Book: The Glass House A Year of Our Days
Author: Chanchal Sanyal
Published by: Rupa Publications
Number of pages: 184 pages
My Rating: 4/5
MY REVIEW: I was kindly provided with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
The story is told in the first person by the protagonist referred to only as M.B. and ‘Bungali Saab’. M.B., a history professor and his wife Roshni, a designer have always dreamed of owning their own home and accordingly invest in an upcoming scheme in Gurgaon.
However the development runs into a multitude of problems and construction is stalled. This leads to the unravelling of M.B. and Roshni’s marriage and creates many more problems.
There are many characters in the story that have been wonderfully portrayed by the author. The Punjabi and Bengali culture and their eccentricities too have been depicted well. The characters of M.B. and Roshni’s landlord Mr. Khanna, his gym freak son Rocky, M.B’s successful older brother Tubluda and M.B.’s colleague Malati have been so well etched out that they greatly add to the story.
One cannot help but empathise with M.B. as the struggles that he goes through to own a flat are those that every middle class Indian experiences. The story is well written and extremely interesting. Does the story have a happy ending? The reader needs to read the book to find that out.
I will certainly recommend this book to you. People of all ages can certainly understand and enjoy the book.