Money, power, fame, morally corrupt characters, and unscrupulous media. All that with a crisp, tight plot, and you have a winner.
The normal world has no room for exceptions. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata is a compelling read about the struggles of a socially awkward individual to conform to the rules of the society.
Girl From The Tree House by Gudrun Frerichs is a psychological thriller that tells the story from the inside out. I have not read such a brilliant fictionalized depiction of dissociative identity disorder.
Narasimha by Kevin Missal, the first book in the Mahaavatar Trilogy picks on the topic of dharma and adharma. A retelling of the fourth Vishnu avatar, it is centered around the story of Narasimha, Hiranyakashyap, and Prahlad.
Beast is one of my favorite Indian fantasy fictions in recent years and features in my favorites books of the year. An urban fantasy, the author Krishna Udayasankar has created a crisp, fast-paced thriller that has you turning the pages.
Agatha Christie meets Ruskin Bond in Before you Breathe by Tanushee Podder. Set in a quiet hill town of Ramsar, the book follows an amateur sleuth and a cop solving series of incidents and a murder.
“There’s no greater show of love and faith than traveling a long distance for somebody.” The book follows the story of three sisters – Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina who have been asked to undertake a pilgrimage on behalf of their mother.
It was the title “My Land across the Border” that piqued my interest. A term often used by my grandfather as he reminisced about pre-partition India. Both my parents’ families were displaced by the partition.
Kolkata holds a special place in my heart. It is a city that welcomed my paternal grandparents’ displaced family with open arms after the partition. A city that has still retained the culture in the midst of the globalization.