New Translated Books From Speaking Tiger

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I recently discovered Speaking Tiger , an Indian independent publisher, when I asked for suggestions of books to read on my twitter. The Sari of Surya Vilas was amongst those recommended and I suddenly found myself clicking order and gleefully requesting a marketing list from them. In that list, there were a few amazing sounding translated books that stood out! So, I thought I’d share them with you in the hopes that you find them as intriguing as I do.

C77FueDVwAAk-6D1. HALF-OPEN WINDOWS – Ganesh Matkari ( Translated from the Marathi by Jerry Pinto)

An acclaimed contemporary Marathi novel, Half-Open Windows (Khidkya Ardhya Ughadya) is a striking portrait of India’s urban upper middle class on an obsessive quest for riches and prestige. Set in the enticing yet treacherous city of Mumbai, it closely follows the lives of people connected to SNA Architects, an up-and-coming firm, basking in the glory of their recent success—a high-rise in the premium area of Colaba.

As events unfold, we encounter the corrupt and ruthless Niranjan, founder of SNA, and his associate, Nita, who think bribery is a small price to pay to get to the top; another founder of SNA, the honest but naïve Sanika, and Shushrut, an aspiring writer who is no longer content to play her stay-at-home partner; an NGO worker, Swarupa, torn between her loyalty to an old friend and her duty as a whistle-blower; a lonely widow, Joshi Kaku, who wonders if moving to the US to live with her son and his family—with whom she can forge no connections—is a wise idea; and Ramakant, a young student of architecture, who is contemplating suicide in a desperate bid for attention.

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I’m Big, So What

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I’m Big, So What is a book I’ve known about a while since I follow the author on twitter. But I never really thought of picking it up because I don’t read romances, especially Indian romances. (Not because Indian romances are in any way beneath western ones, because they have a lot of bollywood references and I just don’t watch bollywood). But after reading a few heavy books I wanted something light and fun to read and somehow, the author asked if I’d like to review her book at that time! I decided to take the plunge and here I am to review a fun little read that you can fly through in a breeze!

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Some More #NewReleases

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41uahPBAGrL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_1. White Tears – Hari Kunzru

Carter and Seth are worlds apart – one a trust fund hipster, the other a suburban nobody – and yet they are united by a love of music. Rising fast on the New York scene, one day they stumble across an old blues song long forgotten by history – and everything starts to unravel. Carter quickly becomes obsessed with the unknown singer, drawn down a path that allows no return and Seth has no choice but to follow his friend into the darkness.
Trapped in a game he doesn’t understand, Seth plays the same cards that have been played before, says the lines exactly as they have always been spoken, acts the old familiar parts as if for the first time. He moves unsteadily across a chessboard of white and black, performer and audience, righteous and forsaken, caught between the man who makes the music and the one who calls the tune. But we have been here before, oh so many times over and the game always ends the same way . .

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Kissing The Demon

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1467423929505123774_2178434400I have been wanting to write a book since I was 12 years old. I have written two. Both of them rejected because I wasn’t writing about what I wanted to write about. I was writing the kinds of books that I thought people would like, one about a popular rich girl who had everything except a guy and the other also about a popular rich girl who had everything except a guy. I found it so hard to finish each one because it felt unnatural. But the stories I wrote for myself were so easy to do and I enjoyed them so much. I was just sure it wouldn’t ever be accepted for publishing. So, I needed a little help. And when I saw that this book was up for review on Writersmelon, I requested it immediately.

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Les Femmes Du 6e étage-France

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Otherwise known as The Women On The 6th Floor.

I didn’t realise just how beautiful Spanish women really are!

Moving on.

Les femmes du 6e étage is a beautiful French film directed by Philippe Le Guay. The description on IMDB was “In 1960s Paris, a conservative couple’s lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids.” which is why I was waiting for the funnies to start but it never came. That’s because the description is wrong. As is the genre. I didn’t find much comic about this!

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Apps For Writers

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Camp Nano is coming, I have started writing my novel as have a few friends of mine. And the biggest problem I’m having is a construction going on nearby. The constant noise and dust is making me lock my windows and feel stuffy. The ideas aren’t as free flowing as I would like and I NEED something to give me a push, no, a kick, in the “write” direction. So I started browsing my app store in hopes that some sort of To Do app would threaten me into finishing my book by flashing a blinking deadline and I came across these apps instead. I hope they are as useful to you as they are to me.

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#MustRead : The Heroines Of India

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1466431623977000349_2178434400Ira Mukhoty iscertainly an author to keep an eye out for. After reading this I went out to the bookstore to do a bit of browsing, I wanted to grab copies of this and scream at everyone to buy one. I’m sure you don’t really need to read my review after that statement but I shall write one anyway.

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Castoffs Vol 1 : Mage Against The Machine

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I don’t think this lived up to my expectations! I did have high expectations based off the cover art but the characters and the story just didn’t do it for me. The story follows three mages as they are sent to check out some suspicious illness in a town nearby. When they get there it seems bigger than what they set out to do and the bickering students have to get along to save themselves.

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The Sound Of The World By Heart

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34150927The art, oh god the art, there are pages in here that I absolutely would get copies of and frame or keep as my phone or computer wallpaper. Of all the comics and graphic novels I’ve read I don’t think I liked any art as much as I adored this. Seriously, if you get this for one thing, get it to see New York beautifully illustrated It is absolutely gorgeous.

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