Veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah recently released a novel, titled The Glass House: A Year of Our Days, which recounts a couple's search for a house in Delhi and also has some of its excerpts. Written from the point of Monojit Bhaduri (abbreviated as MB in the book), a Bengali college professor in his 30s, the story is said to be dark as well as a comical take on the urban city.
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"The book looks into the 'makaan' part of 'roti, kapda, makaan', and how we equate a house with achievement and happiness," Sanyal said at the launch. The book traces the downhill journey of MB's life, as unable to afford a house in the capital, he zeroes on one in Gurugram but is construction screeches to a halt.
The fragility of his dream, and its unshielded truth, creates a house of glass for the protagonist -- utterly transparent and threatening to break at the drop of a hat.
The Gurugram-based Sanyal described the housing situation in the adjoining Haryana city as "a stage that has been set; but while it's halfway done, the curtains have been raised."
Shah, who was a resident of Delhi in his student days, recounted his experience of the city, while reading his favourite excerpts from the book. The book meanwhile looks into the ideals of middle-class urban happiness, and leaves the reader with the question: Has Delhi had enough?