Winter and exams make the worst combination ever. And to make the situation even more dreadful, I have been blessed with early morning shift. I thought what’s the point of stressing over something when we can’t change it? So I decided to read a book with light subject and good humor & someone suggested me ‘A House for Mr Misra’ by Jaishree Misra. “This book better help me calm down”, I told my myself. And truly, this book has done justice to my expectations.
The book revolves around the narrator and her husband Mr. M who returned to their motherland after living in London for so many years. Mr. M was excited to see his dream of having a beach house coming true while his wife was struggling hard to adjust with her husband’s decision. Mr. M bought a broken down yellow house on the outskirts of Trivandrum from a fish broker and dreamt of transforming it into a beautiful beach house. While describing the plot narrator said, “..the plot was right next to a sandy beach, albeit strewn at the moment with dried seaweed and all manner of human detritus from solitary rubber chappals to empty Sprite bottles. And the Laccadive sea (the romantic name dredged up by Mr. M when I paled at the sound of Indian Ocean) lay sparkling less than fifty yards away.” During some more inspection it was found that the house had electricity connection but no water connection, and to make things worse the house was in a legal dispute! Not only the dispute, there were problems lined up for Misra duo; which included getting permission for construction, dealing with a corrupt builder, managing stubborn workers, understanding CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone), threat calls, poisonous snakes etc. But nothing could break the spirit of Mr. M who was adamant to build his dream house by the sea.
I never went to Kerala but this book gave me a vivid idea of the place. The Misra couple had their own problems related to the house construction, still the narrator provided a bunch of information about Malayali way of life. The book also throws limelight to some facts about Trivandrum like lack of proper garbage disposal system and the story behind it, Kudumbashree scheme started in 1998 to generate employment & education opportunities for poor women, Nokku Kooli – a right claimed all local head-load workers’ unions to unload any material being delivered on their patch, frequent strikes & processions which made the capital festooned with flags. In the book the author has used humor in a good way, I didn’t get a overdose of it still I enjoyed with my favourite part being the conversation between the man in TMC’s A&E Dept. and the narrator. 😀
No complications, simple daily life problems expressed with the perfect amount of humor, be it overly packed up public transport, unhygienic bed sheet in hospital or clueless waiter in restaurants. Nice book to lighten up your head. Go through this one and you won’t be disappointed. Do share your thoughts in comments section. 🙂
Love, phoenixX ❤