People On Our Roof


Author: Shefali Tripathi Mehta

9789389136708 | PB | pp. 228 | 2021 | Niyogi Books

People On Our Roof is an exploration into one’s past and a portrait of a woman’s Undying committent to her family.This story is very inspiring, it helps us see mental illness in a new light.

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In a once-grand, now down-at-its-heels bungalow in a south Delhi colony lives Naina with her mother, sister, and the stigma that madness ‘runs in the family’. When a woman’s face peeps in from the mists of her childhood memories, Naina sets out in search of the truth behind her father’s disappearance. Then comes a call that begins to unspool the past.

People on Our Roof is a portrait of one woman’s undying commitment to her kin; her struggle with relationships, and a heart-wrenching story of indestructible love between two people. A coming of age story, it also explores the world of people whose minds are wired differently.

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About the Author

The author is a novelist, a poet, and a social worker. People On Our Roof is her fifth book and the second work of fiction after Stuck Like Lint (2017). She has published short stories and poems in anthologies and online. She writes on disability awareness, social issues, travel, and parenting. For close to ten years, Shefali wrote the cover story for the Sunday supplement of the Deccan Herald. She lives in Bangalore and works with the Azim Premji Foundation. Shefali volunteers with the disability organization , Arushi, and curates Gond art to support tribal artists.


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