Laugh­ter is a dou­ble­edged sword

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - HTCITY TIME OUT - Farozan Akhtar

Like his first work, Manu Bhat­tathiri’s lat­est work is a slice of life that re­minds one of RK Narayan’s Mal­gudi Days. The unique re­la­tion­ship be­tween Joby, the town drunk, and re­tired po­lice of­fi­cer Paachu, is at the core of the plot. The novel fea­tures eclec­tic char­ac­ters, both hu­man and non-hu­man, each manag­ing to hold their own. Even na­ture is brought to life in a way that makes it al­most a char­ac­ter in the story.

The au­thor deftly brings out the flavour of an or­di­nary In­dian town, right from over-con­cerned res­i­dents to the lazy rou­tine of life. The heart-warm­ing tale man­ages to reel in the reader, and is full of wit and wis­dom without sound­ing preachy.

Ti­tle: The Town That Laughed

Au­thor: Manu Bhat­tathiri

Pub­lisher: Aleph Book Com­pany

Price: ₹599

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