First reaction: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness/Arundhati Roy

Reading Arundhati Roy’s “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”. Only 88 pages in, it’s too early to comment, but I find myself fully hooked and mesmerized by the narrative’s charm and power. Oh, how beautifully old Delhi comes alive with people and events around Jama Masjid! But what stuns me is Arundhati’s empathy for the “citizenry of Shahjahanabad”. A contemporary novel but it’s chronicle, discourse and history in perfect sync.