Book Review: A House for Mr Misra by Jaishree Misra
Having lived in different cities for pursuing education, and work, shifting base has become a normal phenomenon in my life. The pain and hassle one has to undergo to uproot one’s roots and relocate in a completely different setting, is inexplicable. Come to think of it, I have never thought about “settling down” – life has its own surprises, one has to live on.
So, when I read the blurb of this book, I was intrigued. Not only does the author shift base, she travels to the other side of the world, in a beach town of Kerala, with her husband Mr M. This autobiographical novel is an account of the hurdles that come their way and how they brave these obstacles to build a house of their own.
Kerala, or “God’s Own Country”, as the State is popularly known as, may seem as the ideal destination for a London-based couple to move to, but the stairway to this ‘heaven’ is not as rosy as it seems. The Misra duo have to deal with unscrupulous builders, an unrelentingly corrupt bureaucracy, and even bewildering legislations to protect the environment.
Reading the book brought back memories of my Kerala trip last year. The prosaic writing lets your imagination run wild in the scenic locales of Kerala. The deep attachment that Jaishree Misra has towards Kerala is clearly visible in the writing. The witty narrative and oodles of humour make the book a delectable read. She captures the essence of Malayalee lifestyle beautifully.
They say, truth is stranger than fiction. Jaishree Misra’s experience of building a house in Kerala is a testimony. ‘A House for Mr Misra’ is a light read for a lazy, Sunday afternoon. The book will surely leave a mark in your heart, and light up your face with a smile, by the time you turn the last page.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
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