Tales from Firozsha Baag, Paperback Book
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Here is a wonderful introduction to the residents of Firozsha Baag, an apartment complex in Bombay.

We enter the daily routine and rhythm of their lives, and by the time we reach the final story we are as familiar with the people of Firozsha Baag as we are with our own neighbours.

The crowded, throbbing life of India is brilliantly captured in this series of stories.


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I was very disappointed with this collection of short stories. To be fair, I am seldom as keen on short stories as on a novel, but even allowing for that basic prejudice I felt let down by this collection. after having so greatly enjoyed Mistry's novels "Such a Long Journey" and "A Fine Balance". I am glad that i had read them first - if I had read "Tales from Firozsha Baag" first i would never have bothered to try the novels, and I would have missed out on two absolute gems.There are glimpses of Mistry's skill at story telling in some of these tales but overall I felt that there was just too much emphasis on the setting (and particularly the squalor) and not enough of his perceptive characterisation.

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