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The Association of Small Bombs review ✓ 106 ô ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☄ The Association of Small Bombs Author Karan Mahajan – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2016When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana two Delhi schoolboys go to pick up their family’s television set at a repair shop withEemingly unheralded across the world detonates in the Delhi marketplace instantly claiming the lives of the Khurana boys to the devastation of their parents Mansoor survives bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb After Association of Small PDF #203 a brief stint at university in America Mansoor returns to Delhi whe. The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan is a 2016 Viking Books publication I’m on a kick this week reading books that have been nominated for awards mainly to branch out some and try new genres to become better read and expand my knowledge a little but also I like to figure out why certain books catch the attention of critics and to see if those books resonate with readers in the same way So far it’s been a hit or miss with me Only a few of these books have lived up to the hype The Association of Small Bombs was a National Book award nominee and was also nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award So how did it stack up The book is an interesting examination of how terrorism affects the victims and by proxy those closely associated with them or the crime When a small bomb explodes in a marketplace in India two boys are killed and their friend is injured The aftermath dissects the various ways the survivors cope The paths taken by the families involved couldn’t be different The Khurana’s endure a long period of limbo as they wait for answers then go through the lengthy trial phase once the terrorists are arrested Mansoor the child who survived the bombing endures physical and psychological damage which further isolates him leaving him vulnerable and easily influenced leading him down a dark and dangerous road The people of America realize they are not immune to terrorist attacks and we know somewhere in the back of our minds that we will probably face of them as time goes on However we couldn’t possibly understand what it is like to live with these ‘small’ bombings which occur at an alarming freuency sometimes daily in many parts of the world This book examines that reality as well as delving into the emotional uagmire that leaves families devastated and broken The author added in the chilling perspectives of the terrorists their mindset and ideology which was probably a realistic but toned down look at how those seeds are planted and how easily people get sucked into these groups and their causes However the author walked a very fine line by taking us down that road and I must confess I bristled a bit at the ‘humanizing’ of terrorists but giving the reader insight into their mindset and feelings goes a long way in explaining how self radicalization can occur which is something we hear about and often There are many fine points the author bravely but delicately addresses and somehow manages to step around uite a few landmines without detonating them Overall this book gave me a lot to think about often making me feel uncomfortable but it is mostly sad and tragic proving there is no such thing as a ‘small’ bomb 35 stars

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Re his life becomes entangled with the mysterious and charismatic Ayub a fearless young activist whose own allegiances and beliefs are malleable than Mansoor could imagine Woven among the story of the Khuranas and the Ahmeds is the tale of Shockie a Kashmiri bomb maker who has forsaken his own life for the independence of his homeland. 3 starsI think I'm overdosing on war and terrorism which are not the best subjects to be stuck on in these very volatile days of late It's not necessarily Karan Mahajan's fault that his thought provoking novel The Association of Small Bombs left me cold and wanting something else to read but I can't bring myself to give this any than 3 stars It did after all make its way onto a few Best of 2016 lists and was even shortlisted for the National Book Award It's got enough substance to spark discussion in classrooms and book clubs alike although good luck finding a book club daring enough to sink its teeth in this one Overall though something about this just didn't sit well with meThe idea seemed foolproof exploring a terrorist action from every angle from the viewpoints of those directly and indirectly affected by the carnage and from those terrorists responsible for the bombing The small bombs in uestion a 1996 car bomb positioned at the periphery of Lajpat Nagar a very busy shopping area in Delhi India Those directly affected 11 and 13 year old brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana killed in the bomb blast and their friend 12 year old Mansour Ahmed maimed by shrapnel Those indirectly affected the Khurana brothers' parents Vikas a documentary filmmaker and Deepa; and Mansour's parents upper middle classers Sharif and Afsheen The way these two families assimilate and act upon their grief is to me the best element of the book Similarly compelling is tracking young Mansour in the years after the bombing as he comes to California to attend university in Santa Clara and contends with schoolwork spirituality and a particularly pernicious case of post traumatic carpal tunnelThe riskiest part of the book and the part that left me confused and kind of angry is the integral terrorist centric viewpoint which I can't really discuss for fear of spoiling everything I will say though that it did remind me a little bit of Andre Dubus III''s 911 novel The Garden of Last Days but with gobs of India isms that may've made made sense to me if I was from India or Muslim or both I think that Majahan's missteps if any can be pinpointed to this section though again it might not be his fault; my pea brain just can't rationalize the efficacy of a terroristic act by body count aloneI do think though that this is one book that you cannot trust the cumulative star rating because everyone's bound to have a divergent opinion If the subject matter piues your interest then by all means prepare for an interesting read if not an enjoyable one

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The Association of Small BombsOf Small ePUB #9734 FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana two Delhi schoolboys go to pick up their family’s television set at a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed one day in disaster strikes without warning A bomb one The Association MOBI #233 of the many “small” bombs that go off s. I'm somewhere between 3 and 35 stars on this oneAnd you know what happens when a bomb goes off The truth about people comes outDense and well told although a bit meandering Karan Mahajan's The Association of Small Bombs is a thought provoking look at the causes and effects of terrorism the human cost even small bombs can exact and how a terrorist can be grownOne day in 1996 two young boys Tushar and Nakul Khurana are sent by their father to a crowded Delhi market to pick up the family's television set While they were supposed to drop off their friend Mansoor first they convince him to join them on the journey to the market And then disaster strikes—a bomb detonates in the marketplace killing the brothers instantly and injuring Mansoor Bleeding and in pain from his injuries Mansoor finally makes it home to the relief of his overprotective parents but finds himself in the midst of the Khuranas' crushing griefThe Khuranas try to understand why their sons were killed who was responsible for the bombing and what cause they were trying to further But the course of Indian justice rarely runs smoothly and while there is suspicion that the perpetrators arrested for the bombing were even responsible there are continuous roadblocks and delays in the prosecution which frustrate and sadden the couple The grief the anger the guilt starts to take its toll on their marriage their health their future and not even positive events can help them for longMeanwhile Mansoor physically and psychologically scarred by the bombing feels smothered by his overprotective parents as he grows older He dislikes the stigma of being one of very few Muslims in his part of India so he chooses to go to the US for college to pursue a career in computer programming and put the past behind him But his injuries are compounded by carpal tunnel syndrome so he has no choice but to return home to IndiaBack in India rudderless he becomes friends with Ayub a passionate activist who is determined to change the world But although he projects a confident exterior Ayub too is rudderless and easily persuaded by forces looking to use him Through Ayub and Mansoor's eyes you see how uickly situations and perceptions can change in a post 911 world Their stories are juxtaposed with that of Shockie a master bomb maker from Pakistan who has sacrificed relationships and a real life for his devotion to his craftWhile terrorist attacks have increased across our world in recent years The Association of Small Bombs provides the perspectives of those who live with the threat of these attacks on an almost daily basis It is fascinating and horrifying to watch the callousness of some who witness these bombings and are focused on how their livelihood can continue rather than the loss of lives Watching as an activist is influenced until they become motivated to kill is eually disturbingI thought this was a well written and powerful book Mahajan does a good job shifting narrative perspectives between the affected the aggrieved and the perpetrators I don't think I can say however that I particularly liked the book; despite the raw emotions it examined it felt strangely cold to me But in the end this is an important piece of fiction one that makes you think especially when you hear news of bombings in other countriesSee all of my reviews at