Patiala, July 14
An all-woman club promoting reading habits – Patiala Reads – held another virtual meet with author Jane Borges to discuss her debut novel “Bombay Balchao”.
“Balchao” is a fiery Goan pickle with just the right amount of spices. The book is a jumble of characters, like a scene from a Mario Miranda sketch with stories of inhabitants of Cavela Christian locality sandwiched between two bustling bazaars in South Mumbai. Each of the twelve short stories is an independent tale in itself, but braided together turning the book into a novel stretched across generations from 1944 to 2015.
Jane Borges is a Mumbai-based young journalist. She has also co-authored “Mafia Queens of Mumbai: Stories of Women from the Ganglands” with S Hussain Zaidi. This book was shortlisted for The Economist Crossword Book Award. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is making a movie titled “Gangubai Kathiawadii”, which is based on this book with Alia Bhatt playing the lead role.
All club members, including Neetu Narula, Vitesha Bedi, Cherry Garg, Puneet Manchanda, Dr Navjinder and Dr Birinder Chopra attended the session.—TNS