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Wanderers, All by [Acharekar Janhavi]
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An experimental novel that blurs the boundaries between historical fiction, memoir and travelogue, Wanderers, All is the story of Murlidhar Khedekar whose life plays out against the birth of a new nation in the first half of the twentieth century.

Having migrated to Bombay from a small Konkan village, a young Khedekar attempts to find a place in the vibrant Marathi theatre scene of that era. When he fails to realize his ambitions as an actor, he gradually transitions from a clerk to a wrestler and eventually, a cop in the Bombay City Police.

Providing a sharp - and often amusing - contrast to his life story is the travelogue of his great granddaughter, who sets out on a solo road trip across the Goan coastline, wandering across its beaches, parties and villages.

Seamlessly alternating between two eras, and across Portuguese and British rule in India, Wanderers, All throws up questions of divided loyalty, belonging and ownership, of borders between humans and countries. Combining elements of theatre, travel and politics, it is a novel about the journeys we embark on - the purposeful and the aimless.

About the Author

Janhavi Acharekar is the author of a collection of short stories, Window Seat: Rush-Hour Stories from the City (HarperCollins, 2009), and the travel guide Moon Mumbai & Goa (Avalon 2009), the first Indian destination guide by the American travel book series, Moon Handbooks. Her writings feature in various short-fiction anthologies including the Indo-Australian Fear Factor: Terror Incognito (Pan Macmillan, 2009 and 2010) and Only Connect: Short Fiction about Technology and Us from Australia and the Indian Subcontinent (Brass Monkey Books and Rupa, 2014). Janhavi's features on travel, books and the arts appear in leading Indian and international publications. She is a contributing editor at Conde Nast Traveller India.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1168 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (10 February 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SYI2U8K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,97,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Two journeys run parallel through Jahnavi Acharekar’s Wanderers, All: a whistle-stop road trip and an exodus that spans centuries and generations.

Thirty-five, single and unemployed, Kinara arrives in Goa at a time when her life has, admittedly, “taken a detour”. In her luggage is a roll of maps given by her father with a cryptic “It’s about journeys. We are all on the same one.” When she remembers to look them up almost a month later, a whole new world unfurls—that of her ancestors, goldsmiths who fled the Goa of fifteenth-century Portuguese persecution, clutching their beloved deities, to find their feet first in the quiet Konkan village of Khed and then in big city Bombay.

Kinara is your typical new-age nomad—even as she backpacks her way through a blur of forgotten temples, forts and beaches for months on end, she is quick to clarify: “I’m not in Goa forever. I’m never anywhere forever.” (p.290). Her ancestors walk the talk of je pindi te brahmandi: know yourself and you will know the universe. Great-great-great-grandfather Narayansheth forsakes the leafy comfort of Khed for the lure of bustling Bombay. His son Gajanan follows in his father’s footsteps as goldsmith apprentice, only to realise that his heart belongs to theatre, not trade. Gajanan’s son Murli takes it a step further when he vacillates between the respectable drudgery of a clerical life and the testosterone-powered lure of the akhada, until his true vocation comes calling.

And so the present and past take turns, following the paths of least resistance for the most part in this rambling double-decker narrative. A description of the onset of monsoons in the Khed of yore segues into a cloudburst in the Fontainhas of now.
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Very poor delivery by Amazon.

Brilliant book though.
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as expected. awesome
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