Stories from Bangalore

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MY DAYS IN THE UNDERWORLD RISE OF THE BANGALORE MAFIA
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MY DAYS IN THE UNDERWORLD RISE OF THE BANGALORE MAFIA

by Agri Sreedhar

About the book:  Agni Sreedhar is an underworld don turned writer turned journalist turned filmmaker. He studied law in Bangalore and was intent on entering the Indian Civil Service when circumstances forced him to turn to crime. Starting from the early 1980s, Sreedhar found himself entrenched in the bitter gang wars that shaped the contours of modern Bangalore. This book is an intimate, first-person account of the two decades he spent in the world of crime. But My Days in the Underworld isn’t just a tale of murder and blood. It is a study of a system that runs parallel to the world ordinary people inhabit; a lateral universe, one with its own police force and laws, one where the criminal justice system has all but failed. This is a story of a city as seen through the personal histories of politicians who ruled Karnataka, men like Gundu Rao, Ramakrishna Hegde, Bangarappa and Deve Gowda, as well as those who were responsible for shaping Bangalore’s underworld: Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Rajan, Sharad Shetty, Kotwal Ramchandra, Jayaraj and Muthappa Rai.

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Bangalore Calling
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Bangalore Calling

by Brinda S. Narayan

About the book:  The employees at the Callus call centre in Bangalore juggle false identities, abusive customers and the tugs of family and community. An Anglo-Indian trainer is aghast at the overt Americanisms adopted by her eager trainees. A van driver who yearns for a son petitions the god Ayyappan by playing devotional songs inside the van. A brash Jimi Hendrix-loving agent tries to change the music and stokes the driver's deep resentment. A young girl travels across the great divide between the slum she lives in and the shiny glass complex where she works as a toilet cleaner. Through fifteen linked stories Bangalore Calling explores the social costs of outsourcing – the erosion of cultures, the displacement of vernacular languages and accents – in a world that's not yet flat.

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The Cosmopolitans
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The Cosmopolitans

by Sarah Schulman

About the book:  Qayenaat is a drifting, solitary, sensitive figure at the edge of the Bangalore art scene. When world-famous artist Baban Reddy, once a young man who hung on her every word, returns to the city to show his latest artwork, all her old longings rise to the surface. Tired of being forever anxious and uncertain, she decides to be reckless, at least once. But an impulsive act of sabotage leads to some horrific consequences, setting Qayenaat off on the most unexpected journey of her life. Laced with wry humour and brimming with emotional insight, The Cosmopolitans is a poignant, powerful tale as well as a stimulating exploration of the idea of art and its place in our lives.

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The Riddle of the Seventh Stone
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The Riddle of the Seventh Stone

by Monideepa Sahu

About the book:  Rishabh the rat and Shashee the spider are quite happy with the way they are: rummaging around in Venkat Thatha’s wonderful, musty, dusty, rare herbs shop. Until, that is, they stumble upon a magical powder and find themselves transformed into human children. It’s not easy being a kid: there’s school, and homework, wearing clothes and—yuk!—having to use soap... but even worse, their very home and the entire city are under threat from an evil moneylender and property dealer known as the Shark. With the help of other children, friendly cockroaches, cheeky mosquitoes, and a very Big Bandicoot, they set out to prove that no problem is too big even for the smallest of creatures. “Riddle of the Seventh Stone [is] a unique take on ordinary events and creatures that we take so much for granted; things that get extraordinary in Sahu’s gifted hands.” —Shreekumar Varma “Monideepa Sahu’s delightful debut book should be prescribed reading for all school age children. I for one have decided to put it firmly on my list of gifts to keep in stock, and am eagerly looking forward to her next!”—Saffron Tree “...a fun read, even for this adult reader, so I’m sure children would thoroughly enjoy the creepy bits as well as the Indian setting. What a welcome change!” —Hasmita Chanda Published by Zubaan.

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Cut Like Wound
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Cut Like Wound

by Anita Nair

About the book:  Introducing Inspector Borei Gowda... It is the first night of Ramadan. At Shivaji Nagar in the heart of Bangalore, a young male prostitute is killed and burnt alive. It would have stayed as yet another unsolved murder, but for Inspector Borei Gowda, the investigating officer. As bodies begin to pile up one after the other, and it becomes clear that a serial killer is on the prowl, Gowda recognizes a pattern in the killings which no one else does. Even as he negotiates serious mid-life blues, problems with his wife and son, an affair with an ex-girlfriend, and official apathy and ridicule, the killer moves in for the next victim... Steeped in the lanes and atmosphere of the city of Bangalore, Cut Like Wound introduces to the reader a host of unforgettable characters and is a brutal psychological thriller unlike any in Indian fiction. You can also buy from Online stores: Buy from a nearby bookstore: Reliance Timeout Flipkart.com DC books Homeshop18.com Crossword Bookstore Infibeam.com Landmark Bookstore Indiaplaza.com Om Book Shop Uread.com Starmark Bookstore Bookadda.com Sapna Bookstore Full Circle Bookstore Bahri Sons Bookstore Teksons Bookstore Sankars Bookstore

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Ghachar Ghochar
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Ghachar Ghochar

by Vivek Shanbhag

About the book:  'It's true what they say - it's not we who control money, it's the money that controls us. When there's only a little, it behaves meekly; when it grows, it becomes brash and has its way with us.' From a cramped, ant-infested house to a spacious bungalow, a family finds itself making a transition in many ways. The narrator, a sensitive young man, is numbed by the swirl around him. All he can do is flee every day to an old-world cafe, where he seeks solace from an oracular waiter. As members of the family realign their equations and desires, new strands are knotted, others come apart, and conflict brews dangerously in the background. Masterfully translated from the Kannada by Srinath Perur, Ghachar Ghochar is a suspenseful, playful and ultimately menacing story about the shifting consequences of success.

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Boiled Beans on Toast
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Boiled Beans on Toast

by Girish Karnad

About the book:  One of the finest playwrights of our time, Girish Karnad's plays present a critical sense of history, myth, and time. This new play by Karnad has a reference to the founding lore of Bangalore, in which an 11th century king was saved by an old woman who offered him boiled beans. The grateful king desired to name the spot 'Bendakalooru', the place of boiled beans, which would symbolize hospitality and welcome for a weary traveller. However, over the period of time the place has emerged as Bangalore, India's 'Silicon Valley'. The play makes this impersonal city and its humongous growth in the last two decades its subject. Portraying the story of a cross section of those who live in the city-well-off housewives and their maid servants with hidden and complicated lives; lower middle class strugglers desperate to climb the corporate ladder; privileged rich kids rebelling against their fathers' money-this play is a direct and realistic gaze at contemporary India.

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Mr Majestic - The Tout of Bengaluru
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Mr Majestic - The Tout of Bengaluru

by Zac O'Yeah

About the book:  With a trail of stiffs and thugs behind him, Hari Majestic traverses the megacity of Bengaluru trying to right many wrongs. A foreign tourist, a girl originally adopted from India, has come back to pursue a career in cinema - only to vanish off the face of the earth. Mr Majestic, a tout and petty conman by profession, is asked to track her down and must use all his scamster skills and street smartness to pull it off. Little does he know the lethal dangers he will have to face - armed torpedoes, monsoon floods, crazy riots and his own existential fears of possibly being reborn as a dog.

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The Red Carpet
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The Red Carpet

by Lavanya Sankaran

About the book:  Wry humor and a delicious grasp of the friction between generations in Bangalore are the hallmarks of Lavanya Sankaran’s fresh, deeply nuanced debut collection. “A potpourri of beggars and billionaires and determinedly laid-back ways,” Bangalore, India’s own Silicon Valley, is a crucible for prosperity, and at the chaotic crossroads between past and present. Here, American-trained professionals like Tara return to their old-fashioned families with heads full of Quentin Tarantino dialogue; a successful entrepreneur is shaken when his partner suddenly reneges on their plan to return to America; a traditional Indian mother slyly circumvents her Western-educated daughter’s resistance to marriage; a neighborhood gossip is determined to discover what goes on behind the closed curtains of the hip young couple across the street; a chauffeur must reconcile his more orthodox credos with his employer’s miniskirt lifestyle. Witty, affectionate, and wonderfully wise, Lavanya Sankaran’s first collection attests to her remarkable literary talent. From the Hardcover edition.

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The Angel's Share
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The Angel's Share

by Satyajit Sarna

About the book:  'They called what they had lost the angel's share. They believed that an angel would take a little of their drink and, in exchange, bless the rest of it with a celestial flavour.' Zorawar Chauhan lives two lives. In one, he has the big-money corporate law job he used to dream of. To the young lawyer, the world tenders an endless promise of wealth and privilege. In the other life - the one in his head - he is haunted by the ghosts of a past from which he is not yet free. He relives his life on the colourful campus of the National Law School, Bangalore, playing football, getting stoned, getting into trouble and falling in and out of love. And above all, he remembers the loss of his friend, the charismatic Sasha Kapur. The Angel's Share is a story of loss and wisdom - dark, funny and relentlessly honest about youth and ambition.

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