Since the ban, which was lifted after a few painful months, he has produced two more books. It is a book that both adults and children will thoroughly enjoy. Like before. Like now.
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It is as if the protagonist is at once immersed in his own life and removed from it, scrutinising his life with the dispassionate view of the other. You could call it a coming of age story of sorts. The protagonist experiences sex for the first time with a fellow student he had befriended earlier during his first year in medical college. The relationship ends unhappily. But this turns out to be a relationship of pure give and take. He experiences tenderness, but the relationship does not develop the way he would like it to.
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In his scheme of things, any dalliance with a member of his own sex would be nothing short of a catastrophe. Our protagonist is not worth the trouble, and Samir drops him. Worse, Samir does not consider him special enough even for a parting kiss on his lips. Our protagonist has acquired his degree and is now posted in Pakur as a young doctor. At the hospital, he finds an unlikely friend and mentor of sorts in Bada Babu, who apparently holds his father in high regard.
Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar explores politics, caste, and sexuality to tell the story of a gay Santhal
Bada Babu is affable, ready to help anyone everyone and has a finger in every Pakur pie. But nothing is really that simple, certainly not the people who seem to lead ordinary everyday lives. The lines between good and bad are easily blurred. His conscience is outraged, but he is little more than a helpless bystander. He is less prone to impulsive actions now, despite feeling the anguish deeply.
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The racism they bore, and the humiliations and the slurs are laid out in situ. To my mind, this section is the most potent, and one which simmers with anger. The writing is controlled, not a shred of emotion out of sync. Sort order. Jun 06, Ruth Woodman York rated it liked it Shelves: pop-sugar-challenge. This is a case where I wish I could give an extra half star.
I did enjoy this memoir. However, the subtitle is somewhat misleading. The majority of the book is about the author's life, and his years in the military, as well as the number of jobs and marriages he had. While the writing wasn't bad.
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I was somewhat disappointed that most of the book did not have his father in it. Other than that, I might have given this 4 stars. Stephanie rated it liked it Apr 21, Leslie rated it liked it Jan 23, Brotherhug rated it really liked it Dec 07, Lyn May rated it it was amazing Jul 31, Heather rated it really liked it Dec 21, Anna Klay rated it really liked it Apr 24, MaryAnne Pennington rated it it was amazing Mar 08, Tina rated it did not like it Jan 03, Karen marked it as to-read May 03, Vera marked it as to-read Jun 21, Staci marked it as to-read Oct 31, Liz marked it as to-read Jan 25, Susannah marked it as to-read Aug 01, Maria marked it as to-read Aug 06, Nat marked it as to-read Dec 04, Kay Harnden is currently reading it Mar 31, Reba C.
Garrett marked it as to-read May 30, BookDB marked it as to-read Nov 02, Univofalpress added it Aug 24, Gabriel Davis added it Jan 17, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Lee May.
Review: My Father’s Garden by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
Lee May. From the author's website : After finishing Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in , I got another world-class education through my almost three decades as a writer and editor, including stints at The Los Angeles Times and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution before "retiring" in Reporting from far-flung places for the Times in the s, I enjoyed the importance of covering p From the author's website : After finishing Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in , I got another world-class education through my almost three decades as a writer and editor, including stints at The Los Angeles Times and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution before "retiring" in Reporting from far-flung places for the Times in the s, I enjoyed the importance of covering presidential campaigns, immigration, the White House and other parts of the federal government for a prestigious newspaper.
Following my Washington years, I became Atlanta bureau chief in , reporting from nine southern states. That posting collided with my reaching age 50 — and the point at which I concluded that rock 'n' roll bang-bang journalism works for some an entire career, but not for me. Knowing when it's time to go — and then going, is good. I did, and I did.