The Red Carpet: Bangalore Stories

The Red Carpet: Bangalore Stories

by Lavanya Sankaran
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The Red Carpet: Bangalore Stories by Lavanya Sankaran

Wry humor and a delicious grasp of the friction between generations in Bangalore are the hallmarks of Lavanya Sankaran’s fresh, deeply nuanced debut collection. “A potpourri of beggars and billionaires and determinedly laid-back ways,” Bangalore, India’s own Silicon Valley, is a crucible for prosperity, and at the chaotic crossroads between past and present. Here, American-trained professionals like Tara return to their old-fashioned families with heads full of Quentin Tarantino dialogue; a successful entrepreneur is shaken when his partner suddenly reneges on their plan to return to America; a traditional Indian mother slyly circumvents her Western-educated daughter’s resistance to marriage; a neighborhood gossip is determined to discover what goes on behind the closed curtains of the hip young couple across the street; a chauffeur must reconcile his more orthodox credos with his employer’s miniskirt lifestyle.

Witty, affectionate, and wonderfully wise, Lavanya Sankaran’s first collection attests to her remarkable literary talent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385338202
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/25/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

LAVANYA SANKARAN'S work has been published in the Atlantic Monthly and the Wall Street Journal. She attended Bryn Mawr College and has worked in investment banking in New York and consulting in India. She lives in Bangalore, where she is currently at work on her first novel.

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Red Carpet: Bangalore Stories 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
henasgoodbooks More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Sankaran's writing, the topics explored in this book, and the slice of life in current Bangalore. I'm looking forward to her future full length novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being from Bangalore I grabbed this book the moment I saw the title while googling Bangalore. Picked up the book in anticipation and all I read was some very good sentence structures, good language, but alas...nothing close to revealing the richness of Bangalore culture. The author is apparently from an upper middle-class Brahmin family with very little connection to the Bangalore that REALLY exists. Really, how many people in Bangalore can relate to the Club - the bastion of Bangalore snobbery!!! If you are a Bangalorean, I would resist the urge to pick this book up! If you do be prepared to be bombarded with some high-falutin prose rather than nostalgia of Bangalore.
harstan More than 1 year ago
These eight stories focus on people from Bangalore where 'beggars and billionaires' make up the two caste social system. The tales are well written as conflict exists between rich and poor, tradition and modern, East and West, and religion and secular. Each contribution is well written, poignant and insightful as readers obtain the duality of western influence with some locals believing it is intrusive and destroying a way of life while others welcome the choices and freedoms. Perhaps the best example of the battling sides is 'Bombay This,' in which thirtyish software programmer Ramu asks his old fashion traditon-based mother to find him a wife. Readers who want something intelligent but different will want to read The Red Carpet anthology as it is worth the time and intriguingly the underlying concepts of conflict between the groups and even between subgroups applies in the United States with issues like abortion.----------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous read! I started reading the first story on a Saturday morning, and couldn't put the book down... The writing is vibrant and extremely well-crafted. The author has an eye for exquisite detail, but never overplays her hand, giving me a glimpse of an India that was delightfully mezmerising and yet strangely familiar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bought the book at Landmark Book Stores in Bangalore, to read on the flight back home to SFO. (This was after a one year stay in Bangalore !!) But the long flight proved to be more interesting than the book. The characters seemed to build up well, but the ending was so abrupt and meaningless - this happened in each story. I started reading the last story, only to find the same characters as the first. Stil have not got around to finish the book. Its been 2 weeks since I arrived back. Wonder if I ever will !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful collection of short stories by a promising new author. Lavanya Sankaran has a fine eye for detail, an ear for dialogue, and the ability to depict characters of all ages and walks of life with such skill and warmth that the stories and the characters linger in the mind well after the book is finished.