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After relishing 'Aapka Bunty', 'Bina Diwaro Ke Ghar' and a few short stories by Mannu ji, I picked this one while in the mood for reading some more on strained family relations. The blurb warned of something unexpected - "मन्नू भंडारी का महाभोज उपन्यास इस धारणा को तोड़ता है कि महिलाएं या तो घर-परिवार के बारे में लिखती हैं, या अपनी भावनाओं की दुनिया में ही जीती-मरती हैं!"
And this political thriller turned out to be such a pleasant surprise. This got me hooked from the first page and there wasn't any slack till the end.
Mahabhoj in hindi roughly translates to the feast organised after a person's death for his remembrance where the entire village is invited.
The story starts with the death of a minority person in mischievous circumstances. And the title reflects on how the politicians and media groups jump on this opportunity for building their case in the upcoming elections.
Caution: This contains one critical conversation in "khadi boli" ranging around 5-6 pages. [I immensely enjoyed this added flavour]