Author : Kiran Nagarkar
Publisher : Harpercollins India
Genre : Literary Fiction
Rating : 4 Stars
Source : Publisher
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My usual round up of monthly releases that I look forward to has been a nit delayed because I have been swamped with work but NOW I have the time to do them so here is a shorter, sort of mini list of books I am curious and excited for!
Dead body, check. Disillusioned reporter, check. Dark and sinister secrets, check. When Mumbai Daily journalist Avantika Pandit is asked to interview her childhood nemesis Aisha Juneja, she knows it will be like an express bikini wax – painful, but quick. Then Laxmi, her former best friend, shows up dead. And suddenly Avantika finds herself turning into the reporter she used to be – a nosy little newshound with the self-preservation instincts of a dodo. Now, she has to meet old acquaintances she’d hoped never to run into again, try to unravel the puzzle of Laxmi’s death, and ask the questions nobody seems to be asking – who is the man Laxmi was in love with? Why hasn’t anybody heard of him? What does he have to do with her death? The answers could get her killed. But if the choice is between death and writing listicles, dying might not be that bad after all. Featuring schoolyard rivalries, the Backstreet Boys and a fat dollop of 90s nostalgia, Swear You Won’t Tell? is part thriller, part whodunit, all fun.
Author : Janice Pariat
Publisher : Harpercollins India
Genre : Literary fiction, Contemporary fiction
Source : Publisher
Rating : 3.5 Stars
I’ve seen this Read My Country tag do the rounds among the booktube community and I thought, hey, why not! Mainly I am travelling and even though I have finished reading I can’t post till I come back to my glorious wifi, I thought I would attempt to have a few posts up and running, just in case. In today’s post I’m dividing the recommendations by genre and offering you one in each. Of course there will be other posts in the future since I do find that a lot of amazing Indian books aren’t as known or appreciated abroad as they deserve.
It is Independence day and Top Ten Tuesday has offered up a perfect topic today so i cannot help but take advantage of the situation. This is a list I CANNOT wait to share with you because not only is it stories that surround India and Indian culture, it is also a sort of a favourites list and also a list of books I think everyone should read if they want to know how life in India is. If you are an Indian may not agree with my list but since everyone has a right to their opinion, I expect you will respect mine. This is also a list of books that I have read/started reading, there are many books that I haven’t gotten around to reading that SHOULD be on this list so I will make a part two when I do get around to reading more.
‘Since she was valorous, she said she was a man, and since Mahishan was speaking of love, he was feminine… If she was a combination of feminine and masculine qualities, why could he too not be a combination of the masculine and feminine?’
Setting the stage with the Asura Mahishan’s doomed love for the beautiful Devi, Ambai deftly combines myth and tradition with contemporary situations. In the title story, the woman who is mother, daughter, solver of all problems for her family, finds that it is only a black spider on a wall in a deserted guesthouse with whom she can share her own pain and suffering; in Burdensome Days, Bhramara enters a world of politics that turns her music into a commodity; while in A Moon to Devour, it is through her lover’s mother that Sagu learns that marriage is not a necessity for motherhood.
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I 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.
Ira 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.