Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Such a long journey - Rohinton Mistry

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My first impressions after finishing Rohinton Mistry's 'Such a long journey' proved to be wrong as I sat in the bus after a day's work. It took a while for the right thought process to set in. Gustad Noble and his family reeled over my mind. Rohinton Mistry's splendid narrations have done their best  in portraying Gustad's life and the people around him.

Gustad Noble did not have a very eloquent role throughout the chapters. He was a mere observant of happenings around him. There were less things in his control, and all he could do was to accept his fate and live his life the way it dragged him. In comparison to the other characters in the book, Gustad had a less harsh life. But as you read along, you'll sympathize with Gustad - perhaps he had more to suffer as a helpless observant.
The story does have its own set of comic moments, with Dinshawji's jokes and Mrs Kutpitia's expertise with black magic.  Not sure why - but Tehmul reminded me somehow of Boo Radley from Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' - albeit both the characters don't have anything common between them. I look forward for getting the movie that was released in 1998, which unfortunately looks a little illusive to catch hold of.  Hope it does enough justice to the story and the characters that have been shaped up by the readers themselves in their mind.

For the 'The Mistry Effect' to reel within the thought process and enjoy it to the maximum - I'd recommend the reader to begin with 'Such a long journey' and then move ahead with 'A fine Balance'.