I noticed tears in Chaddah's eyes. They floated there like corpses on water.Freshly arrived in 1930s Bombay, Manto saw a city like no other - an exhilarating hub of license and liberty, and a city bursting with both creative energy and helpless despondency. It was to be Manto's favourite city, and he was among the first to write the Bombay characters we are now familiar with from countless stories and films - prostitutes, pimps, lowlifes, writers, intellectuals, aspiring film actors, thugs and crooks. His hard-edged, moving stories remain, a hundred years after his birth, startling and provocative. In searching out those forgotten by humanity, Manto wrote about what it means to be human.
Originally written in Urdu and translated into English by Matt Reeck and Aftab Ahmad, this collection of fourteen stories flows with a definite fluidity presenting vibrant emotions and colours of life – love and detachment, mirth and the melancholy. In simple and lucid narrative style Manto introduces the characters, who breathe and live life like their real counterparts belonging to a different time and place. Definitely readable in style and form, Bombay Stories presents a collection that tells tales of dirt and innocence constructed in a city build out of the author’s acceptable imagination.
Definitely readable. I had received the review copy from Random House India. Thank you Random House India for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at Flipkart in case you live in India.