Mystical Warfare of Schools: The Dark Rises is a book that is meant for children. It is a fantasy but a fantasy meant just for children. This is mainly because it is written in such a way that will only appeal to children.
3/3: A Trio-Ship by Mahidharnath Sesetti is the story of three friends and their struggles at college with exam pressure as a central theme. Other themes include striving for a stable job, aspiring for a government job, job security and gender bias and discrimination at the workplace.
Vyom and the Royal Weapon is a fascinating tale about a global organisation that promotes international cooperation and strives to establish world peace. It is an unputdownable and exciting read about fierce combats resting on Indian tradition and myth that can be read from cover to cover.
Secret Diary of an Incurable Romantic is the story of Madhubala Ray, a thirty-year-old newly widowed woman who teaches social sciences to the students of a posh Chennai school. She lives with her seventy-year-old mother-in-law who, much to her chagrin, isn’t the chatty sorts.
The 2002 book A Corner of a Foreign Field by prominent Indian historian Ramachandra Guha is likely categorized as a “sports novel.” It is, after all, an extensive look back at the sport of cricket, arguably the most popular sport in the country. It is an illuminating look at Indian history, a juxtaposition of a country and a sport.
All the Lives We Never Lived is basically a period drama. It loosely explores the events of the 1930s and early 1940s. It talks of a time when the entire world arena was dominated by the war that was meant as an answer to all wars, but which adversely affected millions in its aftermath.
What’s a Girl Gotta Do? is the third instalment of Holly Bourne‘s Spinster Club series. And this is my favourite book of the three. The book shows what it takes to fight something bigger than you. It’s not easy, but it will ultimately be worth it because every one of us wants to.
Vanara is a mythological fiction that refreshingly doesn’t talk about the main heroes of our mythology. The book is the story of the tribe of Vanaras, and three of the most important people of their tribe – Baali, Sugreeva and Tara. It is also, probably, the world’s first love triangle story.
Life Takes a You-Turn is all about strong women and the roles they play in maintaining the fine balance between bliss and battle. It is written in a lucid and easy to understand style of writing though, the language may, at instances, seem a bit too simple.
In Ashwatthama’s Redemption, Gunjan Porwal has tried to picture and present as to how the immortal Ashwatthama might be surviving and keeping up in the present age. The entire story is well knitted around how Ashwatthama has been living with a dreadful past and how he finally stands up to continue doing what he was born for.
Sniper’s Eye is fast-paced and racy. It promises something new at the turn of every couple of pages and that is what makes it compelling. Mainak Dhar uses simple language and the book can be easily read in a single sitting. Expect a good dose of suspense, mystery, thrill and lot of action and adventure.
Parting of the Strangers and Other Stories is a collection of sixteen odd short stories written mostly in the first-person narrator “I”. The plots are clean with very little cluttering. It mentions only what is absolutely necessary and required to allow for the stories to flow smoothly through.