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  • Rohinton Mistry
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  • 08 October 2019
  • 9781400030651

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A Fine Balance characters ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Rohinton Mistry í 5 Summary With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption dignity and heroism of India The time is 1975 The place is an unnamed city by the sea T. You see we cannot draw lines and compartments and refuse to budge beyond them Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping stones to success You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair He paused considering what he had just said Yes he repeated In the end it s all a uestion of balance A Fine BalanceI sometimes take a moment to focus on the corner of my office The way the two walls come together forming a line a demarcation I think of it as bringing the two halves of my brain together to focus to think to ponder It is an illusion of course but I m fortunate that some of my life can be given to fanciful thoughts like thinking I can marshal the powers of my mind by staring meditatively at a conjunction We all worry about things ponder things and even dream about being somewhere else or about being someone else We all have loose threads that bother us sometimes they are consuming us and little do we know these bothersome threads are becoming stronger like a man imprisoned who spends vast amounts of time doing pushups and situps waiting for the bars to open But it is a small matter because I eat three meals a day take a hot shower every morning and sleep six solid hours a night on a bed that is not too soft nor too hard I have rights that protect me from my government at least for the moment I have law enforcement that doesn t have to be bribed to protect me from those that wish to do harm for harms sake I have a circle of family and friends who wish me well and will lend a shoulder to lean on if I falter I have healthcare and life insurance in case I am unlucky I live in a bubble of civilization that almost insures me a certain length of life span So when I do get time to snip those loose threads of my life I m doing so with a brain that has the luxury of worrying about something than just NEEDS As large as my problems become they are stillbut a small matter There are a vast array of characters in this novel Some are at a slightly higher economic level than the rest but regardless of their circumstances no one can feel safe no one can worry about matters beyond the most basic needs of water food and shelter The bulk of this story occurs in 1975 in an unnamed Indian city by the sea It is the time of The Great Emergency which really means that the government has declared a form of martial lawfor the safety of the people of course They have implemented a rigorous Family Planning Program that at first entices people with cash and better ration cards for food if they are willing to have the operation for sterilization When bribery doesn t elicit the results the government wants their methods become invasive and drastic The government also implements a beautification program that translates to bulldozing all the temporary structures that have been erected around the city These were thrown together to house the influx of country people coming to the metropolis to try and scrounge a living doing what others don t want to do The hodge podge of housing built out of cast off materials rubbish to people of means is not beautiful not in the way that we are taught to evaluate beauty but the creativity and the determination to build something for themselves is beyond beauty It is simply magnificent As they make a little money they fix something add something make it their home You build it and they will come There is no field of dreams in this IndiaSo the government eliminates these eye sores but does not provide a place for these people to live They are thrown to the elements to shift for themselves If truth be known the government would like to see these people vanish stacked in the same pile as the rubbled remains of their homes What sense did the world make Where was God the Bloody Fool Did He have no notion of fair and unfair Couldn t He read a simple balance sheet He would have been sacked long ago if He were managing a corporation the things he allowed to happen The two tailors Ishvar Darji and his nephew Omprakash were there when the bulldozers started knocking down homes Only after all the homes were destroyed did the monster machines stop for twenty minutes to allow people to salvage what they could The tailors are working for a woman named Dina Dalal who is fortunate to have her own apartment She still mourns the death of her husband taken from her in a freakish accident many years ago She nearly went over the brink with grief Flirting with madness was one thing when madness started flirting back it was time to call the whole thing off She has a relationship with her brother that is complicated She dislikes having to accept his help and yet finds herself going to him for money when she is short of rent In a bid for independence and financial security she decides to start making clothes for a large manufacturing company but her eyesight is failing and so she hires Ishvar and Omprakash to do the sewing Further help arrives in the form of Maneck Kohlah a rich boy in comparison to the other people in the apartment who contributes much needed rent while he is going to school She is not supposed to run a business out of her apartment She is not supposed to sublease The landlord is looking for any reason to get his hands on this apartment so he can finally break the rent controls It is a recipe for disaster born out of desperation It is a bid for freedom After all our lives are but a seuence of accidents a clanking chain of chance events A string of choices casual or deliberate which add up to that one big calamity we call life Through a series of unpredictable events they all end up living in the apartment together The tailors out on the veranda Dina shoehorned into the sewing room Maneck in Dina s old bedroom There are difficulties mainly because Omprakash begins to resent Dina s position as overseer Om perceives her as a big shot a rich person when nothing could be further from the truth Being a manager myself I really identified with Dina s issues She would try to be lenient and the two men would take and advantage of her She would try yelling and the men would become resentful She would try negotiating with them but any concessions she was willing to make was never enough How uickly the men forgot how bad things were before the found the benevolence of the woman with an apartment Despite those issues for a little while too short of time they were happy God is a giant uiltmaker With an infinite variety of designs And the uilt is grown so big and confusing the pattern is impossible to see the suares and diamonds and triangles don t fit well together any it s all become meaningless So He has abandoned it The mystery of happiness It is so hard to obtain and so difficult to duplicate You can bring together the same people under the same circumstances and not be able to achieve it again There is a magic missing a zing a spice a mood or just the will to let it happen There are a host of satellite characters who add so much vitality to this novel My favorite was the Beggarmaster As his title indicates he managed and took care of an army of beggars He also for a price extended protection to people like the tailors to people like Dina He is as powerful as a magistrate and the police know not to mess with him or his people He sees everyone the same whether they are people missing limbs or people still retaining every body part they came into this world with He sees the world through the lens of the poor Freaks that s what we are all of us I mean every single human being And who can blame us What chance do we have when our beginnings and endings are so freakish Birth and death what could be monstrous than that We like to deceive ourselves and call it wondrous and beautiful and majestic but it s freakish let s face it The Beggarmaster would have been perfectly at home stepping into a Dickens novel as would many of the characters in this novel Many reviewers have made comparisons to Charles Dickens and nowhere is it apparent than in the cast of characters that Rohinton Mistry has assembled Dickens would have also certainly loved taking on the issue of forced sterilization the issue of sanitation the issue of deprivation and the overreach of a government completely out of touch with the largest majority of their populationthe poor You will find yourself living with these characters You will even feel like you are sharing their deprivation through the power of a gifted writer s words Success is fleeting Disaster ever present Hopelessness is a shadow around everyone s heart No one is immune and everyone is walking on the ledge hoping the wind doesn t blow The things that matter to them the most are the essential things The very things the rest of us take for granted Rohinton MistryRohinton Mistry very well may have written a masterpiece This was recommended to me as a favorite book I can t resist when people say a book is their favorite book So what I would like is for everyone to share their favorite book with me on the comments thread I will do my best to eventually read every one of them that I haven t read before This novel is Highly RecommendedIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at The Tailor and Ansty you have to use Hot Water Man your failures as stepping stones to success You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair He paused considering what he had just said Yes he repeated In the end it s all a uestion of balance A Fine BalanceI sometimes take a moment to focus on the corner of my office The way the two walls come together forming a line a demarcation I think of it as bringing the two halves of my brain together to focus to think to ponder It is an illusion of course but I m fortunate that some of my life can be given to fanciful thoughts like thinking I can marshal the powers of my mind by staring meditatively at a conjunction We all worry about things ponder things and even dream about being somewhere else or about being someone else We all have loose threads that bother us sometimes they are consuming us and little do we know these bothersome threads are becoming stronger like a man imprisoned who spends vast amounts of time doing pushups and situps waiting for the bars to open But it is a small matter because I eat three meals a day take a hot shower every morning and sleep six solid hours a night on a bed that is not too soft nor too hard I have rights that protect me from my government at least for the moment I have law enforcement that doesn t have to be bribed to protect me from those that wish to do harm for harms sake I have a circle of family and friends who wish me well and will lend a shoulder to lean on if I falter I have healthcare and life insurance in case I am unlucky I live in a bubble of civilization that almost insures me a certain length of life span So when I do get time to snip those loose threads of my life I m doing so with a brain that has the luxury of worrying about something than just NEEDS As large as my problems become they are stillbut a small matter There are a vast array of characters in this novel Some are at a slightly higher economic level than the rest but regardless of their circumstances no one can feel safe no one can worry about matters beyond the most basic needs of water food and shelter The bulk of this story occurs in 1975 in an unnamed Indian city by the sea It is the time of The Great Emergency which really means that the government has declared a form of martial lawfor the safety of the people of course They have implemented a rigorous Family Planning Program that at first entices people with cash and better ration cards for food if they are willing to have the operation for sterilization When bribery doesn t elicit the results the government wants their methods become invasive and drastic The government also implements a beautification program that translates to bulldozing all the temporary structures that have been erected around the city These were thrown together to house the influx of country people coming to the metropolis to try and scrounge a living doing what others don t want to do The hodge podge of housing built out of cast off materials rubbish to people of means is not beautiful not in the way that we are taught to evaluate beauty but the creativity and the determination to build something for themselves is beyond beauty It is simply magnificent As they make a little money they fix something add something make it their home You build it and they will come There is no field of dreams in this IndiaSo the government eliminates these eye sores but does not provide a place for these people to live They are thrown to the elements to shift for themselves If truth be known the government would like to see these people vanish stacked in the same pile as the rubbled remains of their homes What sense did the world make Where was God the Bloody Fool Did He have no notion of fair and unfair Couldn t He read a simple balance sheet He would have been sacked long ago if He were managing a corporation the things he allowed to happen The two tailors Ishvar Darji and his nephew Omprakash were there when the bulldozers started knocking down homes Only after all the homes were destroyed did the monster machines stop for twenty minutes to allow people to salvage what they could The tailors are working for a woman named Dina Dalal who is fortunate to have her own apartment She still mourns the death of her husband taken from her in a freakish accident many A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy years ago She nearly went over the brink with grief Flirting with madness was one thing when madness started flirting back it was time to call the whole thing off She has a relationship with her brother that is complicated She dislikes having to accept his help and The Ever After Bird yet finds herself going to him for money when she is short of rent In a bid for independence and financial security she decides to start making clothes for a large manufacturing company but her eyesight is failing and so she hires Ishvar and Omprakash to do the sewing Further help arrives in the form of Maneck Kohlah a rich boy in comparison to the other people in the apartment who contributes much needed rent while he is going to school She is not supposed to run a business out of her apartment She is not supposed to sublease The landlord is looking for any reason to get his hands on this apartment so he can finally break the rent controls It is a recipe for disaster born out of desperation It is a bid for freedom After all our lives are but a seuence of accidents a clanking chain of chance events A string of choices casual or deliberate which add up to that one big calamity we call life Through a series of unpredictable events they all end up living in the apartment together The tailors out on the veranda Dina shoehorned into the sewing room Maneck in Dina s old bedroom There are difficulties mainly because Omprakash begins to resent Dina s position as overseer Om perceives her as a big shot a rich person when nothing could be further from the truth Being a manager myself I really identified with Dina s issues She would try to be lenient and the two men would take and advantage of her She would try Spoken From The Front yelling and the men would become resentful She would try negotiating with them but any concessions she was willing to make was never enough How uickly the men forgot how bad things were before the found the benevolence of the woman with an apartment Despite those issues for a little while too short of time they were happy God is a giant uiltmaker With an infinite variety of designs And the uilt is grown so big and confusing the pattern is impossible to see the suares and diamonds and triangles don t fit well together any it s all become meaningless So He has abandoned it The mystery of happiness It is so hard to obtain and so difficult to duplicate You can bring together the same people under the same circumstances and not be able to achieve it again There is a magic missing a zing a spice a mood or just the will to let it happen There are a host of satellite characters who add so much vitality to this novel My favorite was the Beggarmaster As his title indicates he managed and took care of an army of beggars He also for a price extended protection to people like the tailors to people like Dina He is as powerful as a magistrate and the police know not to mess with him or his people He sees everyone the same whether they are people missing limbs or people still retaining every body part they came into this world with He sees the world through the lens of the poor Freaks that s what we are all of us I mean every single human being And who can blame us What chance do we have when our beginnings and endings are so freakish Birth and death what could be monstrous than that We like to deceive ourselves and call it wondrous and beautiful and majestic but it s freakish let s face it The Beggarmaster would have been perfectly at home stepping into a Dickens novel as would many of the characters in this novel Many reviewers have made comparisons to Charles Dickens and nowhere is it apparent than in the cast of characters that Rohinton Mistry has assembled Dickens would have also certainly loved taking on the issue of forced sterilization the issue of sanitation the issue of deprivation and the overreach of a government completely out of touch with the largest majority of their populationthe poor You will find Royal Escape yourself living with these characters You will even feel like Doctor's Orders Black Lace you are sharing their deprivation through the power of a gifted writer s words Success is fleeting Disaster ever present Hopelessness is a shadow around everyone s heart No one is immune and everyone is walking on the ledge hoping the wind doesn t blow The things that matter to them the most are the essential things The very things the rest of us take for granted Rohinton MistryRohinton Mistry very well may have written a masterpiece This was recommended to me as a favorite book I can t resist when people say a book is their favorite book So what I would like is for everyone to share their favorite book with me on the comments thread I will do my best to eventually read every one of them that I haven t read before This novel is Highly RecommendedIf Chicken Soup for the Soul Tough Times Tough People 101 Stories about Overcoming the Economic Crisis and Other Challenges you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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A Fine Balance characters ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Rohinton Mistry í 5 Summary Thrust together forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman sta. OMGOSH Definitely a five star read for me but all of my emotions are shot to hell Did a world like this really exist in 1970 s India Heaven forbidRohinton Mistry introduces his four main characters and their individual stories one by one until they merge together sharing a cramped apartment in a world of starvation suffering and despairWith civil unrest and demonstrations against a corrupt government on the rise our protagonists needlessly endure despicable injustices to both body and soul just for being in the wrong place at the wrong timeWhile reading A FINE BALANCE I lost count on the number of expletives I screamed inside as I encountered shock after unbelievable shockExcellent but draining read with absolutely wonderful secondary characters added to the mix and a story I will not forget andoh the ending Don t miss this oneDefinitely worth your reading time

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A Fine Balance characters ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Rohinton Mistry í 5 Summary He government has just declared a State of Emergency in whose upheavals four strangers a spirited widow a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village will be. Liking this book makes no sense Not only are its characters subjected to like the bleakest set of circumstances ever but then those circumstances are presented to the reader with such an alarming degree of authorial detachment that you almost have to wonder whether Mistry himself fed up with the unending series of hardships his characters are reuired to endure didn t just raise his arms in the air and say Oh fuck it And yet I could not tear myself away from this train wreck A Fine Balance presents neither a balanced nor a very fine account of a group of four Indian residents during the late 1970s These folks heralding from different castes and backgrounds are tossed together by their individually perturbing situations to forge an unlikely bond not unlike the bond formed among the cast members of Big Brother or The Real World except that in this case the glamorous hot tub around which the characters congregate is replaced by a broken propane stove and a rusty tap from which water can be drawn only occasionally For those not brushed up on their political history the late 1970s saw India under the rule of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who though largely considered one of India s greatest prime ministers on account of her centralizing policies the constitutionality of which I suppose could be debated was certainly not among those in the author s favor Throughout the story Mistry s characters are continually being caught in Gandhi s crossfire even while remaining mostly oblivious to the political climate surrounding them We get the distinct impression that Mistry is trying really hard to keep his own opinions from interfering with the story but it is pretty obvious dude s got some serious bitterness issues to work outAnyway this book is not without its flaws A few characters bump into each other under repeatedly under no plausible pretext other than pure coincidence and this coincidence occurs freuently enough especially toward the end of the novel that the reader has to remind himself that this is India we re talking about here right The one with a population density of a thousand people per suare mile Mistry makes us feel like this might be an India under glass where the characters are tiny steel balls and Mistry is controlling the flippersThis book is good though For all its doom and gloom I still see the hope in its pages Three of its characters are clothing tailors and one of the repeated themes is something about how life is like the patchwork of a uilt the good parts and the bad parts being sewn together but if one were to try to remove the bad parts he d only end up with holes in his lifeI suppose you d have to think positively when you share a crapper with 150 other villagers