Aranya is chaotic.
Ishan is a family person.
Aranya questions the idea of family.
Ishan is spiritual.
Aranya a feminist.
Now I know what you are thinking: that this is just going to be some modern run-of-the-mill opposites attract love story.
Because Music in Solitude by Krishna Sobti, translated from Hindi by Vasudha Dalmia, is not a love story, but rather a loving tale of two elderly individuals, Ishan and Aranya, who are in the autumn of their lives and yes you guessed it, are complete opposites. Yet it is their age and the life that that brings along in it’s wake, which helps them come together. Not to mention that they stay in the same building in Delhi!
Originally titled as Samay Sargam, the novel stitches together episodes from the two protagonists’ lives. Especially the time spent together discussing myriad topics over tea, lunches or dinners!
I am slowly starting to read some Murakami. The first book of his that I read was Strange Library which was indeed strange and had such a beautiful cover featuring a library card!
Next I read Desire, part of the Vintage Mini Series, which had five of his short stories. I absolutely adored that book! Read my review here!
Next up was After Dark, which one of my colleagues gave me as well. I did not mind reading it since she said it was only 200 pages long. (I am going through a phase where I somehow cannot commit to books that are too long because I do not get time to read them!)
The Book Cafe is proud to present a new series that will highlight the books that have a musical element in them!
The books could be about music, or have protagonists that love music or have some great music references or some other elements that make the book/story connected to some form of music!
Welcome to Musically Yours!
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Read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi?
How about picking up another of her equally insightful and somberly black and white illustrated graphic novel, called, Chicken with Plums?
The musician Nasser Ali Khan’s favourite tar (an Iranian percussion instrument) is broken. He probably had the best one in the world. Now that it is broken, he goes on a search for an equally matched tar. But after failing to find such a one despite his repeated attempts, he consigns himself to a state where he simply only wishes to die.
The protagonist being a renowned musician having deep questions about his art and his life makes this novel part of The Book Cafe’s series called, Musically Yours!