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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 03:15 AM IST

Mee And Juhibaby by Susmita Mukherjee: Review

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Book: Mee And Juhibaby

Author: Susmita Mukherjee

Publisher: Speaking Tiger

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Pages: 271;

Price: Rs 315

Once famous as Kitty, the cutesy detective’s aide in teleserial ‘Karamchand’, this is actress-writer Susmita Mukherjee’s debut as a novelist. The novel is rather ambitious in its scope — it combines the world of Bollywood with the tale of four cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Benares — and of an ordinary middle-class family, with an underworld of drugs and sex.

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Mee And Juhibaby tells the story of Mee and her mother, Juhibaby, who is the unwanted child of travelling jatra artistes in rural Bengal. Married off into a family in distant Delhi, she gives birth to her daughter, Mee. While Mee grows up in a respectable middle-class home and is convent-educated, she inherits her mother’s flair for acting. A successful career in Bollywood follows but life has many more plans — read: upsets — for Mee…

This novel about relationships — between mother and daughter, husband and wife, friends and lovers — is told with energy and a unique perspective on life. Mukherjee brings her characters alive, even though the sheer diversity in realms can feel a tad unbelievable. Eventually, it is a tale of forgiveness and ‘coming back home’, as after innumerable lows, Mee rescues her mother and their fractured relationship is healed, before the curtains are drawn.

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Published on: Sunday, January 20, 2019, 07:20 AM IST
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