Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

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Bahadur's ma stays close to my ma, but she tiptoes around her as if she's afraid she'll step on Ma's sadness, which must be the same size and shape as Bahadur's ma's sadness, only a lot fresher.” EP: You’ve written lots of award-winning short fiction. What do you think are the main differences, apart from length, in writing novels as opposed to short stories? And which do you prefer? Nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows, thinks he's smarter than his friend Pari (even though she always gets top marks) and considers himself to be a better boss than Faiz (even though Faiz is the one with a job). Scott, Sophie (May 2018). "Deepa Anappara wins Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize". . Retrieved 1 October 2020. India is a very different experience when you are a girl, than when you are a boy—because of that, and the setting of the slum, Pari and Runu would have been better protagonists.

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Most enjoyable for the richness of its sensory details. Cravings for samosas and tikka masala inevitably follow. It's easy to forget Deepa Anappara's protagonist is only nine years old, despite the occasional references to poop. The narrative structure is formulaic and the final chapters feel rushed, yet Anappara succeeds at piercing the smog-choked alleys of marginalized communities to reveal disturbing realities in present day India. Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is less a reading experience than an encounter with a life force. The rattle-tattle energy of the basti will pull the readers in as they experience the smells, colours and tastes of this captivating world. From relaying the rampant poverty to inherent cultural barriers, to corruption including openly bribing police, the book is utterly mesmerising Umbreen Ali, Asian Image Jai is a wonderful narrator, fully imagined and in Anappara's hands, his world takes shape with care yet without sentiment... Anappara took me effortlessly into the alien world of a slum in an Indian metropolis, and helped me to see it through a child's eyes Nilanjana Roy, Financial Times Thank you to Netgalley, the author and Penguin Random House Canada for an ecopy of this novel. I am providing my honest review. This was released February 2020.But what begins as a game turns sinister as other children start disappearing from their neighborhood. Jai, Pari, and Faiz have to confront terrified parents, an indifferent police force, and rumours of soul-snatching djinns. As the disappearances edge ever closer to home, the lives of Jai and his friends will never be the same again. It’s good for the police, right? They don’t have to lift a finger. If anything happens to us, it’s because we did it ourselves. If a TV goes missing from our homes, we stole it. If we get murdered, then we killed ourselves.”

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When Anappara set out to tell the story of missing children, she might not have predicted how closely the Hindu-Muslim differences in her book would hit home. But that doesn’t change the fact that Djinn Patrol does, in fact, talk about the issues of religious intolerance that are so deeply ingrained in our conversations and actions that we don’t even stop to think about its repercussions anymore. We would love to see how you use the reading guide on social media using #DjinnPatrol and @VintageBooks. Extraordinarily good, deeply moving and thought provoking with brilliant characterisation. A very important book.” —Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange Moving and unpredictable...By story’s end, Jai has grown more hesitant, humbled by tragedy and evils beyond his once-childish imaginings. Even so, his remarkable voice retains a stubborn lightness, a will to believe in the possibility of deliverance in this fallen world. Tomorrow is exam day. Exams seem unreal, like they belong to another world. In our world we are doing daily battle with djinns and kidnappers and buffalo-killers and we don‘t know when we will vanish.”I’m also curious as to who this book is intended for. The language is far too mature for children or young adults to read but the child-like writing, which is consistent with protagonist, doesn’t seem to be catering to the adult reader either. I found that quite confusing. The baba in Djinn Patrolsuggests that they hold a puja to appease the gods, after which the missing children will surely be found. Chandni’s (one of the missing children) mother goes to the police station to invite the police to the puja, in the hopes that it might provoke them to find her. Instead, they beat up Chandni’s mother. When she arrives for the puja in her injured state, she is given no sympathy from the Hindu organisation conducting the event. They shout at her to not cause a scene because they don’t want her to spoil their efforts.

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