One of the books that has really caught my attention is called, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy. This book stands out to me in a surprising way, at first glance I thought it was going to be similar to The Kite Runner or other books based in Afghanistan but upon further inspection I discovered something else entirely.
This book is not just about war and disaster, it’s about life, the way people go through life, it starts out with a transgender man who becomes a woman, her name is Anjum. She is a women who inspires those around her to branch out of their comfort zones and experience the life that they’ve all dreamed of. Throughout the novel Anjum helps those around her that are struggling to escape societal norms, escape what everyone else tells them to be. This novel shows life through New Delhi, riots, fights, war, destruction all through the eyes of those who have experienced it first hand. Those who have been affected and tarnished due to the destruction of their country. There are numerous different point of views, starting off with Anjum, then leading into Tilo’s life story involving three different men whom loved her, all leading up to Miss Jebeen the second whole was found on a city street in New Delhi. Each character is connected to another through the city they come from and the experiences they all go through. Each character has their own story that somehow becomes intertwined with another. It’s a heart wrenching, amazingly told story of the hardships of countries suffering from wars devastations.