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Ice at once gritty and lyrical mournful and frank A Bad Character marks the arrival of an astonishingly gifted new writer It is an unforgettable hymn to a dangerous exhilarating city and a portrait of desire and its conseuences as timeless as it is universal I wouldn t have heard about this author or thought of reading this book if I hadn t attended the Jaipur litfest and heard her speak about it during a couple of events To me the novel was related to writing the city in particular Delhi than about a love story The relationship between the two characters didn t come across as love but as some kind of sick escapist obsession between a twenty year old dying to escape her life and a twenty eight year old who doesn t know what to do with himself and who in my opinion has self destructive notions bordering on nihilism The description of Delhi is so black and bleak even when it tries to uplift itself that the relationship between the characters falls into the descriptive black hole that the city is portrayed as What I did like about it is that it doesn t rely too heavily on the cliches that seem to categorise Indian writing in the last few years Having lived in Delhi for a year I could related to some of the descriptions It s a short novel and the language isn t heavy or emotionally demanding so it was easy enough to read in a couple of days As a first novel its a great attempt and I would easily pick up the author s next book out of curiosity

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A Bad Character

A highly charged fiction debut about a young woman in India and the love that both shatters and transforms her She is twenty restless in New Delhi Her mother has died her father has left for Singapore He is a few years older just back to India from New York Vibrant dark and passionate Deepti Kapoor s short debut novel which feels like a memoir is a meditation on the life of a young educated woman in modern India and a raw account of a forbidden and ultimately destructive relationship The narrator is apparently named Idha but this is only referenced once on the first page and there is some ambiguity as to whether it is even her real name I give myself a name I wear it out A charm that protects me Idha means insight maybe the name is a deliberate choice on the part of the narrator Idha s lover too is never named adding to the sense that this is a semi autobiographical story The setting is Delhi in the early twenty first century and the lover though nameless gives the book its title he was a man who the narrator tells us at the very beginning died when she was twenty one and was described in a police soundbite as known to us he was a bad character The narrator tells her story from a present perspective which appears to be about ten years since the central events the book describes The main action takes place when Idha is twenty years old a student at college and lives with her aunt who constantly pushes her into meetings with bland potential husbands She has a certain amount of freedom she is getting a good education is from a middle class family has her own car and often wanders or drives the city alone Still she feels constantly aware of the limits of her life of being a woman and bored by what is expected of her although she doesn t seem to know what it is she wants instead until she meets her lover When she encounters this charismatic but ugly man in a caf it is his very ugliness that attracts and excites her The two of them begin the sort of affair that feels doomed from the start volatile and all consuming In this second life always kept secret from Idha s family he drags her into the underbelly of the city replete with sex crime illegal raves drugs There is some violence and emotional manipulation on his part but unusually it rarely seems that Idha is not in control and you sense that he is just as confused and frustrated as she is The narrative style isn t entirely conventional Kapoor switches between present and past tense between first and third person and at many points there is a sudden jump from one point in the narrator s past to another As names are rarely used it s not always clear which him she s talking about or whether she refers to another woman or to herself As a result there are passages that reuire than one reading to be properly understood and absorbed and although this is a short and fast moving book it is sometimes a tough read in ways than one Although Idha s lover obsesses her her life worsens rather than improves after he disappears and the story becomes ever bleak This is the sort of novel I would have liked to see on the Booker longlist It s certainly readable but it is also emotionally complex and very specific to its setting By which I don t just mean Delhi although Kapoor s beautifulbrutal portrayal of the city is one of the highlights of her narrative but the particular situation of being a young unmarried middle class college educated Hindu woman in India in the 2000s It s like living a little slice of another person s life another thing that makes it feel very memoir esue A Bad Character burns out uickly but it burns bright and as a result it is very memorable Just like the affair itself in fact

Review A Bad Character

When they meet in a café one afternoon she lonely hungry for experience yearning to break free of tradition casts aside her fears and throws herself headlong into a love affair one that takes her where she A Bad PDFEPUB or has never been before Told in a vo This debut novel by Deepti Kapoor reflects on Indian culture and its paradoxical stance with regard to womanhood The protagonist a respectable unmarried young lady gets secretly involved with an older man The book starts the moment he gets killed and all that is left is a story to recountIn my view the title refers mainly to the heroin of the book A bad character by Indian standards That is old India of course The book depicts through the adventures of this raw and sometimes feral young woman in Delhi how the country is at a captivating crossroads where old and new mingle irreversibly intertwine against their own wills pushing both forwards and backwards at orthogonal angles neither being uite able to prevent ignore or subdue the otherThis is an intense book with an original rich and intriguing writing style I can still smell the spices and feel the vibes of colourful Indian night life


10 thoughts on “A Bad Character

  1. says:

    And across the room he is staring at meI've been stared at a lot of course; it's what happens here it's what men do Every day from door to door on the buses stepping through rubble on the edge of the road in the car stuck in traffic at red lights Stares of incomprehension lust rage sad yearning so vacant and blank sometimes it's terrifying sometimes pitiful Eyes filling the potholes bouncing down the street like marbles no escaping their c

  2. says:

    Vibrant dark and passionate Deepti Kapoor's short debut novel which feels like a memoir is a meditation on the life of a young educated woman in modern India and a raw account of a forbidden and ultimately destructive relationship The narrator is apparently named Idha but this is only referenced once on the first page and there is some ambiguity as to whether it is even her real name 'I give myself a name I wear it out

  3. says:

    He was known to us he was a bad characterIt's a phrase they use sometimes what some people still say It's what they'll say about me too when they know what I've doneThis was not at all what I expected You can descr

  4. says:

    Breathlessly narrated memoir posing as fiction Has superb impressionistic prose with some of the best descriptions of Delhi I've read and I'm counting City of Djinns and Capital here Female sexual awakening the perils of living in Delhi are the central themes of A Bad Character; how a 20 year old college girl discovers life beyond classes and staid middle class existence aided by an 'ugly' dark animal like man who looks like a se

  5. says:

    This debut novel by Deepti Kapoor reflects on Indian culture and its paradoxical stance with regard to womanhood The protagonist a respectable unmarried young lady gets secretly involved with an older man The book starts the moment he gets killed and all that is left is a story to recountIn my view the title refers mainly to the heroin of the book A bad character by Indian standards That is old India of course The book depicts through th

  6. says:

    Deepti Kapoor’s A Bad Character is about a tumultuous period in one college going female student’s life in New Delhi Kapoor’s novel seems

  7. says:

    It started off wonderfully much to my surprise I'm not much of a fan when it comes to coming of age in a haze of drugs and sex Ill advised and sure to end badly For a person who's always had a head obsessively over her shoulders this type of protagonist is especially hard to relate to But this novel was an exception I be

  8. says:

    I wouldn't have heard about this author or thought of reading this book if I hadn't attended the Jaipur litfest and heard her speak about it during a couple of events To me the novel was related to 'writing the city' in particular 'Delhi' than

  9. says:

    I read the book last night Came back from dinner and finished it in one sitting it is hard to put down The books grips you and sucks you into its ‘darkness’ Very gripping flows very well and breaks the boundaries of tra

  10. says:

    Lots of this book is gorgeous What a lovely conceit to show our heroine round Delhi with the reader in tow What sensuous writing I thought I might get fed up of all the adjectives and evokings but I didn't And Delhi is now a lot real to me than after any of the other Delhi books I have readAs the book drifted on I did start to wonder where the author was going to go with it And I wasn't at all as pleasured by the drug s

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