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Jaideep Varma is an Indian writer, screenwriter and filmmaker.

Jaideep Varma is an Indian writer, screenwriter and filmmaker. He has made 5 feature films – Hulla (2008, fiction), Leaving Home – the Life & Music of Indian Ocean (2010, non-fiction), Baavra Mann – a Film on Sudhir Mishra & Other Indian Realities (2013, non fiction). I Am Offended! (2015, non fiction) and Par Ek Din (2017, non fiction). The last three films were made part-time, and therefore on a limited scale.

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The writer is a filmmaker who has made four films, including the National Award-winning Leaving Home – the Life & Music of Indian Ocean.

Jaideep Varma is an Indian writer, screenwriter and filmmaker Between 1989 and 2000, he worked in advertising as . . In 2013, "Hulla" was included in a book on unsung Mumbai cinema classics over 50 years, a book called "40 Retakes" by Avijit Ghosh Between 1989 and 2000, he worked in advertising as a copywriter (in agencies like Mudra Communications, Ogilvy & Mather, Everest Saatchi & Saatchi, Nexus Equity and Cornerstone).

28-year-old Akash works in a multinational by day and lives on a local train at night. The contradictions of his two lives change him forever. An innovatively-structured, highly entertaining novel about the real, everyday Mumbai.

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In the justifiable hype over Maximum City, a Bombay non-fiction book, the literary mafia in India has curiously ignored this veritable gem of a first novel that came out almost at the same time. That it is now available on Amazon for the international audience is great news for the book and even greater for those readers who didn't even know it existed, thanks to the all-limiting world of Indian publishing.

Local is a profoundly moving piece of work that makes you laugh and cry, sit back and close your eyes and ultimately kiss the cover and the writer's name with a sense of wonder and gratitude; not to mention large dollops of envy. One does not come across such accomplished first novels in India (barring The Sari Shop) and in that sense the comparison with The Kite Runner is not merely flattering, but every bit justified. Having read both books back to back, I know what I am talking about.

For the uninitiated, it's a book about the advertising world too but that's not why I would recommend it. Anyone who has stayed alone, been heartbroken in a relationship, lived and died in the rat race, sat through the futility of infinite meetings and been stirred by a piece of music in ways that defy explanation (which is more than ninety percent of us anyway), this gem is for them. To rephrase: Yes, it's a book for all of us.
"Local" is what you feel when you are at home... I for one was tired of the stereotypical packaging that comes with the tag "Indian writing in English". This is refreshingly rooted without being self-conscious, funny without being farcical, global without resorting to stock tricks like "chutney English".... If at all the dialogues seem "im-propah", well, then they simply are. That for me is important...the writer's not trying too hard. I am not from Mumbai and I don't even want to analyze whether the book illustrates the "true" "essence" (if there is one!) of the city. But to me, a dry old thing from the remorseless Delhi, "Local" is the Mumbai and its people I would like to experience, like to know - a little better.... If you like Form, you'd enjoy this as well - there are stories within stories, faces within faces, and you realize you've known them all...all along!
For those who have travelled the Mumbai way, a great nostalgia trip, and for those who haven't yet, a close substitute. If you are expecting Local (short for local trains that run in suburban Mumbai) to be a coffee table book in prose recounting interesting train journeys, then wait till the power of the narrative hits you and you get hooked on till the finish. I thought the author has tackled the 'fleshing out' of the characters bit, in a really amazing manner, away from the main plot and yet retaining the flow. The author's observation of people, habits, mannerisms, the hollow world of advertising, the napalm-bombed, oxygen-less life of the central character is so real it socks you in the stomach and you can't help but identify with the pain, long after you've emerged out of the book.

To write more would be injustice and any less, even more so.

Powerful stuff.
Sensitised observation is the key to all great narratives - and Local is not lacking in this department. Varma provides the reader with a perspective of Bombay that is so fun, real and maddening all at once - much like Bombayites themselves.

We all travel on our little Locals everywhere we go, carrying with us our lives, loves, fears and frustrations. Sights, sounds, people and feelings - make us feel comfortable and loved yet unsettled, nostalgic and wanting. Local does that on many levels.

I am so pleased that VH introduced me to this book. I would recommend it to anyone keen to appreciate uncliched urban Bombay identity and life. Contemporary Indian writing at its best.

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A pleasant change from the standard fare coming out of the subcontinent attempting to exoticise India for Western readers, 'Local' is set in one of the least glamorous and yet most interesting venues to be found in India, namely, the inside of a local train in Mumbai. While the rest of his life seems to be falling apart around him, the protagonist Akash Bhasin decides to live in the local train he uses to travel to work everyday and 'surrender to the rocking homelessness' of the same. Akash's story is punctuated with little forays into the lives of the characters he encounters and these prove to be really interesting detours and add to our understanding of Akash and his motivations. The writing can be slightly clunky in parts but the well-developed characters and the original storyline keep the reader hooked.
A friend in Mumbai sent me the book in Jan and I finished it in one sitting straight. It is easy to read and is a thinking book, lots of characters, but cleverly placed. Also v v funny in many places. Haven't enjoyed an Indian novel so much since English August. It is India of today, the one I see when I go home - especially the depictions of the trains and corporate culture and diversity of life. But still it is very international. Glad to see it available internationally now.
It's refreshing to have someone write about the contemporary lives of people in a city like bombay which is so in the moment in every sense and Local covers these lives and its moments brilliantly.
Beautifully written with lots of humor of the everyday kind which is usually overlooked in storytelling today.
The music references are some of my favorites, the use of songs/music as metaphors for Akash's life and where its taking him, are insightful and very heartfelt.
In this age of hype, this is the one contemporary novel I strongly recommend if you want a real picture of today's India, especially Mumbai. It's a city I know intimately, and I felt this book captured it better than all the other so-called Mumbai books (mostly written by NRIs) in the news lately.

Sandeep Raut, Mumbai
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Author: Jaideep Varma
ISBN: 8187981997
Category: No category
Language: English
Publisher: Indialog (February 1, 2006)
Pages: 358 pages