Can the simple act of saving a mouse teach an insecure, ordinary man to rise above his afflictions and love?Tired of his faith, his disability and his predicament, an old man contemplates giving up everything, but discovers love while witnessing an extramarital affair.After suffering a lifetime of prejudice and humiliation, a doctor is finally able to confront his own prejCan the simple act of saving a mouse teach an insecure, ordinary man to rise above his afflictions and love?Tired of his faith, his disability and his predicament, an old man contemplates giving up everything, but discovers love while witnessing an extramarital affair.After suffering a lifetime of prejudice and humiliation, a doctor is finally able to confront his own prejudices while attending to a man in the throes of a stroke.Is love a neurosis that the famous psychiatrist unwittingly falls victim to?His patient is an illegal immigrant, desperately poor and fighting for his life. Yet, as death slowly but surely beats him in battle, a young doctor discovers the strange beauty of his profession....
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Mice In Men Reviews
This must be one of the best collection on Indian short stories I've read, and I'm surprised that I haven't heard of this author until ofcourse I got the free copy. Anirban writes with a free flow of language, uncomplicated by words that show more than they mean, the prowess of the authors vocabularly, often messing up the story. And the stories themselves little pearls ranging from comical, to heroic, to thoughtfull to sentimental.. what a good book! I dare say that the content is not gender or genre specific, just go get a copy of this book the next time you're at the book store or online. Retailing at Rs 199, definitely worth your money. What I didn't like: the short story format. I think Bose writes like a charm, and would love to read a full fledged novel from him.
This collection of short stories written by a medical doctor and university professor combines clear, precise wording with a knack for quirky storytelling. Each tale examines the life of an ordinary person, many of them in the field of medicine, who find themselves in an unusual position.The stories are:"The New Job"After finding out that he needs surgery to correct his debilitating back pain, an old man takes a job as a driver for a wealthy businessman's family. To his dismay, he discovers that the husband is cheating on his wife everyday - and as the driver it is his responsibility to ferry him to the assignations. This leaves him in a moral quandary: he needs the money from this job, but after a long marriage, he feels morally repulsed by his employer's adultery."The Magic of Medicine"A young Indian doctor administers to a severely ill patient, but is troubled by his status as an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh. "Mice in Men"B. Lal Chowdhury is an efficient civil servant whose life is planned down to the millisecond. But when he rescues an injured mouse from his coworkers, his schedule needs to change - and he discovers that change is good. "Neologisms" A dying man reflects on his actions when he was a new doctor, sent to practice in a remote village in Tamil Nadu. When the traditional power structure clashes with the upcoming communist organizations, he gets pulled into the middle of it to arbiter a disagreement: whether, from a medical standpoint, the local leader's daughter can marry an untouchable's son. "The Balloonwala" A young doctor finds himself without any patients in his new office in an expensive part of town. He idles away his time by watching an octogenarian who sells balloons every day outside of his window. He soon begins buying some balloons every day to give the man some money, and the old man reciprocates by getting him to write prescriptions for his and his wife's insulin and by proclaiming that this young doctor will soon find success. "The Temptation of Fate"When he was a child, a fortuneteller had prophesied that Ashwini would do something great. But now he is working as a security guard in a housing complex, dating a woman who works as a maid there. When he gets the opportunity to deliver a message to one of the residents, a film director, it seems that his fortunes are looking up. But are they? "Stockholm Syndrome" A renowned psychologist is taken in for police interrogation regarding the disappearance of the husband of one of his patients. "The Right Way to Eat a Mango"A businessman recently returned to Mumbai from England contemplates the terrible condition of Indian society from the inside of his air conditioned car. "The Faithfulness of Traits" A retired anesthesiologist is depressed, still not having recovered from his wife's death a decade earlier. Every day, he wishes to die - and just when he's planning to finally do it, a new maid comes that helps him look at life a little differently again. "The World's Greatest Oiban"After receiving his 38th rejection letter, an aspiring novelist tries to explain to his son about how people saying that you're bad at something can make you feel bad, but it's actually your own opinion of yourself that's most important. Read the rest of my review here: http://thegloballycurious.blogspot.co...
Mice in Men is a collection of 10 short stories, some of them written against the medical background. The presence of medical jargon is a little too much at times in the narrative and is quite unsettling. However, it suffers from the basic problem most anthologies face - there are only a few stories which make a mark. Rest of them are plain boring.'The New Job' recounts the story of Rizwan Sheikh who has to come out of retirement to find a job so that he can manage expenses for his back operation. He contemplates giving up everything, but discovers love while witnessing an extramarital affair of his boss. Touching, but simplistic. 'The magic of medicine' is about a doctor who after suffering a lifetime of prejudice and humiliation is finally able to confront his own prejudices while attending to a man in the throes of a stroke. 'Neologisms' and 'The Balloonwala' are quirky, but linear screenplay makes them predictable. 'Mice in Men', the titular story is the second best tale in the book. Can the simple act of saving a mouse teach an insecure, ordinary man to rise above his affliction and his love? Even though quite implausible in the real life, it still provides a hefty mix of loneliness and lust.'Stockholm Syndrome' is the best short story i have read this year, forget just this book. I will even stick my neck out and say, it is better than any of the short story in other anthologies of this year, Urban Shots, Turtle Dove or even Delhi Noir. Is love a neurosis that the famous psychiatrist unwillingly falls victim to? - that is the basic premise of the story. Dwindling between the past and the present, it delves into the mind of the protagonist who is trying to play with the minds of the interrogating officer, who himself has a past as he attempts to solve a murder. It is quite fascinating to read their interaction, how they literally bludgeoned each other with verbal overdose and finally how one of them wins the battle.'Temptation of Fate' is an interesting take on astrology and fate, but two pages into the story and you can pretty much guess the end.'The Right way to eat Mango' has an interesting premise but couldn't really live up to the expectation because there is hardly any dramatic conflict in the narrative. 'The Faithfulness of traits' and 'The world's greatest Oiban' are just there to make up pages.I am going with 2/5 for Anirban Basu, Mice in Men. It may be a controversial thing to say on a public platform, but the best way to enjoy this book is to go to any bookstore with a coffee shop attached...Pick the book from the shelf, order a coffee and read it... specially the stupendous story 'Stockholm Syndrome'. It will save the agony of going through other below par stories. I have read more entertaining anthologies this year, this one doesn't quite match up to those standards. A let down for me after the author's competent debut novel, Bombay Rains, Bombay Girls
Not a heavy read… these stories can be read when we want a break from seriousness. Some don’t hold your attention all the way and you skip that story halfway, but there are others that are written quite well, meant to result in a thought that is meaningful, it won’t leave you disappointed. No complicated characters, but it is simple life stories that could have happened too, so that doesn’t feel out of place. A mixed bag of stories that is border-line good… one that you’ll enjoy if you’re not expecting complex out of the world stories every time you want to read.From my blog: http://wp.me/p2J8yh-29h
This book is a collection of stories that mostly deals with the profession of doctors. All the stories have different take on morality, existentialism and depression. Few stories were quite plain in the outset but ended well.It is quite a breezy read and quite a refreshing in terms of ideas and perception.
An interesting find amongst the other contemporary Indian authors. This is a collection of stories about the lives of everyday people, written by someone who is trying quite hard, to bring his surgical precision to his words, and pulling it off quite well!
A collection of stories by Anirban Bose. A lot of these related to medical issues (understandable since the author is a Doctor by profession). All the stories are fantastic and the writing keeps you glued.
A collection of short stories that are very well written. The stories have some meaning and are very easy to read. A must read for everyone. There is some medical jargon in the stories but knowing it or not knowing it makes no difference to the reading and understanding of the stories.
Misunderstood as "Of Mice and Men" my friend gifted me this book. But it turned out to be a beautiful collection of short stories. Each one of them with a sentimental and doctor-ish touch it! A good light read, which will keep you glued to the innocence of the characters.
Well written, witty in bits and eclectic, if there ever was a book as such. Quite an interesting read.