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Looking for Miss Sargam: Stories of Music and Misadventure
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Looking for Miss Sargam: Stories of Music and Misadventure

by Shubha Mudgal
4.9 out of 5
Author Shubha Mudgal
Publisher Speaking Tiger
Synopsis After thousands of hours of training and practice, the gods of music smile upon the deserving few. Genius shines; melody and goodness reign supreme; and all is right with the world. Or is it? What happens, for instance, when a cunning PR brain brings together two star musicians from India and Pakistan in a concert for peace? Or when a Hindustani vocalist, long denied a foreign tour, flies from Pune to Philadelphia? Or when a small-town music teacher and a big-city businessman team up to plan a hunt for India’s best new classical talent—and make a few crores in the process? How does it all end when a harmonium player desirous of a Padma Shri award comes to a powerful ustad for a recommendation? Or when a Bollywood director calls a classical singer, offering to make her a sensation, like the mysterious Miss Sargam whom no one hears anymore but everyone remembers? And is it really a good idea for an old-world recording company to reinvent itself for the twenty-first century, or a devotee of a pious godwoman to compose songs for Hollywood? In this, her debut work of fiction, one of India’s finest and most original musicians has produced a sparkling collection—utterly distinctive, hugely entertaining and mercilessly funny. PRAISE ‘Set in the heart of the world of Indian music, these are stories with a rhythm entirely their own. They speak of hope and disaster, genius and fakery in surprising ways. And they are wickedly funny.’—Jerry Pinto

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Binding: HardBack
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Speaking Tiger
  • Pages: 208
  • Binding: HardBack
  • ISBN: 9789388874885
  • Category: Short Stories
  • Related Category: Novella
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