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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Title A Fine Balance
Author Rohinton Mistry
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2010-07-21
Category Fiction
Total Pages 624
ISBN 9780307523631
Language English, Spanish, and French
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With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future. As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Title A Fine Balance
Author Rohinton Mistry
Publisher McClelland & Stewart
Release Date 2010-10-29
Category Fiction
Total Pages 382
ISBN 9781551991382
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry’s stunning internationally acclaimed bestseller, is set in mid-1970s India. It tells the story of four unlikely people whose lives come together during a time of political turmoil soon after the government declares a “State of Internal Emergency.” Through days of bleakness and hope, their circumstances – and their fates – become inextricably linked in ways no one could have foreseen. Mistry’s prose is alive with enduring images and a cast of unforgettable characters. Written with compassion, humour, and insight, A Fine Balance is a vivid, richly textured, and powerful novel written by one of the most gifted writers of our time.

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Title A Fine Balance
Author Rohinton Mistry
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 1997
Category Fiction
Total Pages 603
ISBN 140003065X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In India during the mid-1970s, after a "state of internal emergency" is declared, four very different people--a widowed seamstress, a student, and a man and his nephew who have fled their village's caste violence--find their lives becoming inextricably intertwined

Tales From Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry

Title Tales from Firozsha Baag
Author Rohinton Mistry
Publisher Emblem Editions
Release Date 2011-03-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781551994413
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In these eleven stories, Rohinton Mistry opens our eyes and our hearts to the rich, complex patterns of life inside Firozsha Baag, an apartment building in Bombay. Here are Jaakaylee, the ghost-seer, and Najamai, the only owner of a refrigerator in Firozsha Baag; Rustomji the Curmudgeon and Kersi, the young boy whose life threads through the book and who narrates the final story as an adult in Toronto. We see their passions, their worst fears, their betrayals, and their humorous acts of revenge. Witty and poignant, in turns, these intersecting stories create a finely textured mosaic of lives and illuminate a world poised between the old ways and the new.

Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry

Title Family Matters
Author Rohinton Mistry
Publisher Emblem Editions
Release Date 2011-02-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 504
ISBN 9781551994369
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Set in Bombay in the mid-1990s, Family Matters tells a story of familial love and obligation, of personal and political corruption, of the demands of tradition and the possibilities for compassion. Nariman Vakeel, the patriarch of a small discordant family, is beset by Parkinson’s and haunted by memories of his past. He lives with his two middle-aged stepchildren, Coomy, bitter and domineering, and her brother, Jal, mild-mannered and acquiescent. But the burden of the illness worsens the already strained family relationships. Soon, their sweet-tempered half-sister, Roxana, is forced to assume sole responsibility for her bedridden father. And Roxana’s husband, besieged by financial worries, devises a scheme of deception involving his eccentric employer at a sporting goods store, setting in motion a series of events that leads to the narrative’s moving outcome. Family Matters has all the richness, the gentle humour, and the narrative sweep that have earned Mistry the highest of accolades around the world.

Such A Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry

Title Such a Long Journey
Author Rohinton Mistry
Publisher Emblem Editions
Release Date 2011-02-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781551994406
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It is Bombay in 1971, the year India went to war over what was to become Bangladesh. A hard-working bank clerk, Gustad Noble is a devoted family man who gradually sees his modest life unravelling. His young daughter falls ill; his promising son defies his father’s ambitions for him. He is the one reasonable voice amidst the ongoing dramas of his neighbours. One day, he receives a letter from an old friend, asking him to help in what at first seems like an heroic mission. But he soon finds himself unwittingly drawn into a dangerous network of deception. Compassionate, and rich in details of character and place, this unforgettable novel charts the journey of a moral heart in a turbulent world of change.

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Title A Fine Balance
Author Rohinton Mistry
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2003-06-01
Category Apartment houses
Total Pages 624
ISBN 0571218784
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Set in mid-1970s India, A Fine Balance is a subtle and compelling narrative about four unlikely characters who come together in circumstances no one could have foreseen soon after the government declares a 'State of Internal Emergency'. It is a breathtaking achievement: panoramic yet humane, intensely political yet rich with local delight; and, above all, compulsively readable.

A Fine Balance by Karin Alexander

Title A Fine Balance
Author Karin Alexander
Publisher African Books Collective
Release Date 2012
Category Political Science
Total Pages 110
ISBN 9781920409777
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This inaugural Democracy Index for Botswana is intended to set a benchmark for democracy to be measured against. The tool, developed and honed by Idasa over many years, assesses the depth of democracy in a country through five focus areas: participation, elections, accountability, political rights, and human dignity. The research relies on expert analysis to answer a set of questions that interrogate how closely, in practice, democracy meets the broad ideal of self-representative government. More specifically, to what extent can citizens control elected officials and government appointees who make decisions about public affairs? And how equal are citizens to one another in this accountability process? The purpose of the scores is to assist citizens in making their own judgements, based on the information made available, to stimulate national debate and to provide democracy promoters with a tool for identifying issues and needs that can be addressed by education, advocacy, training, institution building and policy revision. Idasa's Democracy Index - initially developed for South Africa - is being expanded into Southern Africa in an effort to broaden the capacity of individuals and organisations monitoring and supporting democratic governance efforts in the region.

Emergency Chronicles by Gyan Prakash

Title Emergency Chronicles
Author Gyan Prakash
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release Date 2021-07-06
Category History
Total Pages 456
ISBN 9780691217369
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The gripping story of an explosive turning point in the history of modern India On the night of June 25, 1975, Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency in India, suspending constitutional rights and rounding up her political opponents in midnight raids across the country. In the twenty-one harrowing months that followed, her regime unleashed a brutal campaign of coercion and intimidation, arresting and torturing people by the tens of thousands, razing slums, and imposing compulsory sterilization on the poor. Emergency Chronicles provides the first comprehensive account of this understudied episode in India’s modern history. Gyan Prakash strips away the comfortable myth that the Emergency was an isolated event brought on solely by Gandhi’s desire to cling to power, arguing that it was as much the product of Indian democracy’s troubled relationship with popular politics. Drawing on archival records, private papers and letters, published sources, film and literary materials, and interviews with victims and perpetrators, Prakash traces the Emergency’s origins to the moment of India’s independence in 1947, revealing how the unfulfilled promise of democratic transformation upset the fine balance between state power and civil rights. He vividly depicts the unfolding of a political crisis that culminated in widespread popular unrest, which Gandhi sought to crush by paradoxically using the law to suspend lawful rights. Her failure to preserve the existing political order had lasting and unforeseen repercussions, opening the door for caste politics and Hindu nationalism. Placing the Emergency within the broader global history of democracy, this gripping book offers invaluable lessons for us today as the world once again confronts the dangers of rising authoritarianism and populist nationalism.

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Title A Fine Balance
Author Rohinton Mistry
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1995
Category
Total Pages 53
ISBN OCLC:742020919
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Fine Balance by Sudha Bhuchar

Title A Fine Balance
Author Sudha Bhuchar
Publisher Methuen Drama
Release Date 2007-11-08
Category Drama
Total Pages 86
ISBN IND:30000115889663
Language English, Spanish, and French
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India, 1975, and a callous government has declared a State of Emergency. In these uncertain times Dina Dalal - a spirited Parsi widow determined to avoid a second marriage - takes a student boarder and two Hindu tailors into her ramshackle flat. As the cruel policies of slum clearances and enforced birth control bring chaos to the city, the four strangers, whose lives have become inextricably linked, find themselves crossing divides of caste, class and religion to form the most unexpected of friendships. A Fine Balance captures a moment in India's history with a tender story of exceptional human spirit. Commissioned by Tamasha Theatre Company and produced in association with Hampstead Theatre, the play was first performed in January 2006.

The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris

Title The Strawberry Thief
Author Joanne Harris
Publisher Orion
Release Date 2019-04-04
Category Fiction
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9781409170785
Language English, Spanish, and French
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DISAPPEAR INTO THE WORLD OF THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING CHOCOLAT . . . 'So wise, so atmospheric, so beautifully written' Marian Keyes 'The most magical, stunningly beautiful novel' Joanna Cannon 'It will intrigue and charm readers every bit as much as Chocolat' Monica Ali --------------------------- Faith. Secret. Magic. Murder...? Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her youngest child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend. But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray. Then the opening of a mysterious new shop in the place of the florist's across the square - one that mirrors the chocolaterie, and has a strange appeal of its own - seems to herald a change: a confrontation, a turbulence - even, perhaps, a murder . . . What will the wind blow in today? --------------------------- Return to the world of the multi-million-copy bestselling Chocolat.... 'A writer whose wit and sharp observation enhances her engaging story-telling' Salley Vickers 'The most magical, stunningly beautiful novel . . . I sobbed at the end because I couldn't bear to leave. Joanne is truly one of the world's finest storytellers' Joanna Cannon 'A place of magic and mysteries, and Harris excels in this delicate balance of realism and enchantment . . . It will intrigue and charm readers every bit as much as Chocolat' Monica Ali 'Sheer pleasure from start to finish. The Strawberry Thief is a delight' James Runcie 'I devoured it in one go' Christopher Fowler 'Compelling, captivating, incredibly moving, The Strawberry Thief whirls you into a thrilling world you will never forget . . . A perfect novel that shimmers with brilliance and truth' Kate Williams

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Title A Fine Balance
Author Rohinton Mistry
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2003-03
Category Apartment houses
Total Pages 86
ISBN 0571218970
Language English, Spanish, and French
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For use in schools and libraries only. In mid-1970s India, after a "state of internal emergency" is declared, four diverse people--a widowed seamstress, a student, and a man and his nephew who have fled their village--find their lives inextricably intertwined.

Title A Study Guide for Rohinton Mistry s A Fine Balance
Author Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher Gale, Cengage Learning
Release Date 2016-06-29
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 24
ISBN 9781410345950
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Study Guide for Rohinton Mistry's "A Fine Balance," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

In Custody by Anita Desai

Title In Custody
Author Anita Desai
Publisher Random House India
Release Date 2012-09-25
Category Fiction
Total Pages 248
ISBN 9788184003291
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this sensitive portrayal of human nature, Anita Desai, one of India’s foremost writers, paints an intimate portrait of lives impacted by the quest for identity and purpose. Deven, a Hindi lecturer in small-town Mirpore, lives a humdrum existence. A chance to interview Nur—India’s greatest living Urdu poet—offers him an escape from his dreary life. But the Nur he meets is an enfeebled man, surrounded by clashing wives and preying sycophants. Deven’s decision to be the custodian of Nur’s verse gives birth to an unusual alliance between the two. Stimulating and thought provoking, In Custody is a brilliant parable lamenting the gradual corrosion of culture and tradition in the face of modernity, and a dazzling study of the complexity of human relationships.

Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat

Title Salt Fat Acid Heat
Author Samin Nosrat
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2017-04-25
Category Cooking
Total Pages 469
ISBN 9781476753836
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Whether you've never picked up a knife or you're an accomplished chef, there are only four basic factors that determine how good your food will taste. Salt, Fat, Acid, and Heat are the four cardinal directions of cooking, and they will guide you as you choose which ingredients to use and how to cook them, and they will tell you why last minute adjustments will ensure that food tastes exactly as it should. This book will change the way you think about cooking and eating, and help you find your bearings in any kitchen, with any ingredients, while cooking any meal. --

Title Bookclub in A Box Discusses a Fine Balance
Author Marilyn Herbert
Publisher Bookclub-In-A-Box
Release Date 2005-11-01
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 32
ISBN 1897082096
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Discusses the novel, A Fine Balance.

The Virtual Self by Nora Young

Title The Virtual Self
Author Nora Young
Publisher McClelland & Stewart Limited
Release Date 2012
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 230
ISBN 9780771070662
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"The host of CBC Radio's Spark explores the very real impact of the virtual information we generate about ourselves -- on our own lives, our communities, and our government. We generate enormous amounts of online data about our habits: where we go, what we do, and how we feel. Some of that is stuff we choose to report; some of it is the offhand data trails we leave behind. The Virtual Self looks at the debates and challenges around virtual data-sharing -- from Facebook status updates to Google Navigator -- and its potential for building more responsive communities and governments. Nora argues that if we wrestle now with issues like privacy and data control, we can harness the power of that data. The host of CBC Radio's Spark, Nora Young has fascinating information at her disposal, unique insights into the intersection of the virtual and real worlds, and a wonderful voice for making all of these clear to a general audience. Accessible and entertaining, The Virtual Self takes that personal, psychological reality of everything from email to status updates and teases out the increasingly bigger impacts on the real world around us of the virtual information we all generate." -- Publisher's website.

The Defined Dish by Alex Snodgrass

Title The Defined Dish
Author Alex Snodgrass
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2019-12-31
Category Cooking
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780358004004
Language English, Spanish, and French
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Healthy, easy, and delicious recipes from the Defined Dish blog--fully endorsed by Whole30 Alex Snodgrass of TheDefinedDish.com is the third author in the popular Whole30 Endorsed series. With gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free recipes that sound and look way too delicious to be healthy, this is a cookbook people can turn to after completing a Whole30, when they’re looking to reintroduce healthful ingredients like tortillas, yogurt, beans, and legumes. Recipes like Chipotle Chicken Tostadas with Pineapple Salsa or Black Pepper Chicken are easy enough to prepare even after a busy day at work. There are no esoteric ingredients in these recipes, but instead something to suit every taste, each dish clearly marked if it is Whole30 compliant, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and more. Alex includes delicious variations, too, such as using lettuce wraps instead of taco shells, to ensure recipes can work for almost any diet. And for anyone looking to stick to their Whole30 for longer, at least sixty of the recipes are fully compliant.

Rohinton Mistry by Peter Morey

Title Rohinton Mistry
Author Peter Morey
Publisher Manchester University Press
Release Date 2004
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 209
ISBN 0719067154
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The award-winning novelist Rohinton Mistry is recognised as one of the most important contemporary writers. This title suggests how the author's writing can be read in terms of Indian political history and the storytelling conventions typical of Persia and southern Asia.