Title : The Way Things Were
Author : Aatish Taseer
ISBN : 9781447272724
Publisher : Picador
Genre : Contemporary
Pages : 560
Source : Self
Rating : 4 stars
A story transcending the contemporaneous notion of time. A story of past to discover and understand who you are while going through the present, facing its dystopic ugliness. A story of a family of elites, of mixed race royals to the political luminaries. A semantic journey through Sanskrit, Greek and Latin, idiosyncratically connected to the 1984 and 1992 riots.
A vivid portrait of love, marriage, parenting and divorce with the chronicles of Independent India running in parallel.
Skanda’s father, Toby has died and it falls to Skanda to accompany his body back to India for the funeral rites. This visit throws him back into time- the time of political and religious turmoil in India and how it affected the lives of Skanda, his mother, father and other family members.
This book is not an easy read, it is an eclectic mixture of philosophy, history and language while the narrator keeps shifting to and fro and time and mediates about the various events in the past that changed the course of history as well as his own personal life.This was my first book by Aatish Taseer and I developed immense liking for the author. The way he sets the tone of his writing is peculiar, though a bit obscure.
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