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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Indialog (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8187981997
  • ISBN-13: 978-8187981992
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,018,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jaideep Varma was born in Kolkata in 1967, and grew up in Chandigarh and Pune. After a short stint in Chennai, he has been in Mumbai since 1990. He was in the advertising business, but since 2000, has been writing fulltime. He has also written for publications and websites such as Gentleman, Tehelka and Rediff. Local is his first novel.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vistasp Hodiwala on April 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
In the justifiable hype over Maximum City, a Bombay non-fiction book, the literary mafia in India has curiously ignored this veritable gem of a first novel that came out almost at the same time. That it is now available on Amazon for the international audience is great news for the book and even greater for those readers who didn't even know it existed, thanks to the all-limiting world of Indian publishing.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Indiablu on April 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Local" is what you feel when you are at home... I for one was tired of the stereotypical packaging that comes with the tag "Indian writing in English". This is refreshingly rooted without being self-conscious, funny without being farcical, global without resorting to stock tricks like "chutney English".... If at all the dialogues seem "im-propah", well, then they simply are. That for me is important...the writer's not trying too hard. I am not from Mumbai and I don't even want to analyze whether the book illustrates the "true" "essence" (if there is one!) of the city. But to me, a dry old thing from the remorseless Delhi, "Local" is the Mumbai and its people I would like to experience, like to know - a little better.... If you like Form, you'd enjoy this as well - there are stories within stories, faces within faces, and you realize you've known them all...all along!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sanjay Kewlani on May 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
Jaideep Varma takes an institution, the local railway, with which all Bombayites have a love-hate relationship, and uses it as a metaphor to structure an engaging tale of urban angst and redemption.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ravisitor on April 19, 2006
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A friend in Mumbai sent me the book in Jan and I finished it in one sitting straight. It is easy to read and is a thinking book, lots of characters, but cleverly placed. Also v v funny in many places. Haven't enjoyed an Indian novel so much since English August. It is India of today, the one I see when I go home - especially the depictions of the trains and corporate culture and diversity of life. But still it is very international. Glad to see it available internationally now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blue Rebel on April 20, 2006
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It's refreshing to have someone write about the contemporary lives of people in a city like bombay which is so in the moment in every sense and Local covers these lives and its moments brilliantly.
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.
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