Laundry Girl 2.0 by Yamini Pustake Bhalerao is a fast-paced noir thriller, whose protagonist is a fixer, private investigator, hustler, ex-convict, and a street fighter.
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.
I am quite a moody reader. My next pick depends on what piques my interest. Here is a list of books I enjoyed reading this year. They range from fiction to fantasy to short stories. And quite a few translated works.