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Em and The Big HoomJerry Pinto’s first novel is also a deeply moving story about love and family relationshipsAbout the authorJerry Pinto lives and works in Mumbai He has been a mathematics tutor school librarian journalist and columnist He is now associated with MelJol an NGO that works in the sphere of child rights His published works include a book of poems Asylum and Helen The Life and Times of an H Bomb which won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema in Em and the Big Hoom is his first nove. Em and The Big Hoom is a hidden gem The humor and gentleness with which it handles the ever serious and delicate topic of mental instability and depression is a welcome way to approach the subject in my opinionJerry Pinto has vividly explained the condition of a person going through depression and how it affects the life of people who are connected to the said person He subtly mentions the 'dark' times when the person needs saving from herself the invisible ghosts and the world in general and the urge to kill oneself while behaving like a normal human being would for the rest of the time Suicide was a crime the only one where you could be punished for failing From time to time the author also challenges the faith in the Almighty when it becomes impossible to believe in miracles or the one who is supposed to do them when you know there is not going to be one I would have prayed to any god any god at all if I could have been handed a miracle I lost my faith as an hourglass loses sand How could one demand perfect submission from those who are imperfect How could one create desire and then expect everyone to pull the plug on it And if God were capricious then God was imperfect If God were imperfect God was not God PS Stop making sense of the title Read the book instead which will then explain the title anyway Although if you are weak hearted it may not be for you consider yourself warnedVerdict Recommended

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FREE READ Em and The Big Hoom · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ô [Read] ➯ Em and The Big Hoom Author Jerry Pinto – ‘A marvellous debut sensitive livened by crystal cut prose and Pinto’s trademark mordant humour This is the best Indian novel in years’—Prayaag Akbar The Sunday Guardian‘Em and the‘A marvellous debut sensitive livened by The Big Epub #221 crystal cut prose and Pinto’s trademark mordant humour This is the best Indian novel in years’ Prayaag Akbar The Sunday Guardian‘Em and the Big Hoom is a beautiful book a child's eye view of madness and sorrow full of love pain and unaccountably much wild comedy One of the very best books to come out of India in a long long time’ Salman Em and ePUB #10003 RushdieEm and the Big Hoom recently won The Hindu Literary Prize I. The tragedy of words like 'touching' and 'poignant' is that they have become hackneyed to the point they only give rise to skepticism if one spots them in a blurb And yet I can't think of word choices apt at the moment After having had nothing but disdain for the present crop of Indian Dan Brown wannabes and writers of mythological retellings and nauseating romances riddled with blatant sexism featuring terminally ill fiancees and 'hot girl on campus' and what other pathetic genre tropes have you my faith in contemporary Indian literature sans the Kiran Anita Desais Amitav Ghoshs Vikram Seths and Arundhati Roys has been revived all thanks to this critically acclaimed gem of a novel Rejoice Indian readers Do not abandon hope ye all It comes as a blessing when your mind is still fresh from the tvshow esue humor of White Teeth and you are confronted with a good instance of the kind of tragicomic family drama you consider free of any intent of providing amusement at the cost of insidious disparagement 'Em and the Big Hoom' which is only but a few modifications away from being the story of my growing years is suffused with the kind of humor which delineates the comedy of uotidian life while attempting to pare down its tragedies For a country whose pop culture validates the use of the word 'mad' as an excuse for dehumanizing the psychologically unwell here's an author who cuts through the bullshit of stereotypes accepted misconceptions and whatever it is that sets the cash registers ringing and keeps us stuck in the dark ages and creates an endearing true to life portrait of a Goanese Roman Catholic family in the Bombay of 70s 80s A family of four ensconced in a love for each other as much as an acute distrust for life's caprices An unusual but not dysfunctional family conjured from reality and not the fantasy of Bollywood ish tear inducing schmaltziness The bumbling manic depressive bipolar disorder afflicted suicidal terrifying and fascinating matriarch Imelda called Em by her offsprings is the centre of this family with her dreadful mood swings her chain smoking of cheap beedis and addiction to countless cups of tea and her capability of antagonizing and praising her children in the same sentence Em is loved feared and despised in eual measure while Augustine aka the Big Hoom is the reliable better half of volatile Em the father with the stolid outer facade a 'paragon' of patience the iron wall which refuses to be shaken even in the most distressing of circumstances Love is never enough Madness is enough It is complete sufficient unto itself You can only stand outside it as a woman might stand outside a prison in which her lover is locked up From time to time a well loved face will peer out and love floods back A scrap of cloth flutters and it becomes a sign and a code and a message and all that you want it to be Then it vanishes and you are outside the dark tower again The young narrator who unravels the mysteries of his mother's life takes the reader on a journey through Bombay of the last few decades its socio cultural uirks the hilarity of Imelda and Augustine's courtship years their unspoken enduring love for each other and the family's bitter battle with Em's post partum depressionThere's something to be said for a book which makes you tear up and laugh at the same time And I am not exaggerating or making a good use of rhetoric in this context For those of you like me adeuately suspicious of blurbs you can take those words of high praise from Rushdie and Amitav Ghosh at face value here For this one at least you can than suspend your disbelief

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T was also longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian LiteratureIn a one bedroom hall kitchen in Mahim Bombay Imelda Mendes–Em to her children–holds her family in thrall with her flamboyance her compelling imagination her unspoken love her sometimes cruel candour Through this her husband to whom she was once ‘buttercup’ her son and daughter and The Big PDFEPUB #182 learn to cope with her mania and her freuent wish to dieA searing and at times darkly funny study of mental illness. Depression a sordid little word one that conjures a thousand reactions from the people around you and the people you meet A look of pity for the caregivers than for the patient; a sense of disdain coming from the thought ‘what reasons does she have to be depressed about’; sympathy from strangers who just want to move on in case it is contagious; helplessness of those who are primary caregivers to a depressed person which comes with a deluge of guilt pain anger sorrow and other emotions that the caregiver cannot express; a sense of sweeping it under the carpet with the words ‘this too shall pass’; and finally the horror that comes to face of the individual who finally realizes that the depressed individual is not joking Depression – the only way a person can know what it means is when he or she goes through the fire and storm that is created within by this ailment Of course once you are in understanding matters not for you are all in and there is no way outJerry Pinto’s book Em and the Big Hoom deals with depression albeit of a manic kind Imelda or Em as she is known to her family is a manic depressive where her highs are full of mad joy and her lows often turning to suicidal attempts Her family consists of her husband Augustine or The Big Hoom as she calls him; her son who is the narrator of this tale and her daughter Susan This book is not only about this subject but it is about what goes on in a family where one of its members is suffering from depression The book talks about the highs and lows the guilt and sorrow and yet in some places and at some times the happiness that comes into the house with depression A beautifully moving tale that takes you through every emotion known to man and leaving you with a huge heaviness in your heart a heaviness that despite being a burden you will need to carry if you want to understand the world completely especially the morbid moments Jerry Pinto beautifully describes the condition of manic depression Em as a manic depressive character brings forth all the darkness madness and the sly presence of sanity beautifully You alternately feel bad for her laugh with her cry with her get upset or angry and then promptly feel guilty She brings about a deluge of emotions in the reader and I guess this credit goes to the author who has dealt with this subject with sensitivity and compassion Calling herself a mad mother Em brings about humour in her life and tries to make them feel better Her cries for ‘please kill me’ are borne out of a guilt that is a constant in such persons Jerry Pinto has managed to bring out that dichotomy which exists within the mind of an individual suffering from manic depression What makes this special is the fact that he doesn’t let go of his balanced prose while doing so Nowhere does Em or her condition feel stressed out or farcical but is a natural flow of thoughts words and actions Em’s husband the Big Hoom is the stoic caregiver who loves her and does everything he can to keep her comfortable without saying a word The narrator of the book is the son and therefore we view both Em and the Big Hoom through his eyes While this was beautiful and definitely compassionate I kind of missed having a part from the Big Hoom’s point of view Where the wife is a patient it is the household that suffers but the one who suffers the most is the husband When going out to work the husband doesn’t know if he would come back to a hale and hearty wife or a dead one And yet despite this fear and pain he has to go out and earn money for the family The pressure on the husband as a primary caregiver is the most and therefore it would have been nice to read a book from Big Hoom’s point of view However its lack was not a major issue for me given that the subject was handled beautifullyOne of the most important points that struck me about this book is the inclusion of the caregivers’ point of view Often we find and have read books that are from the point of view of the depressed individual Most of these do not care to mention the impact of the patient on the caregivers’ life and when they do it is often a single statement which is rhetoric than anything else Here Jerry Pinto has taken it upon himself to give us a narrative from the caregivers’ point of view her son who despite not being the primary caregiver has played that role and has experienced the pain anguish and sorrow not to mention guilt of being a caregiver to a patient Despite his very young age he has had to deal with it and deal with it he has eually stoically as his sister and father To gain that kind of maturity and that too at such a young age and in a time where depression is euivalent to madness is really noteworthy That the author has created such a character with such ease and sensitivity is again praise worthyAnother important aspect that the author touches upon is society’s apathy towards those suffering from depression Mental health despite being a very important subject is often neglected Mental hospitals are understaffed and worse these staff members are not properly trained and what’s worse is that they react to the patients as a lay person would Mental asylums face the same problem added to which is the fact that families of such patients deem such institutions to being a dumping ground yes I am using that word here for their family members who don’t fit their ‘norm’ Where compassion is needed detachment is present where love is needed a general antipathy is present and worse when companionship is needed abandonment is the answer It doesn’t matter whether you are educated or not the reaction to this issue is always in the negative Of course this does not mean that there don’t exist good and supportive families but that they are the exception to the above rule I could write reams about this book and the subject but that would be an endless litany of oft used phrases and emotions So I shall end this here with these words;“Depression is an ailment The bane of this ailment is that there are often no reasons for its presence in our world which often leads to their being ostracized Compassion support and sensitivity will go a long way in helping these individuals” Highly recommended