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Summer Reads- April #TBR

Sun, shades and my April #TBR!  Summer is finally here and to find a little solace from it with Lemonade and some beer, I am planning to finish of my reading list.

April #TBR will be all about those books which are sleeping from last few months in my book drawer, some of them which I got from places not called bookstores and some which I got as a gift from friends or family. Also, to keep up with clearing my #TBR, I have decided not to get any more books. A little tough, but yes I think I can pull it off. 

Book buying

So here’s my April #TBR:

A Long Dream of Home: The Persecution, Exodus and Exile of Kashmiri Pandits by Siddhartha Gigoo and Varad Sharma

A Long Dream of Home

Kashmir, the most complicated chapter of India’s political history. And a story within a chapter, The Kashmiri Pandits who were driven out of their homes at gun point at the name of “ethnic cleansing”!. 29 writers, some of them still living in Kashmiri migrants camps in Jammu, come together to share stories of exodus with you. A dark time in Kashmir when 5,000 year old community was driven out just like that by militants, and government ended up being a mute spectator.

A book that should definitely be in your list of summer read!

Read more Book Review: A Long Dream of Home

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

The Japanese Lover

A love story that went on for decades, kept as a secret and protected from impurity of the world, a story which will wash over you. Alma Belasco is residing in a old age home and hires Irina as her assistant. But Irina notices that Alma vanishes from Old Age Home from time to time, without informing anyone. Together with Seth, Alma’s grandson, Irina tries to figure out the secret that Alma has hidden from everyone for decades. Currently I am reading this book and will share a review soon on this one!

The To-Let House by Daisy Hasan

The To-let House, Long listed for the Man Asia Literarcy Prize 2008. Author: Daisy Hasan.

I picked up this book while strolling in Handicrafts market of Delhi-Haat. A novel set in the turbulent city of Shillong, four children rise into adolescence, which makes them question their identity within their community. They fight with their societal norms and inner demons to live a life that they have dreamed of. After The Japanese Lover, I will be devouring into this one.

The Shining by Stephen King

The Shining

I have watched the movie numerous times and I am always left in an awe. I got a copy of this book from a  friend of mine who is a deep fan of Stephen King. Story of The Shining revolves around Danny and his father who take care of the Overlook Hotel. Since he was five, Danny has been experiencing psychic instances. A soon as his father is appointed to take care of Overlook Hotels, even he gets pulled into the dark world of Danny.

The Tree Bride by Bharati Mukherjee

The Tree Bride

To save family’s honor, at the age of five, Tara Lata was married to a tree and was to take the tree as her only husband. After few years she grew up to be a woman who worked in a resistance to fight for the freedom of India from British Raj. Bharati Mukherjee not just focuses on custom and traditions of India but also on characters that grow into a powerful phenomenon. This one definitely qualifies for  a good summer read. I have read it’s prequel, The Desirable Daughters and have an intuition that The Tree Bride will also turn into a great read this summer.

Read more Book Review: The Desirable Daughters

A River Sutra by Gita Mehta

A River Sutra

The novel is about the river Narmada, an important river for India as people are born from it and their ashes are washed away with Narmada only. An old caretaker shares stories of Narmada in this book, intoxicating tales, showing a deep side of human emotions and connecting it with the nature of river Narmada.

 

So, I hope you all have a great summer and in case you are reading something great, feel free to share with me. I would love to include some more books in my April #TBR.

Happy reading 🙂

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