The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay

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  • The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay
  • Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi
  • English
  • 14 October 2019
  • 031259349X

About the Author: Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

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10 thoughts on “The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay

  1. Siria says:

    I couldn t manage to finish this book The prose is terrible, full of sexual metaphors so appallingly awful that it seemed as if the book had been written by an immature 12 year old desperate for attention Feeling wary after the first chapter, I flipped forward through the book to find Glee dripped out of Natasha like precum smugness blasted out of her face like a fart Priya had a crusty librarian s voice, one that could only be relieved by a dildo All are phrases that certainly got m I couldn t manage to finish this book The prose is terrible, full of sexual metaphors so appallingly awful that it seemed as if the book had been written by an immature 12 year old desperate for attention Feeling wary after the first chapter, I flipped forward through the book to find Glee dripped out of Natasha like precum smugness blasted out of her face like a fart Priya had a crusty librarian s voice, one that could only be relieved by a dildo All are phrases that certainly got my attention, but only by pointing towards the author s lack of talent, sexism, and transphobia there s a line about a drag queen that just ugh Avoid

  2. Asha Seth says:

    This year, I have pledged to read books mostly on Mumbai, its history, etc So, I picked this up when Google threw it at me as one of the top 10 books on Mumbai Now I wonder who put that list together Apart from subtle references of the city with a poetic pen, nothing was interesting or even satisfactory With bleak characters groping for overrated celebs, a lost, new in the city, protagonist, plot taken right off the frame of a popular Bollywood flick, a spoilt politician s son, and the most This year, I have pledged to read books mostly on Mumbai, its history, etc So, I picked this up when Google threw it at me as one of the top 10 books on Mumbai Now I wonder who put that list together Apart from subtle references of the city with a poetic pen, nothing was interesting or even satisfactory With bleak characters groping for overrated celebs, a lost, new in the city, protagonist, plot taken right off the frame of a popular Bollywood flick, a spoilt politician s son, and the most popular actress murder, this book has little to promise It actually tilts toward heavy disappointment, if you are a first time reader of Shanghvi s works.I will try my luck , with The Song of Dusk Let s hope that has something better to offer

  3. Ruchita says:

    You ve heard all too often about a young, lost, upper middle class 20 something in love with Bombay the city that never sleeps , a cliche outdone only with old favourite, the spirit of Mumbai However, that is not what this book is really about It s about well, I m not really sure what it s about It clearly revolves around the murder of a famous model shot in a bar, inspired by the real life story of Jessica Lal, who was shot down in a Mumbai bar years ago But what purpose that sub plot You ve heard all too often about a young, lost, upper middle class 20 something in love with Bombay the city that never sleeps , a cliche outdone only with old favourite, the spirit of Mumbai However, that is not what this book is really about It s about well, I m not really sure what it s about It clearly revolves around the murder of a famous model shot in a bar, inspired by the real life story of Jessica Lal, who was shot down in a Mumbai bar years ago But what purpose that sub plot serves, is beyond me By the time I finished the book, I wondered why the author had included that whole bit in, as it clearly didn t go anywhere There are lots of scenes that seem there to serve as pure shock valuethan anything else done once, it s okay, but as the book progresses on, it quickly gets annoying This book has its moments with satire, but only in terms of smart ass cynical quips and one liners from the characters Maybe one star seems too harsh But if I had to be honest with myself, I really cannot pretend that I didn t dislike this book After I turned the last page, it left a bitter taste in my mouth, prompted by a sentiment of WTFness and anger that I had spent 500 rupees for this tosh Darn it

  4. Satyabrata Mishra says:

    I ve always loved tales about Bombay, from Shantaram to beyond the beautiful forevers The lost flamingoes of Bombay opened up another door to Bombay for me, the Fitzgeraldian veneer of contemporary society Read it to understand what an artist feels, the thoughts that run in his head and the debauched depression all artists are burdened with.

  5. Caroline says:

    A photographer looking to capture the hidden beauty and truth of Bombay, a semi retired pianist and his American writer boyfriend, a beautiful Bollywood actress, a married woman who sacrificed her pottery ambitions for her husband and a politician On the surface, the book is about how their lives intersect and what they do for love, the love of a friend, the love of a soul mate, the love in a torrid affair and the love or guilt of a parent But look deeper and we re treated to the dirty insid A photographer looking to capture the hidden beauty and truth of Bombay, a semi retired pianist and his American writer boyfriend, a beautiful Bollywood actress, a married woman who sacrificed her pottery ambitions for her husband and a politician On the surface, the book is about how their lives intersect and what they do for love, the love of a friend, the love of a soul mate, the love in a torrid affair and the love or guilt of a parent But look deeper and we re treated to the dirty inside scoop to Indian political corruption at its best, and how even a murder committed in plain sight of 200 people can be covered up, if one only has the power to bribe and threaten everyone involved.The complexities of human relationships are also placed under the microscope and what motivates people into making certain decisions.I wasn t bowled over by it, but neither did I detest it I think it makes a fun beach read

  6. Kristy says:

    Shanghvi s prose is so laden with adjectives and metaphors that it is actually quite a triumph that the characters and plot come through at all His descriptions are generally awkward sometimes cringingly so , but occasionally poetic and apt The same goes for his dialogue most of the time leaden and implausible, but occasionally moving and heartfelt The writing made me want to hate this book, but I found myself drawn to the characters despite myself Still, not recommended unless you have Shanghvi s prose is so laden with adjectives and metaphors that it is actually quite a triumph that the characters and plot come through at all His descriptions are generally awkward sometimes cringingly so , but occasionally poetic and apt The same goes for his dialogue most of the time leaden and implausible, but occasionally moving and heartfelt The writing made me want to hate this book, but I found myself drawn to the characters despite myself Still, not recommended unless you have a lot of patience or an unquenchable thirst for descriptions of Bombay

  7. Neha says:

    Siddharth Dhanwant Sanghvi warmed my heart with his first book The Last Song of the Dusk I wantedof him but was scared what if it fails to recreate the same magic Then I read that he only wrote one book post that and has now retired from the writing world I wondered what could be the reason for such a talented and soulful writer that some negative criticism would lead to him giving up the love of his life WRITING Surely I had to read the book To readSiddharth Dhanwant Sanghvi warmed my heart with his first book The Last Song of the Dusk I wantedof him but was scared what if it fails to recreate the same magic Then I read that he only wrote one book post that and has now retired from the writing world I wondered what could be the reason for such a talented and soulful writer that some negative criticism would lead to him giving up the love of his life WRITING Surely I had to read the book To read

  8. Shinde says:

    Disappointed, esp in comparison to Last song of Dusk This reads like a Madhur Bhandarkar script Movie stars, politicians, pianists, parties, homosexuals Everyone talks in metaphors and hyperboles.The most touching character is a dog The most explosive drama is directly lifted from the Jessica Lall murder.

  9. Pooja says:

    It was a good storyline but overdose of tragedy and somehow even though whats happening in the book is sad you dont feel for the characters. This is one of the could have been books..

  10. Praveen Palakkazhi says:

    Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi s first novel, The Last Song of Dusk , was an engrossing tale which managed to toe the fine line between graceful prose and compelling story and come out a winner What a pity that his second one, despite some beautiful ruminations on love and life, fails to live up to the very high standards he set with his debut novel This one also has a beautiful and meaningful title though The flamingoes which migrate in their thousands every year to the mudflats of Sewri is th Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi s first novel, The Last Song of Dusk , was an engrossing tale which managed to toe the fine line between graceful prose and compelling story and come out a winner What a pity that his second one, despite some beautiful ruminations on love and life, fails to live up to the very high standards he set with his debut novel This one also has a beautiful and meaningful title though The flamingoes which migrate in their thousands every year to the mudflats of Sewri is the metaphor used for a city which has an alluring and irresistible pull for those who have spent time there This can be construed as the usual clich d posturing on Mumbai or Bombay, as he prefers to call it here but there is no denying that there is some truth to this Even with all the chaos and filth it can throw in your path, Bombay pulls you in just as it attracts the flamingoes every year from another part of the world The story mainly revolves around Karan Seth, a bright young photographer with unusual talent who while in the line of work for his magazine gets acquainted with Samar, a one time prodigy piano virtuoso who now lives in guided seclusion with his boyfriend Samar s best friend is Zaira, a reigning queen of the silver screen and Karan becomes fast friends with her and they open their hearts to each other in an intense but platonic friendship It is Zaira, enthralled by Karan s talents, who sends Karan off to the famed Chor Bazaar in search of the almost mythical Bombay Fornicator While searching for this artefact, Karan comes in touch with and is helped by the fourth main character in this ensemble, Rhea Rhea is an older married woman who gave up her dreams of glory in pottery to marry her long time sweetheart, Aditya Aditya and Rhea were and still are deeply in love, but long festering disillusionment and her own regret at giving up her art pushes Rhea into an awkward affair with Karan Karan, for his part, falls deeply in love with her It is into this slightly uncomfortable mix that tragedy strikes, both for the characters and probably for the reader too The book loses its way in describing a murder and its aftermath by modeling it on a very famous real life murder and subsequent case of the time Except everything gets magnified, almost caricaturized to an extent that it becomes a little tough to ascertain credibility to the events on page The villain who shows up, Minister Prasad, reminds one of those supervillains from the numerous forgettable potboiler Hindi movie productions with his excesses and lack of discernible conscience A bit of bestiality is even thrown into his mix The socialites too are shown unrealistically shallow and almost idiotic In its aftermath, Karan s and Rhea s equation goes for the proverbial toss and a battered and bruised Karan conveniently finds an outlet to escape to in no time to London However, just like the flamingoes of Sewri, Karan feels the pull back to Bombay and eventually decides to go back to pick up the broken pieces of the past The culmination of the novel plays out back in Bombay, as Karan reconnects with his former friends and lover as they grapple with the loss of life and love It cannot be denied that there are some beautiful ruminations on the state of love, loneliness and the relation of these emotions to a city of teeming multitudes like Bombay, some very quote worthy However, problems beset the narrative At certain points it reads as the perfect poster child of the kind of liberal propaganda which the right wing and conservatives love to mock nowadays as hugely partisan to one set of folks and grossly against another, here embodied as the Hindu Peoples Party and Minister Prasad The case which closely resembles s famous murder of the time is much better represented in a real life movie of the incident and there doesn t seem to be really a point of including such a narrative here despite it splitting the book s character dilemmas Another issue is some of the characters, especially Karan, who is supposed to be the main protagonist The character never really imposes on our psyche, and while great things are mentioned about his talent and his appearance by the other characters in the book, it never really hits us Zaira and Samar probably would have made a much better beating heart for the book, but their stories are cut short in a way And Rhea is plain unlikeable most of the time, a person who makes choices without much empathy for those who made her an important part of her life, though towards the end her story does take a sympathetic arc It appears that Shanghvi hasn t written another novel after this one, which is a pity His first book, as I ve mentioned earlier, was a revelation and even this one had its moments of beauty which made it seem that it was just a misfire from someone who probably can still write great stories