With a fresh premise, Skeins is scrupulously and absolutely about womanhood. It is about a group of Indian women with diverse credentials and with their baggage, quite literally! They travel to a new foreign land where they explore different sites as well as themselves.
Half Burnt Cigarette and a Little Love Note is basically the tale of a woman who is torn between two relationships, each important to her. She decides to marry the one who had supported her throughout her graduation and loves her deeply but again, she can’t forget the man she loved and lost, that left her bare and heartbroken.
Through The Mother-in-Law: The Other Woman in Your Marriage, the author tries to take you across the complexities of the married life of eleven Indian women, via a series of interviews. The attempt and purpose of this book, clearly, is to bring out and evaluate the ugly truth of the Indian society, when it comes to life-after-marriage.
The Shreds of Character is a contemporary tale of a Sikh family where familial bonds are strained with unending issues of honour and pride. There is a discussion on Indian tradition regarding sex and sexuality and its comparison with western culture from a generalized perspective.
Why I Scream in Verse: At the World is a collection of 50 poems which are segregated into 3 different categories – A Woman’s Journey, Social Clauses and And we Rise. If you are just getting into non-romantic poetry this might be a good book for you because the author’s simple yet powerful writing makes for an effortless read.
The book is basically a crime mystery in the garb of a romantic drama. Surely, there is a bit of both (romance and drama) but the suspense overpowers them in a big way. What I absolutely loved in this book is its strong plot. If there is one thing that appears to have taken a good amount of effort and thinking, it is the plot.
Rolling in the Dark is the story of a woman’s relentless pain and sorrow, her several sacrifices and her unwavering determination to survive just for her child. It is the story of an ambitious, young girl Meera who is forced to marry rather than pursue her higher education. Bottling her wishes within her, Meera enters her married life unaware of what lies ahead.
Along with a decent dose of family rivalries, cultural clashes, friendly animosities, clandestine affairs and emotional melodramas, Paradise Towers has just the right kind of humour to add to the already spicy mix. It doesn’t tell us the story of one or two protagonists but that of a society (neighbourhood) as a whole.
Tarikshir: The Awakening by Khayaal Patel is a massive entertainer; one that is sure to leave you spellbound with all that it has to offer. It’s a fantasy novel that draws heavily from our mythology and history. Like a cherry on top, it has elements of thrill and mystery as well. This book comes as a much-recommended read from me.
Lonely Hearts is the story on one of the prevailing situations in India – the practice of alienating people in their old age. It may be due to a daughter moving to her marital home after marriage or a son traveling abroad for studies and job. Lonely Hearts provides a simplistic narration of modern life and its consequences on familial relationships.
Identity Quest is a pure fantasy novel; a fantasy based in India, with Indian characters and Indian settings. The book talks of an ancient order of beings that have secret powers. The order has existed for thousands of years. These beings exhibit supernatural powers and are called Dvidhas.
It Was a Happy Trusting World, Then is a book by Vilas Kale which talks about a hitchhiking trip that he took, along with his two cousins, in the year 1971 to the Middle East and Europe. Planned on an impulse and carried out despite extreme budgetary limitations, the trip proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for this Indian trio.