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the story is a journey of many years – from the crowded lanes of Old Delhi to its buzzing urban edition and beyond, from scenic locales of Kashmir and the humbling forests of Central India, wherein war is ‘normal’ and peace is unheard of. Anjum, who was once Aftab, spreads a meek carpet in a graveyard she has begun to call home. Sometime after midnight, a baby appears from nowhere on pavement cradled in the litter. There is also S. Tilottama, an enigma unto herself, surrounded by the lives of the three men who are dazed in love with her.
What makes this book stand out?
An aching love story told in varying degrees of emotion. Every page of the book reinforces Roy's magical gift of storytelling.
Read it for
Man Booker Prize winner, Arundhati Roy, returning with a novel after 20 years.
Don't read it for
If it is too hard to handle an unadulterated peek into the society we live in, and not just the society we believe we live in.