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The Magic Strings Of Frankie Presto – Mitch Albom

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“At nine years old, Frankie Presto is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings.But Frankie’s talent is unique, and his amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the twentieth century, from classical to jazz to rock and roll, with his stunning talent affecting numerous stars along the way, including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Carole King and even KISS.Frankie becomes a pop star himself. He makes records. He is adored. But his gift is also his burden, as he realises, through his music, he can actually affect people’s futures — with one string turning blue whenever a life is altered.At the height of his popularity, Frankie Presto vanishes. His legend grows. Only decades later does he reappear, to change one last life”

Doesn’t that sound interesting? I’m thrilled at this description. The Magic Strings of Frankie Prestoreleases on the 20th. (Today)

Raakshas – Piyush Jha

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“What made him a serial killer? Was he born with homicidal tendencies? Did a harrowing childhood render him criminally insane? The questions haunt, Additional Commissioner of Police, Maithili Prasad as she discovers the horrific murders across Mumbai. As she spearheads the greatest manhunt in Mumbai s history, she s determined to contain the reign of terror unleashed by the ruthless serial killer. But before that she must grapple with her personal demons that surface to plague her with self-doubt. Just as it seems that Maithili has begun to understand the deep-rooted resentment that drives the serial killer, he turns around and makes her the object of his revenge. Will she emerge unscathed from this ordeal?”

I must say I have been pulled in by the hype surrounding Raakshas. But I haven’t given in completely yet. This one has already released this year so if you’re intrigued go grab it.

The Battle For Sanskrit – Rajiv Malhotra

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“The book explores the battle between Western and traditional approaches to Sanskrit and Sanskrit (civilization). It exposes the dominant Western scholarship, in particular its subversive allegation that the Sanskrit heritage has been a political weapon for social oppression. Without adequate critical inquiry, Indian English-language elites have internalized such lopsided ideas and enshrined them in various mainstream institutions.
Controversial and thought-provoking, the book proposes a set of debates for the intellectual kurukshetra (battlefield) pertaining to the social, political, historical and contemporary dimensions of Indian Sanskrit. It is intended as a wake-up call to the traditionalists and seeks to inspire a home team to pursue such debates.”

As someone who wants desperately to learn Sanskrit I might hate The Battle for Sanskrit. But then it might blow my mind and I might fall in love with it. Who knows. It releases on the 21st of Jan if you’re as interested as I am.

Do You Know Any Good Boys? – Meeti Shroff-Shah

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“So Meeti, do you cook?’
‘Sometimes … Pasta.’
‘How about nice round rotis?’
If I were a little kid, this could be the moment I flung a toy car at his face.
When Meeti Shroff-Shah recruited her parents to find her a husband, she didn’t think she’d have to meet more than forty men before she was married.
As she waded through biodatas, signed up on matrimonial sites, frequented astrologers, dealt with meddling aunties and made her way through the terrifying arranged-marriage jungle, she discovered within herself a rare kind of perseverance and the very vital ability to laugh at most things.”

As an Indian with a lot of male cousins and relatives, I swear to god “Do you Know Any Good Boys?“is the question I have heard the most. This is a must read in my list. Release date, Jan 27th(Pan Macmillan).

The Killing Lessons – Saul Black

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When the two strangers turn up at Rowena Cooper’s isolated Colorado farmhouse, she knows instantly that it’s the end of everything. For the two haunted and driven men, on the other hand, it’s just another stop on a long and bloody journey. And they still have many miles to go, and victims to sacrifice, before their work is done.

For San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart, their trail of corpses – women abducted, tortured and left with a seemingly random series of objects inside them – has brought her from obsession to the edge of physical and psychological destruction. And she’s losing hope of making a breakthrough before that happens.

But the slaughter at the Cooper farmhouse didn’t quite go according to plan. There was a survivor, Rowena’s 10-year-old daughter Nell, who now holds the key to the killings. Injured, half-frozen, terrified, Nell has only one place to go. And that place could be even more terrifying than what she’s running from.”

Releasing in India (Hatchette) on the 13th of Feb, The Killing Lessonsis something that I’m eagerly awaiting.

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