Enter the Ministry

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 a presence as 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 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.

What the reviewers and bloggers are saying.....

There are lasting rewards in Roy’s ability to create a bright mosaic out of these fragmented stories.

Roy's novel will be the unmissable literary read of the summer. With its insights into human nature, its memorable characters and its luscious prose, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness react-text: 277 is well worth the 20-year wait.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness hums with love for the unconsoled – to whom it is dedicated. Which makes it worth more than a library of prosaic protest.

Roy’s second novel proves as remarkable as her first. Its ambitions are rather different — grander still — and its formal strangeness risky and considerable.