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Twenty-five fascinating stories from the inimitable Gulzar.

A suicide bomber in a small town plans out her last day, getting herself photographed before she goes and blows up the prime minister. A drunkard in a Mumbai slum tries to compete with the torrential rain, even as it washes his dwelling away. An army man at the border has become so accustomed to speaking over the wireless that he now ends every sentence with "Over"! And in the title story, a cop drags a dead cow from Vinayak Rao Patwardhan Road to the adjoining Bapu Road since the latter is so much easier to spell. From real-life stories about Javed Akhtar, Sahir Ludhianvi, and Kuldip Nayyar to tales set in Kashmir, in the hinterland, in the modern megalopolis, and on the LoC, from anecdotes of love and betrayal to fables of courage and conviction, this is an enthralling collection available in English for the very first time.

©2013 Gulzar (P)2019 Random House Audio

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How can this be even on Audible? Gulzar is a legend. The narrator has killed it for the listeners. There is no break or pause between the stories. He is rambling, fumbling and so monotonous. I wasted my credit. I didn’t even bother finishing it. This should be taken off and the credit should be reimbursed. So disappointed. I love Gulzar and this audiobook is an insult to him. I hope you are listening Audible. I just couldn’t go through with it.

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Very disappointing experience. Gulzar, a superlative poet could write such inferior quality short stories is really surprising. First I thought, may be the genius's creation is mauled in translation. But one after the other, stories go from bad to worse. Except for the first two I found all others substandard. To make matters worse, the narrator completely killed it. He seems to be in a perpetual hurry. He has generously contributed to spoiling whatever good Gulzar saab may have written. Alas! What a dissatisfaction.