Katha. Sai Paranjpe. 1983.
Idyllic it may be- the chawl with it’s extended ‘family’ peering into each other’s life in the veranda and the grilled windows, into the rooms with single men, lovers, old men, all 'good’ marathi Brahmin families; with interiors of wallpaper, space saving folding tables, partitions, sun-mica cupboards with televisions hidden away and covered like deities and statues of the Air India maharaja. In the courtyard annual day functions are performed with a message and cricket matches are played. All very fine, until an outsider, charmer, dangerous charlatan arrived and steals their heart and minds. This interlude only makes them more endogamous and parochial. The charlatan meanwhile moves on abroad.
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