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1. Desire – Murakami (Vintage Minis)

31a69zSs1YLYou’ve just passed someone on the street who could be the love of your life, the person you’re destined for – what do you do? In Murakami’s world, you tell them a story. The five weird and wonderful tales collected here each unlock the many-tongued language of desire, whether it takes the form of hunger, lust, sudden infatuation or the secret longings of the heart.
Selected from Haruki’s Murakami’s short story collections The Elephant Vanishes, Blind Willow Sleeping Woman and Men Without Women

This is perfect for those who want a taste of Murakami without committing to a full book. Also a great little add on gift!

2. A State Of Freedom – Neek Mukherjee

91o4CKHequLWhat happens when one attempts to exchange the life one is given for something better? Can we transform the possibilities we are born into? A State of Freedom prises open the central, defining events of our century-displacement and migration-but not as you imagine them. Five characters, in very different circumstances-from a domestic cook in Mumbai to a vagrant and his dancing bear and a girl who escapes terror in her home village for a new life in the city-find out the meanings of dislocation and the desire for more. Moving between the reality of this world and the shadow of another, this novel of multiple narratives-formally daring, fierce but full of pity-delivers a devastating and haunting exploration of the unquenchable human urge to strive for a different life.

3. Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains: A Journey across Arunachal Pradesh – India’s Forgotten Frontier

81-mYsS7faL‘Remote, mountainous and forbidding, here shamans still fly through the night, hidden valleys conceal portals to other worlds, yetis leave footprints in the snow, spirits and demons abound, and the gods are appeased by the blood of sacrificed beasts’
A mountainous state clinging to the far north-eastern corner of India, Arunachal Pradesh – meaning ‘land of the dawn-lit mountains’ – has remained uniquely isolated.
Steeped in myth and mystery, not since pith-helmeted explorers went in search of the fabled ‘Falls of the Brahmaputra’ has an outsider dared to traverse it.
Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent sets out to chronicle this forgotten corner of Asia. Travelling some 2,000 miles she encounters shamans, lamas, hunters, opium farmers, fantastic tribal festivals and little-known stories from the Second World War.
In the process, she discovers a world and a way of living that are on the cusp of changing forever. 

4. The Lying Game By Ruth Ware

512VZBioQzLI AM SO PSYCHED FOR THIS!!!!!! 

The text message arrives in the small hours of the night. It’s just three words: I need you.
Isa drops everything, takes her baby daughter and heads straight to Salten. She spent the most significant days of her life at boarding school on the marshes there, days which still cast their shadow over her.
At school Isa and her three best friends used to play the Lying Game. They competed to convince people of the most outrageous stories. Now, after seventeen years of secrets, something terrible has been found on the beach. Something which will force Isa to confront her past, together with the three women she hasn’t seen for years, but has never forgotten.
Theirs is no cosy reunion: Salten isn’t a safe place for them, not after what they did. It’s time for the women to get their story straight…

5. Twisted Tales

Twisted-Tales-Front-Book-Cover-1Well this is an anthology of, you guessed it, twisted tales. I had to plug this here because one of my friends, Abhilash, has a story printed in this!!! So, check it out.

Author’s Ink brings to you an unputdownable heady cocktail of 13 short stories that will compel you think about life in a way you have never thought before. Ranging from tales of horror to the tales of the unexpected, from stories of love to stories of irony and self realisation, Twisted Tales promises to keep you enthralled as each story brings out the vagaries of life and the fickleness as well as the strengths of human emotions and character in a way that each story touches you in a special way and compels you to relate it to your own life and personal experiences. Pick up the book, put your feet up, and make yourself comfortable to embark on a journey full of excitement, thrills and experience the…unexpected.

That’s all folks. Are you looking forward to any from here?

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