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51UOGX4iXYLThe Rise Of Sivagami : Book 1 Of Bahubali – Anand Neelakanthan

Fans of the films Baahubali will be excited for this one. A while back the producer of the film and the author came together to write this series. Blessed by the sacred Gauriparvat, Mahishmathi is an empire of abundance. The powerful kingdom is flourishing under its king, who enjoys the support and loyalty of his subjects, down to his lowly slaves. But is everything really as it appears, or is the empire hiding its own dirty secret?
Orphaned at a young age and wrenched away from her foster family, Sivagami is waiting for the day she can avenge the death of her beloved father, cruelly branded a traitor. Her enemy? None other than the king of Mahishmathi. With unflinching belief in her father’s innocence, the fiery young orphan is driven to clear his name and destroy the empire of Mahishmathi against all odds. How far can she go in her audacious journey?

Coming out from Westland Books in March

91Oeb0t9PYLInto The Water – Paula Hawkins

Yes, this is the same Paula Hawkins who wrote The Girl On The Train and while I liked it a little less than Gone Girl I still liked it and will probably get this one when I can. A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

This one comes out in May from Riverhead books but it’s up for preorder on Amazon India now.

51v0iLpY-ELStay With Me – Ayobami Adebayo

This gorgeous cover contains an even more beautiful story, one love motherhood, love and heartache. There are things even love can’t do . . . If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But even when it’s in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn’t mean it’s no longer love . . .’Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants and she has tried everything – arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God. But when her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair.Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 80s Nigeria, Stay With Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings. Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. It is a tale about our desperate attempts to save ourselves and those we love from heartbreak.

Coming out in March from Canongate Books.

51gM05JdVaLThe Lonely City – Olivia Laing

I’ve been wanting to read this for a while now an it’s FINALLY releasing in India. Not only because it was hortlisted for the 2016 Gordon Burn Prize or Chosen as ‘Book of the Year’ by a few reputable publications. It also has been given great reviews by people I trust. When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by this most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving fluidly between the works and lives of some of the city’s most compelling artists, Laing conducts an electric, dazzling investigation into what it means to be alone, illuminating not only the causes of loneliness but also how it might be resisted and redeemed.

Coming out the end of March from Random House

91QhpqKTFZLErotic Stories For Punjabi Widows – Balli Kaur Jaswal

No, this isn’t erotica, atleast that’s not what it sounds like. This seems more like a deep and through provoking novel about Punjabi women and what their secrets are. When Nikki takes a creative writing job at her local temple, with visions of emancipating the women of the community she left behind as a self-important teenager, she’s shocked to discover a group of barely literate women who have no interest in her ideals. Yet to her surprise, the white dupatta of the widow hides more than just their modesty –these are women who have spent their lives in the shadows of fathers, brothers and husbands; being dutiful, raising children and going to temple, but whose inner lives are as rich and fruitful as their untold stories. But as they begin to open up to each other about womanhood, sexuality and the dark secrets within the community, Nikki realizes that the illicit nature of the class may place them all in danger.
East meets west and tradition clashes with modernity in a thought-provoking cross-cultural novel that might make you look again at the women in your life…

Coming out in March from Harper Collins

Are you planning on getting any of these? Let me know which ones appeal to you the most.

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