AT MAGIC HOUR; WHEN THE SUN HAS GONE BUT THE LIGHT HAS NOT, ARMIES OF FLYING FOXES UNHINGE THEMSELVES FROM THE BANYAN TREES IN THE OLD GRAVEYARD AND DRIFT ACROSS THE CITY LIKE SMOKE . . .` SO BEGINS THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS, ARUNDHATI ROY`S INCREDIBLE FOLLOW-UP TO THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS. WE MEET ANJUM, WHO USED TO BE AFTAB, WHO RUNS A GUEST HOUSE IN AN OLD DELHI GRAVEYARD AND GATHERS AROUND HER THE LOST, THE BROKEN AND THE CAST OUT. WE MEET TILO, AN ARCHITECT, WHO, ALTHOUGH SHE IS LOVED BY THREE MEN, LIVES IN A `COUNTRY OF HER OWN SKIN`. WHEN TILO CLAIMS AN ABANDONED BABY AS HER OWN, HER DESTINY AND THAT OF ANJUM BECOME ENTANGLED AS A TALE THAT SWEEPS ACROSS THE YEARS AND A TEEMING CONTINENT TAKES FLIGHT. . .
Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1997, and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2017. Both novels have been translated into more than forty languages. My Seditious Heart is a collection of her nonfiction written over twenty years. She lives in Delhi.