Winter chill setting around, sunshine playing hide and seek, not so cold not that warm, the perfect November. And our November #TBR for you!
Some amazing stuff that we read recently and something that we are looking forward to reading:
The Immigrant by Manju Kapur
Another great piece by Manju Kapur, The Immigrant tells you a story of a woman who leaves her country, her world to settle down in an alien place and starts building a life with her husband. Nina and Ananda look forward to their life together in Halifax, Canada, but life takes a turn when Nina comes face to face with real Ananda, his fears, his insecurities and sexual problems. We loved the way Nina’s emotions have been portrayed in the book, and Manju Kapur’s narration of immigrants living in foreign countries will touch your heart.
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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Currently a book that we are obsessed with, A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry is a must read for someone who would like to know what happened during the Emergency of the year 1975. Many books have been written on the topic, but they will eventually bore you out with facts and figures. Rohinton Mistry has created a story that shows how the period of Emergency affected poor and middle class of our country and harsh measures implemented at that time, something that people still talk about! This has definitely qualified for a must read this month.
Queen of Dreams by Chitra B Divakaruni
Chitra B Divakaruni has always mesmerized us with her with women-oriented books, whether fiction or historical fiction. Queen of Dreams is another masterpiece of this talented writer wherein she has portrayed a mother-daughter relationship perfectly. Rakhi, a single mother is trying to keep her life together by managing a daughter, her parents and ex-husband who still loves her. Her mother, Mrs. Gupta is a dream interpreter, but she always keeps Rakhi at a distance, for one reason. She doesn’t want Rakhi to learn her skills because she knows what costs you to gain such knowledge and skill. An amazing read it turned out to be.
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The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh
One of the most celebrated authors worldwide, Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace is set in a time when Burma’s last King and Queen were exiled by the British. In their convoy, one of the Palace maids Dolly comes across a street boy, Rajkumar. One historical event and one regular event, that changed the life of coming three generations spread across two countries. Ghosh’s words will transport you the time unknown by many and you can live among the people who went through pain during those bad times.
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Animal Farm by George Orwell
First published in 1945, Animal Farm by George Orwell has been a classic read for many. It’s a story about a farm, where animals have been used to depict the era of Russian Revolution in the year of 1917. A political satire, it concludes a simple fact, that when it comes to power and money, humans can be worse than animals. A must-read classic for all.
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The Bestseller She Wrote by Ravi Subramanian
Ravi Subramanian is a celebrated author with many accolades to his name, especially Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award, and Economist Crossword Book Award. The Bestseller She Wrote is his first attempt at romantic fiction and has made it to our November #TBR. The story is about Aditya Kapur, a famous banker who writes and has the title of Paperback King to his name. A spectacular career and a balanced loving wife complete Aditya’s world. But something changes when Shreya enters in his life, who is ambitious and reckless, wants to be a writer and always gets what she wants. But what happens when they meet is the core of the story. Will Aditya be able to manage his falling world?
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
A Man Booker Prize 2015 winner, A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James is our most sought after read this month. A book set in the year 1976, when an assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley’s life, wounding him and his family. And not just one event, the book goes on describing an important era in the Jamaican history, including gunmen, drug dealers, one-night stands, CIA agents, even ghosts!
The Winds of Hastinapur by Sharath Komarraju
The Winds of Hastinapur is our #newfoundbook. Written by Sharath Komarraju, the book tells the beginning of Mahabharatha, when Ganga was brought down on earth due to a curse. She lives among humans and sets trigger of events that makes the story of the greatest battle of the ancient world, Mahabharatha. Though the epic always has mentioned great men who fought the war, but Sharath Komarraju has made sure to bring us face to face with women who actually fought the war without even picking a weapon.