Afternoon Raag by Amit Chaudhuri

By Amit Chaudhuri

Afternoon Raag offers with the reports and impressions of a tender Indian pupil of English Literature on the college of Oxford. Chaudhuri recreates the mind set of a tender guy coming to phrases with loneliness, nostalgia and alienation. A raag is a section of classical Indian song which performs round a collection of particular durations to create a specific temper. the following the temper recreated is one in all being adrift in a distinct state of affairs, having fun with a really distinct part of lifestyles among early life and grownup existence, dedicated to ephemeral, but major relationships and aesthetic objectives.

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The speech classes, conducted in my elementary school and at Brooklyn College, did have the positive effect of letting me know that other children stuttered too, and therefore I was not totally abnormal. I also met a lot of friendly speech teachers. One of them, Morty Gunty, went on to become a well-known impersonator of celebrities in night clubs and on TV. But, as far as I can tell, the psychologists, speech therapists, and speech classes never produced any significant changes in my speech. 15 16 Brooklyn Boyhood, 1941–1958 On a more immediate basis, the worst effect of the stuttering was that I began to shift from being a popular little boy to being a social outsider.

But my father was seriously affected by it as well. Although Brooklyn Boyhood, 1941–1958 he dutifully took care of my mother, almost never challenging her directly, his normal, good-natured style gave way when she wasn’t around to grumbling and irritation. In my case, my mother’s illness ranked alongside stuttering as the worst thing ever to befall me. Exacerbating the situation was the fact that as I was then undergoing puberty and developing into a somewhat rebellious, precocious teenager, I had little patience for her madness.

On one occasion, to amuse me, my grandfather asked me if I knew how to split an apple with my hands. Instantly attentive, I responded that I didn’t. Taking an apple from the fruit bowl, he then placed it on the table, put Brooklyn Boyhood, 1941–1958 one hand down on it at a right angle, and pounded his other hand into that one! Pieces of apple flew all over the room. I have no idea whether he really thought that he could split an apple properly or was just improvising for my benefit, but I do know that my grandmother expressed great annoyance with him for this stunt.

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