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.
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.
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.
The book is typically a romance however it isn’t one of those overly cheesy and cringe-worthy romances that leave you irritated. What sets Heart Quake apart is its unique setting in the aftermath of the Bhuj earthquake. Heart Quake isn’t about “love at first sight”; instead it tells us the story of a love rekindling after 10 years of separation.
The Perfect Us is the story of a married couple wanting to take the next step forward in their lives i.e. getting pregnant and having kids. It talks about the issues and struggles which would-be parents face. It also talks about the inevitable changes that creep in a marriage/relationship that has lasted 10 long years.
Pyjamas are Forgiving is a drama whose story revolves around love, marriage, infidelity, longing and divorce. There is a good message to be learned from the book especially when it comes to falling and giving yourself in love. Love is a beautiful thing but when it comes at the price of losing oneself, it’s never worth it.
Handwritten Letters in the Bookstore is said to be India’s first musical novel. It is a good attempt to discuss past as well as emerging music genres and styles and the impact of music on the minds of the people; it is a good attempt to encourage handwritten letters over digital relationships.
T21 in Downs Lane is an attempt to provide insight into the life of people with special needs. Not a grand heroic narrative, the book focuses on the daily struggles that the protagonist faces as he suffers from Down Syndrome. Emotional and perceptive, this book gives a broad perspective into the lives of people who are marginalised and side-lined
Everyone Has a Story 2 talks about love and friendship and how important they are in one’s life. It also talks about the struggles that creep in a relationship whenever it is time to take the next step forward. Overall, the book does encourage perseverance and not losing hope but that’s pretty much it.
The Full Circle by Namrata Gupta is an easy read and would be perfect for new readers. It is a mix of romance, drama and mystery. Though the drama and romance far outweigh the mystery elements, the book puts forth a delectable combination that is both refreshing and entertaining.