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Charlie, Presumed Dead – Anne Heltzel

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“At a tragic funeral in Paris, two perfect strangers find the one thing they have in common: Charlie Price, presumed dead. A tenuous bond is forged between them, and Lena and Aubrey go on a mind-bending hunt for clues in London, Mumbai, Kerala and Bangkok. But as the quiet malice of their ‘boyfriend’ is slowly uncovered, they’re not sure what’s worse: Charlie’s death or the possibility that he might still be alive. Only one thing is clear – no one is to be trusted.”

Harper Collins has taken up the publishing in India, I believe, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Charlie, Presumed Dead. It looks like it’ll be a great read. It’ll be great reading in my “Girls Only” book club.

Red Maize – Danesh Rana

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In the village of Morha Madana, overlooking the Chenab, the joys of harvesting ripe maize get sullied when, one summer, gun-toting militants of the tanzeem start swarming the hills. As the militants fight in the name of azadi, the villagers’ lives are shaken and torn apart. Charmed by the call of jihad, Shakeel, the second of the three sons of widow Kausar Jaan, becomes the first to turn a mujahid. Soon, the dreaded area commander, Major Rathore of the Indian Army, decides that Shakeel’s decimation is his only way of regaining the respect of his fellow officers and his ticket back to a peace station. Thus begins the tale of woe of his mother and brothers. Eventually Kausar Jaan becomes the symbol of Kashmir caught in the crossfire between separatists and the army.”

Red Maize sounds pretty intense, doesn’t it? Not usually my kind of book but the cover intrigues me. Again, this is from Harper Collins.

Dark Things – Sukanya Venkatraghavan

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‘Somewhere on Prithvi, a mortal survives a supernatural attack. In the dark realm of Atala, an evil goddess prepares to do the unspeakable. And a Yakshi finds herself at the heart of an other-worldly storm.

Ardra has only known life as a Yakshi, designed to seduce and kill men after drawing out their deepest, darkest secrets for her evil mistress Hera, queen of the forsaken realm of Atala. Then, on one strange blood moon night, her victim, Dwai, survives, and her world spins out of control. Now Ardra must escape the wrath of Hera, who is plotting the unthinkable, ready to throw the universe into chaos.’

I think Dark Things sounds amazing. Even though it sounds very YA and I’m not a fan of the genre, this seems a nice launch from an Indian author. Releases Jan 27th.

The Peshwa – Ram Sivasankaran

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“It is the 18th century and despite the dominant Mughal rule, the Maratha Confederacy has established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Indian Subcontinent. The fragile peace between the two powers is threatened when Balaji Vishvanath Bhat, Peshwa of the Confederacy, foils the plans of Nizam Ul Mulk of the Mughal Empire, and asserts the power of the Marathas. However, little does the Peshwa know that he has dealt the Nizam an unintended wound—one with roots in his mysterious past and one that he would seek to avenge till his last breath.”

Released on Jan 5th, this is a book I hadn’t heard about till I went prowling through the new releases section on Amazon. Yes, I know, another Historic/mythological fantasy but hear me out. We have a rich history with much diversity. Why not take advantage of that and enjoy it? Check out The Peshwa: The Lion And the Stallion here.

All Quiet In Vikaspuri – Sarnath Banerjee

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“A Homeric tale of a man’s journey to the centre of the earth in search of the mythical river Saraswati, this graphic novel is set against the fictitious yet ever-so-real Water Wars of Delhi. It is a dystopian landscape where neighbourhoods fight brutal battles against each other and even victory must end in defeat.”

I say it’s time we read more Indian graphic novels. I’ve already got Kari and Munnuon my wishlist, now All Quiet in Vikaspuri has been added too. It sounds great and if the organic rustic looking cover is a representation of the art inside then I’m quite pleased.

This is all for now. Through this week I’ll be sharing more books that I’m excited for. Look forward to that!

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