Life On The Edge

For Mumbai's Middle Income Family!

Fiction - Literary
325 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2023
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Author Biography

Sandesh Singh is an author, trainer, and Technology leader. He is born and brought up in the city of Mumbai. His wife too hails from Mumbai. His deep love for the city is obvious. Sandesh debuts in the writing world, with ‘Life on the edge’ bringing what is dearer to him, the stories of people who make the city of Mumbai.

He loves experiencing different cultures, traditions, and architectures. His work does allow him to travel places across the globe. But Mumbai holds a special and unique place in his heart.

His life is filled with the laughter, chatters of his three lovely kids. His favourite time is being with the family enjoying the moments together - watching movies, tv serials, and playing cricket.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Manik Chaturmutha for Readers' Favorite

Life On The Edge by Sandesh Singh is the story of the Tamhankars, a middle-class family living in the slums of Mumbai with an average income. Ganesh and Ramya Tamhankar are blessed with three daughters; Mrunali, Shruti, and Jaya. Though both wanted one of their children to be a son, they are happy with what God has given them and keep working hard. They go through a lot of suffering and hardships, sorrow and grief. Mrunali and Shruti have ambitious goals and a courageous attitude. Jaya, too, refuses to allow her chronic disability to prevent her from living. The narrative takes place from the 1980s to the present day, demonstrating how Mumbai has developed and evolved to keep up with modernity and how the lives of the Tamhankars changed.

Life On The Edge is very realistically told as the events are described in chronological order, which helps the reader keep track of what is happening in the lives of the Tamhankars. The book highlights an average middle-class family and the issues they face living in a time and place going through changes. The book also takes a political stance, detailing the riots and protests against outsiders in Mumbai. It talks about tragic events like the riots in 1991-92, torrential floods in 2005, and train explosions in 2006 and how they significantly affected the Tamhankars and middle-income households. The story has its joyful and sad parts, just like life's ups and downs. The story is character-driven, where the thoughts and feelings of the characters drive the plot forward. Readers feel connected to the characters and their lives, as most can relate to them. All the characters feel real and human with their flaws and strengths, and we root for them throughout. The simplicity of the writing enhances the feel. Overall, Life On The Edge by Sandesh Singh is a very engaging read. I recommended it for readers who enjoy a fictional story in a realistic setting.

K.C. Finn

Life on the Edge: For Mumbai's Middle Income Family! is a work of fiction in the social issues, world culture, and family drama subgenres. It is best suited to the adult reading audience owing to moderate references to sex and violence and was penned by Sandesh Singh. The story works on different levels to deliver a uniquely-placed family saga, detailing the life and times of the Tamhankar family from the eighties through to the modern day but also showcasing the development of the city of Mumbai and the social, political, and cultural changes over this period. As parents Ganesh and Ramya navigate the chawls of their city’s suburbs, their daughters flourish with new hope for a more independent and prosperous future.

Sandesh Singh offers a truly unusual perspective in this novel that I have never encountered before, and I learned a lot about the chawls setup and the misunderstandings surrounding the culture and conditions of the people living in this cheap type of accommodation. The class issues of the novel are set against the backdrop of a changing city that battles with tradition, modernism, religion, and aspiration, and the authenticity with which Singh writes on these topics is to be admired. Against this complex tapestry of social change and culture shock, the members of the Tamhankar family each have their fantastic tales to tell, and it’s easy to see how they are shaped by their experiences, surroundings, and interactions with each other. I had an especially soft spot for Mrunali and Shruti, who represent modern women everywhere. I would certainly recommend Life on The Edge to any reader interested in realistic family sagas and learning more about Indian culture.

Helen Huini

When Ganesh received tragic news after his third child was born, he was devastated. Ganesh had always prayed for a son to carry on his family’s line and believed God had abandoned him and his wife. The nurse, accustomed to breaking bad news to fathers like Ganesh, walked away dejected. When Ganesh went to Ramya’s bedside, their child was not beside his wife. He learned that his daughter’s left eye had not formed. Broken, Ganesh thought he and his wife were paying the price for their forefathers’ misdeeds. He failed to understand how they had been unlucky enough to have an incomplete family. Taking everything in stride, Ganesh set about providing for his family as he had always done. Life on the Edge: For Mumbai’s Middle-Income Family! by Sandesh Singh exposes us to the political climate of Mumbai, which would disrupt their lives and risk his daughter’s life.

My favorite aspect of this book was the author’s narration from the third-person point of view. The author didn’t tell us what the characters were thinking, which made them more real. I also loved the inclusion of Indian vocabulary during the political rallies, which not only gave the book a sense of authenticity but also revealed the urgency of the poor to create revolutions that cared for the welfare of the poor. Life on the Edge by Sandesh Singh is well-written and has an engaging plot. The author’s writing style is fluid, and his descriptions are detailed, which allowed me to understand the culture of Indians, especially with the advent of technological advancement. The book also showed the author’s keen interest in politics, which made me appreciate his efforts to educate people about the previous political situation in India.