Happy Birthday! is a celebration of the complex, mysterious inner lives of our fellow human beings, by the award-winning novelist Meghna Pant.
A dedicated friend undertakes one last labour of love for a childless woman. Nadia—married into money—finds herself facing uncomfortable truths about her comfortably numb marriage. A Mumbai slum-girl dreams of speaking words valuable enough to be translated into English. An American tourist seeking nirvana sets off a sudden chain of events when his bag is stolen, and destiny plays her hand. A retired civil servant of modest means struggles to support his snooty foreign-returned daughter.
Meghna Pant’s knife-sharp stories are compelling, emotionally intelligent and provide a rare glimpse into the strange workings of the human heart. They evade neat categorization, and are the perfect read for all curious spirits.
Random House India
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Short stories that sting!
I know this is not a book review and there are great reviews of this going around, but I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the stories in this book; something I haven't done so with a short story collection in a while.
The stories themselves are pretty dark and most of the characters wouldn't exactly fit into our definitio of heroes, and are maybe, at best, anti-heroes. But hey, life's like that and the point of a good story is to help you feel like someone else understands what you feel a...