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When Loss is Gain

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Length: 208 Pages
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Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given only a few months to live, Anand, a budding Delhi lawyer, who is obsessed with his own ambition and the politics of his workplace, thinks his life has rock bottom. But then further misfortune strikes: his wife Tanu leaves him for his best friend Adi, the owner of the law firm for which he works. As Anand surveys the wreckage of everything that has mattered to him, and realizes how misplaced his priorities have been, he is unexpectedly granted a reprieve. His doctor tells him that the initial diagnosis was wrong and that he is cancer-free.

Determined to make the most of his second change, Anand quits his high-powered job, and deliberately loses himself in the myriad simple joys of life for which he has never had the time. But when the old concerns and habits begin to creep back, he decides, on a whim, to journey to the remote Bhutanese retreat of Wangsisina to think about his future in solitude. Should he renounce the temptations of the city forever? Should he abjure romantic love? Should he spend the rest of his days as a recluse? Or should he start taking the first tentative steps back to a fuller life, which Chimi, his Bhutanese friend. Encourages him to do? As he wrestles with these questions in the shadow of Bhutan’s dramatic cliffs and mountains, he runs into the enigmatic Tara, a woman fleeing her own tragic past, and his life looks set to take yet another unexpected turn….

Action-packed yet contemplative, Pavan K. Varma’s first novel is a powerful story of love and loss, despair and hope, chance and destiny, and the true meaning of joy and sorrow in every human life.

About the Author
Pawan K. Varma studied history at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and took a degree in law from Delhi University. A member of the Indian Foreign Service, he has been press secretary to the president of India, the official spokesman of the Foreign Office as well as the director general of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. His assignments abroad include mission to the United Nations, in London where he was director of the Nehru Centre, and as India’s high commissioner in Cyprus. He is at present India’s ambassador to Bhutan.

Pawan K. Verma is the author of several acclaimed and bestselling books, among them Ghalib: The Man, The Times Krishna: The Playful Divine; The Great Indian Middle Class; Being Indian: The Truth about why the 21st century will be India’s and becoming Indian: The Unfinished Revolution of Culture and Identity. He has also translated into English the poetry of Gulzar, Kaifi Azmi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. When Loss Is Gain is his first work of fiction.

Specifications of When Loss is Gain (Hardcover)

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Author Pavan K. Varma
Book Details
Publisher Rupa Publication
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9788129119414
ISBN-10 8129119412
Language English
Binding Hardcover
Number of Pages 208 Pages
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★★★★★
★★★★★
20 Jan 2012
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A perfect movie material

This book can be well made into a movie.It is of 200 pages with 10 chapters.
1st chapter:Its normal,not so interesting chapter involving Anand's personal and Professional issues.
2nd Chapter: Very interesting,he gets to know about his illness and has only few months to live.
3rd Chapter:Describes his loneliness.
4th Chapter:This will surely bring tears in your eyes.He comes to know that he is not going to die and can lead normal life.
5th Chapter:Decides fully live his life by not going back to job.
6th Chapter:Anand's Journey to Bhutan the Peaceful city.Meets chimi who would become later h...
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This book can be well made into a movie.It is of 200 pages with 10 chapters.
1st chapter:Its normal,not so interesting chapter involving Anand's personal and Professional issues.
2nd Chapter: Very interesting,he gets to know about his illness and has only few months to live.
3rd Chapter:Describes his loneliness.
4th Chapter:This will surely bring tears in your eyes.He comes to know that he is not going to die and can lead normal life.
5th Chapter:Decides fully live his life by not going back to job.
6th Chapter:Anand's Journey to Bhutan the Peaceful city.Meets chimi who would become later h...
This book can be well made into a movie.It is of 200 pages with 10 chapters.
1st chapter:Its normal,not so interesting chapter involving Anand's personal and Professional issues.
2nd Chapter: Very interesting,he gets to know about his illness and has only few months to live.
3rd Chapter:Describes his loneliness.
4th Chapter:This will surely bring tears in your eyes.He comes to know that he is not going to die and can lead normal life.
5th Chapter:Decides fully live his life by not going back to job.
6th Chapter:Anand's Journey to Bhutan the Peaceful city.Meets chimi who would become later his very close friend.
7th Chapter: Meets Tara a woman with a similar past as his.
8th Chapter:Anand & Tara's interesting Journey together around places in Bhutan.
9th and 10th Chapter are very gripping with beautiful message @ the end.
The book is full of meaningful lines by Ghalib and many others.
Including the following one by "Bulle Shah"

Jit,jit umar gawayeen,hun tu har fakira
Jitte da mul adh kasira,hare da mul heera!

2 of 3 users found this review helpful.
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13 Feb 2012
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not good

Once V S Naipaul told us the art of writing Novel is dying,writer like Pavan,will prove Mr. Naipaul's prediction true.
Main protagonist is a Lawyer diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,His marriage life fall apart,his best friend betray him.Suddenly it turn out that his cancer is false alarm.Mr Lawyer decided to live his job and go on exploratory journey to Bhutan. Here every thing turn out right in his life.
Novel is written in linear format.There is no depth in novel's characters. I mean where in world you find ex wife come to your house and ask your girlfriend to for an address. Ambassador...
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Once V S Naipaul told us the art of writing Novel is dying,writer like Pavan,will prove Mr. Naipaul's prediction true.
Main protagonist is a Lawyer diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,His marriage life fall apart,his best friend betray him.Suddenly it turn out that his cancer is false alarm.Mr Lawyer decided to live his job and go on exploratory journey to Bhutan. Here every thing turn out right in his life.
Novel is written in linear format.There is no depth in novel's characters. I mean where in world you find ex wife come to your house and ask your girlfriend to for an address. Ambassador...
Once V S Naipaul told us the art of writing Novel is dying,writer like Pavan,will prove Mr. Naipaul's prediction true.
Main protagonist is a Lawyer diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,His marriage life fall apart,his best friend betray him.Suddenly it turn out that his cancer is false alarm.Mr Lawyer decided to live his job and go on exploratory journey to Bhutan. Here every thing turn out right in his life.
Novel is written in linear format.There is no depth in novel's characters. I mean where in world you find ex wife come to your house and ask your girlfriend to for an address. Ambassador of Bhutan advice you to journey of his country without any due diligence in his first meeting on morning walk.There are some good couplet shayari but it is of no use because this novel is too shallow
Please dont waste your money like I did.

0 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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02 Jul 2012
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Not so Bad... Not so Good...

The story is really good but the end is a bit abrupt or we can say it is expected.It contains some really good quotes by Gulzar ,Bulleshah etc. with to the point explanations. This is quality stuff, though it is a bit boring to read it in one go.

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19 Feb 2012
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Good read

its quite good and goes really well. touches upon our daily life struggles and dilemmas. could relate to the character.:) quite predictable but enjoyable nevertheless.....................................................................

1 of 2 users found this review helpful.
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