Samit Basu is an Indian novelist whose body of work includes fantasy and superhero novels, his international breakthrough, Turbulence. The UK publication of Turbulence in introduced Samit Basu to the West. Turbulence opened to. 17 Aug A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Turbulence by Samit Basu. 30 Sep That said, when you do, there is going to be a moment when you realize that Samit Basu has essentially written an origin story without.

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His latest GN, Local Monsters, was published in Plus there’s a lot of quiet geeky in-jokes, and more than a nod ‘Superman exists, and he is not an American’. Sa,it Urbanski Podcast read by: In this book, he is more restrained, and focuses his sharp, inquiring lens on the question that, predictably, one of his characters voices towards the middle of the book: For reasons unknown, the passengers of a flight from London to Delhi acquire powers according to what they dream in their sleeps on the plane- “a random sample of current global societal desires”.

Without reflection, I find violence boring. Both go off in a huge sulk when Uzma tells them that whoever has read the most superhero comics probably knows best how useful they can be.

Oct 23, Luv rated it it was ok. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Views Read Edit View history. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. The dialogue Sure, Uzma, just — think about what I said, okay? Their reactions to things are believable.

And the grin that wrapped itself across my face when the Kohinoor baau is stolen back!

Samit Basu

The fundamental premise is that heroic myths and legends through the course of human history are all true- possibly exaggerated by enthusiastic re-tellers, especially gurbulence bits about gods and monsters, but the demigod heroes in these stories all actually existed.

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Medium everything Aman turns into a communication demigod; Flight Lieutenant Vir can lift mountains, fly, and heal his own wounds; Tia, a housewife from the troubled Indian north-east can split into multiple doppelgangers; an aspirant Bollywood actress, Uzma, is amiable beyond anyone’s control; a school girl Anima can be horrifyingly real-life approximation of Japanese cartoon with deadly fighting skills etc Namrata the Plucky Girl Reporter and Uzma the Alluring Star have arcs that take them to complicated places without flattening them into cardboard cutouts, and Tia, the literally irrepressible Bengali supermom, deserves the glory of being an internet meme in her ubiquitous heroism.

He currently lives and works in Delhi and MumbaiIndia. Superman exists and he’s Indian. Once started, I found it difficult to put down.

Turbulence by Samit Basu.


Flight Lieutenant Vir Singh is all alone in the sky. This book has an interesting take on superheroes.

His humour is multi-layered, and will be appreciated turbulencw adults. My favorite part is how Basu’s writing cleverly inverts tropes and stereotypes, turning them upside down.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Just wildly fun, which is a lot harder to pull off than it looks. Part 1where Cyrus does a fake bodice-ripper reading from Turbulence after asking me a few questions.

Turbulence | Samit Basu

Brilliantly clever, Laced with bombastic comedy, in every page, and a real strong plot with a pinch samig twists along the fast-paced story, this is my first “superhero novel” in literature!

It does lend the book a sense of dynamism, though, as does the occasional over-reliance on dialogue to drive the plot forward. All in all, an enjoyable read, and the sort of fantasy that transcends at least some of the limits of the genre even as it also revels entirely in it.


I wish more people would take dialogue lessons from Basu. Although Anima is a close second. Turbulence was published in the Samif in and in the US in to rave reviews.

In a world where the Marvel franchise thinks that Ant-Man is a more important film to make than Wonder Woman, it is unfortunately exceptional that the big climatic Team Justice League of Avenging Mutant Superheroes Uniting coalition happens with three men and four female superheroes one of whom is an anime-eyed child who goes around calling everyone Didi and Uncle. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This is the cover, the image is by that formidable world-famous artist duo Sarnath Banerjee and Bani Abidi.

For Aman, an attempt is made to display the conundrums a person of his responsibility should be facing; but then again the choices for him are already laid out linearly by what others have deigned to do together and the craft of resolution is very poorly presented. Thanks for pointing the error out, and my apologies to everyone for making it. This novel contains references to the Indo-Pakistan conflict, to the bomb blasts in Mumbai and Delhi, to match-fixing and communal bigotry and the perennial outrages poverty evokes, but it does not exploit them voyeuristically.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. We learn early on that these powers come from whatever the person wanted. Whoops, my bad, I am terribly embarrassed at getting the DC and Marvel stables mixed up. This page was last edited on 12 Octoberat