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Local Paperback – February 1, 2006
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Local is a profoundly moving piece of work that makes you laugh and cry, sit back and close your eyes and ultimately kiss the cover and the writer's name with a sense of wonder and gratitude; not to mention large dollops of envy. One does not come across such accomplished first novels in India (barring The Sari Shop) and in that sense the comparison with The Kite Runner is not merely flattering, but every bit justified. Having read both books back to back, I know what I am talking about.
For the uninitiated, it's a book about the advertising world too but that's not why I would recommend it. Anyone who has stayed alone, been heartbroken in a relationship, lived and died in the rat race, sat through the futility of infinite meetings and been stirred by a piece of music in ways that defy explanation (which is more than ninety percent of us anyway), this gem is for them. To rephrase: Yes, it's a book for all of us.
The book is appealing on many levels, but to me the most refreshing aspect was the unselfconscious voice of the author. There is no attempt to exoticize India (which many Indian English authors do) and a much ignored aspect of India, the urban milieu is presented in an unromantic, unadorned manner.
There are some moments of awkwardness in language, but that is a mere detail and I would heartily recommend the book to anyone interested in India and/or the state of the modern urban human being.
Beautifully written with lots of humor of the everyday kind which is usually overlooked in storytelling today.
The music references are some of my favorites, the use of songs/music as metaphors for Akash's life and where its taking him, are insightful and very heartfelt.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sensitised observation is the key to all great narratives - and Local is not lacking in this department. Read morePublished on July 10, 2006 by N. M
A pleasant change from the standard fare coming out of the subcontinent attempting to exoticise India for Western readers, 'Local' is set in one of the least glamorous and yet most... Read morePublished on June 2, 2006 by Seema Pai
For those who have travelled the Mumbai way, a great nostalgia trip, and for those who haven't yet, a close substitute. Read morePublished on April 24, 2006 by Maneesh Phatak