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 travels the latest novel by Arundhati Roy.
A tale written after two decades by the Booker Prize winner 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.
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.
The miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts and the freshness in her voice makes it worth a read.