The Sari Shop

The Sari Shop Ramchand a tired shop assistant in Sevak Sari House in Amritsar spends his days patiently showing yards of fabric to the women of status families and to the giggling girls who dream of dressing up i

  • Title: The Sari Shop
  • Author: Rupa Bajwa
  • ISBN: 9780393326901
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ramchand, a tired shop assistant in Sevak Sari House in Amritsar, spends his days patiently showing yards of fabric to the women of status families and to the giggling girls who dream of dressing up in silk but can only afford cotton When Ramchand is sent to show his wares to a wealthy family preparing for their daughter s wedding, he is jolted out of the rhythm of hisRamchand, a tired shop assistant in Sevak Sari House in Amritsar, spends his days patiently showing yards of fabric to the women of status families and to the giggling girls who dream of dressing up in silk but can only afford cotton When Ramchand is sent to show his wares to a wealthy family preparing for their daughter s wedding, he is jolted out of the rhythm of his narrow daily life His glimpse into a different world gives him an urgent sense of possibility And so he attempts to recapture the hope that his childhood had promised, arming himself with two battered English grammar books, a fresh pair of socks, and a bar of Lifebuoy soap But soon these efforts turn his life upside down, bringing him face to face with the cruelties on which his very existence depends Reading group guide included.

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    1. Ko voli egzotiku, ko voli indijske pisce ovo je knjiga koju treba pročitati Za one koji vole recimo Anitu Nair i njen Kupe za dame :)

    2. 3.5Recommended by my wife, I did not want to risk my life by not picking it up sooner.I am the kind who judge a book solely by its title and cover, skipping the blurb and reviews. So expectations were low. Also, I don't gel along well with multiple award winning books.But this turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Yes it is a story woven in and around a Sari shop, but the varied layers of human emotions is what makes it special. Like those detailed fine works on a Sari which may not be apparent [...]

    3. I am really amazed at how good this book was! I wasn't expecting anything even close to this. The Sari Shop brought forth subtly and effortlessly the class differences rampant in society and how it actually acts out in people's lives. The narrative is beautiful and well paced, taking its time to lay out the background and then amping up the suspense.Ramchand is a 26 year old man working in a sari shop in Amritsar. Through his work, he comes in contact with a large number of women from the upper [...]

    4. The book started with a peaceful-small-town vibe and then it changed gears and how. A very compelling read where all characters, conversations, reactions are ultra-real. The writing is very very good too.Will look up more books by this author.

    5. Life is simple, if you stop thinking and feeling, but then there is no life!!The book is about an ordinary man. An ordinary salesman in a Sari Shop in a small town. What happens when he dreams of reading and learning? He learns a lot more than his small mind, his small life and his small status can ever take. He thinks he can change and he can make change. Silly man! Doesn't know a small man with small means cannot make even a small scratch on the surface of the big ugly society. I felt exaspera [...]

    6. I feel like I've gone on a journey with these characters but it's not really gone anywhere, an empty journey. The ending was a complete let down. I thought the horrible things that happened might have encouraged the main character to do something, to make things better or change something but no. His English books he was so passionate about stayed dusty on the shelf, he went back to his routine before with nothing changing. He didn't learn anything from his experiences. He didn't DO anything. On [...]

    7. The Sari Shop is about many things, but for the main character,Ramchand, it is about the development of character itself, particularlyabout putting one's morals into practice under morally impossible circumstances. Ramchand is born into a Hindu family of shop owners. His mother is an observant Hindu who takes him to temple weekly, buthe is too young to absorb any special identity or spirituality thatcan be called Hindu. As an adult, Ramchand proves to be especially empathetic toward a Sikh coupl [...]

    8. The Sari Shop is a simply-structured story offering considerable insight into contemporary Indian society.(view spoiler)[It is also very affecting because we expect our hero, Ramchand, to rise to the moral challenge he is confronted by and we are disappointed when he does not. (hide spoiler)]The Sevak Sari House provides the environment for the events and the observations of the story. It is a particularly good choice because the business is well-established, selling a pre-industrial product of [...]

    9. What I feel…To begin with, I must mention that I have put Rupa Bajwa in the front line of few authors whom I want to read again and again. Exquisite and simplest writing blended with magically crafted minute details of simplest of the things. Rupa Bajwa has done an excellent job and complete justice with the format and theme of this book.The Story…As I progressed with the story, upto the 70% of the book, I couldn't believe that such a simple story can be told in such an interesting manner. T [...]

    10. This short novel explores poverty, gender, class and the precarious life of India’s marginally employed. The background of the characters is artfully developed. The reader knows their back-stories but the other characters only know pieces. Ramchand had a good beginning in life, but the death of his parents left him vulnerable to a greedy uncle. He was able to get some education and in this book he works to develop his English skills. The 6 days/week of long hours he puts in at the sari shop, l [...]

    11. 4.5 /5Surprisingly, I found this book unpredictable.The characters were so real, the setting even more so.You feel sad, happy, hopeful, sorry, angry and even judgemental during your journey through the novel.(SPOILER ALERT!)I found the ending most acceptable of many other probable ones, because is it not like everyone of us - getting agitated and rattled every now and then, with a burning desire to do SOMETHING - for couple of days max. And then, back to our routine life.

    12. The Sari Shop by Rupa Bajwa is the story that brings out the contrast between several strata of our society which cohabitate the Indian Cities but are as unlike each other as it would be possible to be. It begins the apparently insignificant Sevak Sari House in the main Bazaar of Amritsar. It follows the eyes and the ears of Ramchand, a lowly salesman at the shop who seems to be a misfit in not only his world but everyone else’s too. He is mostly invisible to everyone, it’s almost as if he d [...]

    13. The Sari Shop is a compact psychological study of a sari-walla in Amritsar. It focusses on the contrasts between his life and 1) what his father had hoped for him; 2) the customers of the sari shop; 3) his co-workers; 4) the suffering wife of this co-worker. These drive him to a breaking point. Unlike many books about India, this one does not end in utter tragedy.The novel is entirely modern in its setting and focused in its concerns. No reference is made to Amritsar's tragic history under the B [...]

    14. I stumbled upon an old copy of this book, and altho i was sure i had read it years ago, i started the 1st few chapters and then was so caught up in it, and finished it by the end of the day. Its a tale of a simple man employed in the sari shop and all the characters he encounters. But depsite all the ups and downs, the mundane hours and high drama, the take home message could be, things go round and round and end up the samech like a hamster in his wheel. I loved the prose and the setting, and w [...]

    15. I thought I was going to love this book, but in the end I just. It built up this huge climax, but then just stopped. I was left thinking "that was it". I guess I got the point of it, but it just felt like something was missing.

    16. I read this book shortly after returning from my second trip to India. It captures so much of India, the splendor, the squalor, the injustice, the fight to survive. Some scenes had me gasping; it's an intense but richly satisfying read. I felt truly transported, in an honest and unflinching way.

    17. Some stories are so simple and come from such small places that they leave you mesmerized. The Sari Shop by Rupa Bajwa is one such story. A simple man, working in a Sari Shop in Amritsar decides to give his monotonous and failing life another chance . But in the end, gives up when all his efforts come spiraling down. A simple yet powerful read, not many writers can pull off a combination like this. But Rupa Bajwa pulled it off effortlessly.The Sari Shop revolves around Ramchand, a tired shop ass [...]

    18. A very, very strong message was sent forth!This book is about the limitations of common people's desires, their passions and their resolve to change things. The common man revolts, all of a sudden, to change everything around him that is wrong, only to get himself changed by these things. That is the theme presented in this book. Indeed, it is about a commoner's failures; their inabilities.This is a book of profound character. Something that will not fail to capture your attention; and it will n [...]

    19. Rupa Bajwa makes her debut with a haunting story set in Amritsar. It is a quintessential Indian story, but one that diverges from the usual existential woe stories of the Indian middle class. This one goes a bit lower, in terms of the protagonist - a sari shop assistant, and through his eyes paints a miniature picture of 'the other india'. In spite of a troubled childhood, he lives an uncomplicated home-shop-home life, until one trip outside this routine, changes his outlook. Thus begins a journ [...]

    20. This is an easy read and a good travelling companion. There is nothing compelling about the life of Ramchand or the Sevak Sari House where he works as a saree salesman. Yet an excursion delivery of bundle of sarees for trousseau of Rina Kapoor brings him face-to-face with glitzy and the glamorous world of Kapoors. Here begins a new adventure for Ramchand. He starts teaching himself English. Then, comes another excursion, he's sent on an errand to report the whereabouts of Chander another salesma [...]

    21. It was an interesting but ultimately depressing read. The main character, Ramchand, was very sympathetic. A sensitive young man who had lost his parents when he was 6 years old when there bus tipped over. He was taken in by a man who called himself uncle, who had a wife and several children of his own. But Ramchand was not treated like one of their own children. He grew up to be a solitary sort, having been sent to work in the sari shop when he was 15. His parents had instilled in him the import [...]

    22. I rarely give just two stars. The setting and details of life in India is very descriptive and visual. I enjoyed that. The story itself pulled me along but I was disappointed in the end. Some of the events seemed inevitable. The book jacket calls it a "satire." I just don't "get" it as such. Perhaps I'd have to have grown up in India. Here is my biggest problem with the book (besides plot), there are endless references to specific things in India that are not commonly known by an American. These [...]

    23. Depression is well-portrayed by Ms Bajwa in this book. Though not an extreme form, but once in a while we all go through these "phases" and the only way to come out of it is to shake it off. This aspect makes the story more realistic. Although Ms Bajwa could have gone to the other extreme trying to make it a tragedy, the book certainly is closer to real life.The interesting part is the choice of the protagonist himself. I personally have somehow overlooked the sari shop sales people and have nev [...]

    24. I thought this story was very interesting and profound. A wonderful book created on a simple story and bringing out characters wonderfully. It hints social standing in major cities.This is a very good book, very well written. Each of the character's in the book are portrayed with skill and very realistically. Through the lives of sari shop assistants, owner and customers, the story depicts the modern day class differences and the multi-layered Indian society very well. Though some people may fin [...]

    25. This was an interesting book, along similar lines to the books by Kaled Housseini, however set in India and not quite as well written. It revealed a lot about the Indian class system and society and was quite sad. The only thing I did not like about this book, is that the main character had the potential to really make something of himself or perhaps to even challenge the status quo, however after one bad exchange, he gave up and went back to his mundane life, with the suggestion that he had giv [...]

    26. This book with a 'sari-wala' (a shop assistant at a sari shop) as the main character has me googling many unfamiliar Indian terms. The writer occasionally makes me smile with sentences like this - describing an old fan. "The regulator however, was old, and had a happy disregard for the five neat markings. It swivelled around freely when touched and had no effect on the speed of the fan. Anarchy reigned in more places than one in Ramchand's room."I finished this book later today and in just a few [...]

    27. I am not the sort of reader who often feels compelled to discuss a book or to talk to an author about their work. More often that not, I read, forget the book, and get on with my life. But I can't stop thinking about this book and the subtle turns of phrase and word choices. The language is so spare and precise, that I can't help but think about the intentions. I could talk for hours about the characters and their motivations and their roles. This is the best fiction I have read in a really, rea [...]

    28. When it comes to contemporary fiction, I seek out the uncelebrated little novels more often than the awards shortlisters. This is one such book. It’s the story of Ramchand, who is bestowed with a thrilling opportunity to experience the world outside his employer’s sari shop. Rupa Bajwa has yet to publish a second novel, but I’ll be ready to read it when she does.

    29. I remember enjoying this at the time I was reading it. I picked it up while I was in India and it gave me some insight into Indian culture. Thinking back, I don't remember much about the story, so.I don't know if that is good or bad.

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