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The Two Krishnas: A Novel

The Two Krishnas A Novel In the tradition of A Fine Balance and The Namesake The Two Krishna is a sensual and searing look at infidelity and the nature of desire and faith At the center of the novel is Pooja Kapoor a betray

  • Title: The Two Krishnas: A Novel
  • Author: Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla
  • ISBN: 9781593501297
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the tradition of A Fine Balance and The Namesake, The Two Krishna is a sensual and searing look at infidelity and the nature of desire and faith At the center of the novel is Pooja Kapoor, a betrayed wife and mother who is forced to question her faith and marriage when she discovers that her banker husband Rahul has fallen in love with a young Muslim illegal immigrantIn the tradition of A Fine Balance and The Namesake, The Two Krishna is a sensual and searing look at infidelity and the nature of desire and faith At the center of the novel is Pooja Kapoor, a betrayed wife and mother who is forced to question her faith and marriage when she discovers that her banker husband Rahul has fallen in love with a young Muslim illegal immigrant man who happens to be their son s age Faced with the potential of losing faith in Rahul, divine intervention and family, she is forced to confront painful truths about the past and the duality in God and husband The Two Krishnas draws inspiration from archetypal Hindu mythology and romantic Sufi poetry, evoking unforgettable characters to explore how, with a new world come new freedoms, and with them, the choices that could change everything we know about those we thought we knew including ourselves Shiraz immerses us in his gripping narrative as he delves into the nooks and crannies of human desire and explores both its splendor and the havoc it can wreak A formidably intelligent and adept writer, he has stretched my understanding of a world I know very little about with this touching and masterfully written novel Bapsi Sidhwa, author of Cracking India The Two Krishnas is a powerful, sure footed novel of love, longing and loss that richly portrays life like no other work of fiction I ve read With his complex cast of characters and poetically drawn landscapes, Dhalla s talent shines and he shows us he s wise beyond his years Mark Jude Poirier, author of Goats ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE TWO KRISHNAS In The Two Krishnas, a novel filled with unexpected turns and beauty, Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla has examined with perceptive compassion the complex and heart wrenching ties that bind families and the secret desires that pull them apart Chitra Divakaruni, bestselling author of The Palace of Illusions Shiraz immerses us in his gripping narrative as he delves into the nooks and crannies of human desire and explores both its splendor and the havoc it can wreak A formidably intelligent and adept writer, he has stretched my understanding of a world I know very little about with this touching and masterfully written novel Bapsi Sidhwa, author of New York Times Notable Novel Cracking India Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla writes with a voice that is both agile and compassionate He renders scenes of great emotion with equal parts passion and precision At it s core, The Two Krishnas is a classic tale of tragic, forbidden love, but Dhalla infuses it with an astute discussion of Hindu culture that should appeal to a broad cross section of readers Christopher Rice, New York Times bestselling author of A Density of Souls and Blind Fall The Two Krishnas is a powerful, sure footed novel of love, longing and loss that richly portrays life like no other work of fiction I ve read With his complex cast of characters and poetically drawn landscapes, Dhalla s talent shines and he shows us he s wise beyondhis years Mark Jude Poirier, author of Goats and Modern Ranch Living

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    1. 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 American Book Award The novel created milestones as the first South Asian gay novel ever to be reviewed by the LA Times Book Review and to be excerpted by LGBT landmark magazine, Genre It was also the first account of the South Asian gay experience from an author from the African continent Dhalla went on to adapt, produce and co direct the novel into the feature film, The Ode which premiered at the Outfest Film Festival 2008 It was called a beautiful portrait of the American experience for many first and second generation Indian Americans CineQueer 7 18 08 and a film with performances that are memorable and filled with cinematic intensity Planet Homo 7 19 08 The UCLA Asia Institute praised it as a film that inspired after film contemplation and boasting performances that are noteworthy Asia Pacific Arts 8 8 08.A passionate activist, Dhalla co founded the South Asian program for the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team APAIT which provides prevention, health and social services, community leadership and advocacy to over 10,000 individuals in Southern California He is also one of the founding members of SATRANG, a support group for LGBT and questioning South Asians in Los Angeles.In June 2007, Dhalla was listed as one of the Top 21 Tastemakers and Most Important Movers and Shakers in America Genre Magazine In August 2007, Dhalla was listed as one of the Top 25 People Who Make Us Melt Angelenos Who Redefine What s Hot Frontiers Magazine.On August 29th, 2009 Dhalla was showcased at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York with the headlining event, An Evening with Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla His follow up novel, The Two Krishnas garnered raves from peers, Lisa See, Chitra Divakaruni and his inspiration, Andrew Holleran and was published as The Exiles in India where it went on to become a bestseller.He is currently developing Embrace , a feature film based on love stories impacted by actual terror events from around the world His short, upon which the feature is based, premiered at New York s prestigious IAAC film festival and was praised by the Huffington Post as a film that captures the raw intensity of two ordinary peopleA fascinating glimpse of humanity in crisis The film delivers a message of the defeat of evil and triumph over adversity You stay in touch with Ghalib on twitter gshiraz and facebook faceboo ghalibshirazdhalla

    224 Comments

    1. I’ll be frank and tell you guys that I was quite apprehensive about picking up this book. It is mainly because I have very little experience with LGBT literature. Oh of course I have read fiction novels where a supporting character was Gay or Lesbian, but never the protagonist. But so far my short experience in book blogging community has taught me to pick up new things with an open mind so as to enjoy and explore wider genres. So I agreed and man, am I glad now that I picked this one up!The s [...]


    2. “Grappling with the infidelity of your spouse is painful enough. Making it harder for Pooja Kapoor, a successful caterer, is the fact that Rahul, a high-flying banker, has given his heart to a young Muslim man, Atif. This forces the entire family, including their son Ajay, to recalibrate their definitions of right, wrong, morality, acceptability, sin and redemption. An intriguing premise by author-columnist-filmmaker Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla made even more magnetic by his lyrical prose inspired by [...]


    3. It was nauseating. I had to abandon it after barely 25 pages. [It's not that I am a prude or am a homophobe, just that the descriptions and acts were unwarranted]


    4. A wonderful book about a heartbreaking exploration of forbidden love and desire, passion, and secrets.The The Exiles (Two Krishnas) is the kind of book you engage with on so many levels with influences from Muslim culture (Atif) and Hindu culture (Pooja) and transforming each thoughts in to wonderful poetry. and i can say the author is successful in stretching my understanding of love.There is so much skill in words in this book that mesmerizes us while exploring the magic, power & frailty o [...]


    5. Beautifully written, moving from Los Angeles now and Kenya in the early 1980s, this novel of love and loss is powerful, whether it relates a familiar culture and tale or one that seems quite distant from your own life.


    6. I kinda liked the overall theme(s) of this book. Pooja's character left me in a bit of a hard place though: on one hand, she seems to be something out of a 1970s Hindi film, but on the other, I found myself rooting for her, somewhat. The protagonists, not quite. I'm not entirely sure about the need for the Kenya episode in the book though. Maybe I missed something.



    7. A Searingly Powerful NovelGhalib Shiraz Dhalla houses magic in his eyes, or in his hands or in his brain. This young writer, born in Mombasa, Kenya, understands his Indian culture and how to imbue the scents and flavors and passions and traditions of that culture into a contemporary novel that not only brings the reader to the appreciation of all that, but also tackles universal issues such as the cauterizing brand of familial roots, the many forms of love, infidelity, dysfunctional father/son r [...]


    8. Here is a situation when I really wish that had a 1/2 star system. The Two Krishnas was a very strong 3.5 stars for me. Dhalla's style is detailed but not slow, smooth but not boring and makes for a very good read. I was able to clearly see the life of Rahul, his wife Pooja and their son Ajay as well as their immigrant life in Los Angeles. The characters are 100% believable and I didn't doubt their authenticity for a single page. I liked the way the Dhalla wove history and phrases from both Hin [...]


    9. Finally, here’s a story, set in the U.S with two South Asian men who fall in love… with each other! Thank you, thank you! The writing is often beautiful and the emotions “felt” real. One love scene was quite profound and poetic. Still and very importantly the romance between the lovers appeared authentic. Dhalla reveals some deep psycho-emotional insights. (I never understood why women write M/M stories and books…ey simply cannot understand the dynamic, and they create an irksome and f [...]


    10. A wonderful book about a heartbreaking exploration of forbidden love and desire, passion, and secrets.The Two Krishnas (The Exiles) is the kind of book you engage with on so many levels with influences from Muslim culture (Atif) and Hindu culture (Pooja) and transforming each thoughts in to wonderful poetry. and i can say the author is successful in stretching my understanding of love.There is so much skill in words in this book that mesmerizes us while exploring the magic, power & frailty o [...]


    11. I'm always amazed when a gay male author can manage to write (somewhat) compelling and (pseudo) complicated gay male characters, only to have them be accompanied by flat, female characters rooted in misogynistic stereotypes. I kept waiting for the women in the book to become more nuanced but instead they seemed to be little more than plot devices. There was also almost a justification/glorification of cheating that was pervasive through the book, an unexamined act of sexual violence against his [...]


    12. I did not love this book. As usual, I felt a good editor would have helped some of the problems. I finally tossed it aside after Pooja's Big Drama of discovering her husband is queer and having an affair. I know I missed the whole Kenya thing, but honestly, I just couldn't go any further. Repetitious, overwrought prose. It felt as if Dhalla was trying to convince himself of Pooja's feelings--he sure wasn't convincing me.But I'm notoriously hard on contemporary works. After all, I'm simultaneousl [...]


    13. Funny enough I never noticed the two men kissing on the cover until I was mid-way through the book. The intimate scenes were tastefully written and actually left plenty to the imagination. The plot, while very simple and quite realistic, kept me reading at a good pace despite the chunks of Hindi I skipped over. Youtubed Qawwali music (mentioned in the book) and I was delighted as I am not familiar with the music but it is a perfect soundtrack to this book. The climax was how I imagined it to be, [...]


    14. An extremely rare plotting and disturbing. You find yourself oscillating between the emotions of all the characters in this book.ere is no right, there is no wrong And right amidst this confusion, you realise you truly cannot judge anyoneyou cannot condemn someone for cheating, you cannot love someone for being faithful the confusion itself is beautiful and stretches your mind to accommodate thoughts that probably wouldn't come to you as easily.I gave it 4 stars because I didnt like the endo tra [...]


    15. After struggling through this book for a good three months, and coming up with just about every excuse to read something else, I decided I'm going to have to DNF this one. The writing was really slow for me, and most of the characters were too one-sided. I did really like how Dhalla intertwined a lot of Hindu mythology, though. I think that some people might really enjoy this book, but the writing style just wasn't for me.


    16. Shiraz Dhalla like other Indian and Indian-American authors skillfully blends a story about family with acculturation and accommodation to a changing world. Very well written, SD puts the reader inside the heads of the many characters.


    17. The feeling of being an exile sounds real. I had to try really hard not to be judgmental of the characters, and that is probably because of the real-life like portrayal of the characters.Not the most captivating book of this genre, but held my attention till the end.


    18. a little over halfway but really struggling to get through this one. the writing is so overwrought, especially the italicized sections that reveal the characters interior monologues. skimming mostly just to satisfy my desire for plot.




    19. This novel showcases the strength of one woman to overcome her demons and and the oppression of her husband and society with the help of her faith.


    20. Love, Devotion, Desire & Passion. beautifully articulated :) Sympathy to empathy 4 each character touches your heart :)



    21. This book was truly beautiful, but I cannot recommend it, as the last twenty pages suddenly - out of nowhere - got totally wrist-slitty. Ack.


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