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In the summer of 2000 New York is a city living at breakneck speed in an age of unprecedented decadence. And into this tumultuous city arrives Malik Solanka. His life has been a sequence of exits. He has left in his wake his country, family, not one but two wives, and now a child. But as his latest marriage disintegrates and the fury builds within him he fears he will become dangerous to those he loves. And so he steps out of his life once again and begins a new one in New York. But New York is a city boiling with fury. Around Malik cab drivers spout obscenities, a serial killer is murdering women with a lump of concrete, and the petty spats and bone-deep resentments of the metropolis threaten to engulf him, as his own thoughts, emotions and desires reach breaking point.
The Enchantress of Florence is the story of a mysterious woman, a great beauty believed to possess the powers of enchantment and sorcery, attempting to command her own destiny in a man’s world. It is the story of two cities at the height of their powers–the hedonistic Mughal capital, in which the brilliant emperor Akbar the Great wrestles daily with questions of belief, desire, and the treachery of his sons, and the equally sensual city of Florence during the High Renaissance, where Niccolò Machiavelli takes a starring role as he learns, the hard way, about the true brutality of power. Profoundly moving and completely absorbing, The Enchantress of Florence is a dazzling book full of wonders by one of the world’s most important living writers.
The novel traces the princess Panchaali’s life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father’s kingdom. Panchaali is swept into their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war involving all the important kings of India. Meanwhile, we never lose sight of her strategic duels with her mother-in-law, her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna, or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands’ most dangerous enemy. Panchaali is a fiery female redefining for us a world of warriors, gods, and the ever-manipulating hands of fate.
For those Indian – born women living new lives in America, independence is a mixed blessing. It means walking the tight rope between old treasured beliefs and surprising new found desires and understanding the emotions which that conflict brings.
Sister of My Heart is a novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. First published in 1999, this novel was followed in 2002 by a sequel The Vine of Desire. The story centers on the lives of two Indian girls, Anju and Sudha.
Magical, tantalizing, and sensual, The Mistress of Spices is the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time, in a faraway place, who is trained in the ancient art of spices and ordained as a mistress charged with special powers. Once fully initiated in a rite of fire, the now immortal Tilo–in the gnarled and arthritic body of an old woman–travels through time to Oakland, California, where she opens a shop from which she administers spices as curatives to her customers. An unexpected romance with a handsome stranger eventually forces her to choose between the supernatural life of an immortal and the vicissitudes of modern life. Spellbinding and hypnotizing, The Mistress of Spices is a tale of joy and sorrow and one special woman’s magical powers.
Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life – having nothing but his own wits to help him along.
Introducing a major literary talent, The White Tiger offers a story of coruscating wit, blistering suspense, and questionable morality, told by the most volatile, captivating, and utterly inimitable narrator that this millennium has yet seen.
Between the Assassinations showcases the most beloved aspects of Adiga’s writing to brilliant effect: the class struggle rendered personal; the fury of the underdog and the fire of the iconoclast; and the prodigiously ambitious narrative talent that has earned Adiga acclaim around the world and comparisons to Gogol, Ellison, Kipling, and Palahniuk. In the words of The Guardian(London), “Between the Assassinations shows that Adiga…is one of the most important voices to emerge from India in recent years.”
Last Man In Tower is a 2011 novel by Indian writer Aravind Adiga. Published by HarperCollins India, it was the third published book and second published novel by Adiga. It tells the story of a struggle for a slice of shining Mumbai real estate.
“The first time Veer set his eyes on Mira, he felt such an intense attraction that he was swept away by the magic. Strangely, Mira felt it too. Soon it became their lives. It was as if the only reality was this inexplicable force that drew them together. However, just like the whirlwind that it was, it tore them apart. A tragedy caught them unawares and jolted them out of their stupor. What it left in its wake was hatred—as potent as their love. Things did not end there. Several years later, fate played its dirty trick again and brought them face to face. This time the choice was theirs: to let their hatred destroy them or to give love another chance. “
Gathered for the first time in English, and spanning his entire career, Vampire in Love offers a selection of the Spanish master Enrique Vila-Matas’s finest short stories. An effeminate, hunchbacked barber on the verge of death falls in love with a choirboy. A fledgling writer on barbiturates visits Marguerite Duras’s Paris apartment and watches his dinner companion slip into the abyss. An unsuspecting man receives a mysterious phone call from a lonely ophthalmologist, visits his abandoned villa, and is privy to a secret. The stories in Vampire in Love, selected and brilliantly translated by the renowned translator Margaret Jull Costa, are all told with Vila-Matas’s signature erudition and wit and his provocative questioning of the interrelation of art and life.
Meet Aniket. Twenty-seven, techie, Mr. Average. His best friend is Subbu, a nerd who breathes, thinks and lives code. Aniket cannot believe his luck when he starts dating Trish–a stunning, sexy model, who is totally out of his league. But Trish has a list of things she wants him to work on, beginning with his potbelly and his geekiness. Then there’s Nidhi, thirty-two, who has quit her corporate job to follow her passion. She is engaged to Manoj, Mr. Perfect–except for one aspect. Aniket and Nidhi meet on a train, a chance encounter, and she agrees to become his ‘relationship coach.’ It’s a decision that sets into motion a chain of events that will have a profound impact on the lives of all involved. One man, two women, and the trap called Destiny. Some things, they say, are all in the planets.
Can true love bring someone back from the dead? Akshara is left devastated by her mother’s death and spends most of her time in solitude at the local park. One day, as she is sobbing uncontrollably, a young man named Harry approaches her. They become friends and Harry recounts to her a story about the miraculous reunion of a young woman and her dead boyfriend to help ease some of her pain. The story makes Akshara hopeful that she can perhaps see her dead mother again. But she soon realizes that Harry isn’t what he seems to be. Even the characters in his story seem dubious, almost unreal. So what is he hiding? And why? Is there any truth to his story at all? In this darkly suspenseful romance mystery, Akshara is left facing a truth that will make her doubt not just Harry but herself as well . . .
An honest story of love, loss, and finally, acceptance. . . June 2013. The deadliest flood wipes out Uttarakhand. Along with innumerable pilgrims travelling to Kedarnath. Among the 100, 000 trapped and 5, 700 presumed dead were 2 people who meant everything to Pooja: her parents. But no news of or from them for weeks could only mean that they were gone. Forever. So, how do you say goodbye without closure? You sink. Deep into the abyss of grief. And as commonly said, ‘When it rains, it pours. Barely swimming through the storm of loss, Pooja tries every route to recovery—therapy, alcohol, drugs. The aftermath is a no?holds?barred account of a daughter who herself becomes a wreck after the natural disaster. The Last Pilgrims is a true story of love, loss, and finally, acceptance.
Jami is the Gigolo King of Kalkatta. Smuggled into India from Bangladesh and given refuge by his uncle, a leader of the ruling Communist Party, he grows up in Zakaria Street—a Little Baghdad of the old—dreaming of becoming a pukka Kalkatta-wallah. When friendship with a local gang disqualifies him from school, he ends up as assistant to a passport forger, and then a masseur. Soon enough, innocent massage leads to ‘plus plus treatments’, and Kalkatta opens its doors, drawing Jami into the world of the rich and famous, housewives, tourists and travelling executives, and occasionally to high-paying and dangerous ‘parties’.
Author weaves the story around a guy named Aman, who finds love the second time with Anjali, but his past with Shruti still lingers on in the depth of his heart. Aman and Shurti were inseparable once. Both saw future in each other. One unfortunate day Shruti breaks up with Aman. Shattered, he leaves the country.
Shruti marries Rishabh. Aman returns after a while and finds Anjali. With a heart filled with love for Shruti, Aman tries to make a new start. He feels affection for Anjali, but his wounded heart has not healed yet. Based on the beat of true love, a heart touching and moving story of knotty relationships and enclosed emotions – The One You Cannot Have.
The Golden Gate is a brilliantly achieved novel written in verse. Set in the 1980s in the affluence and sunshine of California’s Silicon Valley, it is an exuberant and witty story of twenty-somethings looking for love, pleasure and the meaning of life. It was awarded the 1986 British Airways Commonwealth Poetry Prize.
An ageing couple is stranded in a stultifying Delhi summer by the visit of a roguish old Oxford friend, who trades on his charm; an American woman turns to hippies living in the Indian hills, homesick for the farmlands of Vermont; a dog terrorizes the neighbourhood but is cherished by his stern master; a Delhi girl of slender means finds a new kind of freedom with her young friends, in her barsati home; a peaceful game of hide and seek turns into a nightmare; a businessman sees his own death.
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