The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi

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When photographer Karan Seth comes to Bombay intent on immortalizing a city charged by celebrity and sensation, he is instantly drawn in by its allure and cruelty. Along the way, he discovers unlikely allies: Samar , an eccentric pianist; Zaira, the reclusive queen of Bollywood; and Rhea, a married woman who seduces Karan into a tender but twisted affair. But when an unexpected tragedy strikes, the four lives are irreparably torn apart. Flung into a Fitzgeraldian world of sex, crime and collusion, Karan learns that what the heart sees the mind’s eye may never behold. Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi's The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay is a razor sharp chronicle of four friends caught in modern India ’s tidal wave of uneven prosperity and political failure. It's also a profoundly moving meditation on love’s betrayal and the redemptive powers of friendship.


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Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi's debut novel, The Last Song of Dusk, won the Betty Trask Award in the UK, the Premio Grinzane Cavour in Italy, and was nominated for the IMPAC Prize in Ireland. The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2008 and was a number one bestseller in India. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Bombay. For more information, please visit Siddharth at
Published October 12, 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Karan is brought into their rarefied world of cocktails and art-chat, becomes a confidant of Zaira (though there is no attraction as she is in love with Samar, who is gay, and lives with American writer Leo) and is encouraged to pursue his grand project, a photographic portrait of Bombay.

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