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The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay


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Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi's debut novel, The Last Song of Dusk, won the Betty Trask Award in the UK, the Premio Grinzane Cavour in Italy, and was nominated for the IMPAC Prize in Ireland. The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2008 and was a number one bestseller in India. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Bombay.


"Siddharth Shanghvi's literary forebears are Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, and E.M. Forester. He is also an original, a major storyteller who beguiles us into a world of illusion and bestows us with a sharp-eyed lens into the heart. The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay is a triumph." --Amy Tan, award-winning author of The Joy Luck Club"Lost Flamingoes of Bombay is at once a portrait of a teeming megacity and a study in loneliness. Beneath the razor-sharp asides and camp one-liners there lurks the inescapable melancholy of rootlessness, rendered in prose steeped in lyricism and longing. Siddharth Shanghvi belongs to that rarest of breeds: a writer who can truly capture the flaws in the human condition." --Tash Aw, award-winning author of The Harmony Silk Factory and Map of the Invisible World"Why have flamingoes appeared in the Sewri mudflats, and do they mean love or sex, success or happiness, truth, beauty or death? In his second novel, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi brings his formidable storytelling gifts to a roundelay of young Bombay creative types, each of them seeking to answer the question of why we live and love as we do." --Dave King, author of The Ha-Ha"Flamingoes, at one level, is a meditation on love and sex. It's about the inexplicable and mysterious pull that cities and lovers exert on us. On another, it's about the sleaze, greed and lack of principles which characterize post-liberalisation India. Melancholic, gritty and relentlessly contemporary, this is a novel that simply demands to be read." --Palash Krishna Mehrotra, Outlook (India)"Simply brilliant." --Economic Times (India)"In a style that is uniquely his, Shanghvi builds note upon note, strikes poetic image upon photographic image till he binds you into a spell you have to struggle to snap out of days after you have finished the book. The ambiguity of Shanghvi's prose contains a luscious incantatory power." --Shobha Sengupta, Asian Age, (India)"Shanghvi is a master storyteller...this book is so unputdownable." --J. Jagannath, New Indian Express, (India)"Brings Bombay alive in a startlingly new way...immensely readable...a labour of love." --The Hindu, (India)"Once in a while a book comes along which is refreshingly different in content and structure. It seeks neither to deliberately shock nor does it indulge in verbal pyrotechnics, yet the overreaching impact is such that it leaves one numb with a hundred different feelings. Emotions linger much after the book has been put aside and its characters develop tentacles that dig into the deepest recesses of the heart. The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay is one such book." --Rajesh Singh, The Pioneer, (India)"Shanghvi's wit is exhaustingly dazzling, and more than a little provocative...an articulate, buccaneering, confident writer...his tale is both entertaining and thought-provoking." --Sam Miller, India Today, (India)

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