LISA RAY CLOSE TO THE BONE
‘How fortunate it is, when life alters you without warning.’
Author : Trevor Noah
Publisher : Penguin Random House
Genre : Autobiography
Rating : 4 Stars
Source : Own copy
Summary : In his first book, Noah tells his coming of age story with his larger-than life mother during the last gasps of apartheid-era South Africa and the turbulent years that followed. Noah was born illegal — the son of a white, Dutch father and a black Xhosa mother, who had to pretend to be his nanny or his father’s servant in the brief moments when the family came together. His brilliantly eccentric mother loomed over his life — a comically zealous Christian (they went to church six days a week and three times on Sunday), a savvy hustler who kept food on their table during rough times and an aggressively involved, if often seriously misguided, parent who set Noah on his bumpy path to stardom.
Bloomsbury Children’s Books today announce Emily Gravett as the artist who will create stunning images for an illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s Quidditch Through the Ages, sold in aid of Comic Relief and the author’s international children’s charity, Lumos. Publishing on 1st October 2020, this classic from the Hogwarts Library will be gloriously reimagined in a large, colour gift edition by the innovative and award-winning Gravett. She will use mixed media to capture the wit and spirit of J.K. Rowling’s wonderful text, using a deft combination of her signature pencil style, colour illustration, handmade realia and ingenious digital techniques.
We all know Krishna Udayasankar, she’s famous foe writing the Aryavarta trilogy, Immortal and for her poetry collection, Objects Of Affection.
And this week her new book, Beast, released in India and I am so happy to share the link with you! Go. Order. Now. This. Instant. Go.
It was always the same dream, a dream that began with darkness and blood.’
When Assistant Commissioner of Police Aditi Kashyap is called upon to solve a gruesome triple homicide in a Mumbai suburb, she is dragged into the terrifying world of the Saimhas — werelions — who have lived alongside humans, hiding amongst them, since ancient times.
Faced with the unbelievable, Aditi has no choice but to join hands with Prithvi, an Enforcer called in to hunt down this seemingly otherworldly murderer.
But can Prithvi overcome the nightmarish burdens of his dark and violent past to unravel the mystery hidden deep within this secret world of werelions? Can he be trusted to save lives, or will he choose to serve a different, more powerful, master?
As a greater conspiracy unfolds and they very survival of humankind is placed under threat, Aditi and Prithvi must race through the dark underbelly of Mumbai — from quiet suburbs to gritty brothels, from forgotten colonial tunnels to the lights and glamour of the inner city — in search of a dangerous truth.
In search of a monster.
Available for purchase from Amazon India. Order now!
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
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
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.
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.
Audible has come to India. Did you hear what I said? AUDIBLE HAS COME TO INDIA! And I know I’m late but I wanted to do this post the second I knew it came but I was so busy with life that I forgot. Shame on me. Indeed. but I shall still make this post and gush about it till you roll your eyes.
*Cue eye roll*