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Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto- short stories in English

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There is something different about th Mendes family. A Roman Catholic family from Goa lives in a one-bedroom, hall apartment in Mahim Bombay[Mumbai] Augustine, their daughter Susan, and their son, the unnamed narrator of their story Em and Big Hoom their parents look after each other in their ways. Em is an unpredictable fixture in the apartment, spending most of her days at home smoking beedis while the Big Hoom works at his office job. Although the house is filled with tangible, unselfish love between the Mendes family, it is also tested and affirmed by relentless darkness ., threatening to grip Em at any time. She is suffering from manic depression, and the family works together as they struggle to find peace From highs that take them from the euphoria of their mother’s brilliance and sudden lows with paranoia and attempts to take her own life. But when Em is well, the world of the novel brims with the delight of her charming strangeness, but when she is at the mercy of her disorder, the world seems to wrap in the power of her suffering The Big Hoom becomes a benevolent mystery to his children, presiding over an at times chaotic household .His affection for Em is apparent even in silence. Their son, trying to understand the origin of his mother’s bipolar disorder. Her voice at times both heartbreaking, funny and uniquely vicious The chemistry and compassion between them is as moving as any love story, and as devastating Jerry Pinto writes mental illness as a kind of poetry, painful and intimate. There is absolute acceptance of one another in the family Madness is usually seen as a very clinical topic. Mad people are distant and mysterious. In this story, the narrator is her son, who is trying to figure out what is happening and also explores his parent’s past containing the whole range of emotions from joy to grief to exhaustion. When you have a mad mother, then the world wakes up and blinks at you, eyes of fire. If sensitivity and gentleness came with such a genetic load definitely, there would be no older adults in rental homes

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