“She knew he’d be back. No matter how elaborate its charade, she recognized loneliness when she saw it. She sensed that in some strange tangential way, he needed her shade as much as she needed his. And she had learned from experience that Need was a warehouse that could accommodate a considerable amount of cruelty.” –The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
From the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis and beyond, to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India, this novel is sure to bring an experience in reading.
An intersex woman living in a Delhi graveyard; a landlord with a dark past in Kashmir; a young Dalit who changes his name to escape a violent history and many more are portrayed sensibly in the novel.
Published by Penguin India, ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ is at once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration. It is told in a whisper, in a shout, through tears and sometimes with a laugh.
A tale written after two decades by the Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy, is worth the wait. The Indian history after the independence is written with a different perspective by carefully using various characters from transgender to dalits to religious people. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness will definitely set a benchmark in the Indian literature.