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  • Original Book Title: LOVE STORIES
  • Availability : Available
  • Translators : Mugdha Shukre
  • ISBN : 9789387789517
  • Edition : 1
  • Weight : 0.00 gms
  • Pages : 288
  • Language : Translated From ENGLISH to MARATHI
  • Category : SHORT STORIES
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"CURIOUS VILLAGERS STOPPED TO STARE AT THIS SHAMELESS MAN AND WOMAN WHOSE FINGERS WERE WOUND IN EACH OTHERS` HAIR, AND WHOSE LIPS WERE STRETCHED WITH IMPOSSIBLE SMILES, AND FACES WERE GLOWING LIKE WARM RED WAX IN THE LATE AFTERNOON. BUT AFTER A MINUTE OR TWO, THEY TOO WALKED AWAY, BECAUSE LOOKING AT THE TWO ANY LONGER BECAME UNBEARABLE.` A WOMAN WHO WON`T LET THE SHADOW OF DEATH DISRUPT HER LOVE LIFE, ANOTHER WHO FALLS IRREVOCABLY IN LOVE WITH A DEAD POLICE OFFICER, A DEVOTED WIFE WHO STEPS OUT TWICE A WEEK FOR NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS, FRIENDS WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN LOVERS, THE WOMAN WHO OFFERS ALL HER PENT-UP LOVE TO A RAILWAY ANNOUNCER`S VOICE ... ANNIE ZAIDI`S STORIES ARE AT ONCE WARM AND DISTANT, VIOLENT AND GENTLE - AND, ABOVE ALL, UNTROUBLED BY CYNICISM. THIS IS A LOOK AT LOVE, STRAIGHT IN THE EYE, TO UNDERSTAND THE ALLURING NATURE OF THE BEAST. "
"लवकरच हे सगळं संपेल. हे सगळं इतक्या लवकर होईल, असा विचार तिने कधीच केला नव्हता. हा नाही-तरी दुसरा नेहमी तिच्या मनात यायचा. रात्री तो उशिरा घरी आला. त्याच्या चेहऱ्यावरचं हसू– खोटं-खोटं हसणं. वास्तवात ते नाहीच आहे. असं झालं तर काय होईल? किंवा त्याच्या मीटिंग्ज खूप उशिरापर्यंत लांबू लागल्या आहेत किंवा तिला टाळण्यासाठी तो बाल्कनीत जाऊन फोनवर बोलू लागला आहे. किंवा तिने शहराबाहेरच्या टेकडीवर एक काचेच्या भिंती असलेलं घर बांधलं आणि तिथल्या बेडरूमला लावायच्या पडद्यांचा पोत कसा असेल याबद्दल ती अखंड बोलत असताना तो तिच्यावर खेकसला आणि त्याने त्या घराचा चक्काचूर केला, तर? तर, ती काय करेल? लांबच्या लांब दुपारी ती एकटी पडलेली असायची तेव्हा, जेव्हा ती बेडशीट्स बदलायची कव्हर्स घड्या घालून ठेवायची तेव्हा, किंवा टीव्हीवरची धूळ झटकायची, लायब्ररीतून डीव्हीडी येऊन यायची तेव्हा... तिने या सगळ्या शक्यतांचा विचार केला होता. पण अशा रेंगाळत राहणाऱ्या, सत्यानाश करू शकणाऱ्या पर्यायाचा तिने कधीच विचार केला नव्हता. "

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  • Rating Starसोनम हर्षे

    खूपच सुंदर

  • Rating StarAnjana Basu, Women`s Web

    Love is not a matter of two hearts beating in unison and lovers walking hand in hand into the sunset to live happily ever after. Most often, it is about heartbreak and misunderstandings, different takes on that wise old slogan, ‘There is one who love and one who allows himself/herself to be loved.’ Annie Zaidi’s set of stories are a set of interior monologues – dramatic monologues we would call them, if we were considering them from a Robert Browning viewpoint; a person looking at life and sometimes stumbling on an attraction without being aware of it in different ways. A lonely woman, for example, falling in love with the voice of an announcer in a railway station and making train journey after train journey just to hear the voice. That is actually the opening story and is used to signal to the reader that Zaidi’s romances do not start with a ‘once upon a time’ in the accepted fashion. Her narrators are sensitive people, not all women, some of them are artists and many of them are estranged from the world around them, especially from that one particular person who may or may not be a lover. Zaidi’s skill of observation is used to effect when one of her narrators looks at a baby gecko trying to swim in a bucket and thinks of the man she might or might not love – love after all is a complicated word. It implies being attached to someone with no room for external distractions. Very often people are more in love with love than with the lover. In the 14 stories, Zaidi explores every aspect of this ‘not so brief’ madness through situations that could belong to any part of the country. All the stories are characterized by a deep sense of compassion, though their titles – hashtags, aka and all – offset the compassion with a modern quirkiness. Most of the action is internal, because on the surface very little moves. There are walks in the park, stolen mufflers, geckos on the walls and in the bucket, or a hunt for medical reports. The stories are very much about mind over matter. Nor is sex a part of it, the emphasis being on the undercurrent of chemistry that if strong enough can be visible to an entire roomful of people. The collection does credit to a writer who wants to be taken seriously. Annie Zaidi takes us on a voyage through the nature of love in modern, urban India. Occasionally one wonders how the protagonists are so omniscient that they can understand the thoughts going through people’s heads in the flash of an eye – and not necessarily the ‘two hearts beating as one’ kind of understanding. A man realizes his wife has returned because she is worried about her finances if she divorces him, a woman understands a retired army officer’s marital history perfectly without ever having been married or deeply involved herself. One could perhaps say that love was responsible for this percipient wisdom, but lovers are seldom that wise, as some of the stories themselves can testify. ...Read more

  • Rating StarNews 18, 13 Dec 2012

    Annie Zaidi`s stories are at once warm and distant, violent and gentle - and, above all, untroubled by cynicism. This is a look at love, straight in the eye, to understand the alluring nature of the beast.

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