Mrs Ali's Road to Happiness Paperback
by Farahad Zama
Part of the Marriage Bureau for Rich People series
Mrs Ali's much loved home is suddenly under threat - a road widening scheme threatens to destroy both it and the family business, the Marriage Bureau for Rich People.
Meanwhile, Mrs Ali's niece, Pari, a young Muslim widow, adopts a destitute Hindu boy, and this unorthodox arrangement offends both Muslim and Hindu in the sleepy eastern Indian town of Vizag.
The Ali family are plunged into crisis, threated by police action, social boycott and excommunication. There is one plan that might just keep Pari and her son together, and the home Mr and Mrs Ali have shared for many years intact, but it's a desperate gamble.
Do they risk everything for a small chance of success?
But can they afford not to?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 03/05/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780349122700
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Review by pamjw
A story of politics and religion - and each group trying to dictate how others live.Set in the Indian town of Vizag, a road widening is threatened regardless of the houses and land it will take to do it. A young Hindu boy ans his adoptive Muslim mother are threatened with separation. Will a way of acceptance be found?This story starts of quite pedestrian, and with many, sometimes confusing, threads. It does get better, but in places I found it hard to follow, and some parts seemed quite contrived.