DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - BOOKS -

It was the year of mad moth­ers, and Mari­amma, who talks to walls and douses her al­co­holic hus­band in or­der to wake him up, matches Em in both lu­nacy as well as charm. The Il­licit Hap­pi­ness of Other Peo­ple is ac­tu­ally a fa­ther’s quest to un­ravel the mys­tery of his son’s sui­cide, but Mari­amma is the par­ent who wins your heart. Haunted by the past, mis­er­able in her present and yet full of hu­mour, Mari­amma’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to not let her dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances over­whelm her is fan­tas­tic. From tak­ing ad­van­tage of the com­pe­ti­tion be­tween lo­cal churches, us­ing eco­nomic the­ory to dis­ci­pline her son and thwack­ing a man who “eveteases” a young woman, Mari­amma is amaz­ing..

deep­an­jana­pal@ dnain­dia. net

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