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About The Book
How to tell a shattered story?
By slowly becoming everybody.
By slowly becoming everything.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on a journey of many years---thestory spooling outwards from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into theburgeoning new metropolis and beyond, to the Valley of Kashmir and the forestsof Central India, where war is peace and peace is war, and where, from time totime, normalcy is declared.
Anjum, who used to be Aftab, unrolls a threadbare carpet in a city graveyardthat she calls home. A baby appears quite suddenly on a pavement, a little aftermidnight, in a crib of litter. The enigmatic S. Tilottama is as much of a presenceas she is an absence in the lives of the three men who loved her.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once an aching love story and a decisiveremonstration. It is told in a whisper, in a shout, through tears and sometimeswith a laugh. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they livein and then rescued, mended by love---and by hope. For this reason, they are assteely as they are fragile, and they never surrender. This ravishing, magnificentbook reinvents what a novel can do and can be. And it demonstrates on everypage the miracle of Arundhati Roy s storytelling gifts.
About The Author
Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, which won the BookerPrize in 1997 and has been translated into more than forty languages. Sincethen Roy has published several works of non-fiction, including The Algebra ofInfinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers and Broken Republic. She lives inDelhi.