The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness – Arundhathi Roy

The ministry of utmost happiness is written by one of the India’s celebrated authors Arundhathi Roy, who is also the author if several other best selling novels like ‘The God of Small things’, ‘Broken Republic’ and ‘The Algebra of infinite Justice ‘.

The ministry of utmost happiness revolves around the life if little Aftab who unlike the kids of his age aspires to be a woman. It all started when he saw a gorgeously dressed, transgender walking freely in the ‘biased’ streets of Old Delhi, not giving a care about the opinion of the society. He later follows her into what was known as “Khwabhag” – the house if dreams, where the refused became refugees. He loves his home much to the anguish of his mother and shifts into the Khwabhag and becomes Arjum.

A lot of changes happen in Anjum’s life as well as her body. She looses her beautiful bove and a strange turn of events introduces Zainab in to her life who was an abandoned baby that she decides to raise. Meanwhile the author directs the attention of the reader bro the political scenario of the country at the time. A chain of events leads to a religious outbreak and Anjum finds herself caught amidst thus chaos. What happens there changes her life forever, she leaves her family of Khwabhag to live in a graveyard instead.

She meets Saddam Hussain, s charm who later lives with her in the makeshift room she builds in the graveyard – ‘Jannath’ paradise. Slowly with the passing of time, she opens up to to her friends and family in an attempt to heal the wounds of the past. Many years later, they are joined by Tilottama where story is described vividly by the author.

S. Tillottama Naga, Musa and “Gaston Hobart” are college friend who take part in a play. Each of these Charecters is described in great details and the story shifts to a couple of years later, when all if them busy with their own lives meet one another by the path of their own lives meet one another by the path if their destinies. Musa, the most silent one grew up to fight for the freedom of his motherland Kashmir by joining the miliant side. Naga a smart, aggressive young journalist take to fame due to his sparking ideologies. Tilottama – Tilo, who works in an office and Garson a part of the beaurocratic department. They cross each others paths mostly because if their infatuation with Tilo.

The author lucidly and diplomatically captures the struggles of Kashmiris and their conquest for “Azadi” through the perspectives of the militants and military, Kashmiris and non-Kashmiris and the undead and the dead (martyrs). The novel finishes with the picture of the happy, smiling faces of Anjum’m and her friends who live in the ‘Jannath’ – a word of their own amidst the world of the rest. Why is the book worth reading?

Arundhathi Roy has used s perpecuous style of narration to capture the beauty of the old streets of Delhi and it’s enchanting charm. She very diplomatically writes about the intricate relationship between the Hindus and Muslims and the delicate string of balance between the two religions.

This book is an eye opener to the life and struggles of the people of the “other” community whose very existence is a sin to the society. The author also attempts to describe the life if the untouchable community and sheds light into their misery.

The heart wrenching story of Kashmir is told explicitly where from time to time normally is declared this book can be best described as a stinging satire on the ironies of the society and democratic system and ur s great feast for someone who’s looking for realisation.

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