Happy Birthday by Meghna Pant is a collection of thirteen heartwarming, introspecting, emotional stories which are eye-openers. When I ordered the book, the name suggested that these would be happy stories but they were realities of life, realities we run away from, reality we close our eyes to.
Let me start with the cover – it is beautiful at the first glance but if you look at it very carefully, you realize that the balloons have something printed on them, and these are all related to something or the other in the stories.
Most of the stories are either set in Mumbai or America. The stories are about a father who, for the sake of his only son’s happiness, does not acknowledge the last and only remnant of his childhood, about rich children who feel that, in India, the boundaries we live in must be respected, about parents who keeping their needs aside give in to their children’s happiness. Then there are stories about sacrificing friendship, Sati, two blind friends, and a lady choosing responsibility over love and parental love and affection which the children realize only when it is too late.
A very special book but every story needs about an hour to digest.
Book source: Bought
Publisher: Vintage Books/ Random House India