Books Of The Year #5: The Walls Of Delhi

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December 13, 2012 by markstani

The Walls Of Delhi by Uday Prakash; pub. UWA Publishing

It says: From one of India’s most original and audacious writers, Uday Prakash, come three stinging and comic tales, of living and surviving in today’s urban, globalised India… Thematically linked, these three stories, translated into English by Jason Grunebaum, reveal the real India, and lives of Indians, that rarely comes across in the media.

I say: It’s a blistering, harrowing account of the chronic poverty and endemic corruption afflicting so much of Indian society today. [Prakash] writes with an almost folkloric zeal, and the kind of care for his characters that makes his prose absolutely compelling. If the Hindi for tradition is for story-telling deeply rooted in social realism, then Prakash has remained tue to those roots, but added a magical twist.

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