Delhi, where I roam around almost daily is a place which is extremely close to my heart. The city has its problems but I am okay with each one of them keeping in mind the fact that no city can be perfect. The Walls Of Delhi by Uday Prakash was shortlisted for DSC prize for South Indian Asian Literature and I think it deserved to be shortlisted. The book grips you from its very first page and makes you turn its pages.
Also, I was highly impressed by the translation done by Jason Grunebaum. He has successfully managed to maintain the essence of each of the stories. I would not like to discuss the plot of the stories here with you but will share the blurb of the book here to give you a faint idea about all the three stories. Here it goes,
Three stinging, darkly comic tales capture in telling detail life and survival in todays India. In the title story a sweeper discovers a cache of black money and escapes to see the Taj Mahal with his underage mistress; in Mohandas a Dalit races to reclaim his life stolen by an upper-caste identity thief; and in Mangosil a babys head gets bigger and bigger as he gets smarter and smarter, while his family tries to find a cure.
All these three stories are gripping and satisfy you in the end. The narration, the plot and the way characters are introduced in each of the stories would confuse you in the beginning but towards the end, everything becomes crystal clear and that is what made this book work for me. I highly recommend The Walls Of Delhi by Uday Prakash for people who want to read good and interesting stories.
Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Hachette India
Genre : Fiction, Short Stories
ISBN : 9789350096260