Awesome New Releases From Harpercollins #Batman #HarleyQuinn #Joker

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HARLEY QUINN: MAD LOVE

By Paul Dini and Pat Cadigan

Dr. Harleen Quinzel became a psychologist to deal with her own broken family background. At Arkham Asylum, she attempted to treat the Joker and instead fell hopelessly in love with him, helping him escape. Quinzel became Harley Quinn, a bizarre contradiction of violence and mercy who blames Batman for her inability to maintain a stable relationship with the arch-villain. Continue reading

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The Gollancz Book Of South Asian Science Fiction

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FINALLY we have a south Asian scifi anthology. This has been a long time coming. For those aware, there are very few mainstream scifi books published in south Asia, I’m particularly speaking on India but I haven’t necessarily heard of too many books in other regions either. So this would be an absolutely brilliant addition to scifi lovers’ bookshelves. Continue reading

Draupathi #BookReview

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Author : Sai Swaroopa

Publisher : Rupa Publications

Genre : Historical, Mythology

Rating : 4 stars

Source : Review copy

Summary : Being born a princess, and raised by a loving father and three doting brothers would make life seem like a bed of roses to any woman. Born out of the sacred fire, Draupadi is no ordinary woman, and her destiny cannot be to walk the beaten path. Witnessing estrangement and betrayal within her own family makes her perceptive and intuitive beyond her years. Complicated marital relationships, a meteoric rise and a fateful loss, humiliation unheard of and a pledge of revenge, all culminating in a bloody war—her ordeal seemed never-ending. Yet she stands up to it all—never succumbing, never breaking. One of the most unforgettable characters of the Mahabharata, Draupadi shows what a woman is capable of. Told with great sensitivity and passion, this book brings alive a character of epic proportions that resonates with every reader across space and time.

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China Rich Girlfriend #AudiobookReview

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Author : Kevin Kwan

Publisher : Doubleday

Genre : Contemporary Fiction, Asian Fiction

Source : Own copy

Rating : 1 star

Summary : On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiance willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore’s It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia’s most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it’s like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich.

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Behind Closed Doors #Dnf #Review

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Author : B.A.Paris

Publisher : ST, Martin’s Press

Genre : Psychological Thriller

Source : Own

Rating : 1 star

Summary : Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.
Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?
And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

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New Books I Want To Get

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 The Winter Of The Witch – Katherine Arden

One girl can make a difference. Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers and someone to blame. Vasilisa, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic. Then a vengeful demon, stronger than ever. Determined to engulf the world in chaos, he finds allies among men and spirits. Mankind and magical creatures alike find their fates resting on Vasya’s shoulders. But she may not be  able to save them all.

Saikat Majumdar – The Scent Of God

In an elite all-boys’ boarding school run by a Hindu monastic order in late-twentieth century India, things aren’t what they look like on the surface… anirvan, a young student, is fascinated by the music and silence of spiritual life. He dreams of becoming a monk. But as he seeks his dream, he finds himself drawn to a fellow student, and they come together to form an intimate and unspeakable relationship. The boys sweat at cricket and football, crack Science and Mathematics in pursuit of Golden careers, and meditate to the aroma of Incense and flowers. It’s a world of ruthless discipline shaped by monks in flowing Saffron. A sceptical teacher mentors anirvan and reveals his suspicion of this vigilant atmosphere. Does the beating of the boys reveal urges that cannot be named? What is the meaning of monastic celibacy? What, indeed, holds the brotherhood together? Against himself, anirvan gets sucked into a whirl of events outside the walls of the monastery, in the midst of prostitutes, scheming politicians and the impoverished Muslims of the villages surrounding the school. When the love of his life returns to him, the boys’ desire for each other push them towards a wild course of action. But will that give them a life together in a world that does not recognise their kind of love?.

Sweet Shop By Amit Chaudhuri

Arising from visits to sweet shops in the by-lanes of Calcutta, these poems brim with the excitement of what it means to discover, marvel at, and taste the universe. As the first line of the book states, ‘The whole universe is here’. Showcasing the edible, the intimate, and the singular, this collection, like the sweet-shop shelf, is characterized by ‘an unnoticed balance of gravity and play’.

I know there are only three in the list this time but gimme a little time, I’m a little rusty and out of practice here. I will be back with a lot more new releases that you will desperately want to read.

Crazy Rich Asians #AudiobookReview

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Author : Kevin Kwan

Publisher : Double Day

Genre : Contemporary fiction, Asian fiction

Source : Own Copy

Rating : 3 stars

Summary : When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back.
Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry.

The Forest Of Enchantments #BookRelease

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

I thought I’d end this year with a rather exciting book release. Not my own of course, lol, but an author I absolutely enjoy readinh, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

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The Ramayana, one of the world’s greatest epics, is also a tragic love story. In this brilliant retelling, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of the novel: this is Sita’s version.


The Forest of Enchantments is also a very human story of some of the other women in the epic, often misunderstood and relegated to the margins: Kaikeyi, Surpanakha, Mandodari. A powerful comment on duty, betrayal, infidelity and honour, it is also about women’s struggle to retain autonomy in a world that privileges men, as Chitra transforms an ancient story into a gripping, contemporary battle of wills. While the Ramayana resonates even today, she makes it more relevant than ever, in the underlying questions in the novel: How should women be treated by their loved ones? What are their rights in a relationship? When does a woman need to stand up and say, ‘Enough!’

A moving meditation on love in its many forms, The Forest of Enchantments proves once again why Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni remains an unparalleled storyteller.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. Her work has been published widely, in magazines and anthologies, and her books have been translated into twenty-nine languages. Several of her works have been made into films and plays.

Chitra will be in India in January 2019 to promote the book.

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Watch the trailer here!

‘Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni turns the Ramayana around by telling it in the voice of Sita … this inversion is a gift—it presents us with a way to know an already well-known story better and to love an already beloved story more.’ 

—ARSHIA SATTAR

‘This inspired evocation of the goddess Sita is an epic song of strength and solidarity told with joy and intensity. It brings to life the personalities and predicaments of the Ramayana.’

—NAMITA GOKHALE

‘Among the many, many Ramayanas, there are now even—thankfully—some “Sitayanas”, but I know of none with the special magic that Chitra Divakaruni … brings to the telling.’

—PHILIP LUTGENDORF

‘Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Sita … is an epitome of courage and self-respect, showing a path for all women. While weaving a familiar story, Chitra provides deep and surprising insights.’

—VOLGA

‘An incomparable storyteller.’

—THE DENVER POST

‘Divakaruni’s stories are irresistible.’

—THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

‘Divakaruni’s storytelling talents put her right up there with the best.’

—MIAMI HERALD

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Available for purchase on Amazon India and Flipkart.

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