The Time Of The Emergency

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Chapter 1. Introduction “…nobody ever forgot anything, not really, though sometimes they pretended, when it suited them. Memories were permanent. Sorrowful ones remained sad even with the passing of time; yet happy ones could never be recreated – not with the same joy. Remembering bred its own peculiar sorrow. It seemed so unfair: that time should render both sadness and happiness into a source of pain.” Introduction The book is set in the 1970s, a time of economic and political upheaval. The time of the Emergency, which sets the atmosphere for the stories of Dina Dalal, Ishwar and Omprakash Darji and Maneck Kohlah. It is a book about the dreams and pursuit of dignity and freedom, of fate and death of all the characters in the novel. Rohinton Mistry makes the book all about the characters so the reader feels like a silent observer, wanting to pull them through those horrific times, and feeling a sense of helplessness as each one suffers pain, humiliation and loss. The Prologue opens with the meeting of Ishwar and Omprakash, two tailors trying to better their lives in the “City by the Sea”, Bombay, and Maneck, a sheltered boy from the hills who left home to study. They come across each other on the Morning Express and are surprised to learn that their journey ends at the same destination- Dina Dalal’s house. Chapter 2. Origins Origins Meanwhile, Dina Dalal, a middle aged Parsi widow, awaits their arrival. Ishwar and Om are to be her tailors, together they
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