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The Last Burden I have read many stories about Indian families from Indian authors This story lacked heart Maybe because it wasn't as tragic as stories from Rohinton Mistry or Jhumpa Lahiri maybe because of the way it was written the vocabulary got in the way of the story Not bad but not a favorite A fascinating portrayal of life in an Indian middle class family by the best selling author of English AugustUpamanyu Chatterjee’s second novel brilliantly recreates life in an average Indian family at the end of the twentieth century Jamun the central character is a young man unmarried adrift He stays away from his family which comprises his parents Urmila and Shyamanand his elder brother Burfi his sister in law Joyce his two nephews and the children’s ayah Jamun returns to the family when his mother is hospitalized Once there he decides to stay on until one of his ailing parent dies He barely admits to himself that there is another probably stronger reason for his extended stay in the family home—an old friend Kasturi now married and pregnant who has returned to the city that she associates with JamunFlitting back and forth in time and space and writing in a language of unsurpassed richness and power Upamanyu Chatterjee presents a funny bitterly accurate and vivid portrait of the awesome burden of family ties A beautiful book which will definitely touch your heart A verbose rendition of a typical Indian middle class description of a generation by the generation's greatest author Dyspeptic bloated vocabulary encroaches throughout and poisons and vitiates the dialogue Characters are petty and cramped onto a claustrophobic stage Through some fortuitous conjuration empathy oozes through about two hundred pages inAn big kiss off to the 'indian family' Indian people are excellent story teller Well most of them middle class existence A Bengali family Shyamanand and Urmila sons Barfi and Jamun and their grandsons also named after sweets The story is simple family ties and how they relate to each other Realistic though Chatterjee is great with funny laughter provoking dialogs and also capturing the mother son relationship particularly after the mother's death Chatterjee's irreverence to everything traditions customs is refreshing A beautiful journey through the trials and tribulations of a family full of strive frustration and small joys Very evocative excellent use of language and realistic this book is a gem