The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Not For Movie: Arundhati Roy
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness had failed to make the shortlist of six books for The Man Booker Prize (Fiction) 2017. IANSUpdated:October 27, 2017, 5:46 PM IST File photo: Indian novelist Arundhati Roy presents her book "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" at the Parco della Musica Auditorium in Rome.
Tarun Tejpal was one of the partners in India Ink, the publishing house that initially published my novel The God of Small Things. I have been asked by a number of journalists for my reaction to the recent events. I have been hesitant to say anything because of the howling media circus. It seemed vile to kick a man when he was down, especially when it seemed pretty clear that he would not get off lightly and that punishment for what he had done was coming his way. But now I am not so sure.
Arundhati Roy brings her clear, melodious voice and clipped Indian accent to the narration of her second novel, a passionate and compassionate work, 20 years in the making. It begins with a wretched emblem of the new, global India: vultures dying from eating the carcasses of cows drugged to increase milk production. The story itself possesses two main branches.
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