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.
From Emptiness to Happiness narrates the story of a compassionate and impulsive anaesthesiologist, Dr. Riya, and her tryst with love. Riya meets Samith and through their story, the reader gets a glimpse into the lives of medical professionals, their doubts, insecurities and decisions.
Anon has an excellent plot line which spans decades, cities, multitudes of people and yet amongst all this swarm, it is able to retain the core elements of the book. Notwithstanding so many surprise plot twists, Anon remains a hundred per cent about writing and how it can make or break somebody.
Go for Thorns of Love if you are someone who often gets played at love. Through this story, the author lists out all the signs to look for, in order to identify a toxic relationship, while also telling you the do’s and don’ts of love. It is a solid life lesson to those who are often tricked into unhappy relationships.
The Last Nomad narrates the life events of a boy called Rahul who suffers from selective mutism and is denied decent medical treatment due to the superstitious nature of his parents. The slums of India is portrayed in minute details. Heramb delves on the subjects of unemployment, poverty, alcoholism and corruption.
Sorrow That You Keep is the story of love and separation captured beautifully in a language which is soothing to the mind and melodious to the heart. Just under 80 pages, it manages to indulge the reader in a way many other books fail to. It is that book which you read not for entertainment but for its life lessons.
The Longest Ride on the Kincham Express is the story of five individuals who are sent on an official journey by their employers. The mission of the journey is cryptic at best and there is an underlying feeling of adventure and fear which troubles these five people as they start out for the longest ride of their life.
Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood is one of the most popular books of Murakami and is set in the Japan of the 1960s during the period of student revolution. It’s a coming-of-age dark romance and drama which is melancholic and strangely peaceful at the same time.
Prashant and Priya, an elderly couple are traveling to Delhi. A chance encounter brings them closer to a young and talented police officer, Anamika Singh. During their stay in Delhi, they realize that there is more to the story of Anamika than what meets the eye. As Prashant starts reading Anamika’s diary, her past is laid bare to the reader.
Prajat is a young man whose life changes when his home along with most of his small town is destroyed in a massive earthquake in Rajasthan. With nothing left to do there, he leaves for Delhi and gets employed in a dubious looking setup as a “Social Media Hitman” a.k.a a “Troll”.