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Ode to Lata

Ode to Lata

  • Title: Ode to Lata
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  • ISBN : 9781893329133
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 288 pages


Banker by day, and denizen of Los Angeles clubs by night, the protagonist of Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla s first novel is navigating between than just a day job and an active social life In Ode to Lata, Ali has left behind a tempestuous childhood in postcolonial Kenya, the overprotective mother who raised him on a steady diet of Hindi cinema, an emotionally abusive bisexua Banker by day, and denizen of Los Angeles clubs by night, the protagonist of Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla s first novel is navigating between than just a day job and an active social life In Ode to Lata, Ali has left behind a tempestuous childhood in postcolonial Kenya, the overprotective mother who raised him on a steady diet of Hindi cinema, an emotionally abusive bisexual lover, and confused memories of his father s violent death at the hands of his mistress Now his mother s messages ramble on his answering machine when he wants no one but his one obsession, Richard, to call Passionate and unflinchingly honest in its narrative, Ode to Lata scavenges the depths of one man s misguided search for love in a world of emotionally void encounters and tangled memories All the while, Ali s story is intertwined with the unraveling of his parents own doomed relationship and the film music of Bollywood s eminent singer Lata Mangeshkar Diva of Indian film music and the namesake of the book s title And it is this hopelessly romantic music that scores their tormented lives and goads them to pursue love through chaos and ecstasy


Author Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla

Los Angeles based writer Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla was born in Kenya, where, at 13 years old, he published his first article in the national magazine VIVA His critically acclaimed debut novel, Ode to Lata , was hailed by the LA Times as an accomplishment and The Library Journal as brilliant An excerpt premiered in the anthology, Contours of the Heart Rutgers , and went on to win the 18th Annual




Ode to Lata Reviews (7)

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  • Very insightful and beautifully written A must read. [..]

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