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The Ocean in My Yard
The Ocean in My Yard
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From the Jacket :

'It was easy becoming a voyeur.'

Saleem Peeradina, poet, artist, teacher and compulsive people-watcher-gets extraordinary views of neighbourhood life from the twelve windows of his Versova Road house. From the age of four he has been drawn into the thrills of a voyeuristic life, a passion that was nurtured in his young adulthood by his interest in poetry and painting. In The Ocean in My Yard he gives us rare and exclusive pictures of the dramas he witnessed almost unobserved, sketching the interior landscape of hearts and heads.

In lyrical prose interspersed with his own poems, Peeradina brings to life the vitality, as well as the predictability, of suburban Bombay of the 1950s and 1960s, where cycling down narrow lanes with schools buddies, or peering into a film studio to catch a glimpse of a movie star, or having a ball of shaved ice was heaven itself. All of this is offset, of course, by run-over animals rotting at the neighouring garbage dump. With passion, tenderness and sometimes detachment, he lucidly captures the experience of growing up Muslim in a large joint family: the adoring grandparents who light up his life all too briefly, the trio of eccentric uncles who confer on him the most favoured status, a difficult doctor-father against whose strong will he pitches his own, and a self-effacing mother whom he begins to appreciate only late in life. He also exposes religious and class issues and reveals how, even as a boy, he stood up against the ingrained sexism of Indian society.

As Saleem candidly serves up anecdotes of his sexual awakening-massaging his aunt's body to ease the tension after a long day in the kitchen-and trips to Anchor Cabins where his uncle conducted photography sessions that were to inspire his won nude paintings, we realize all too well how easy it is to become a voyeur, and how easy to fall under Peeradina's spell.

About the Author:

Saleem Peeradina is the author of three books of poetry and editor of a widely used anthology of Indian poetry in English. He is currently Associated Professor of English and Creative Writing at Siena Heights University, Michigan, USA.

CONTENTS

Preamble on My Feet1
      Tommy3
      Moon in the Rafters6
      40-Watt Days8
      A Song Break12
      Nooruma16
      The Next One

19
The Scent of Chameli21
      Andheri23
      A Voyeur is Born28
      Garbage32
      The Garden of Delights34
      Food and More Food42
      Home Remedies46
      Another Hero49
      Death of a Well51
      Gallery of Originals

53
Erasing God59
      Initiation61
      Pani Kum Chai64
      IDD67
      Disenchantment72
      Postscript

77
A Precocious Sensuality85
      Heartlocked87
      Massage91
      Fall From Grace

95
Premonitions of Doom99
      Doctor Saab101
      Man of the House103
      Tyrant108
      Everybody's Favourite Uncle111
      Haji Malang119
      Nudes121
      Story Books!122
      Put-Downs125
      Pappa127
      The Renegade129
      A Student of Wounds134
      Finale136
      Kabaristan

137
Missing Person141
      Springboard143
      Bevda147
      Open Door149
      Love Story151
      Two Systems154
      A Gift or Two158
      Studios and Stars161
      Dilawar, Rama, Anthony164
      Girl-Watching167
      The Fist of Logic171
      A Calling175
      Misgiving177
      Sighting A Poet182
      Release

185
Losing Face189
      Self-Disclosure191
      Shabnam194
      Shampa198
      Camilla201
      First Touch205
      A Room of My Own209
      Making it, Almost213
      Dilruba218
      Breaking Up

221
Flight225
      Flight227

The Ocean in My Yard

Item Code:
IDF025
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2005
Publisher:
Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN:
0144000296
Language:
English
Size:
7.8" X 5.1"
Pages:
230
Other Details:
240 gms
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$22.50   Shipping Free
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From the Jacket :

'It was easy becoming a voyeur.'

Saleem Peeradina, poet, artist, teacher and compulsive people-watcher-gets extraordinary views of neighbourhood life from the twelve windows of his Versova Road house. From the age of four he has been drawn into the thrills of a voyeuristic life, a passion that was nurtured in his young adulthood by his interest in poetry and painting. In The Ocean in My Yard he gives us rare and exclusive pictures of the dramas he witnessed almost unobserved, sketching the interior landscape of hearts and heads.

In lyrical prose interspersed with his own poems, Peeradina brings to life the vitality, as well as the predictability, of suburban Bombay of the 1950s and 1960s, where cycling down narrow lanes with schools buddies, or peering into a film studio to catch a glimpse of a movie star, or having a ball of shaved ice was heaven itself. All of this is offset, of course, by run-over animals rotting at the neighouring garbage dump. With passion, tenderness and sometimes detachment, he lucidly captures the experience of growing up Muslim in a large joint family: the adoring grandparents who light up his life all too briefly, the trio of eccentric uncles who confer on him the most favoured status, a difficult doctor-father against whose strong will he pitches his own, and a self-effacing mother whom he begins to appreciate only late in life. He also exposes religious and class issues and reveals how, even as a boy, he stood up against the ingrained sexism of Indian society.

As Saleem candidly serves up anecdotes of his sexual awakening-massaging his aunt's body to ease the tension after a long day in the kitchen-and trips to Anchor Cabins where his uncle conducted photography sessions that were to inspire his won nude paintings, we realize all too well how easy it is to become a voyeur, and how easy to fall under Peeradina's spell.

About the Author:

Saleem Peeradina is the author of three books of poetry and editor of a widely used anthology of Indian poetry in English. He is currently Associated Professor of English and Creative Writing at Siena Heights University, Michigan, USA.

CONTENTS

Preamble on My Feet1
      Tommy3
      Moon in the Rafters6
      40-Watt Days8
      A Song Break12
      Nooruma16
      The Next One

19
The Scent of Chameli21
      Andheri23
      A Voyeur is Born28
      Garbage32
      The Garden of Delights34
      Food and More Food42
      Home Remedies46
      Another Hero49
      Death of a Well51
      Gallery of Originals

53
Erasing God59
      Initiation61
      Pani Kum Chai64
      IDD67
      Disenchantment72
      Postscript

77
A Precocious Sensuality85
      Heartlocked87
      Massage91
      Fall From Grace

95
Premonitions of Doom99
      Doctor Saab101
      Man of the House103
      Tyrant108
      Everybody's Favourite Uncle111
      Haji Malang119
      Nudes121
      Story Books!122
      Put-Downs125
      Pappa127
      The Renegade129
      A Student of Wounds134
      Finale136
      Kabaristan

137
Missing Person141
      Springboard143
      Bevda147
      Open Door149
      Love Story151
      Two Systems154
      A Gift or Two158
      Studios and Stars161
      Dilawar, Rama, Anthony164
      Girl-Watching167
      The Fist of Logic171
      A Calling175
      Misgiving177
      Sighting A Poet182
      Release

185
Losing Face189
      Self-Disclosure191
      Shabnam194
      Shampa198
      Camilla201
      First Touch205
      A Room of My Own209
      Making it, Almost213
      Dilruba218
      Breaking Up

221
Flight225
      Flight227

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