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Who are the Characters in Tanaz Bhathena’s New Book?

Susan is the new girl and Malcolm is the bad boy. Susan hasn’t told anyone, but she wants to be an artist. Malcolm doesn’t know what he wants-until he meets her.

Love is messy and families are messier, but in spite of their burdens, Susan and Malcolm fall for each other. The ways they drift apart and come back together are the picture of being true to oneself.

Meet the characters from Tanaz Bhathena’s new book, The Beauty of the Moment


An academically brilliant young girl born in Saudi Arabia, Susan is living in Canada now. She dreads failing her upcoming driving test as failure has never been an option in her family. Her parents want her to be either a doctor or an engineer but Susan’s real desire and passion is art.



Malcolm has been through a rough patch in life when he lost his mother to cancer. As a fifteen-year-old he used to drink, smoke and do drugs, but has now come out of that phase. However, his reputation as a troublemaker still remains. He adores his younger sister, Mahtab, even though his sister teases and annoys him with her chatter.


Amma (Susan’s Mother)

Amma is a storyteller. She loves to share with her friends how she ran away to get married to the man who is now her husband and the father of her only child. She lives in Canada with her daughter and refuses to believe that her Happily Ever After is filled with long distance calls, fights and anger and despair.



Alisha Babu is Susan’s best friend who still lives in Jeddah. She and Susan talk everyday inspite of the distance and the time difference and share every detail of their daily lives. She has strict conservative parents who want her to create a profile on a matrimonial site the year she turns eighteen.



Mahtab is Malcolm’s little sister who is very protective of her elder brother. She is the stronger one amongst the 2 siblings who held her grit even after losing their mother. She is the perfect Parsi girl with her daily prayers, her involvement in the ZCC Youth Committee and her perfect Parsi boyfriend Ronnie Mehta.

Find out more about the characters and their story in Tanaz Bhathena’s new book, The Beauty of the Moment!

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