‘s latest book A House for Mr Misra is an enjoyable journey into the author‘s process of relocation from London to Kerala. The author‘s first tryst with non-fiction deals with a couple‘s adventures that eventually lead to the building of a new house. The autobiography is a slim read, that delineates a remarkable episode in the author‘s life, told in a hilarious and endearing manner.
The narrative starts with Jaishree‘s husband , referred to in the book as Mr M, deciding to move away from London and settle down in Trivandrum, Kerala. The couple chooses a spot near the beach and engages in a series of incidents accompanying the building of their new abode. The novel is basically a testimony to all the hassling but fun parts of making a home — from buying the plot, getting the required approvals, to negotiations with vendors and architects. The author even charts out the hilarious exchanges with neighbours, the confusing coastal regulations, and all that‘s necessary for building a house near the beach.
The narrative could have taken a more solemn note and read as a memoir, but Jaishree‘s perspective gives the readers a fresh flavour out of an autobiographical depiction. A House for Mr Misra is developed from a journal the author kept during a phase of her life. The uproarious narrative with interesting plot twists, supported by the author‘s witty remarks makes for a delightful read, perfect for a lazy weekend.
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