Is it sexist or not? He enjoys reading, music and cooking. Bibhash wonders hysterically, his mind fast losing its grip on reality. They are keen to cut away from his presence, which is only perceived as a burden and irritant by them. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. Questions and Topics for Discussion 1.
If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, please with the mainstream media reviews that you would like to see added. That gives me hope that people in different parts of the world will relate to the book. Paperback Original Written with rare literary style by a former director of the Indian Ministry of Coal, The Sound of Water provides an agonizing 360-degree account of an Indian mining disaster as seen from three perspectives: an old miner struggling to save himself and his coworkers hundreds of feet below the surface of the earth as water threatens to drown them; the company and government officials charged with managing the rescue efforts; and the miners' families anxiously awaiting word of survival or death. Her husband Madho on the other hand, comes across as selfish, mean-minded, greedy and even wimpy as his wife once derisively said on his face. Small vignettes weave the story through a coal mine accident deep in India.
I liked that the book was somewhat philosophical. While riveting in and of itself, my main focus thus far has been the flow of the language, and the poetic quality thereof. I cannot imagine advising anyone below the age of twenty to read this book, and yet it is highly recommended for all to read in India. Too often, thrillers, while they suck the reader into the plot, are boringly written, more function than form. At first I wasn't sure if The Sound of Water was translated or not, but apparently Bahadur did write it in English. From 2000 to 2004 he was the director of the Indian Ministry of Coal. Sanjay Bahadur grew up in half a dozen cities in north and west India.
It is her strange chemistry with his elder uncle Raimoti who has nothing common with her except a sense of rejection in the family—a reason for their possible bonding--that makes their characters so identifiable. This novel is teeming with beautiful metaphors, and is a bles This morning, I hit the major plot focus, the driver of the novel, the flooding of the mine. The writing is unflinchingly brutal as it looks at human nature when it is forced to act under duress, when its staring at a tragedy of horrific proportions. He shows the differences between the working class and management of a small mining town. Beautifully written and fraught with philosophy, it is not necessarily an easy read, mostly because its English is Indian. There is a lot of loneliness out there, and they just need an interested ear for their tales to pour out.
It just sort of stops, without any real resolution. Yes, several male characters come across as thoroughly unlikeable, but I felt Dolly's character bordered on sexist. He glares back at Raimoti and swiftly slips into the still waters. According to Bibhash, These mines are incubators for spawns of the devil. We often read about such industrial disasters in newspapers and how labour unrest brews in that area thereafter. Does not our mind experience such see-saws between good and bad selves at times, at least in our sub-consciousness? Another journalist friend from China read my book and wrote to me saying how she thought the characters and events depicted in the novel could have been easily based in China.
Only flag comments that clearly need our attention. Did your initial perception of any of the characters, such as Birsa and Dolly, change after you found out more about their personal histories? But the greatest sources of my knowledge about underground mines were engineers and simple workers who provided me excellent company on the countless dreary evenings I spent in remote mining townships. The characters seem palpably real with their love, hatred, arrogance, jealousy, insecurity and other idiosyncrasies. A: Storytelling is probably the oldest act of human creativity. This novel is teeming with beautiful metaphors, and is a blessed retreat. In Chapter 7, Raimoti and Arif engage in a discussion about beliefs and histories.
For being Sanjay Bahadur first book I feel he did a fabulous job. He completed his graduation from Elphinstone College, Mumbai in 1987 and his Masters in Economics from the University of Mumbai in 1989. The final hours of the trapped workers is almost lyrical in its savagery and hopelessness as the black waters surge in from all sides and swamp the workers. Q: Preceding the novel is an excerpt from T. The theme of The Sound of Water is inspired by the account of an aged miner who was trapped underground for a week in a flooded coal mine in 2001 in a disaster that claimed more than forty lives. He is hard at work on his second novel, which will be set during the Great Indian Revolt of 1857. The characters are strongly drawn out.
I feel the writing in this book is better than the story as a whole. A boom that's hard to put down. Too often, thrillers, while they suck the reader into the plot, are boringly written, more function than form. Every attempt is made to bring more improvements, and the history of reforms is heartening. . Events like a war or a disaster are so cataclysmic that they subsume the individual tragedies they entail.
The character of Raimoti was inspired by a report on a miner trapped underground for seven days and rescued miraculously after the water was pumped out. Because Raimoti knows that death by water is like a ferocious Beast ready to leap on its prey. Kariakhani mines are a similar wasteland. Q: For many people, their knowledge of mining disasters comes solely from media reports. Feel free to invite some friends to join our Round Table community! From 2000 to 2004 he was a director in the Indian Ministry of Coal, where he observed the Bagdihi disaster close-up; today he works in Goa, where he is Additional Commissioner of Income Tax. Yes, I agree, the literary ghosts are very much there. Dolly has a tumultuous past.