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The Association of Small BombsFINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL of Small Epub #224 BOOK AWARD When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana two Delhi schoolboys go to pick up their family’s television set at a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed one day in disaster strikes without warning A bomb one The Association Epubof the many “small” bombs that go off seemi. This was my May 2016 pick for Book of the Month Club And while I didn't absolutely love this book I'm glad I chose this one simply because it was a book I might not have picked up otherwise It tells the story of a small bombing car bomb that takes place in an Indian market one day and follows the effects it has on multiple people including victims their families and even the terrorists who set off the bombIf you're looking for a book with one narrative thread with action that rises and falls to propel you forward this is not the book for you Instead Mahajan zooms in and out of different POVs across many years to paint interesting pictures of grief coping methods and ideological shifts I feel like if I had tried to rush through this one I might have enjoyed it less because it's certainly a book that prompts reflection and maybe even a bit of research And the ending was anything but explosive This book looks at implosion how we devolve after tragedy and the ways in which different people respond to life's difficult circumstancesIt's thoughtful thought provoking and well written but not a book I can blanket recommend More for people who enjoy slow moving character studies and learning about cultures or seeing things in a different light

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Read The Association of Small Bombs ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☉ The Association of Small Bombs ✩ Author Karan Mahajan – FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2016When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana two Delhi schoolboys go to pick upE his life becomes entangled with the mysterious and charismatic Ayub a fearless young activist whose own allegiances and beliefs are malleable than Mansoor could imagine Woven among the story of the Khuranas and the Ahmeds is the tale of Shockie a Kashmiri bomb maker who has forsaken his own life for the independence of his homela. “And you know what happens when a bomb goes off” asks one of the bomb makers at one significant point in this book “The truth about people comes out”More than an explanation of why young activists are radicalized and than a book about how the seeds of terrorism are sewn The Association of Small Bombs focuses on the “truth about people” In doing so it claims its own nicheIn the opening pages the Khuranas a Hindu couple lose their two young sons during a random small bomb blast in an open air Indian market The sons are accompanied by their Muslim neighbor Mansoor who survives but is forever transformed Following the first chapter – Chapter Zero – this novel explores the response to terror – the victims the victims’ families the bomb makers It is this deep and penetrating analysis of the participants’ inner lives that sets this book apart No one is radicalized or demonized No one is a world class hero At times heroes and purported villains merge – or associate – and become twinned It is the author’s gift that we the readers care for each one of his created characters even the ones that would not ordinarily earn our sympathyIf you are seeking a book that explores the societal or religious or class caste reasons for terrorism this is not your book All those factors are alluded to but the key theme is how even the detonation of a small bomb can create shockwaves that transform lives in unexpected ways “This is what it felt like to be a bomb” the author writes “You were coiled up majestic with blackness unaware that the universe outside you existed and then a wire snapped and ripped open your eyelids all the way around and you had a vision of the world that was 360 degrees and everything in your purview was doomed by seeing” This same description could be used to define the key characters By aligning the bomb with those affected by it Karan Mahajan a New Delhi born writer creates a thoughtful and provoking book for our times

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Ngly unheralded across the world detonates in the Delhi marketplace instantly claiming the lives of the Khurana boys to the devastation of their parents Mansoor survives bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb After Association of Small PDF #186 a brief stint at university in America Mansoor returns to Delhi wher. Not perfect but brilliant The scenes of grief are devastating and the portrait of the making of a terrorist fascinating Interestingly the intense lyrical beauty of the first half is mostly drained when depicting the hardening of the soul of a human being a turn away from the beautyIn the novel the bomb becomes a metaphor for many things as well as a thing in its own right a devastation The father of the victim feels himself becoming a bomb feels himself torn apart in his grief And the voice of evil starts off seductively tempting the alienated and idealistic but also embittered terrorist until the idealism is blotted out and only the evil remains Or mostly This book is a brave effort at seeing inside the mind and heart of a terrorist to see the person beneath the persona I wasn't able to uite make the imaginative leap myself but I think it's always a good thing to look for the humanity even in the worst of us It takes both sides of the bomb the victims and the victimizers and looks closely at where they come togetherI won't say any for fear of spoilers but the book is powerfully and beautifully written I underlined and made notes copiously to try to capture and hold on to its lyricism and insights I strongly recommend this book It is a uick but fascinating read