The first thing that comes to one’s mind when he/she hears of the Rotab Mazafati Bam is the name of the book, a short story by Arundhati Roy. However, this isn’t exactly true as the book is different from the book; however, the author is an expert on the book while the short story is not that. In fact, both the book and the short story are based on the same premise.
The book’s premise is the story of a young girl named Ziva, who is born with a deformed nose. A doctor tries to give her a remedy but when it doesn’t work, the girl is forced to live with her deformities. As time goes on, Ziva starts to miss her nose and that’s what makes her become the heroine of the book, Rotab Mazafati Bum.
The book begins with the story of the doctor, Dr. S. Datta. He has been treating Ziva for her deformity for quite some time and the reader would realize that he is the main character of the story. The novel then follows the life of Ziva and how she grows up in Mumbai’s slums, while dealing with the problems faced by the people around her.
When it comes to the plot of Rotab Maza Bum, we have the protagonist going through the same ordeal as the people of Mumbai. There is no difference between the story of the people in Mumbai and the story of the people in slums as both are the same. This gives the readers an idea about what life in the slum is all about.
Once the story of the book begins, you would get to know the side of the story that is never told. The short story takes us into the life of Ziva and what she goes through every day of her life. We get to know what the people around her go through as well.
The story of the book is well written and I enjoyed reading about it as I am very much interested in stories like these. It was a good read and definitely an interesting read. Rotab Maza Bum has a lot of information about the Mumbai slums and it was really interesting to read about the things that Ziva goes through. Even though the story isn’t very long and there were just about 40 pages, the information that the book gave me made me learn a lot about my city. I recommend the book for people who are new to Mumbai or who have no experience of the slums in Mumbai.