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Hushed Voices

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Hushed Voices

Munmun Ghosh


Hushed Voices offers a glimpse into the lives of those migrants who come to Mumbai with dreams of making it big in the city. In the process, they reveal their innermost passions, their deep anguish and pain, their strengths and the undying optimism that keeps them ticking and enables them to obdurately survive on the peripheries.

Praise for Hushed Voices

Hushed Voices (IndiaLog, Rs 195) by Munmun Ghosh has been dedicated to “...commuters everywhere”. Ghosh’s book, however, focuses on migrants in Mumbai who travel the length and breath of a giant metropolis in order to make a living. There is an elegiac quality to the prose, which captures the frenetic pace as well as moments of stillness that are a part of a migrant’s life in this city of dreams. — The Telegraph, March 9, 2007

“Munmun Ghosh’s first literary effort deserves to be applauded for her book is a change from the usual literati soup gushing out of tinsel city Mumbai. For just as there are two Indias, there are two Mumbais. The Mumbai we’re constantly bombarded and bored with is the celebrity-driven Mumbai exuding reams and reams of inane chatter! Refreshingly, Hushed Voices is about small-time Mumbaikars eking out a living in dignity, even if they first came to big-time city Mumbai with dreams in their heart…dreams which turned to dust.” Tara Patel, Goan Observer

‘Hushed Voices’ is a book that travels through the local trains in Mumbai. It is not so much about the trains as it is about the people who travel in them, thinking their thoughts, turning over their lives and living them…The style is worth noting; the process of going from one person to another results in many stories within a story.” Bidisha Ghoshal, Afternoon Despatch & Courier

“Hushed Voices” by Munmun Ghosh makes compelling reading as it delves sensitively into the lives of Mumbai’s migrants. It is the story of the innermost desires that brings people to this ‘city of dreams.’ It is a story of the anguishes they suffer and the optimism that enables them to hold on to their dreams and survive. They are part of the fabric that is Mumbai, yet somehow they are just living on its periphery. Definitely a must read! Society, 10th March 2007

“Hushed Voices is a fictional attempt to capture the rush of urban life, the density of a modern, flourishing city, and the fierce fight for space, comforts and the joys promised by urban living in an increasingly populated world.” Ratnesh Kumar, OnTrack Suburb

“Ghosh’s 39 voices emerge in flesh and blood and the characters are intricately linked to each other by both technique and plot. The book moves forward through chains of stories leading to a definitive climax.” Deeya Nayar-Nambiar, BTW, June 2009



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