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Night of Happiness Hardcover – 12 May 2018
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Born and educated in Gaya, a small town in Bihar, TABISH KHAIR is the author of various acclaimed works, including the novels, The Bus Stopped, Filming: A Love Story, The Thing About Thugs, How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position and Jihadi Jane (available as Just Another Jihadi Jane outside India), the poetry collections, Where Parallel Lines Meet and Man of Glass and the studies, Babu Fictions and The Gothic, Post colonialism and Otherness and The New Xenophobia. Khair is currently an associate professor at Aarhus University, Denmark and a Lever Hulme guest professor at the School of English, Leeds University, UK. He has won the All India Poetry Prize. His novels have been shortlisted for major prizes, including the Man Asian Literary Prize and the Encore Award and translated into several languages.
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Consisting of just around 100 pages, this book definitely makes you yearn for more of Tabish’s writing.
Set around the 1990-2000’s the book centers around Mr. Mehrotra,a business royale and the mystery and suspense surrounding hia long term aid Ahmed, who is his right hand in business.
The plot is so intriguing till the very end that you will not want to put the book down. The story is exceptionally well developed and the suspense build-up is commendable. The story is quite different from the ones that we come across nowadays.
I was personally very impressed and attracted by the character of Ahmed,which is rather a complicated one according to my perception. I re-read every other major scenes that included him because the character was made to feel so real.
Anil Mehrotra’s character could’ve been better organized with a bit of trivia of his family. I felt that his back story lacked a little and the author could’ve done justice to him,being the protagonist.
The “gazaar ka halwa” scene and the “graveyard” scene will be my most favorite scenes ever written in a book and for these I gave the book and extra star.
By Tabish Khair ⏺️Pages: 154
⏺️Price: ₹450 @panmacmillanindia ⏺️Genre: Mystery/Fiction
This book is narrated from the viewpoint of Anil Malhotra who is a very successful entrepreneur of his time.
What makes his life complete and functioning is his work partner/assistant cum his employee, Ahmed.
Life is crazy everyday with insane work demands yet Ahmed makes everything so possible and achievable for Anil that he depends on Ahmed for almost everything.
There's the perfect work place relationship that can ever be. However, everything starts crumbling down when Ahmed invites Anil at his home for to taste the heavenly 'perfect' halwa made by his wife.
Things go very wrong at that moment that led Anil to question everything about Ahmed, his life and upbringing, his marriage and his credentials.
So many years of perfect working relationship with such a trusted partner seems like a threat all of a sudden.
The life of Ahmed narrated, so many hushed up issues gets digged.
But the real mystery comes to knowing about the wife of Ahmed.
Is she real?
Does she exist?
*However as much interesting as the plot sounds with a good writing style, I find some things really unacceptable.
Referring to the Tibetans casually as 'chinky' is one; though it is high time that the author know that such terms are illegal to use.
As for that matter, to refer to any person of mongoloid origin.
When issues of faith are brought up in a book, as is mentioned and compared in the book regarding Hindus and Muslims, it would have been better if it was represented in a tactful manner instead of using strong terms and swear words.
Overall, the book served what it supposed to:
Mysterious, creepy yet entertaining.
The blurb is totally relatable to the content. ⏺️Rating: 3/5🌟