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Em and The Big Hoom Doc Ñ 238 pages ¿ Jerry pinto ¿ [Epub] ❧ Em and The Big Hoom By Jerry Pinto – Gwairsoft.co.uk ‘A marvellous debut sensitive livened by crystal cut prose and Pinto’s trademark mordant humour This is the best Indian novel in years’—Prayaag Akbar The Sunday Guardian‘Em and the BigNovel is also a deeply moving story about love and family relationshipsAbout the authorJerry Pinto lives and works in Mumbai He has been a mathematics tutor school librarian journalist and columnist He is now associated with MelJol an NGO that works in the sphere of child rights His published works include a book of poems Asylum and Helen The Life and Times of an H Bomb which won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema in 2007 Em and the Big Hoom is his first novel This book is not for1 the weak minded2 the prude3 the juvenileA powerful work dealing with a scary subject the mind of a mad personThe boy lives in a 1 BHK house in Mumbai with his maniac depressive beedi smoking mother Em who doesn't consider discussing sex or any other subject on earth with her children a taboo the stoic dependable father Hoom and the uiet elder sister SusanTheir lives are full of trials and tribulations as Em often tries to commit suicide albeit unsuccessfully Life with her is a constant adventure an ongoing lessonThis was a powerful evocation on the subject of madness the real thing not the collouially used much dilute substitute emotion and especially its effect on near and dear sane onesA touching book a frightening theme

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‘A marvellous debut sensitive livened by crystal cut prose and Pinto’s trademark mordant humour This is the best Indian novel in years’ Prayaag Akbar The Sunday Guardian‘Em and the Big Hoom is a beautiful book a child's eye view of madness and sorrow full of love pain and unaccountably much wild comedy One of the very best books to come out of India in a long long time’ Salman RushdieEm and the Big Hoom recently won The Hindu Literary Prize 2012 It was also long I've known her Since the days when I was pudgy child panting from the summertime games grabbing the large glass of cold crystalline water right off her benevolent hand I've known her through those ritualistic morning temple walks with my grandmother buying radishes from her garden When she birthed three lovely children gifting them with her naivety of grey irises I've known her But she doesn't know who I am not any Not even my mother at times who when heavily pregnant with me relied on this woman’s help The peaches and cream complexion mislaid among the heavily sunburnt dermal cells the hair haphazard in monochromatic shades demarcating the fading cheap black dye Every alternate hour of the day tucking her flimsy end of her sari in the folds of the wrinkled waist she immaculately stands at the corner of the street fervently gesturing the obstinate transparency of the muggy air Her incessant ramblings never cease to stop as she makes a detour to her house and then back again to the street corner shaking her head in dismay at the unsuccessful symphony of her hands and the invisibility of delusional opaueness She has her “good” days and “bad” days and then those daily louacious outings reprimanding an unknown entity with the bus horn honking behind her “Poor thing she’s gone mad””Tsk Tsk what a shame her brain is devoid of oxygen supply”” What can her family do? She’s a bit mental”The Indian Mental Health care system has three main terminologies in the layperson’s world “Alcoholic” “drug addict” and “madmental” The third one is dismissed as a mere infliction something that simply exists The bulimic anorexics are “mad” for not eating or puking bi polarity schizophrenia is just some “madness” post partum” the mother has gone “mad” The psychiatric ward at the JJ Hospital or the infamous Thane hospital is dreaded than submitting a blood sample for an HIV testing Disregarding the essential need to categorise the mental illness treatments majority of patients are shackled under a general psychiatric ward like cattle tied in overcrowding shed alongside alcoholics drug addicts for they are all “mad” The Indian Mental Health Care system is in shambles with inadeuate education imparted for the needy Mad is an everyday ordinary word It is compact It fits into songs As the old Hindi film song has it M A D mad mane paagal It can become a phrase – ‘Maddaw what?’ which began life as ‘Are you mad or what?’ It can be everything you choose it to be a mad whirl a mad idea a mad March day a mad heiress a mad mad mad mad world a mad passion a mad hatter a mad dog But it is different when you have a mad mother Then the word wakes up from time to time and blinks at you eyes of fire But only sometimes for we used the word casually ourselves children of a mad mother There is no automatic gift that arises out of such a circumstance If sensitivity or gentleness came with such a genetic load there would be no old people in mental homesUnlike the vile stench of the Mahim creek spewing endless annoying grimace I shall desist from the audacious display of my pers

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Em and The Big HoomListed for the DSC Prize for South Asian LiteratureIn a one bedroom hall kitchen in Mahim Bombay Imelda Mendes–Em to her children–holds her family in thrall with her flamboyance her compelling imagination her unspoken love her sometimes cruel candour Through this her husband to whom she was once ‘buttercup’ her son and daughter learn to cope with her mania and her freuent wish to dieA searing and at times darkly funny study of mental illness Jerry Pinto’s first I was a participant in the author's fiction writing workshop a couple of weeks ago in Bangalore and one of the first things I noticed about him was how effortlessly funny he was It made an impression then and today as I read and finished ' Em the Big Hoom' I'm again struck by the number of times he actually made me laugh in so dark a storyIt's a gorgeous book in ways than one The story is beautifully told and the characters feel familiar like we've always known them This is the work of an established craftsman this feeling of familiarity an identification with the text The author has received high praise for this book and just as I finished reading it I saw that it had just won the Hindu Literary Prize as well The event was in Chennai where I now live but I chose to stay home and read the book itself which I think was the better choiceMost reviews of the book fail to point out that it is first and foremost a love story and there are some scenes that will break any reader's heart I loved this book and have read few others as moving I have stayed away from describing anything from the book because I cannot do the story justice with my descriptions You'll have to read it and have the words sweep you off your feetThe author taught me a bit of writing that week in Bangalore but reading this book showed me how much I still have to learnVery highly recommended Do not miss this book