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. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, mended by love – and by hope. For this reason, they are as steely as they are fragile, and they never surrender. This ravishing magnificent book reinvents what a novel can do and can be.
Anjum who used to be Aftab, unrolls a
threadbare carpet in a city graveyard that she calls home. A baby appears quite
suddenly on a pavement, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter. The
enigmatic S. Tilottama is as much of presence as she is an absence in the lives
of the three men who love her.