Story of a lost journalist

October 18, 2012

Manu Joseph and Unni Chacko

Filed under: Books — Cris @ 12:54

How different things become with the first hint of sunlight – a sunlight I generously hate with all my hatred most days, but waited for in the darkness of my room at 5am last night. I’d open my eyes every few minutes expecting to see a young boy of 17 calmly smiling at me or an older man of gray hairs who created him. Manu Joseph’s Illicit Happiness and his Unni Chacko gave me the creeps. And I loved it :-).

Serious Men was not quite my type. I read it when Sabin lent it to me last year. That one was green cover, this one was yellow. That’s what I first thought when I saw the new book on Manu’s wall. A friend then flipkarts it to me and I start reading it just like that. I am turning pages, I am taking a pencil to write to Manu on the thin sides what I thought of when I read. This was not at all Serious Men. This was mystery without drama and humor without effort and emotion without mush and literature without ten-letter words. My type oh yea. I could sink in so easily. No wonder it started getting creepy when more and more of Unni Chacko came out. That’s who Manu is writing about, a boy called Unni that his father tries to find out about.

There are no ghosts about. There really isn’t room for grief when the big tragedy has been set in the first pages. But that doesn’t make anything less close. The one I liked most is Mariamma Chacko, Unni’s mother. I wouldn’t want to describe any of the characters – Unni’s little bro Thoma or next door girl Mythily or his friends. So emm, this is no review. I was just happy I could be within a book so easily. Feels nice, thanks Manu :-).



  1. Finished reading it yesterday, a very interesting plot and great humor at times……..a beautiful book 🙂
    After reading it, I now wish to meet the alpha and the corpse(he is so cooool)……and Unni(even though he did what he did) and Mariamma Chacko…….

    Comment by aswin(achu) — October 20, 2012 @ 11:20 | Reply

    • Aswin, yes does seem your type. You’d be a perfect Gamma 🙂

      Comment by Cris — October 25, 2012 @ 15:10 | Reply

  2. Sometimes you run into people sharing their experiences with a book or movie, and you think: reviews are waaayy too over-rated!!

    I can’t wait to lay my hands on that book now! 🙂
    and the writer in you is just getting better n better with time.
    you make it so easy for us readers to get what you feel about things.(rather than what you ‘think’ about things, which is much more easier)

    Comment by usha — October 25, 2012 @ 00:43 | Reply

    • Usha my gal! So good to see you again. I never attempt to review books, well err, after the last time I did that. Cause movies and books, I have found that I like them when I can enjoy them, that’s all.. I wouldnt be able to list reasons. Let me know what you think of Illicit Happiness :-).

      Comment by Cris — October 25, 2012 @ 15:14 | Reply

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