprits are never explicitly stated that killed Madhu's son The climax of the novel is Savitribai's Muslim protege singing at a Hindu temple causing threats of unrest and violence But these things again are not the point of the story just themes tying everything togetherI can understand what she's saying even if I don't know all the words Obediently the boy lets himself down in a namaskar at my feet the skinny body straight as an arrow the scapular bones like two wings on either side slanted like those of a bird in flight the newly shaved head giving him the look of a fledgling bird He gets up swiftly in almost the same movement I touch him on the headWhat do I say? Ayushman bhava? Chirayu bhava?May you live long But what blessing can contend against our mortality? Mustard seeds to protect us from evil blessings to confer long life — nothing works And yet we go on Simple remedies? No they're desperate remedies and we go on with them because in truth there is nothing else