Author- Desai Boman
About Author-Boman Desai was born and raised in Mumbai (Bombay), but has spent most of his life in Chicago where he studied architecture, philosophy, psychology, and English, getting a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree respectively in the last two endeavours. He has published short stories and essays for which he has won a couple of prizes. He has worked in various capacities including as a farmhand, bartender, dishwasher, short-order cook, secretary, musician, bookstore clerk, telephone operator, auditor and teacher. He is also the author of two novels, The Memory of Elephants and Asylum, USA.
Description-Farida Cooper is too shocked by her husband’s treachery even to talk about it but in hiding her shame succeeds only in denying the damage to herself and making casualties of others, among them an infatuated seventeen-year-old boy. Farida is vivacious, voluptuous, intelligent, and rich—not to mention spoiled, selfish and talented (she paints, writes novels, plays the piano)—but her life is hardly as rosy as the appearance suggests. Her father, too wealthy to care what others think, makes a hobby of chasing women. Her mother grows rigid and unloving in consequence. Farida’s saving grace is her Kaki with whom she lives after her sixth birthday, but this also heightens the sense of her parents’ indifference, and she learns to show nothing of her feelings. Instead, her feelings erupt later in a series of disastrous choices. Her story shuttles between Bombay and Chicago, spanning the years from World War II to the Eighties, illuminating along the way themes of love and marriage, feminism and friendship, art and academia.
- Paperback: 419 pages
- Publisher: Roli Books Pvt Ltd (31 Dec. 2004)
- Language: English
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