The Gateway of India, built in the early twentieth century, served as a ceremonial entrance to the city of Bombay. Today, it remains the city’s most famous landmark. This collection of three linked short stories provides a gateway into the lives of ordinary Bombay citizens. A doctor and his wife decide to leave the city for retirement in a coastal town but soon face choiceThe Gateway of India, built in the early twentieth century, served as a ceremonial entrance to the city of Bombay. Today, it remains the city’s most famous landmark. This collection of three linked short stories provides a gateway into the lives of ordinary Bombay citizens. A doctor and his wife decide to leave the city for retirement in a coastal town but soon face choices that threaten to disrupt their idyllic existence. A doctor’s assistant loses his job and tries to make a living as a bus conductor with disastrous consequences. A police inspector’s top-secret assignment promises easy money—if he can complete the task. Each story in this collection is a vignette that illuminates the challenges and triumphs of life in India’s most cosmopolitan city....
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gateway of india book one Reviews
There are books about heroes and heroines overcoming all odds in missions to save themselves, their families, even the entire human race! And then there are books like this one, with everyday people going about their business and simply trying to do their best to help whoever may cross their paths. Honestly, I prefer the latter. They’re far more realistic with characters with whom it’s much easier to identify.Doyle had compiled a collection of three interlinked stories that offer us a glimpse into the lives and challenges of his characters. There’s the good-hearted doctor, Frank Rebello and his wife Maria, leaving Bombay for reasons known only to themselves; Rebello’s willing assistant, Suketulal, trying to make the best of things after the Rebello’s leave, and his cousin, Police Inspector Pathak, bound by his sense of duty to both his boss and his demanding wife. In the first story, Dr Frank Rebello is torn between leaving his thriving medical practice in bustling Bombay, and escaping to retirement in quiet, coastal Calangute. Almost immediately he is presented with a proposition that he finds hard to resist. Will he, or won’t he?The second story introduces us in more detail to Dr Rabello’s assistant Suketulal, who remains in Bombay when his boss departs. With his circumstances now changed, not necessarily for the best, Suketulal is still attempting to make the best of things, and trying to live life according to the lessons he learned from the Doctor he was so fond of. Will things work to his advantage?The third story offers us more insight into the life of Inspector Pathak, Suketulal’s cousin. Pathak is just your average man, doing what he can to appease his boss and family, while also tentatively pushing the boundaries to see how he can get ahead. Doyle’s descriptions epitomise the bustling, teeming life that is Bombay, whilst at the same time building characters who are truly gentle by nature. This is a very enjoyable, quick read.
Gateway of India: Book One by Ken Doyle is a collection of three stories against the backdrop of Bombay and the surrounding Indian cities. The stories, like the cities, interlink together to create the backdrop of the times. Story One: Dr. Frank Rebello loves his patients; he makes house calls and services them at his flat. He is aware of the economic condition of his patients so he does not accept payment. Despite his passion for his profession and his patients, Dr. Rebello is retiring. He and his wife will be going to another city to enjoy their retirement; does he settle down and retire in this new city? In Story Two, Dr. Rebello asks his assistant, Suketulal, to come with him and his wife to the new city, but he refuses because he believes that he is much needed by the new doctor. As the new doctor begins to see Dr. Rebello’s former patients, he begins to lose business because he does not possess the same care and passion that Dr. Rebello had - so now Suketulal must seek employment. In Story Three, Inspector Pathak of the Nagpada Police Station is the cousin of Suketulal. Inspector Pathak, since his promotion as an inspector, is occasionally given special top-secret assignments from Senior PI Wadekar. This time Inspector Pathak would be assigned to Yerawada jail to get additional information, allegedly for a movie, from a high profile prisoner, Damle, with the promise of obtaining a substantial commission for his services. Will Inspector Pathak get the story and be able to collect the money? I enjoyed reading Gateway of India: Book One by Ken Doyle. With the essence of Bombay (currently called Mumbai), considered one of the wealthiest cities in India, it gave me a view of the other part of the city and those surrounding it where the everyday people live. Each story carried its own weight, but Ken Doyle helped to make a fluid transition from one story to the next story. Ken did a great job in bringing these short stories together and I am looking forward to reading more from him.Gateway of India
Anything remotely connected to Bombay usually piques my interest. So did the title of Ken Doyle’s first part of collection of short stories ‘Gateway of India’. I requested the author for a review copy and he promptly sent me the electronic version of the book that could be read on my Kindle. Thank you Ken! At 48 pages, Gateway of India is a easy read (albeit not Bombay-centric completely) with three short stories which are sort of interconnect, but function well as standalone entities too. The ‘Escape to Calangute’ reads almost like a coming-of-age story of a doctor who has retired, and is bound by familiar circumstances to continue his true calling. With some really nice description of Goa, this story has its moments especially when the author describes the routine of a retired person and that too in Goa. There’s also a mention of compromise, that we all do at various points in life, which is worth it!‘First, Do No Harm’ has a pretty light take on how one can be the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time. And this on various occasions. The protagonist here undergoes quite a few changes in life, perhaps in middle age, and they can all be traced back to his refusal of someone asking him to move out of Bombay. Some form of a butterfly effect, I’d say!‘Larger Than Life’ is one read that is reminiscent of many a fallen gangster who is in prison and have a few things that they wish to do. In a typical narrative, which sees the concerned person go from rags to riches to prison, you perhaps see the human side of the person and his craving to be a ’normal’ person (in a different way). Overall, Gateway of India (Part 1) is a set of stories that definitely manages to connect with the reader on some level. A little more description on the characters would have helped me connect to the characters more. But for a set of short stories, which usually leaves a lot open to interpretation, Gateway of India does pretty well for the most part.
I really enjoyed reading Ken Doyle’s collection of linked, contemporary short stories. For a while I was transported to a continent and tantalized by hints and elements of a culture I have no experience of other than the things I hear, see or read in mainstream UK media or from literature written about or during the time of colonialism. I only wish there had been more.The kindly doctor travelling to Goa with his wife, what happened to him after the story ends? Did the bus conductor get justice, and if he did, did he leave Mumbai and join his onetime employer and friend? Was the Bollywood movie about the brothel owner ever made? Does the police inspector achieve his goals?Ken gives his reader a glimpse into Indian culture which, somehow, debunks and yet confirms an outsider’s imagined image of the country of his birth – to do both, at the same time, convincingly, is indeed an accomplishment.
This -book of three short stories gives a taste of life and the lives of three Bombay citizens, and does so with a resonance that deepens as each of the stories unfold.The first story is perhaps the weaker, and would benefit from further editing. However, it does stir the interest and adds a weight to the second story, which in turn leads into the third and final tale. The linking of otherwise insignificant characters from each story is a clever device that increases interest at each level.An enjoyable short read that gives a taste of Indian life that goes beyond the screen or casual visit to this continent of many faces and leaves a mark.