Written by Kiran Nagarkar, Ravan And Eddie is a humorous tale of two boys, a Hindu and a Christian, and the people living in Mumbai’s chawls.
Summary Of The Book
This hilarious book revolves around two boys, Ravan, a Marathi Hindu, and Eddie, a Roman Catholic. The book has been set in the 1950s, just a few years after India obtained her independence. The religion and caste based division prevalent in the British Raj are still existing. Ravan and Eddie dwell in a chawl in Mumbai’s Mazagaon area, and it is the events in their life in this chawl that make up the contents of this book.
Ravan And Eddie sets off with an incident that can change many lives. When Eddie is still in his mother’s womb, his father, Victor Coutinho, is head over heels in love with Ravan’s mother, Parvati-bai. One day, he stands gazing at Parvati-bai hanging out clothes in the balcony of the fourth floor. He ends up catching little Ravan’s interest, who decides to jump off his mother’s grip towards Victor. Victor catches hold of Ravan, but Victor falls dead.
Eddie grows up hearing that Ravan is the reason behind the death of his father. Trouble seems to be his constant companion and he always avoids being around Ravan. Soon, he decides to join the Hindu Sabha, which enrages his mother, who pulls him to their church and gets him exorcised. At the same time, the Christian ways have always made Ravan curious. Ravan is confused about his religious philosophy and cannot understand why people call him a murderer.
Ravan and Eddie, authored by Kiran Nagarkar, describes the lives of the chawl and the people living there. The lives of the middle-class families who dwell there are mostly unhappy. They are disgruntled at living in such close quarters. The life in the chawl has been detailed in the book by the author. It describes the situations where everybody has a say in everything that everyone does.
Ravan and Eddie has been selected as one of the best ten novels about Mumbai. It takes its readers through a timeless journey of discovering oneself.
About Kiran Nagarkar
KiranNagarkar is an Indian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and film and drama critic. He’s one of the most influential writers from the postcolonial period of India, and writes both, in English and Marathi.
He has authored many other significant books like Cuckold, God’s Little Soldier, Saat Sakkam Trechalis and The Extras.
Kiran Nagarkar is known for trying out a different writing style in each one of his books. He has experimented with language and form. From humorous narration to realistic descriptions, and first person to third person narrative in the book, he likes treating readers with different strokes.
Born in 1942 in the city of Mumbai, Kiran Nagarkar studied at S. I. E. S. College and Fergusson College. He has bagged various awards like the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He has also worked on many plays and screenplays such as The Broken Circle, The Elephant on the Mouse and Stranger Amongst Us.
1 Oct, 2013