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Family Matters Rohinton Mistry s enthralling novel is at once a domestic drama and an intently observed portrait of present day Bombay in all its vitality and corruption At the age of seventy nine, Nariman Vakeel, already suffering from Parkinson s disease, breaks an ankle and finds himself wholly dependent on his family His step children, Coomy and Jal, have a spacious apartment in the inaptly named Chateau Felicity , but are too squeamish and resentful to tend to his physical needsNariman must now turn to his younger daughter, Roxana, her husband, Yezad, and their two sons, who share a small, crowded home Their decision will test not only their material resources but, in surprising ways, all their tolerance, compassion, integrity, and faith Sweeping and intimate, tragic and mirthful, Family Matters is a work of enormous emotional power I usually feel a little bit of glow after finishing any book I have the bad habit of calling every book I just finished my favorite until I finish the next one But in this case, I really must stress that Family Matters is one of the best books I have ever read I never re read books, but this is one of those rare gems that even I want to return to If you took all of Shakespeare s tragedies, condensed them into a story about one family, and set it in Bombay in the 1990s, this book would b I usually feel a little bit of glow after finishing any book I have the bad habit of calling every book I just finished my favorite until I finish the next one But in this case, I really must stress that Family Matters is one of the best books I have ever read I never re read books, but this is one of those rare gems that even I want to return to If you took all of Shakespeare s tragedies, condensed them into a story about one family, and set it in Bombay in the 1990s, this book would be the result Family Matters goes above and beyond the mundane and the domestic even though most of the action takes place in a one bedroom apartment and tells the story of human beings and their relationships to one another both the sublime and the foolish, the selfish and the divine.In this book Mistry makes several obscure references to India, Indian politics, and Zoroastrianism, and several pieces of dialog are in various languages other than English, but despite these barriers for a Western reader, I would whole heartedly recommend this novel to anyone I know, especially to anyone who likes Shakespeare or otherwise enjoys stories that tackle all the really hard questions There are several funny and witty moments throughout the book, but overall the tone is one of heart crushing poignancy Sometimes it was literally painful to read this book because so many scenes and remarks and characters were so powerful and moving in short, this is not a book to be picked up and put down lightly You will get involved in it as though every joy and tragedy were happening within your own family The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing ofFlipping through the pages, my heart leapt many times those waves bearing the ring of countenance were from still stream but the ones with ripples of accusation roared thunder Accusation Accusation hurled towards whom The fictional characters delicately brought to life by the stinging brush of the author or the guilty, manipulative, egocentric, conceited character of mine Did my fingers pause typing these words defining mThe heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing ofFlipping through the pages, my heart leapt many times those waves bearing the ring of countenance were from still stream but the ones with ripples of accusation roared thunder Accusation Accusation hurled towards whom The fictional characters delicately brought to life by the stinging brush of the author or the guilty, manipulative, egocentric, conceited character of mine Did my fingers pause typing these words defining myself They did And it also confirmed my worst fears I am no angel and the pristine white enveloping me is a well fabricated dwelling that I carry with temporary aplomb, aware somewhere deep inside that some of its bricks are turning cancerous by my vices.Why, else, should I feel tormented at the sight of a 78 year old, Parkinson s afflicted Nariman Vakeel, whose profound literary mind is reduced to a negligible fraction, not by the disease and a broken leg but by the invalidating abandonment of Coomy and Jal, his step children Why, else, should I feel torn by the disintegrating domestic fabric of his other daughter, Roxana whose tireless strides of nursing her fragile father come at the cost of her husband, Yezad s never seen before condescension Why, else, should I feel numbed at the virtues of a nine year old Jehangir who knows to read the silent whimpers of his grandpa with sensitivity far greater than his parents Why else, should I feel jealous of the wasted lottery seller, Villie, who carries behind her shabby attire and even shabbier house, a heart of gold that gladly spills over to brighten her neigbours gloomy lives Why, else, should I envy Husain, the looted peon, who possesses a spirit so much greater than the loss he suffered at the hands of religious fanatics that his volatility alone is his purifying fragrance Why, else, should I feel staggered at the pouring of Mr.Kapur, whose benevolence weds passion in such fierce ceremony that his employees, Yezad and Husain get absolved of all their sorrows in its pious fire Why, else, should I feel frozen to witness the eternal nerve of meritoriousness that holds its own in Jal, despite three dominating decades of Coomy s heedlessness Why, else, should I stand dwarfed by Nariman who bears the burning thorns on his soul, adamantly barricading their venomous pricks from seeping into his heart and its inhabitants When the flute of life suddenly starts belting cantankerous sounds, it is easier to blame the flute maker the chinks in our playing armour are conveniently swept beneath the carpet That the sea of life will keep us afloat for a while and then swallow us without exception is a reality that eludes us when we are on shore It is only the compassionate, who can not only empathize with the unruliness of the sea from afar but also send a boat of good words and deeds to ease the ride for those who are sea bound nextA letter is like a perfume You don t apply a whole bottle Just one dab will fill your senses Words are the same a few are sufficientAll days would remain the same if not for an act of kindness or a sliver of smile Mistry knew it better than many of us Hence, he did not leave a single chapter in this magnificent book where the beauty of innocence did not bathe us anew or the splendor of solidarity did not shake our shackles His observations kissed the earthy tones of daily life and enlivened their cells to shine a little He mixed the odours of past and present and softly pressed the nozzle to fill the future room with a foreign aroma that became our own on touching our skins He maneuvered with utmost care, almost gracefully imitating Nariman s movements, not ruffling our senses acutely but with a gentle thrust, like shaking a medicine bottle to get the mix right and placed a few shards of mirror on our palms they did not cut, they did not intimidate, they simply showed our reflectionAmazing, how a photo shows you things that your eyes forgot to see Update 2.99 kindle special today It s fabulous I still haven t read A Fine Balance yet but own it Everyone says that Books fantastic as well Yet I find it hard to believe that the author could write another book any better than this one Perhaps A 2.99 special for this family epic novel is a fantastic price UPDATE.Nov 17th Completed Book.Completed Review STAGE 2 This is my first book by Robinton Mistry a dangerous novel to begin at 1am Thankfully, the prior fiv Update 2.99 kindle special today It s fabulous I still haven t read A Fine Balance yet but own it Everyone says that Books fantastic as well Yet I find it hard to believe that the author could write another book any better than this one Perhaps A 2.99 special for this family epic novel is a fantastic price UPDATE.Nov 17th Completed Book.Completed Review STAGE 2 This is my first book by Robinton Mistry a dangerous novel to begin at 1am Thankfully, the prior five hours sleep sustained me for another 5 hours At which point, I had to drift off again for a littlemorning sleep Note Today is Friday, Nov 6th Hmmm, our daughter s 30th birthday FAMILY MATTERS see, I couldn t resist not thinking of family I was inspired to read this from having read Seemita s review 3 times Thank You, Seemita Note I bought a physical book like New , for a penny, plus shipping for a total of 4.00 Crazy ridiculously beautiful this book is whom I ll share with, my aunt,and my neighbor Ardis A few of my personal book lovers don t e read, so it s important for me to give or share physical books This book which traveled far to reach me will land in the hands of others who will appreciate it I ll be writing this review in stages I m obviously not finished with the book yet STAGE 1 I ve read 113 pages so far.At this point it s Nariman Vakeel whom my heart breaks most Having Parkinson s disease is no picnic, but then add the need for a hearing aid, bifocals, and dentures.He has osteoporosis, and a broken leg Medications, sleeping pills and anti diarrhea, etc , are needed one must remember the schedule Bathing, clean clothes, simple tasks become difficult Depression can be depressing The challenge of living with dignity with a failing physical bodycould seem hopeless.Enter the mind What haunts Nariman, besides the fact that his independent life has been stripped away is his memories for the woman he loved forbidden to marry torments him again and againI ll Be Back..5 stars so far if it goes down by the end of the book I ll change the stars then STAGE 2 Nariman is still the central character in my mind 79 year old retired professor suffering The deeper I think about Nariman, theit s clear he is suffering from all the most cherish things in life love, health, happiness, and freedom Two days ago I was speaking to my close friend 76 year old retired professor , whose mother celebrated her 100th birthday just a month ago They had a 3 day huge family celebration for her She is in excellent health and looks amazing My 76 year old retired professor friend who passed on his thoughts to me about how to read the book Ulysses , by James Joyce , is also in great health, happy, loved, and thriving in all areas of his life Married 45 years..travels no depression..loves to dance has a dance studio in their home , and very the opposite from Nariman So maybe there is hope Yet..with the fragility that life iswe never know what s around the corner Some days in our own outlook on life it can stink , with feelings like we re sloshing through the mud other days are smooth rolling and good enough and at rare times we feel exuberant Yet, another big difference between my retired professor s friends life and most of our lives , than with Narimam, was freedom of choice By following the rules, beliefs, traditions, customs, of the Parsee Zoroastrian , religion Nariman wasn t allowed to marry Lucy because she wasn t of the same faith I looked upinformation about Zoroastrianism an ancient religious fading faith which was important in this novel, because we got to see the bigger picture of problems that occur long lasting people scared from not being allowed intermarriage It s never just one person who suffers when rights are taken away A fricken train load of people also suffer Nariman s stepchildren carried resentment toward him Coomy was bitter and domineering Jal wasmild mannered and acquiescent When they no longer wanted to take care of him mostly tired of taking cared of his bodily functions..after he broke his leg They pass Nariman off to his biological daughter Roxana, her husband Yezad, and their two boys Jehanjir, and Murad originally only for three weeks.but with squabbling fretting arguing feeling guilty , they begged not to take him back Smashed together like sardines in a small apartment flat, Roxana was a saint in taking care of her father but she and Yezad were starting to fight over finances Roxana and Yezad are also fighting with Coomy and Jal The young children were having struggles adjusting as well Downstairs was Yezad s boss from The Bombay Sporting Goods Emporium, Mr Vikram Kapur , and a violinist from The Bombay Symphony, Daisy Daisy visited Nariman to play her violin to add comfort Each character had different personal concerns and challenges I found I really couldn t judge any of them harshly but there were times I wished a character made a different choice than they did For example Yezad started gambling illegally because he was having a hard time making ends with the added financial stress medical costs, etc , from having Nariman live with them The setting in Bombay is integral to the book the customs, languages, politics, religions, constant conflicts between Hindus and Muslims , and the overall spirit Reading Family Matters was sometimes sad it hurt, other times, so dramatic II laughed silly What happened here , asked Yezad Fight Merman Irani explained that a scuffle had broken out with a customer Saalo maaderchod came in like a king, sat down, and ordered tea with bun muskaa, extra butter and all With loud busy teeth, batchar batcher, the bastard ate everything, happy as a goat in a garbage dump, and gurgled down his tea When he got the bill he said, Sorry, no money My waiter thought he was joking But the bhonsrino kept refusing to pay That was when the waiter pushed him and the fight began Eventually, three waiters held the man down while Merwan himself went through the man s pockets But I found nothing except a snot filled hankerchief Absolute karko, not one paisa He said he had no money, but he was hungry just imagine the maaderchod s courage At least he was honest, said Vilas A masterpiece in the city of Bombay capturing the essence of India Timeless Terrific This was written in 2002 13 years ago feels like it was written today I recently read a debut novel, In Another Life , by Julie Christine Johnson,..which I feel will prove to be Timeless These at my favorite types of books books that are ageless I highly recommend FAMILY MATTERS.with its universal themes.love family, illness, life transitions, sibling rivalry, religion, financial stress, poverty, politics, culture, betrayal, loss, death, friendships, strengths, failings, regret, secrets, and our ordinary lives which are extraordinary in themselves This novel was like a friend Thank you to Seemita my friend and inspiration in reading this As Nariman counts his last breaths amid the serene violin rendition of Brahms Lullaby, played by Daisy, my mind races through a gloomy apartment where the stale odor of eau de cologne amalgamates in the air of misery thriving among the bustling of outside traffic and noisy vendors trying to earn their daily wage unaware of Nariman s existence The acridity of my parched throat makes me think about my death Will I die as a happy soul or will death be a gift that I would crave in the course of vu As Nariman counts his last breaths amid the serene violin rendition of Brahms Lullaby, played by Daisy, my mind races through a gloomy apartment where the stale odor of eau de cologne amalgamates in the air of misery thriving among the bustling of outside traffic and noisy vendors trying to earn their daily wage unaware of Nariman s existence The acridity of my parched throat makes me think about my death Will I die as a happy soul or will death be a gift that I would crave in the course of vulnerable seclusion This is how Mistry s words affect me, as I breathe and feel every emotion that flows through the ink It is not because of my familiarity with the physical surroundings or the Parsi community, but the fact that Mistry writes a simple story of nameless ordinary faces with astonishing lives Old age and Parkinson s disease has not only bed ridden Nariman but made him a burden on his financially challenged children Coomy and Jal, his step children, both heading their prime and plagued by their own ailments coax Nariman s biological daughter Roxanna into providing healthcare to her ailing father A middle class housewife with two young kids and a budgeted monthly survival faces a monstrous task by burning the candle at both ends The woes of middle classes ripened by bigotry and communalism are highlighted with sheer accuracy throughout the manuscript The preposterous stubbornness of arranged marriages, the segregation of religious identities, stigmatism of step parental aspects and the eternal financial instabilities mesh into a burdensome desperation of graphic cunningness In Asian cultures, looking after elderly parents is viewed not only dutiful but the most obedient thing to do The concept of old aged homes is highly condemned in the Indian society also, many other Asian cultures Old age can be cruel and if plagued by incurable diseases it becomes a metal cage A man who once was free to walk in the by lanes of his vicinity and enjoy a wonderful German orchestra at the nearby concert hall Nariman was reduced to a mere caged mortal who longed for freedom to breathe fresh air, feel the splatter of rainwater as he walked through the puddles and for once make his own choices without being reprimanded for his doings I empathizetowards Nariman than any other character in the book Nariman could never marry his true love Lucy, for she was a Catholic, he could not bring his step daughter Coomy to accept him as her father and now he was the sole reason for the rifts between his children I wonder if my grandparents could have had found happiness if they were not arranged to be married What would the circumstances be if my father was not financially well enough to take care of my grandfather during his last days surviving cancer Would we have been deprived of basic amenities like butter or hot water and frantically hoped to find additional money in the budgeted envelopes of monthly payments In a society where corruption is spelled in gold letters, and a man s potency is derived from his monetary success, money matters come what may.Each sketched characters defines the ebb and flow of life and its greatness that we as children dream to achieve Right from Nariman to Roxanna and even Yehzad Roxanna s husband who once nurtured the dream of Canadian immigration, somehow end up in a vortex of familial or financial obligations of a capricious life Mistry does not adhere either to pompous melancholic facades or epical anecdotes He throws out the phrase of ordinary people with ordinary lives For if, lives were ordinary, nostalgia would not be such a pain in the arse and worries would not construct topsy turvy pathways

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