Friday, December 2, 2016

the association of small bombs by karan mahajan

Living in Delhi is an unforgettable experience. Although I spent only two years of my life there, the memorable mix of scent, sounds, and suffocating yet spellbinding strangeness of the city simmers right under my skin, and delving into The Association of Small Bombs brought me right back. Unsurprisingly, the novel sets off with a bombing at Lajpat Nagar - the explosives themselves tucked into the innards of a Maruti 800 - and the resulting repercussions drive the story, centered around two Delhi families, one who loses a son in the blast and one who does not. TAOSB is a gripping novel, and its contemporary connections between poverty and terrorism make it the perfect read for our times. Give it to fans of The White Tiger, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and A Case of Exploding Mangoes. Click here for a full review. Grade 11 +