Thursday, January 23, 2014

Half a Rupee : Stories - Gulzar


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With Gulzar's photo on the cover page,do you need any other luring factor to pick up this book ?? .Being a fan of Sampooran Singh Kalra,popularly known as Gulzar,I had few expectations over this book and it came out as a promising read..His eminence as a poet/lyricist is worldly acclaimed..This book adds to his caliber as a short story writer..If we observe,there is something most significant about his movies and writings.His words,straight away make their way deep in to the heart..This book has 25 stories,a few depicting the real life experiences of some popular people like,Kuldeep Nayyar,Sahir Ludhianvi,Javed Akhtar and Bhushan Banmali etc..

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Among these stories,'Sahir and Jadu' was my favourite..It is a tale of  great friendship between two legendary poets and lyricists,Sahir Ludianvi and Javed Akhtar..The bond that held them together was quite unique..Jaadu never had good terms with his father and he makes a beeline to Sahir's,whenever he had a quarrel at home..Young Jaadu was mercurial and rebellious by nature..Not only as a friend but Sahir had raised him as a parent..Once Jaadu borrowed a hundred rupees from Sahir..But he deliberately escapes to repay that amount..But after Sahir's death,Jaadu pays hundred rupees for the taxi that carried Sahirs dead body..It might be a coincidence,but Jaadu burst in to tears saying "He did find a way to squeeze out his hundred rupees..even in his death"..It was a heart touching with the undertone of irony.

Few lines from the book about Javed Akhtar,
Jaadu was a man of honour,and since he was young,his sense of self respect was a little exaggerated.His nose was often in the air,and his attitude turned a notch higher.God alone knows what he ate,where he slept,how he managed to live during the days he was away.

Another story 'The Charioteer' is a story of a daily wage earner Maruthi,a boat cleaner..He faces scoldings and insults from his master,albeit at the end of the day all his troubles would melt away by the moment he reaches home..He feels content with his life by having a loving family of seven people..This story depicts the importance of family and good relations.

A man is forever in search of a co-traveller.

A soldier's words,
O'Ji,that's just a grandiloquent feeling.It is all about the splendour of the uniform and the charm of the army baret,and the status that it adds to a man's prestige.I don't think that men become soldiers to die and kill for the country.

When you face your fear,you become familiar with it and familiarity makes it lose its meaning,loosen its grip-fear ceases to be fear.

About Mumbai,
You want to live here in this city-don't become a turmeric.Become chilli,red hot chilli.

Few more stories like 'Over','The Rams','LoC' and 'The Stone age' focussed on Indo-Pak border issues and suffering of common people due to Kashmir conflict..Quite surprisingly,friendly terms between the soldiers of both countries is the most unexpected and unknown part of these stories.
We definitely remember Masoom movie for which Gulzar wrote the screenplay,while reading 'Gagi and Superman'..

The reader will have a close encounter with few lives on Mumbai footpaths in the two stories- 'From the footpath','Half a rupee' ..These stories mirrors the insignificant lives of people below poverty line in Mumbai..
In another story 'Orange',the author shed some light on global warming and pollution..The comparison of earth with fresh Orange was thought provocative.

'The Adjustment' is one more beautiful story which depicts the old age issues..I loved it like anything..Being unable to digest the death of his wife,Dadaji starts behaving like his late wife..When she was alive,he used to be well adjusted with her ways all his life..He could not perceive her as dead and thus starts living a double life..Also these two stories :'Dadaji' and 'Dusk' carries almost similar concept..These stories surely make us remember our elderly people back home..

This book makes you experience each and every shade of life..It's like an early morning walk in the grass..But some times you fell like you've lost in the middle of a thorn forest..While some stories bring a smile on your lips,some throw you in to the depths of despair..All in all,it is enjoyable read with a good cup of coffee..Happy reading friends..:-)

Pages :218
Publisher : Penguin group
Price :299/-

51 comments:

AmitAag said...

Your review makes me feel like reading it, Nagini! Thank you:)

Namrota said...

I'm getting this book for me :)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ AmitAag,
Thank you so much Amit Jee:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Namrota,
Happy reading dear..:)

Rajlakshmi said...

Brilliant review. I love his works.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Rajlakshmi,
Thank you so much for stopping by..Pls keep visiting :-)

magiceye said...

Thank you for the wonderful review! Will surely pick it up!!

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Magiceye,
Thanks a lot Deepak..:-)

Ankur Anand said...

definitely getting it for me !

Viditi Bhargava said...

first of all thanks for adding to me knowledge i.e the real name of Sir Gulzar.
your views and the lines you shared have made me to crave to have this book.. :)

Rajesh said...

Interesting review of the book.

Puru@ShadowsGalore said...

When its Gulzar, no questions are to be asked :)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Ankur Anand,
I'm sure,you'll like it.Thanks Ankur :-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Vidithi Bhargava,
Welcome to my blog.It's a promising read.Thank you so much Vidithi :-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Rajesh,
Thank you so much buddy :-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Puru@Shadowsgalore,
Well said Puru..Thank you so much for dropping by :-)

Usha Menon said...

very good review of the book.I am very fond of his music.

Aditi said...

Great review! Added to my to-read list! :)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Usha Menon,
Thank you so much Usha Ji..:-)I too love his poetry :-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Aditi,
Thank you so much for stopping by..:-)

Kokila Gupta said...

I am definitely going to read this.Infact all the pthers you have posted about! Your blog is really nice and calm... I liked it a lot :) ..... And please be frank and give me an honest review of my blog ....I am relatively new to blogging world. Hopes ypu will help ...Love and wishes for reading,blogging and Life :)

Rajesh Kumar said...

Great review, wish I could get this in our local library or book stall.

Anonymous said...

Thanks very interesting blog!

My blog - love quotes for him

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Kokila Gupta,
Welcome to my blog Kokila..Thank you so much for your lovely compliments dear..:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Rajesh Kumar,
Thank you so much for your precious feedback Rajesh Jee :-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Anonymous,
Thanks a lot :-)

Tarang Sinha said...

Wonderful review! I love his films!

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Tarang Sinha,
Thank you so much Tarang :-)

Indrani said...

You have aroused my interest. Hope I get a chance to pick it up.

Ashwini C N said...

I'm amazed at the amount of information I gathered by just reading the review. Should probably try and read the book, if time permits :-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Indrani,
Thank you so much :-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Aswini,
Long time yaar..Nice to see you here :-)

nima das said...

I am picking up this book for my next reading,sounds like a good read

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Nima Das.
Thanks a lot for stopping by..:-)

i NumeroUnity said...

I love Gulzaar and his works..thanks for sharing this :)

Now I need to pick it up :)

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A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ NeumeroUnity,
Thank you so much for your valuable feedback :-)

Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ said...

interesting...

Afshan Shaik said...

Interesting again !
U Have posted some wonderful reviews buddy!
Gulzar is my fav. Thanks

Akanksha Jain said...

Thanx for captivating reviews, i will surely consider reading the book :)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Krishna,
Thank you so much for dropping by :-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Afshan Shaik,
Mine too..Thank you so much dear.Pls keep visiting :-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Akanksha,
Thank you so much Akanksha :-)Pls keep visiting :-)

Amrit Sinha said...

I would love to read this one :-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@Amrit Sinha,
Thank you so much for dropping by :-)

నిరంతరమూ వసంతములే.... said...

nice review tikku ki ma..:)

Ankita said...

I wanted to order this book and now after reading your b'ful review, will do it today only!

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Suresh Jee,
Dhanyavaad Suresh Jee :-))

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Ankita,
Thank you so much Ankita,Enjoy your reading :-)

Jyotsna Bhatia said...

I shall take this up for sure!! :)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Jyotsna Bhatia,
Thanks a lot for stopping by :)

Susain S said...

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