Cobalt Blue

Cobalt Blue (English, Hardcover, Kundalkar Sachin)

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Cobalt Blue  (English, Hardcover, Kundalkar Sachin)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9780670086849, 9780670086849
    • Pages: 240
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    Cobalt Blue is written by Marathi author Sachin Kundalkar and ably translated by Jerry Pinto. It is a heart-rending and poignant story of love and how people cope with heartbreak.

    Summary of the Book

    Cobalt Blue is the touching story of a brother and sister who fall deeply in love with a paying guest at their home. A paying guest seemed like the perfect solution for all problems of the members of the Joshi household. He always paid the rent on time, lent a helping hand whenever he could, and happily listened to Mrs. Joshi’s complaining and whining. But at the same time, he is a mysterious man with no last name. He does not have family or friends, no past and no plans for the future.

    The paying guest, however, was able to strike a chord with the siblings Tanay and Anuja, who were more than smitten by him. He gives a new meaning to their otherwise lonely lives and when he walks out suddenly, he breaks their hearts. The book is divided into two parts, a monologue by Tanay, who directly addresses the man who left, and Anuja, who pens down her thoughts in a diary. Cobalt Blue is a unique book with a never-told-before story surrounding a Marathi family. The author explores different avenues like homosexuality and has been written in a beautiful and engaging manner. Cobalt Blue is a story of love and heartbreak, told with a lot of tenderness and unsparing clarity.

    About the Authors

    Sachin Kundalkar is an author, Marathi film director and a screenplay writer. He is best known for his directorial works of Nirop and Gandha. Kundalkar was honored with two National Film Awards, as a director for Nirop and as a screenwriter for Gandha. He started writing his first novel, Cobalt Blue, when he was 20 and finished it when he was 22.

    Jerry Pinto is Indian author, poet and journalist. He completed his graduation in liberal arts from Elphinstone College, Mumbai and a law degree from Government Law College in Mumbai. He has written several books including Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb, Surviving Women and Asylum and Other Poems. Cobalt Blue was originally written in Marathi which was translated in English by Jerry Pinto.

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    • Penguin Books India
    Dimensions
    Width
    • 22 mm
    Height
    • 204 mm
    Length
    • 137 mm
    Weight
    • 292 gr
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    Ratings & Reviews
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    A MUST READ

    This is an excellent, almost poetic translation of Kundalkar's Marathi novel and who else could do it better than Jerry Pinto of the 'Em and Big Hoom' fame. This is undoubtedly one of the best works of fiction to have come from India in English this year.

    One plot, two stories, multitudinous perspectives, vivid imagery that is at once sensual, petit yet profound sentences, excellent narrative, the small paragraphs, the confusions in time, the pace, the enigmatic sketch of the paying guest,...
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    Abhishek Samal

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    Jul, 2013

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    Broken hearts bleed Blue...

    When a paying guest comes to stay with a Pune based family, the brother and sister experience phenomenal attraction towards this new free spirit. The book is divided in two narratives – Tanay (Brother) and Anuja (Sister). I wish the author had included a third narrative, from the point of view of the paying guest. Jerry Pinto does a brilliant job in translating the book from Marathi to English by keeping alive the atmosphere of a Marathi household while preserving the revolutionary essence of...
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    Samir Satam

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    Jun, 2014

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    Excellent Read

    A Poignant story told in a simple yet beautiful way. To keep the essence of the original text intact, Pinto has kept certain Marathi words untranslated and that works very well. The pathos will touch you. How I wish there's a follow-up to this story in the form of a part II where the nameless PG comes back!
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    Oct, 2013

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    Amazing read

    Read the English translation of Sachin Kundalkar's "Cobalt Blue" from cover to cover last night. It's about a brother and a sister... who fall in love... with the same guy! The narrative is non-linear, almost scrambled - still the emotions of characters reach you effortlessly. Bold story and amazing translation by Jerry Pinto. Enriching read.
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    Aditya Joshi

    Aug, 2013

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    Not good

    The book seemed a bit old. The edges were bent.
    More importantly, there were problems with the printing. The translators note in the end showed up in the middle of the last chapter.
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    Lost in transit

    The essence of the book is best experienced when read in Marathi, the english translation not only robs the narration off its vibrancy, neither the original author nor Jerry Pinto are able to articulately narrate the story.
    Interesting journey's of Tanay and Anuja siblings who have an affair with the same man, one homosexual the other heterosexual, and the inability of the parents to perceive until anuja actually elopes in amazing.
    if you can read the original go for it.
    if not the book is pa...
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    parwati singari

    Jan, 2015

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