By Kiran Nagarkar

Ravan and Eddie are the unlikeliest of partners. For something, Ravan is Hindu, whereas Eddie is Catholic. for an additional, while Ravan used to be a child and fell from a balcony, that fall had a dramatic, and extremely literal, effect on Eddie's relations. yet Ravan and Eddie either stay in important Works division Chawl No. 17--and for those who develop up within the crowded Mumbai chawls, you get to take part on your neighbors' lives, no matter if you love it or not.

As we watch the 2 not likely heroes of Kiran Nagarkar's acclaimed novel rocket out of the beginning blocks in their lives, leaving earth-mothers and absentee fathers, cataclysms and rock'n'roll of their wake, we're pressured to sit up straight and take notice.

Recently chosen by way of The dad or mum as one of many ten top novels approximately Mumbai, Ravan and Eddie is a comic book masterpiece approximately better- and truer-than-life characters and their bawdy, Rabelaisian adventures in postcolonial India. it's also a undying trip of self-discovery, a quest for the that means of guilt and accountability, sin and intercourse, crime and punishment.

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The mythic landscape Faxian described vanished with the disappearance of Buddhism from India in the 10th century. In the fading light of the day, I reflect on the motivations of Xuanzang and Faxian to undertake what at that time was an arduous journey, and compare them with my own. Both were pious Buddhist monks and had spiritual reasons as their primary motivation. But what would that have meant to them? What sort of spiritual benefit would they have expected from undertaking such a journey? In accordance with their Mahayana beliefs, they probably would have expected accumulating merit towards a favorable rebirth.

We make our way to the long line leading into the maw of the checkpoint. A month before our flight, Richard Reid tried to blow up a plane in Detroit by setting his underwear on fire, throwing international aviation security into high alert. We are expecting the worst, but TSA has no unpleasant surprises for us and the security check proceeds smoothly, with little delay. The airlines instituted new baggage fees during the previous summer in an effort to increase revenue, so now everyone is carrying baggage onto the flight to avoid the fee.

The plane is scheduled to leave in 15 minutes. I turn back to her. " I turn and run down the stairs to the departure gate where I can see buses waiting to take us to the plane. The others follow. As our bus is pulling out, I see Stephen Batchelor trying to get through the door to the bus, which has just closed, but still no sign of Shantum. At the plane I settle into my seat next to the window in the tail section. The woman who had asked about what the holdup was after the security checkpoint sits down next to me and introduces herself as Sophia.

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