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.
No Presents Please came highly recommended and I was looking forward to reading the book. It definitely did not disappoint. This is not the kind of a book that you can read in one go.