Kingdom Come – Aarti V. Raman

Kingdom Come

  I had the chance to attend the book launch of ‘Kingdom Come’ at Bangalore. The author is a vivacious young lady who is very bubbly and articulate. She and her guests did a reading from the book there and it was enough to catch my attention. I knew then that if she writes half as well as she speaks, I would enjoy the book. Kingdom Come is a unique.

The Sceptical Patriot: Sidin Vadukut

The Sceptical Patriot

  Be the change you wish to see…..Except you see Gandhi may have never said that. A new book shows how the quote may have been a case of speedy and somewhat unskilful paraphrasing of what Bapu actually said. Sidin Vadukut‘s ‘The Sceptical Patriot’ answers to that email forward which we’ve all received or maybe forwarded at some point or another. You know the one which said – ‘Indians never.

Happily Murdered – Rasleen Syal

Happily murdered

  No, I’m not a big fan of mystery thrillers. Yes, the book makes me think otherwise. It was literally UNPUTDOWNABLE!!  Rasleen Syal has debuted in a fairly untouched genre in India and she comes out a winner! A very moving murder mystery, Happily Murdered is definitely a notch higher than your expectations.  ‘Someone has rightly said that in love and revenge a woman is more barbaric than a man can.

Shikhandi and other tales they don’t tell you – Devdutt Pattanaik


  India’s bestselling mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik’s latest offering, Shikhandi and other tales they don’t tell you goes a long way in making us understand and accept ‘queerness’. Written in typical lucid prose, ornamented with beautiful illustrations, which is a trademark of Pattanaik’s style, the book is an ‘important’ creation of our times. It comes at a juncture in human history where the status of transgenders and homosexuals is a constant issue.

Maharaja in Denims – Khushwant Singh


To buy/rent this book, click here The racy historical fiction by author Khushwant Singh struck me as fresh, contemporary and intriguing all at the same time. Maharaja in Denims, with its unique style and narrative, comes across as a whiff of fresh air in the telling of an eventful but otherwise well-known history. It talks about the turbulent times in Punjab’s history of the past two centuries, even as the story.

Right here right now – Nikita Singh


To buy/rent this book, click here Bestselling author of teen fiction, Nikita Singh, turns experimental with her latest novel ‘Right here right now’. It is a story of a teenage girl, but one that goes further than romance and touches upon the theme of living without a past and making peace with oneself. Seventeen year old Kalindi Mishra loses her memory (post-traumatic amnesia) in a mysterious accident. When she comes out of.

The NAMO Story – Kingshuk Nag


To buy/rent this book, click here Kingshuk Nag, the Resident Editor of the Times of India’s Hyderabad edition, presents in his book a balanced picture of Narendra Damodardas Modi’s political life, and his rise from being a mere RSS member to becoming BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 General Elections. In this highly debatable period of a candidate’s credibility, Nag’s book does not arouse intense feelings in the reader; instead.

Such a Long Journey – Rohinton Mistry


To buy/rent this book, click here Such a long journey outlines the 1971 Bombay and circles around the lives of the minority Parsee community. It touches upon the wars with Pakistan, the Government under Indira Gandhi, and the collective turmoil of the country ripping through the dilemmas of individual lives. The story comes filled with a dose of everyday humor, peppered with Parsee slangs and an ample use of expletives. The protagonist.

Turning Points – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


To buy/rent this book, click here The ignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource on the earth, above the earth and under the earth With this belief, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, yet again seeks to inspire his countrymen in his book Turning Points – A Journey through challenges. In this sequel to his earlier autobiography Wings of Fire, Kalam shares a few events that lightened his horizon, brought.

The Incredible Banker – Ravi Subramanian


To buy/rent this book, click here A seemingly business book, touching upon the intricacies of the financial and banking sector is what I hoped to read when I picked up Ravi Subramanian’s The Incredible Banker. But it turned out to be a piece of news! A thrilling fiction set against the backdrop of foreign banking in India, the story was like a storm that just wouldn’t let me off its grip. Yes,.

Life is what you make it – Preeti Shenoy


To buy/rent this book, click here It would be wrong to call Life is what you make it a love story. Yes, this story of a young, energetic girl coming from a conservative Indian family is much more than that. In fact, love story is just a small part at the center of this book by Preeti Shenoy, which addresses deeper issues in an individual’s life and in the society at large. The prologue.

The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri


To buy/rent this book, click here Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest novel The Lowland, which deals with complex issues and intense human emotions, calls for a serious reading. The story is essentially a tale of two brothers who grew up together in a modest neighborhood in North Calcutta in the 1960s and how their lives take a turn during the Naxalite revolutionary movement, when one brother chooses to get involved in.

Maharani – Ruskin Bond


To buy/rent this book, click here Painted in fresh hues and humor, damp with nostalgia, Ruskin Bond’s Maharani appears charming beneath a mist of melancholy. The relatively recent novella is a story of the widowed Maharani of Mastipur, H.H. (fondly called Neena), who lives in an enormous old house in the hills of Mussoorie, with her dogs and a caretaker. She is beautiful, spoilt, selfish and outspoken, but is dearly fond of her.

How I taught my Grandmother to read and other stories – Sudha Murty


  To buy/rent this book, click here A delightful children’s book, Sudha Murty’s first of the genre, How I taught my grandmother to read combines the teachings of life in twenty four simple short stories. The stories are experiences from Murty’s life that subtly convey important moral lessons, the essential values which are often forgotten by us in the course of life. There are numerous instances, situations and conversations from.

The Emperor’s Riddles – Satyarth Nayak


  To buy/rent this book, click here If ever one was to think of a Bollywood style retelling of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, in a completely Indian context, Satyarth Nayak’s book would fit the bill. A father is murdered brutally, leaving behind clues for his daughter to embark on a mission that would lead her to a sacred truth, a truth closely guarded by a secret brotherhood. What’s more,.

I have a dream – Rashmi Bansal


  To buy/rent this book, click here I would like to raise a toast to Rashmi Bansal for putting together this compelling bunch of stories in her third book I have a dream. This is my first book of Bansal and I was a little apprehensive about picking it up. To think of Indian non-fiction the one word that comes to my mind is ‘boring’. But I was, gladly, proved wrong..

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