Author – Diksha Basu
Publisher – Bloomsbury India
Genre – Contemporary
Source – Publisher
Rating – 3/5 Stars
Once upon a time by the sea, there was a story – and another and another – and some wandered into these pages to make up a city.
So meet, among others, a travel guide who falls for a French tourist, a rice merchant with Kollywood dreams, a god whose editor proves elusive, a portly musical lawyer caught in a noir plot and a man in search of family in the Great Madras Flood.
Find yourself, among other places, in Town, at that gastronomic oxymoron, the Udipi café, in Velachery, looking for pot or maybe for love, on Kaanum Pongal day all across Madras, even in a fast car on East Coast Road, fleeing the city – till it lures you back with its lovely lies.
It’s all here: the salt in the breeze, the eternal summer, the swing of the sea.
It’s Madras on your mind.
Coming out in July from Harpercollins.
Today I have an interview with an author whose newest book, Harilal And Sons, will be gracing Indian and International shelves soon. A story that goes from Shekhavati in Rajasthan to the Calcutta of the early twentieth century, to Bogra in East Bengal, and to a village in Bihar in newly independent India and ultimately awes you in its magnitude. The author himself has conducted research for NASA, taught at IIT and worked as a space scientist in California. And when he isn’t doing all these things, he runs Naatak, an Indian theatre company in America for which he writes and directs plays and films.
This is a guest post. Sort of. Dangerous Games is a book about politics and danger, of investigations and women who are awesome, of trust and conspiracies. In this book Danielle Steele shows off two female characters who are absolutely lovely in their own ways. Alix is a tough, kickass, journalist who has no fear and rides into the most dangerous areas without a single worry for her safety. On top of that she is a single mother doing quite an amazing job at raising her child. Olympia is an absolutely lovely woman, a gem of a person who hasn’t stepped out on her own since her husband, a presidential candidate, died. She is inherently good and while dependant on a close confidante, is still her own woman. These two women discover something they shouldn’t and when the come together to take it on, the story takes a rather action packed turn.
Aaaaand as usual I am back to share my wishlist of new releases with you. This time it’s as exciting as the previous one (as I say every time) and you’ll not be able to leave this page without wanting a few of them.
1. The Other Half Of Happiness – Ayisha Malik (part two of Sodia Khan) is out in paperback this month and while I haven’t read the fist one, the cover itself is enough to make me want this. “Sofia Khan is just married. But no-one told her life was going to be this way. . . Her living situation is in dire straits, her husband Conall is distant and his annoyingly attractive colleague is ringing all sorts of alarm bells. When her mother forces them into a belated wedding ceremony (elopement: you can run, but you can’t hide), Sofia wonders if it might be a chance to bring them together. But when it forces Conall to confess his darkest secret, it might just tear them apart.” I’ve heard this being described as an eastern Bridget Jones and that definitely makes it appealing. Available for purchase here.
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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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Anyone who’s loved All The Light we Cannot See as much will understand how excited I am to see that there is another book from Mr.Doerr and this one is a nonfiction, based in another European locale.
“On the same day that his wife gave birth to twins, Anthony Doerr received the Rome Prize, an award that gave him a year-long stipend and studio in Rome…” This book chronicles his experiences in Rome and the happenings of that wonderful day.
This has already released internationally eons ago (2007) but this is new to me and I just spotted this on amazon India and I’m so psyched to read it!