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Days of Longing An Indian student is asked to act as an interpreter for Raina, an Austrian on a holiday in Prague The professional meeting explodes into an intense, passionate relationship Prague in winter is a beautiful and moody setting to the feverish love affair The complicated and inevitably short lived romance is poignant and deeply moving in its telling by the master of the modern Hindi novel, Nirmal VermaThis book is translation of original novel in Hindi, called Ve Din


10 thoughts on “Days of Longing

  1. says:

    Not as good as his masterpiece Antim Aranya The story was slow paced and there wasconcentration on atmosphere building Yet some quotes are memorable.


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    I regret that I had not read Nirmal Verma earlier He is as great as renowned foreign writers of Murakami, Milan Kundera, Coelho ilk This novel is very touchy and describes the emotions of liking, longing , desire and separation A beautiful naration of development of a relationship between an indian student working as part time interpreter to an Austrian tourist in the city of Prague A must read to know how great has been written in Hindi language.


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    Last weekend I was deep in my thoughts, thanks to Days of Longing by Nirmal K Verma, a translated version of Ve Din by the same author, and translator as Krishna Baldev Vaid Revolving around a person who is away from home in a foreign country, who meets someone so special that when the story ends, you are not able to decide whether Days of Longing was a happy book or a sad book The question kept creeping back in my mind whether this is a happy book or a sad book, and honestly, I am still in Last weekend I was deep in my thoughts, thanks to Days of Longing by Nirmal K Verma, a translated version of Ve Din by the same author, and translator as Krishna Baldev Vaid Revolving around a person who is away from home in a foreign country, who meets someone so special that when the story ends, you are not able to decide whether Days of Longing was a happy book or a sad book The question kept creeping back in my mind whether this is a happy book or a sad book, and honestly, I am still in two minds But one thing is for sure that this is one of the most moving works I have recently come across Depending on one s perspective, this book may seem to some readers as a sad story disguised as something nice or just a slice of life tale from the protagonist.An Indian student is living in Prague from last two years and is spending Christmas holidays away from home He is surrounded by other foreign students, Than Thun TT from Burma, Franz from Germany who is studying cinematography but is going nowhere with his choice and his eccentric girlfriend, Maria who is not able to get her visa so that she can leave Prague with Franz.Much of their time is spent roaming around streets of Prague, drinking vodka or beer or sherry, go without hot water for days and no sleepthan a couple of hours, and constantly joking about living in the city of empty pockets and full bladders because there are very few public urinals.Now apart from these common characteristics and living style of an immigrant student, what you don t see in Days of Longing is the typical pining for home feeling There is no background story to the protagonist s character, no feelings for the country and no late nights crying and desiring for mother s touch And this was a pleasant surprise for me because I was under the impression that there might be some Indian immigrant element in the story.The only mention of home comes while conversing with TT, We had left home at a stage when our childhood connections had been cut off and we hadn t yet forged adult links with people and places, he tells us, speaking of himself and TT, Our homes seemed unreal from afar, like someone else s homes, alien memories They seemed meaningless, even ridiculous Turn in the story comes when protagonist lands a temporary job as a translator for an Austrian woman Raina and her little son Indy, our protagonist grows closer to Raina, and in three days time goes through a roller coaster of emotions From hesitance to doubt, intense longing and jealousy built on the knowledge that Raina s previous visit to Prague was with her now estranged husband, Jacques and she may be trying to rekindle the lost love by going through same spots she visited last time with him.Very aptly Indy describes the feeling It bothered me, he says, I wanted her to look at everything for the first time But she seemed to be keen about revisiting places she had already seen And then the simple yet powerful pathos of this line After knowing some people, one can t help feeling one s met them a bit too late It wasn t age that separated us It was her past, completely concealed from my knowledge There are houses that you can t really enter even through their wide open doors They are alien, unpossessable And this is exactly where I lost myself into Indy s roller coaster of emotions I wasn t able to decide, whether I am happy for his content feeling or sad for his one sided love Also, if you are expecting that the story would give you a sense of closure, it stands true by its title It makes you wait in anticipation that you may get to readabout Indy and Raina, and there may be a different end to this beautiful story.I absolutely fell in love with everything in this novel From the characters of Indy and Raina to the not so coming of age storyline which is a different genre to read Days of Longing gives one message that it s not necessary that every day will be a good day, and every story will be a good story Nirmal Verma has left that to his readers to decide, and I really liked his style


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    What a poignant tale of an young impecunious Indian student and his short lived romance with a war survivor Austrian woman set in the picturesque locales of Prague I ve been to the eternally romantic city of Prague and could relate to the vivacious, an amalgam of the old the new and the liberal easy going imagery of the lively city The loquacious Raina and the reticent author make an amazing pair and leave an imprint or as Raina would put it vivid memories The song loosely translated fro What a poignant tale of an young impecunious Indian student and his short lived romance with a war survivor Austrian woman set in the picturesque locales of Prague I ve been to the eternally romantic city of Prague and could relate to the vivacious, an amalgam of the old the new and the liberal easy going imagery of the lively city The loquacious Raina and the reticent author make an amazing pair and leave an imprint or as Raina would put it vivid memories The song loosely translated from hindi aptly chronicles the protagonist s dilemma.Tomorrow is a dream,Yesterday is now just oursWe live in the past,Even if the world takes away the entire universeIt takes away the wealth and treasuresWhat the world can t steal from meGive me one such momentA moment in which there are all the colourful seasons of loveA moment in which there are true songs of time


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    Outstanding.


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    There s something about the book that I can t quite get out of my head There s something so remarkably close and tangible that makes me wonder whether all good narratives do that Not all of them do that though I had, not long ago, travelled home alone in the winter, and felt that intimacy and distance the way one feels when one knows home isn t the same any and we ve got less of physical places to identify from memory I would distance myself consciously from probing the book s aesthetics There s something about the book that I can t quite get out of my head There s something so remarkably close and tangible that makes me wonder whether all good narratives do that Not all of them do that though I had, not long ago, travelled home alone in the winter, and felt that intimacy and distance the way one feels when one knows home isn t the same any and we ve got less of physical places to identify from memory I would distance myself consciously from probing the book s aesthetics primarily as I feel the lingering strains of the frantic love, longing, loss and displacement Think I just went with a hammer at the old school criticism It s a wonderful narrative for anyone like me, who s looking to escape into an unknown wintry spurt in tender knots of memory Highly recommended


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    I think the author did a great job in painting the mood of a particular time and place.an unexpected romance in a wintry Prague I d just left Europe when I started reading this book on the flight home, in fact , and it took me back to the previous winter, and the magic of a European winter But apart from the mood, this book didn t really work for me The characters were not well etched out, there were a lot of loose threads I suspect this was deliberate but it distracted and annoyed me I think the author did a great job in painting the mood of a particular time and place.an unexpected romance in a wintry Prague I d just left Europe when I started reading this book on the flight home, in fact , and it took me back to the previous winter, and the magic of a European winter But apart from the mood, this book didn t really work for me The characters were not well etched out, there were a lot of loose threads I suspect this was deliberate but it distracted and annoyed me I typically enjoy plot driven books or character heavy books but this was neither so not my cup of tea.However, I can imagine that the language in the original Hindi version must be beautiful


  10. says:

    Magical, i am addicted to writing of Nirmal Verma these days


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