The Smoke is Rising

The Smoke is Rising

Mahesh Rao / Feb 20, 2020

The Smoke is Rising With India s first rocket launch to the moon the scenario is changing fast It is this changing world of Mysore which Mahesh Rao s novel speaks about In this story Mysore is gearing for an internatio

  • Title: The Smoke is Rising
  • Author: Mahesh Rao
  • ISBN: 9781907970313
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With India s first rocket launch to the moon, the scenario is changing fast It is this changing world of Mysore which Mahesh Rao s novel speaks about In this story, Mysore is gearing for an international remake with the construction of HeritageLand, Asia s largest theme park Citizens and government officials alike prepare themselves for a complete makeover, one that notWith India s first rocket launch to the moon, the scenario is changing fast It is this changing world of Mysore which Mahesh Rao s novel speaks about In this story, Mysore is gearing for an international remake with the construction of HeritageLand, Asia s largest theme park Citizens and government officials alike prepare themselves for a complete makeover, one that not everybody welcomes An elderly widow finds herself forced into a secretive new life, and another woman is succumbing to the cancerous power of gossip as she tries to escape her past Another woman must come to terms with reality as her husband s troubling behaviour steeps out of hand In Mysore, where the modern and the eclectic fuse to become something else entirely, everyone must hang on to their own escapes or find themselves swept under the carpet of the sublime change called development.

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    1. I am always wary of reading a debut novel. Not because of maybe not liking it, but also because of the effort put in by the writer, which I may not be able to see or gauge and for the right reasons alone – I am not close to the book at that point. But then when the effort is put by a reader, then the entire reading experience changes. You feel for the book. You feel for the author, for the characters and the plot. Every word then is analysed and mulled about and given great thought to. “The [...]

    2. Mahesh Rao is one to watch out for the future, and that's pretty much the best praise one can summon after reading his first novel. The smoke is rising is promises a lot with its characters and a city's (Mysore) conflict with embracing modernism on the face of historic traditionalism. But like most authors who delve into this subject, it falls well short of unearthing the complexities of its characters.The language is good, his style of conjuring a physical location is notable and he builds a th [...]

    3. India has a space programme, including placing one lunar orbiter, Chandrayaan-1, in October 2008. The country also has a lot of long-standing social problems in contrast with its technological advances. That contrast is a recurrent motif in this novel.Mahesh Rao's satire is gentle; he is not taking a scalpel to Indian society in the manner of Aravind Adiga and Rohinton Mistry but revealing it in layers, as if unwrapping a dubious gift. There is affection and humour as well as criticism and the s [...]

    4. [On my list as part of the ‘Get to Know the Nation by Reading its Novels’ mission]. Promising. Here’s a touching, intimate panorama of criss-crossing lives in the modern Indian city (Mysore in this case – and I’ve been to Mysore, yuh). It touches on a range of recognisable contemporary themes: local corruption, building frenzies, vanity projects, divorce, domestic violence, gossip and taboo. Its centrepiece is ultimately the rather moving, tentative relationship of our widowed seniors, [...]

    5. In the end what is supposed to be implicit, made with clues and insinuations, is all too banal and blandly expected to be riveting. Even the terrible seems innocuous. Infidelity, domestic abuse, the grief of a relationship that has to end, and the violent end to a public parade. I read because I want to feel things about things like that. I want the author guide me and make me care deeply about her characters. None of that happened here. It's an easy engrossing read nonetheless and full of rich [...]

    6. I tried to enjoy this book but after reading about 200 pages, found it impossible to read anymore. The writer has a flair for big words but needs to work on story telling. Disappointed.

    7. The book features a group of loosely connected characters, not all of whom actually meet during the plot's course. It is a somewhat loose plot bringing out aspects of modern India, with a running theme of farmers being dispossessed to make way for some ghastly theme park. Matters get strikingly violent at times, characters being targeted because they are threatening vested interests, or just being violent because they are over-privileged scum. The narration tone is genlt, almost soothing, and wh [...]

    8. The characters in Mahesh Rao’s novel set in Mysore represent different strata of Indian society. Through the glimpses into their lives that the author offers, the reader comes away feeling that only the super rich - more exactly the nouveau super rich – have some control over their destiny. Despite the inroads of modernity in the form of India’s first rocket launch to the moon, theme parks, luxury malls, an international film festival, dieting clubs, lifestyle fads, ubiquitous advertising [...]

    9. This is an excellent debut. Mahesh Rao weaves a complex and distinct piece of narrative through a maze of characters without losing a thread. There's a palpable buzz that flies off the pages and settles on the reader - Mysore and its intricacies come alive in a way that both local and international takers of this novel are bound to appreciate. Terms like 'roadromeo' as well as common expressions and jokes in the vernacular add a natural richness to the story; you'll either comprehend every nuanc [...]

    10. The capacity to scrutinize ordinariness is a kind of labour that doesn't come easy to creative minds. I have always liked persuasive descriptions and writing that has flair to assimilate the fecundity in common people’s lives they have no idea of. Mahesh Rao, without a doubt, has that eye, a rare ability to stick the stagnant out with a new meaning. This is a highly readable book that seeks to examine the perils of rapid, unplanned urbanization of spaces belonging to the poor and impressionabl [...]

    11. This is one of the best books I read in awhile. You get to know Mysore through the eyes and lives of the characters. The most prominent characters are female, all very different, all very believable but they share a common characteristic, they are lonely. And I guess loneliness is a universal thing, it doesn't happen only in Mysore. The stories flow from tragic to comic, you go from laugh to tears in a matter of a few pages but for me the balance was perfect. I liked the characters so much that [...]

    12. After a slow start I really enjoyed this book. I thought that the writing was excellent - in particular "In Mysore, Justice took on the guise of an irritated matron who really did not wish to be harangued by the petty squabbles of an ungrateful rabble" made me smile.I could have done without the two clerks in the restaurant, but other than that, I thought that the multiple characters and the background details of the characters who were important to them added to the sense of a bustling city.I w [...]

    13. I somehow have a penchant for Indian authors and stories based here. One of the biggest reasons I grabbed this book for review. And I could fill on pages talking about this book.This book is amazingly written to cut a long story short. Too many stories merged into one mega story with a superb narrative. Not for one moment I felt the tracks were overlapping or leading to confusion. I loved the way the author had done up the index- very innovative, subtle and to the point.

    14. Review: wp/p2J8yh-2F7What works:Narration, which makes the story easy to visualizeGently delivered satireRealistic characters and their realistic worldsAspects of society we want to see, but not always seeWhat doesn’t:Focus to details makes the read tediousThe story and plot works for me. It’s re-readable. A strong debut work.

    15. Yet another debut novel with vivid imagery and splendid narration. And with the right amount of romanticising, Mahesh Rao's book is loaded with adjectives and metaphors that do not weigh the reader down. They make him enjoy the journey with the writer, together. Also one of my best reads for this year.

    16. Mysore always holds a special place in my heart , being born and raised in this beautiful quiet city . And this is the reason why I picked up this book. A simple fresh and beautiful narration of a society's confused transition.

    17. I was disappointed with this. I didn't think this hung together as a novel. The parts telling the story of a few main characters were fragmented, but well written. However the parts that were involved with the local 'politics' were tedious.

    18. Dette er egentlig ikke noen roman, men skisser av livene til en rekke personer i Mysore uten noen klar rammefortelling. Boka er usedvanlig velformulert, fylt av treffsikre observasjoner og detaljer, som likevel gjør den til en fest å lese.

    19. The writing is very original, capturing the minutest details of daily life of the main and minor characters in an interesting way and that creates a very real and vivid imagery.Read the full review on my blog: tarangsinha/2014/0

    20. it was a bit too meandery for my liking. not as good as rohinton mistry. trying too hard to be literary, and not as good in terms of story-telling.

    21. An evocative story, beautifully written, but sometimes baffled by the subplots! Great vignettes of Indian culture and custom.

    22. Too episodic and convoluted for my taste, but readers who enjoy lots of characters with a focus on atmosphere and plot might like this.

    23. A portrait of modern India through the eyes of interconnected characters . Women characters are very sympathetically drawn

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