A BREATH OF FRESH AIR AMULYA MALLADI PDF

On the night of December 3, , when the leakage of methyl isocyanate from the American Union Carbide plant hit the unsuspecting, small city of Bhopal, India, it became a tragedy of monumental proportions. It spawned, too, a well-publicized lawsuit, with hundreds and thousands of dollars paid in compensation to the families of victims who had either died or eventually suffocated to death. Called the worst industrial disaster of the Eighties, its asphyxiating horror has been captured in articles, books and documentaries. A Breath of Fresh Air author Malladi was a schoolgirl, living in army barracks where her father was stationed a few miles away from the Union Carbide factory. That night she was asleep and was personally untouched by the tragedy, at least physically.

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Anjali's arranged marriage to army officer Prakash Mehra proves to be a disaster: he hits her, lies to her and carries on an adulterous affair. After a tryst with his lover, Prakash neglects to pick up Anjali at the railroad station in Bhopal on the night in when a cloud of poisonous gas leaks from Union Carbide; Anjali almost dies. Courageously, she decides to divorce Prakash, despite the fierce disapproval of her parents and society.

Fifteen years later, Anjali is a teacher in Ooty, contentedly married to a university professor. The Bhopal tragedy continues to affect them, however, since their now year-old son was born with damaged lungs and a weak heart, and every penny they earn goes to his care.

When Prakash is stationed near Ooty with his new wife and two healthy children, the two families are bound to meet. In their encounters—narrated by Anjali; her husband, Sandeep; and Prakash—marriage bonds are strained, and soul searching ensues. While debut novelist Malladi deserves credit for illuminating a troubling aspect of Indian culture, the novel founders on the character of Prakash, a man of limited emotional intelligence or generosity, whose epiphanic breakthrough into acknowledging his guilt serves the plot, but fails to make him a credible character.

Yet Anjali is an admirable heroine, and women will relate to her heartbreak as the mother of a dying child. Agent, Milly Marmur. During the Covid crisis, Publishers Weekly is providing free digital access to our magazine, archive, and website. To receive the access to the latest issue delivered to your inbox free each week, enter your email below. View Full Version of PW. More By and About This Author. Buy this book. Zzyyxx Books. Show other formats.

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A Breath of Fresh Air

Anjali's arranged marriage to army officer Prakash Mehra proves to be a disaster: he hits her, lies to her and carries on an adulterous affair. After a tryst with his lover, Prakash neglects to pick up Anjali at the railroad station in Bhopal on the night in when a cloud of poisonous gas leaks from Union Carbide; Anjali almost dies. Courageously, she decides to divorce Prakash, despite the fierce disapproval of her parents and society. Fifteen years later, Anjali is a teacher in Ooty, contentedly married to a university professor. The Bhopal tragedy continues to affect them, however, since their now year-old son was born with damaged lungs and a weak heart, and every penny they earn goes to his care. When Prakash is stationed near Ooty with his new wife and two healthy children, the two families are bound to meet.

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A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

Slim first novel about an Indian woman haunted by the Bhopal tragedy. Waiting at the Bhopal train station for her husband Prakash to pick her up, young Anjali could never have guessed that his I know this book is about Anjali's strength and courage as she survives unspeakable situations, but it depressed the hell out of me. This book was not a breath of fresh air, after all, even after the "happy" ending. A Breath of Fresh Air. Amulya Malladi. On the night of December 3, , Anjali waits for her army officer husband to pick her up at the train station in Bhopal, India.

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