February, the month of love, heartache, accepting that your resolutions went out the window but on the bright side, salaries come early. And what do we do with our salary? We buy books! Here are our top 5 books for this month.
- Letters to My Ex
Most love stories have their share of misunderstandings, angry tears and hurdles – only for longing and faith to save the day and make for a happily ever after.
Most love stories – but not all. Not the ones that end with hearts left broken, their shards lost under the weight of all that is left unsaid. In these powerful yet quiet letters of looking for closure, Nikita Singh explores the what-ifs, whys and what-could-have-beens; words demanding, with grace and dignity and passion, a salve for what only time may heal.
- Death at the Durbar
December 1911. India is in a tizzy. The old walls of Mughal Delhi are bedecked, as the British are hosting a grand durbar to celebrate the coronation of the new king, George V. Cooling his heels at the Majestic Hotel as he awaits the king’s arrival, a bored Maharaja Sikander Singh of Rajpore is paid a surreptitious visit by two British officers, who insist that he accompany them to the king emperor’s camp. There, an old friend, Malik Umar Hayat Khan, who works for Lord Hardinge, tells Sikander that his services as a sleuth are required, and ushers him into the king emperor’s personal chambers.
Inside is a dead nautch girl who appears to have been strangled. And Sikander must find the killer before scandal erupts. With far too many suspects with very strong motives, will the Maharaja be able to solve the case and save the Durbar from ruin?
- 19 Till I Die
For Zaid from Durban, it was heartbreak.
For Fiona, who loves New Delhi, it had always been a dream.
Rachna needs this chance to step out of Australia and her comfort zone. Tia from Mumbai sees it as a ticket away from her over-protective parents.
The four find themselves at the University of Guelph in Canada. Adventure awaits, and a chance at love lingers amidst the crowds – in the halls, at the bars, on the dancefloor. Some of them will find it. But, as with such powerful life-altering things as love, it’s not going to be easy.
It’s too late to turn back to the drab, safe and predictable lives they left behind. Might as well buckle up and hold on tight as they brace themselves for the ride of their lives.
You who stand in a queue, who try to board a running local, who tolerate your boss’s snide remarks and the trials and tribulations of marital life – you still manage to discuss politics with enthusiasm, to finish a game of cards, to laugh and to make others laugh … You are a true karmachari.
A collection of unforgettable short stories about ordinary people, Karmachari is a mirror held up to society. Set in suburban Mumbai of the 1970s, yet universal, it is peopled by characters we might meet in real life. They come alive under V.P. Kale’s sharp but compassionate gaze, and prod us gently towards a world of greater kindness and understanding.
- My Last Love Story
Simi Desai is thirty years old and her husband is dying of cancer. He has two last wishes in his final months: first, that she’ll have his baby so that a piece of him lives on and, second, that she’ll reconcile with her old flame Zayaan, their mutual best friend.
Over the course of their last summer together, Simi’s husband plans a series of big and small adventures for this unlikely trio, designed to help them say their goodbyes and to prove to Simi that it’s okay to move on without him – and even find love again.
Beautiful and poignant, Falguni Kothari’s My Last Love Story will pull your heartstrings as only unforgettable love stories can.