Breathless in Bombay by Murzban F Shroff

Breathless in Bombay

Murzban F Shroff

These 14 stories set in Bombay are stories of real life - street crime, physical, verbal abuse of women and suicidal thoughts and feelings. But don't think it’s all doom and gloom - there is hope and morality through many of them. This collection has changed my perceptions of India. We sometimes forget that people in countries and cultures, thousands of miles away, experience similar situations and feelings to ourselves. The author successfully incorporates Indian words into each story which makes for a refreshing read.

Extract

Over time, the exploits of the Four Aces became more brazen. One day, the four of them brought some poor, drunk you-know-what to the wall behind the pavilion, where they had a time with her. Then they threw her out, saying they'd report her for trespassing. The poor woman stood by the wall, shrieking her curses and sobbing. She had reason to be hysterical. The money they promised her would have fed her children that night.
'Another day, Mr. Kavarana from T block happened to be with the Four Aces on a crowded bus. He saw them standing in the aisle, rubbing themselves against a young girl, whom they had surrounded. They pretended it was the motion of the bus that thrust them against her. The girl was too embarrassed to complain, too scared to protest. Finally, she got off in disgust.'

Parallels
  • Q and A : Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup
  • Dubliners by James Joyce

Books with similar mood

Brooklyn

Colm Toibin

Snowdrops

A D Miller

The Black Madonna

Peter Millar

The Innocents

Laura Lippman

The Blackpool Highflyer

Andrew Martin

Death and the Olive Grove

Marco Vichi

Astonishing Splashes of Colour

Clare Morrall

The Angels of Russia

Patricia Le Roy

Layer Cake

John J Connolly

Disobedience

Naomi Alderman

Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars

Miranda Emmerson

Infinite Home

Kathleen Alcott

Black Flower

Young-Ha Kim

Marriage Material

Sathnam Sanghera

The Folded Earth

Anuradha Roy

Stranded

Emily Barr

Devil-Devil

G W Kent

My Name Was Judas

C K Stead

Eureka

William Diehl

The Desperate Remedy

Martin Stephen

Bee Season

Myla Goldberg

Radiance

Shaena Lambert

Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid

The Lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri

The Danger Game

Kalinda Ashton

Breathing in Colour

Clare Jay

Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance

Matthew Kneale

First Fruits

Penelope Evans

Gap Creek

Robert Morgan

High Risk

Matt Dickinson

The Vanishing Half

Brit Bennett

Last Night on Earth

Kevin Maher

The Last Treasure Hunt

Jane Alexander

In Times of Fading Light

Eugen Ruge

The Hired Man

Aminatta Forna

Archipelago

Monique Roffey

Night Waking

Sarah Moss

Jamrach's Menagerie

Carol Birch

Girl in Translation

Jean Kwok

The Unit

Ninni Holmqvist

Faults

Terri de la Pena

Telling Liddy

Anne Fine

All She Was Worth

Miyuki Miyabe

The Birth of Love

Joanna Kavenna

Modern Day Fables

Jason Petersen and Aarti Patel

Mouse and the Cossacks

Paul Wilson

A Room Full of Bones

Elly Griffiths

The Road to Urbino

Roma Tearne

America Pacifica

Anna North