These are exciting times for authors as well as readers. A lot of people are writing these days and publishers are more than happy to turn these into books. Here’s an eclectic list of 6 books that you must pick up this month.
Apoorva’s Fat Diary
Twelve-year-old Apoorva Joshi has been asked to keep a diary. She agrees on the condition that she will only write about the twelve special meals that she eats over the next few months. Soon, however, Apoorva is chronicling not only the best meals she has eaten, but her constantly changing equations with the people around her. This paperback book has been written by Nandini Nayar and illustrated by Lavanya Karthik.
Publisher: Mango (the children’s imprint in English from DC Books)
Price: Rs. 95/-
My Chameleon Soul
A woman looking for a new beginning. A man looking for the right direction. A girl looking for a streak of sunshine. This story in three parts revolves around three characters: Kiran Malhotra and her children – Samay Malhotra and Samaira Malhotra. This family lives together and shares a secret. How do they find their individual miracles? Fall in love with Kiran’s intrinsic kindness, Samaira’s purity, and Samay, simply because he’s crazy. This book has been written by Sumit G. Sehgal.
Publisher: Alchemy Publishers
Price: Rs. 350
Swimming Among the Stars: Stories
An interview with the last speaker of a language. A chronicle of the final seven days of a town that is about to be razed to the ground by an invading army. The lonely voyage of an elephant from Kerala to a princess’s palace in Morocco. A fabled cook who flavours his food with precious stones. A coterie of international diplomats trapped in near-earth orbit. These are among the stories in this hardcover book written by Kanisk Tharoor.
All Quiet In Vikaspuri
This is tale of a man’s journey to the centre of the earth in search of the mythical river Saraswat. This graphic novel features a dystopian landscape where neighbourhoods fight brutal battles against each other. It is set against the fictitious yet ever-so-real Water Wars of Delhi. This hardcover book has been written by Sarnath Banerjee.
Price: Rs. 799
The Indecisive Chicken: Stories and Recipes From Eight Dharavi Women
The Indecisive Chicken is a cookbook filled with dozens of recipes representing the variety and complexity of urban cooking in Dharavi, one of the largest informal settlements in the world. Recipes were contributed by eight Dharavi housewives. It features beautiful photographs by Neville Sukhia and elegant Hindi translations by Nandini Patodia. The layout and design is by London designer Alex Johns. The book is available in paperback and has been authored by Prajna Desai.
Publisher: Dharavi Biennale and Prajna Desai; First edition (2015)
Price: Rs. 1,350
Mother, Where’s My Country?
In this book, Anubha Bhonsle examines the tragic history of Manipur, and of much of India’s North East. Through the story of Irom Sharmila and many others, who have become victims to violence or despair or stood up to fight for peace and justice, she shows us an entire society ravaged by insurgency and counter-insurgency operations, corruption and ethnic rivalries. She draws upon extensive interviews with personnel of the Indian army and intelligence agencies, politicians and bureaucrats, leaders of insurgent groups, Irom Sharmila and her family and ordinary people across Manipur. This book is available in both hardcover and paperback.
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing Private Limited
Price: Rs. 349