Preview: Our Top Indian New Releases from December

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The Last Avatar: Age of Kalki | Vishwas Mudagal

From The Ashes Of The World, A Hero Must Rise

In the not-so-distant future, India has fallen and the world is on the brink of an apocalyptic war. An attack by the terrorist group Invisible Hand has brutally eliminated the Indian prime minister and the Union cabinet. As a national emergency is declared, chaos, destruction and terror reign supreme.

From the ashes of this world rises an unconventional hero – a vigilante known only as Kalki. Backed by a secret society called The Rudras, Kalki, along with Nushen, the Chinese superhuman spy, must do the impossible to save his country – and the world.

Who is Kalki? Will he become the living God prophesied as the last avatar of Lord Vishnu, or will he fade away as an outlaw?

ISBN: 9789353024666 | Paperback | 328 pages | INR 299


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What’s Good About Falling | Prajwal Hegde

Indian tennis player Arya Ashok is twenty-seven and ranked among the world’s topten players. But she’s dogged by a breathing disorder, and a Grand Slam title remains elusive. Leading international media have dubbed her the game’s ‘most famous quarterfinalist’.

Only twenty-five, Arvind Ram is the biggest new name in world cricket. After a difficult childhood, with little love and even less money, the fast bowler is enjoying great success on the field.

When the dashing Arvind woos Arya at Wimbledon, an unlikely romance blossoms, sparking media coverage across continents. But while Arya is beginning to tire of life on the go, Arvind’s reign at the top has only just begun.

With their careers and lives moving in different directions, can their love win this match?

ISBN: 9789353024642 | Paperback | 328 pages | INR 299


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Anchor My Heart | Nyari Nain

As fourth engineer on board the MV Orchid, Lehar Saxena has no time to prissy up in front of a mirror or flirt with the boys.

Her chief engineer hates her guts and, much like the ship that she helps keep afloat on the journey across the violent and pirate-infested high seas, she has her own baggage: heavy with anxiety, stress and love woes.

Amidst the machines, sweat and testosterone surrounding her loom thoughts of her relationship with Sameer, always too busy at the OPD to FaceTime or even text as much as he used to.

With a long-distance relationship fast approaching the maelstrom it was destined for, Lehar must focus on her work – even as Veer, the handsome second officer who recently joined the crew, proves to be a pleasant distraction. He may be just what she needs as the journey grows even longer, and far more dangerous.

ISBN: 9789353025144 | Paperback | 192 pages | INR 199


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Walking in Clouds: A Journey to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar | Kavitha Yaga Buggana

‘Will We Make It?’

That’s the question Kavitha and her cousin, Pallu, ask themselves as they trek through Himalayan pine forests and unforgiving mountains in Nepal and Tibet. Their goal: to reach Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.

The two women walk to ancient monasteries, meditate on freezing slopes, dance on the foothills of Kailash, and confront death in the thin mountain air. In Kailash and Manasarovar, the holiest of Hindu and Buddhist sites, they struggle to reconcile their rationalist views with faith and the beloved myths of their upbringing. Remarkably, it is this journey that helps them discover the meaning of friendship.

Walking in Clouds is a beautifully crafted memoir of a journey to faraway places and to the places within. It mixes lyrical, descriptive storytelling with stunning photographs to bring to life a unique travelogue.

ISBN: 9789353024789 | Paperback | 160 pages | INR 350


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The Afflictions | Vikram Paralkar

‘An arresting read’ – Kirkus Reviews

The Encyclopaedia Medicinae at the Central Library is the repository of a dizzying array of ailments, and Máximo is thrilled to get a peek at the obscure afflictions:

An amnesia that causes everyone you’ve ever met to forget you exist, while you remain painfully aware of your history.

A malady that erodes the link between cause and effect: one man commits a murder, another carries the guilt and a third is sentenced for it.

A condition that causes your body to imitate death – stopping your heart, cooling your blood. Will the fit pass before they bury you, or after?

As Máximo soon discovers, the pursuit of knowledge at the Central Library is tangled up with the humours and inclinations of the writers and their times.

The Afflictions is the brilliant first novel by physician–scientist Vikram Paralkar, whose The Wounds of the Dead garnered much critical acclaim.

ISBN: 9789353024604 | Paperback | 232 pages | INR 399


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Left from The Nameless Shop | Adithi Rao

‘A heart-warming and reassuring celebration of the small and the relevant’- Mansoor Khan, Film-maker, Author

A boy communes with the gods by talking to a pillar. The Hibiscus Girl has her head in the clouds and feet gently planted in her husband’s home. Two women, married to the same man, find a strange camaraderie binding them together. The whole town gathers to save the friendly neighbourhood shopkeeper’s ice cream from spoiling in the heat. Short-tempered Sheshadri hides a terrible shame in his outbursts. A grandfather passes on the magic of self-belief to his grandson.

Reminiscent of R.K. Narayan’s Malgudi Days , Adithi Rao’s debut Left from the Nameless Shop is a charming collection of interconnected stories set in the 1980s featuring the residents of Rudrapura, a small, fictitious town in Karnataka. This is a place bubbling with energy and the sense of community – one you probably lived in and loved while growing up. These are stories of the life you have left behind. One that you hope to return to.

ISBN: 9789353023256 | Paperback | 324 pages | INR 399


 

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