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Jerry Pinto - Author

About the Author

Jerry Pinto lives and works in Mumbai. He has been a mathematics tutor, school librarian, journalist and columnist. He is now associated with MelJol, an NGO that works in the sphere of child rights. His published works include a book of poems, Asylum, and Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb, which won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema in 2007. Em and The Big Hoom is his first novel.

Featured books by Jerry Pinto

Em and the Big Hoom

Em and the Big Hoom

Author: Jerry Pinto Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2014

Brilliantly comic and almost unbearably moving, Jerry Pinto's Em and the Big Hoom is one of the most powerful and original fiction debuts of recent years. She was always Em to us. There may have been a time when we called her something ordinary like Mummy, or Ma, but I don't remember. She was Em, and our father, sometimes, was the Big Hoom. In a tiny flat in Bombay Imelda Mendes - Em to her children - holds her family in thrall with her flamboyance, her manic affection and her cruel candour. Her husband - to whom she was once 'Buttercup' - and her two children must bear her 'microweathers', her swings from laugh-out-loud joy to dark malevolence. In Em and the Big Hoom, the son begins to unravel the story of his parents: the mother he loves and hates in the same moment and the unusual man who courted, married and protected her - as much from herself as from the world. It is utterly persuasive and deeply affecting: stylistically adventurous it is never self-indulgent; although suffused with pain it shows no trace of self-pity. Parts of it are extremely funny, and its pages are filled with endearing and eccentric characters . (Amitav Ghosh). Pinto chases the elusive portrait of a mother who simply said of herself that she was mad. As I read this novel, that also portrays a very tender marriage and the life of a Goan family in Bombay, it drowned me. I mean that in the best way. It plunged me into a world so vivid and capricious, that when I finished, I found something had shifted and changed within myself. This is a world of magnified and dark emotion. The anger is a primal force, the sadness wild and raw. Against this, the jokes are hilarious, reckless, free falling...This is a rare, brilliant book, one that is wonderfully different from any other that I have read coming out of India . (Kiran Desai). A child's-eye view of madness and sorrow, full of love, pain, and, unaccountably, much wild comedy. One of the very best books to come out of India in a long, long time . (Salman Rushdie). Jerry Pinto has been a mathematics tutor, school librarian and journalist and is now associated with MelJol, an NGO that works in the sphere of child rights. He has edited several anthologies including, most recently, an anthology on his native city, Mumbai.

Other books by Jerry Pinto

Murder in Mahim

Murder in Mahim

Author: Jerry Pinto Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2017

He looks around to see if anyone else is watching them. Some of the older men are looking at him hungrily. He opens his eyes wide and raises his eyebrows. They look away hurriedly. Some even walk away from him. He turns towards the young man again. Eye contact is definite, deliberate, clear. Seconds later, the young man has headed off to the toilet. The hunter follows him and suddenly, even before he steps into the dark space, he knows that the moment has come. A young man is found dead in the toilet of Matunga Road station, his stomach ripped open. Retired journalist Peter D'Souza joins the investigation with his friend, Inspector Zende, and is drawn into a world of secret desire, blackmail, and unspoken lovea world that he fears his son may be a part of. Driven as much by fear and empathy as by curiosity about men who seek men, Peter tries to track down the killer, with some help from the flamboyant Leslie Siqueira, ';the Queen of the Queen of the Suburbs'. But time is running out. Jerry Pinto's new novelset in Mumbai, the city he writes about like no otheris a gripping murder mystery. It is also a compelling exploration of loneliness, ambition and greed in the great metropolis.

A Book of Light When a Loved One Has a Different Mind

A Book of Light When a Loved One Has a Different Mind

Author: Jerry Pinto Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2016

Baluta

Baluta

Author: Jerry Pinto Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2015

The first Dalit autobiography to be published, Baluta caused a sensation when it first appeared, in Marathi, in 1978. It quickly acquired the status of a classic of modern Indian literature and was also a bestseller in Hindi and other major languages. This is the first time that it has been translated into English. Set in Mumbai and rural Maharashtra of the 1940s and '50s, it describes in shocking detail the practice of untouchability and caste violence. But it also speaks of the pride and courage of the Dalit community that often fought back for dignity. Most unusually, Baluta is also a frank account of the author's own failings and contradictions-his passions, prejudices and betrayals-as also those of some leading lights of the Dalit movement. In addition, it is a rare record of life in Maharashtra's villages and in the slums, chawls and gambling dens of Mumbai.

Baluta

Baluta

Author: Jerry Pinto Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2015

The first Dalit autobiography to be published, Baluta caused a sensation when it first appeared, in Marathi, in 1978. It quickly acquired the status of a classic of modern Indian literature and was also a bestseller in Hindi and other major languages. This is the first time that it has been translated into English. Set in Mumbai and rural Maharashtra of the 1940s and '50s, it describes in shocking detail the practice of untouchability and caste violence. But it also speaks of the pride and courage of the Dalit community that often fought back for dignity. Most unusually, Baluta is also a frank account of the author's own failings and contradictions-his passions, prejudices and betrayals-as also those of some leading lights of the Dalit movement. In addition, it is a rare record of life in Maharashtra's villages and in the slums, chawls and gambling dens of Mumbai.

Em And The Big Hoom

Em And The Big Hoom

Author: Jerry Pinto Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2015

Brilliantly comic and almost unbearably moving, Jerry Pinto's Em and the Big Hoom is one of the most powerful and original fiction debuts of recent years. 'Profoundly moving. I cannot remember when I last read something as touching as this' Amitav Ghosh 'Hilarious, reckless, brilliant' Kiran Desai In a tiny flat in Bombay Imelda Mendes - Em to her family - is by turns flamboyant, maniacally affectionate and cruelly candid. Her husband - Augustine, the 'Big Hoom' - and two children must endure her 'microweathers': swings from searing joy to brooding malevolence. And here is the story of how this family of four came to be. Of how Imelda was courted by Augustine - 'Hello, Buttercup' - and of how with the passage of time and the arrival of her children she slowly turned into Em, loving and loathing a world terrified of her extravagant excesses ...'A near-perfect account of a psychologically troubled mother. Touching and funny' Irish Times 'Delightful. Pinto is quite a genius with dialogue' Guardian Jerry Pinto has been a mathematics tutor, school librarian and journalist and is now associated with MelJol, an NGO that works in the sphere of child rights. He has edited several anthologies including, most recently, an anthology on his native city, Mumbai.

Em and the Big Hoom

Em and the Big Hoom

Author: Jerry Pinto Format: eBook Release Date: 24/06/2014

First published by a small press in India, Jerry Pinto's devastatingly original debut novel has already taken the literary world by storm. Suffused with compassion, humor, and hard-won wisdom, Em and the Big Hoom is a modern masterpiece, and its American publication is certain to be one of the major literary events of the season.Meet Imelda and Augustine, or-as our young narrator calls his unusual parents-Em and the Big Hoom. Most of the time, Em smokes endless beedies and sings her way through life. She is the sun around which everyone else orbits. But as enchanting and high-spirited as she can be, when Em's bipolar disorder seizes her she becomes monstrous, sometimes with calamitous consequences for herself and others. This accomplished debut is graceful and urgent, with a one-of-a-kind voice that will stay with readers long after the last page.

Asylum

Asylum

Author: Jerry Pinto Format: eBook Release Date: 26/04/2011

Jerry Pinto's accomplished first book of poems travels the breathtaking spaces between madness, luminosity and quiet rebellion. Here, even paper has a life of its own, and that is just the beginning. The poems find themselves set adrift in an asylum-seeker's dilemma:the making of hopeful sea voyages; the dangerous search for safe havens; the lovely moments of slippage-of anchor and sense and what love means.

Helen

Helen

Author: Jerry Pinto Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2006

Helen: The Life and Times of A Bollywood H-Bomb Jerry Pinto

Helen: The Life and Times of A Bollywood H-Bomb Jerry Pinto

Author: Jerry Pinto Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2005

Bombay Meri Jaan

Bombay Meri Jaan

Author: Jerry Pinto, Naresh Farnandes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2003

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