Heat And Dust – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala


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Author: Ruth Prawer Jhabwala

ISBN No.: 9780349000138

No. Of Pages: 181 Pages.

My Rating: 4/5.

Heat and Dust is one of the best attempts of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala at English Literature. The content of the story is very limited but compellingly, two stories shows parallelism in the entire book. The story’s inception is when Olivia, newly married to Douglas, who is describes as a civil servant abscond England for India in 1923. Olivia there comes in contact with the Nawab at a dinner party and later she elopes with the Indian Prince ie. Nawab. Douglas gets married to Tessie and they become the grandparents of the first-person narrator in the story. Fifty years later, the narrator decides to land India to solve the puzzlement of Oliva’s elopement. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala wrote two stories simultaneously with splendid akiness between them though the time of both stories are different.

Rest of the book is fine and yes, I won’t expose the thrill by writing more. All I’ll do is provide you some more detail of the book so you can develop an inclination towards it. The summary of the story which the original book has: “to a civil servant, outrages society in the tiny, suffocating town of Satipur by eloping with an Indian Prince. Fifty years later, her step granddaughter goes back to the heat, the dust and the squalor of the bazaars to solve the enigma of Olivia’s scandal.”

Promulgated in 1975, the book won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in the very same year. The story in so intriguing that a drama film has been made with the screen play by the author herself. I completed the book in two days and both the story and narration is the Jewel of this book. Later, I came to know that the author is the only person in the world who has won an oscar and a Booker Prize. So, what an intellectual personality she was. I don’t think anybody reading this would like to dodge reading Heat and dust.

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About Harshit Chauhan

I am a person, a dreamer who fly on the wings of dreams but don’t know how to achieve them. I am one of those who can do arduous tasks but at time fail to do the simplest of them. I envisage, concentrating on one particular thing as the dirty end of the stick and sometimes multitude say that i’m a patient of mood disorder . The whole enchilada, from soda to hock humanity say and ruminate that I’m perpetually in a scurry to effectuate something and I too consider them impeccable, for I want to attain stability in my metabolism, which presently is going through nadir, at the lowest ebb. Friends and other acquaintances eulogize me for my zany humor. I’m a avid reader and writer and presently I’m delving into blogging zeal ie. on https://harshitchauhan.wordpress.com/. My other chief passions apart from the above are travelling, eating, ruminating, listening to quality music, watching birds and clouds and being solitude. In short, I want to triumph my divine, limpid and creme de la creme intentions which I’m ensuing from past many gargantuan years and have made big sacrifices too. I pray, to take the Chequered flag and my relinquishments don’t go squander so that after so many damp squibs, I can witness my rest of life in its full glory.

Posted on October 2, 2014, in Book Recapitulations and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Hello, Bharti
    Glad to see you here
    You are always welcome 🙂
    Take care,
    Regards, Harshit Chauhan

  2. Hi, Harshit, thank you for the like on my blog. Interesting to explore your blog with recapitulations as you call it 😉 look forward to exploring more of your writings in the coming days.

  3. @Andrea: Welcome again.
    Glad to see you here.
    Tc.

  4. @Ankita:
    Nice to see you, Ankita.
    Thank you,
    Take care,
    Lots of Love,
    Harshit Chauhan

  5. @Niharika: 🙂
    Take care,
    Lots of Love,
    Harshit Chauhan

  6. @Someone: Do read it, too !!

  7. @Sangma: I am cognizant of the same 🙂
    Take care,
    Lots of Love,
    Harshit Chauhan

  8. You are welcome 🙂
    Take care,
    Lots of Love,
    Harshit Chauhan

  9. Thanks for the recommendation, and for stopping by my blog!

  10. A love song for India is another good book by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, must read..

  11. In my wish list for sure. Thankx for the review!

  12. Glad to know a good book.

  13. The book is very good but it is not famous. What do you think, Harshit?

  14. Seems good. I didn’t knew abt. The book has won the man booker prize.

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