The Readers’ Club is reading Arundhati Roy’s novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness for the month of September.
Twenty years after Roy’s critically acclaimed, Man Booker Prize-winning debut novel (The God of Small Things), she is back with her elegant storytelling, original metaphors, and her trademark unapologetic understanding of humanity that at once fills the heart with compassion and torment.
Without giving too much away, the story begins in a graveyard in Old Delhi where Anjum, a Hijra, has just about quit everything after decades of trying to figure out her inner turmoil. The book takes us to her past life until recent political events in India intervened and shattered it. All this is happening while another set of characters see their lives clutched by the occupation and insurgency in Kashmir. As both sets of characters figure out how to break the constantly falling trajectories of their already marginalised existence, a mysterious baby appears out of nowhere to unite their stories. Will there be hope for the “unconsoled” in the future or more suffering? Read to find out.
The meeting details are given below:
Day/Date: Wednesday 20 September 2017
Time: 6 PM
Venue: Behbud Cafe, Block F, School Road, Super Market, F-6 Islamabad
Hope to see you there! Thanks!