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Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: GOOD FOOD GUIDE - MUMBAI and PUNE - My Favourite Food and where I Ate it - My "incomplete" "passé" Value For Money Trencherman's Good Food Guide

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MOUTHWATERING MUMBAI MEMORIES
My Favourite Food and where I Ate it
My "incomplete"  "passé" Value For Money GOOD FOOD GUIDE 
By
VIKRAM KARVE


The mere thought of Shrewsbury biscuits and Lamingtons evokes in me a sensation I cannot describe. I am feeling nostalgic and am off to Pune - for Shrewsbury at Kayani, wafers at Budhani, Sev Barfi at Bhavnagri, Amba Barfi and Bakarwadi at Chitale, Mutton Biryani and Dhansak at Dorabjee, Misal at Ramnath, Kachori at Apsara, Sizzlers at The Place, Pandhra Rassa at Purepur Kolhapur, Batata Wada at Joshi Wade Wale, Mango Ice Cream at Ganu Shinde, Mastani at Sujata, Burgers at Burger King, Gujar and Kavare, Bhel at Saras Baug, Canal, Kalyan and Kalpana Bhel,  and on the banks of Khadakvasla lake, Pithla Bhakri, Kanda Bhaji and tak on top of Sinhagarh Fort, Chinese at Kamling. [Oh, No, sadly Kamling has closed down so I’ll go across to the end of East Street to the East End Chinese takeaway next to Burger King. And Latif too has metamorphosed into a takeaway].  
Now I am busy discovering [and rediscovering] interesting eating places in Pune.

When I lived near Aundh, I liked the multi-cuisine Polka Dots at Parihar Chowk for it’s Roasts and Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Teriyaki, and Puddings, Season’s and Sarjaa for family dining, a few down-to-earth takeaways and Maharashtra Café near Bremen Chowk look promising, Diwadkar for Misal and vada pav, Spicers for Lamingtons and cakes et alBabumoshai for roshogullas and lavang lata, Shiv Sagar for Pav Bhaji, and the usual Udipi fare, a place called Thomson in Navi Sangvi which serves non veg Kerala cuisine, Delhi Kitchen which I’m planning to try but did not venture into as it was deserted (crowded ambience and busy rapid turnover are the leitmotif of a good eatery), Diwadkars for Bhel, Vada Pav, Misal and Mann Dairy for a delicious lassi. The Wraps at Faaso's Hinjewadi are quite good and remind me of the Frankies I relished on Colaba Causeway and Churchgate in Mumbai.
I food-walked in Aundh and was thoroughly disappointed. Of course, there are so many upscale posh places in KP and Kalyani Nagar, and swank all day multi-cuisine cafes like MoMo in the Marriot near the IT Park in Hinjewadi, but then here we are talking about those unique down-to-earth popular eateries which define the place and are frequented by the earthy hungry trencherman rather than the sophisticated connoisseur.

In Aundh I noticed that there are all the usual fast food pizza and burger joints, some high-falutin restaurants and a few nondescript commonplace characterless eateries serving run of the mill stuff; but sadly there are very few authentic value for money down-to-earth no nonsense Spartan eateries around here where I can relish genuine cuisine to my heart’s delight. But that was more than two years ago and things may have changed, hopefully for the better.
Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
Vikram Karve has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work.
© vikram karve., all rights reserved.

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About Vikram Karve

A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

Vikram Karve Academic and Creative Writing Journal: http://karvediat.blogspot.com
Professional Profile Vikram Karve: http://www.linkedin.com/in/karve
Vikram Karve Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/vikramkarve
Vikram Karve Creative Writing Blog: http://vikramkarve.sulekha.com/blog/posts.htm
Email: vikramkarve@sify.com

Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X - A BRILLIANT THRILLER - BOOK REVIEW


THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X - A BRILLIANT THRILLER - BOOK REVIEW


THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X
BOOK REVIEW
By
VIKRAM KARVE
Details of the Book
Title: The Devotion of Suspect X
Author: Keigo Higashino
Originally Published in Japanese as Yogisha X No Kenshin by Bingeishunju Ltd (2005)
English Editions: First published in the United States in 2011 by Minotaur Books and First published in Great Britain in 2011 by Little, Brown
Translated from Japanese by Alexander O Smith and Elye J Alexander
ISBN  978-1-4087-0325-0
Pages: 374
Price: Rs. 350
Genre: Fiction (Soft Boiled Detective Novel)
I feel that a good novel should have four attributes:
1. PAGE TURNING QUALITY (PTQ)
As EM Forster enunciates in his seminal work Aspects of a Novel (1927) a novel tells a story and the story must be built around suspense – the question of  “what happens next?”
By definition: A story is a narrative of events arranged in their time sequence. Thus, in a novel there must be a “clock” which moves the story forward in time, and, more importantly, there must be suspense (what happens next) which engages the reader and urges the reader to keep reading the book till the very end. Yes, a novel must have Page Turning Quality (PTQ) and it is the two factors, pace and suspense, which impart PTQ to a novel.
The Devotion of Suspect X is an exciting novel with a fast-moving story and terrific suspense that gives it great Page Turning Quality (PTQ). This novel is a compelling yet easy read and the moment you start reading, the story is instantly engaging and never lets your attention slack. This book is real page-turner and is so engrossing that once you start reading it is simply “unputdownable”. The Devotion of Suspect X is a fascinating book and the writing has a riveting quality that induces you to read the novel in one sitting.
2. UNITY OF EFFECT
It was Edgar Allan Poe who emphasised that every author must strive to achieve “unity of effect” while writing a work of fiction. By the word “effect” he meant “emotional response”. The author must decide what effect he wants to create in the reader’s emotional response and then he must employ his creative powers to achieve that particular effect.
While reading this book I recalled, in my mind’s eye, the inimitable short story Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl. Just like Roald Dahl does while narrating his story, Keigo Higashino, by his skilful craftsmanship, succeeds in creating the emotional effect of “suspense” in the mind of the reader. The author focuses on the main plot and keeps his attention on the core storyline. He ensures that the plot twists and turns and keeps you captivated till the very end. He adheres to theunity of effect principle and avoids meandering into subplots (a temptation many writers succumb to).
By realizing the “unity of effect” principle, Keigo Higashino succeeds in creating and maintaining suspense throughout the novel and it is this suspense that makes you read this book to the very end – yes, The Devotion of Suspect X is a superbly crafted suspense novel.
3. ENDING
A strong ending leaves an “aftertaste” in the mind of the reader and this gives a novel an air of permanence and you remember the book for a long time. While PTQ will make you read the book and Unity of Effect will make you enjoy the book, it is the Ending that makes you remember the book – the first two attributes will make a book a “good” book but is the ending which will make it a “memorable” book – yes, it is the ending which distinguishes an ordinary book from a remarkable book.
The most impressive aspect of The Devotion of Suspect X is the brilliant “O. Henry Ending”which leaves you stunned and dumbfounded. The skilful way in which the author transforms the underlying suspense into unexpected out-of-the-blue surprise is indeed brilliant.
4. A SENSE OF VALUES
In his masterpiece Aspects of a Novel EM Forster defines a story as “a narrative of events arranged in their time sequence”. The basis of a novel is a story – the narration of events in the order they happened. But that alone is not enough – storytelling alone can never produce a great novel. Forster adds that a good novel must include a sense of value in the story.
In The Devotion of Suspect X , Keigo Higashino explores the famous mathematical conundrum, the P = NP Problem (also known as the P versus NP problem) which is generally considered unsolved till today. Simply stated, the P = NP Problem asks whether it is it easier to “solve” a problem than “verify” the correctness of someone else’s solution.
Which is easier: To “solve” a problem yourself or to “verify” the correctness of someone else’s solution to that problem.
Two of the principal protagonists, a mathematician and a physicist, have an intellectual duel and play a cat and mouse game, based on the P versus NP Problem, to find out whether it’s more difficult to think of the solution to a problem yourself or to ascertain if someone else’s answer to the same problem is correct
And as the mystery is unravelled the answer to the P = NP Problem becomes evident, at least from the author’s point of  view. The blurb says that the author is an Engineer and Keigo Higashino certainly demonstrates his analytical skills in plotting this crime thriller.
To sum up, The Devotion of Suspect X is a brilliant novel – it has terrific suspense which produces first-rate Page Turning Quality, unity of effect which engages the reader and makes it engrossing and unputdownable, a remarkable ending which stuns you and a meaty plot with analytical substance which imparts a sense of value.
This is not a hard boiled detective thriller nor is it a whodunit murder mystery. In fact, the author describes the murder in graphic detail right at the beginning of the novel and tells the reader why and how the crime is committed. As the story unfolds the “all-knowing” reader is given a grandstand view as he watches the riveting cloak and dagger action, observing the cat and mouse game as the detectives carry out their investigation and the protagonists try to outwit them. As red herrings emerge and the story livens up, the reader is kept in suspense till the very end wondering whether the detectives will be able to solve the case and catch the murderer or will the murderer be able outsmart the sleuths and escape scot-free. And suddenly, out-of-the-blue, you have a brilliant “O. Henry Ending” which imparts a fantastic sting in the tail. All these attributes makes this novel an extraordinary suspense thriller.
The Devotion of Suspect X is the best detective story I have read in recent times. I commend and recommend this book. You will enjoy reading this novel. Do get a copy of The Devotion of Suspect X. It is certainly worth having a copy of this book in your bookcase.
I thank the BlogAdda – Book Reviews by Bloggers Program for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
VIKRAM KARVE 
Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
Vikram Karve has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this book review.
© vikram karve., all rights reserved.


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COCKTAIL ebook
If you prefer reading ebooks on Kindle or your ebook reader, please order Cocktail E-book by clicking the links below:
AMAZON
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MGERZ6
SMASHWORDS
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/87925

Foodie Book:  Appetite for a Stroll
If your are a Foodie you will like my book of Food Adventures APPETITE FOR A STROLL. Do order a copy from FLIPKART:
http://www.flipkart.com/appetite-stroll-vikram-karve/8190690094-gw23f9mr2o

About Vikram Karve

A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram Karve has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram Karve lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

Vikram Karve Academic and Creative Writing Journal: http://karvediat.blogspot.in
Professional Profile Vikram Karve: http://www.linkedin.com/in/karve
Vikram Karve Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/vikramkarve
Vikram Karve Creative Writing Blog: http://vikramkarve.sulekha.com/blog/posts.htm
Email: vikramkarve@sify.com
 
© vikram karve., all rights reserved.
I thank the BlogAdda – Book Reviews by Bloggers Program for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
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Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: BAILOUT

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BAILOUT


BAILOUT – A PARADOX
WHY SHOULD THE POOR BAILOUT THE RICH?
Musings
By
VIKRAM KARVE
I still vividly remember an incident which happened in the 1960s when I was a small boy and lived in Pune.
My mother believed in and practiced the concepts of thrift and frugality. She believed in building up savings rather than borrowing money.
We were taught to live within our means. We never took loans. In case we wanted to buy something expensive, we saved money till we had enough funds to buy what wanted.
After I got my job I opened a recurring deposit, saved money every month, and purchased my first scooter after nearly 3 years. I still remember that I bought my first car after working for more than 15 years. I bought it from my savings and did not take a loan for buying a car. If we could not afford something we had no hesitation in saying so and curtailed our desires instead of having false pretences. We had not fallen victim to the disease of instant gratification. We believed in “cutting our coat according to our cloth”.
We never lived beyond our means and that’s why we were financially sound and our savings gave us a sense of security.
We did not believe in “keeping up with the Joneses” and that is why we never felt any sense of inferiority or envy if our neighbour was better off than us or if he had something which we did not.
I have digressed. Let me take you back to the incident which happened more than 40 years ago. As I have already told you, since my mother believed in thrift and frugality, she always travelled around by public transport Pune Municipal Transport (PMT) Bus. Commuting by auto-rickshaw was considered a luxury and was resorted to only when absolutely necessary like when we had luggage and had to go to the railway station to catch a train or when there was some elderly or ailing person who could not travel by bus.
One day an aunt came to meet my mother. She was much younger and fitter than my mother. She had come to borrow money from my mother. At first my mother was quite reluctant to lend her money. I too seemed quite surprised that my aunt wanted to borrow money from us since she was quite well-off as compared to us.
Seeing my mother’s unwillingness to lend her money, my aunt pleaded desperately to the point of emotional blackmail (I could overhear something about cheques bouncing etc). Finally my mother succumbed and gave my aunt the money. Then she asked me to see my aunt off to the bus stop.
As we were walking towards the bus stop my aunt asked me to hail an auto-rickshaw.
“You want to go by auto-rickshaw?” I asked surprised, “Why don’t you go by PMT bus – it goes right near your house?”
“I am not used to travelling by bus,” she said with disdain, “these PMT buses are so dirty, crowded and uncomfortable – I just can’t travel in these terrible buses. Just call me a auto-rickshaw.”
And off she went travelling in the luxury of an auto-rickshaw.
Of course, my snooty aunt would pay the “exorbitant” auto-rickshaw fare out the money borrowed from us while we would travel by bus – that’s what hurt me the most.
How can someone who borrows money have a higher standard of living than the person who lends them the money?
In fact, why should someone who is well-to-do and has a higher standard of living borrow money from someone who is less well-off?   
Isn’t it logical that the standard of living of the lender should be much higher than that of the borrower?
My mother travelled by cheap public transport bus. My aunt travelled by expensive auto-rickshaw.
We lived in a modest home in a middle-class neighbourhood whereas my aunt lived in a stylish house in a posh locality.
Yet, my aunt would always borrow money from my mother when logically it should have been the other way round.
My spendthrift “pound-foolish” aunt kept on exploiting my thrifty “penny-wise” mother.
I did not understand the paradox.
How can the rich borrow from the poor?
Does it make any sense?
And, why should the rich borrow from poor?
But now I see this happening all around when I hear that familiar term “BAILOUT”.
Rich organisations like banks and airlines (who have the most highly paid employees) are being “bailed out” by the comparatively poorer tax payer. Yes, the poor tax payer is being penalised for the extravagance of these lavish spendthrift organisations who have landed themselves in dire straits because of their own incompetence and profligacy.
Why should a person who earns much less than the highly paid employees working in these organisations be expected to bail them out?
Is it fair to ask the middle class to bail out someone who is much more well-to-do?
Why must the economically prudent subsidize the financially reckless?
It seems the same thing is happening with nations too. Developed nations like Greeceand Spain are seeking bailouts. If you have a look at the luxurious lifestyle and plush high standard of living of these European Nations as compared to underdeveloped or developing nations you really wonder why these developed and modern nations should be “bailed out”.
It is inexplicable – how can someone with a lower standard of living “bail out” someone with a higher standard of living?
It would be much better if these cash-strapped nations and bankrupt organisations be asked to cut costs, reduce salaries, prune expenditure, implement austerity measures and practice thrift and frugality rather than giving them bailout after bailout despite the fact that they continue with their spendthrift lifestyle. And if they refuse to mend their profligate ways then it is better to let them go bust.  
The poor subsidize the rich.
The “pound-foolish” keep on exploiting the “penny-wise”.
Strange but true – an inexplicable paradox – believe it or not.
VIKRAM KARVE 
Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
Vikram Karve has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work.
© vikram karve., all rights reserved.

Did you like this article?
I am sure you will like the 27 fiction short stories from my recently published anthology of Short Fiction COCKTAIL
 

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http://www.indiaplaza.in/cocktail-vikram-karve/books/9788191091847.htm
http://www.apkpublishers.com/books/short-stories/cocktail-by-vikram-karve.html


COCKTAIL ebook
If you prefer reading ebooks on Kindle or your ebook reader, please order Cocktail E-book by clicking the links below:

AMAZON
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MGERZ6
SMASHWORDS
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/87925

Foodie Book:  Appetite for a Stroll
If your are a Foodie you will like my book of Food Adventures APPETITE FOR A STROLL. Do order a copy from FLIPKART by clicking the link below:  
About Vikram Karve

A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

Vikram Karve Academic and Creative Writing Journal: http://karvediat.blogspot.com
Professional Profile Vikram Karve: http://www.linkedin.com/in/karve
Vikram Karve Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/vikramkarve
Vikram Karve Creative Writing Blog: http://vikramkarve.sulekha.com/blog/posts.htm
Email: vikramkarve@sify.com
© vikram karve., all rights reserved.
   

VULTURES - Short Fiction Story

Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: VULTURES

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