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Anita Desai


Books by Anita Desai
In Custody by Anita DesaiIn Custody by Anita Desai
In Custody is woven around the yearnings and calamities of a small town scholar in the north of India. An impoverished college lecturer, Deven, sees a way to escape from the meanness of his daily life Read More...
Pages: 225

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Collected Stories by Anita DesaiCollected Stories by Anita Desai
Buried resentments, unexpected disappointments, new friendships, small acts of cruelty, journeys that take you back to where you started. With trademark compassion and tender irony, Anita Desai's short Read More...
Pages: 344

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Clear Light Of Day by Anita DesaiClear Light Of Day by Anita Desai
Set in India's Old Delhi, CLEAR LIGHT OF DAY is Anita Desai's tender, warm, and compassionate novel about family scars, the ability to forgive and forget, and the trials and tribulations of familial love. Read More...
Pages: 192

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BaumgartnerBaumgartner's Bombay by Anita Desai
A story of profound emotional wounds of war and its exiles. The novel follows Hugo Baumgartner as he flees Nazi Germany -- and his Jewish heritage -- for India, only to be imprisoned as a hostile alien Read More...
Pages: 230

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Lessons in Forgetting
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Lessons in Forgetting
by Anita Nair
Lessons in Forgetting When we first see Meera, she is a carefully groomed corporate wife with a successful career as a writer of cookbooks. Then one day her husband fails to come home after a party and she becomes responsible not just for her children but her mother and grandmother, and the running of Lilac House, their rambling old family home in Bangalore. Enter Professor J.A. Krishnamurthy, or JAK, a renowned cyclone studies expert, on a very different trajectory in life. In a bedroom in his house lies his nineteen-year- old daughter Smriti, left comatose after a vicious attack on her while she was on holiday at a beachside town. A wall of silence and fear surrounds the incident?the grieving father is helped neither by the local police, nor by her boyfriend in his search for the truth. Through a series of coincidences, Meera and JAK find their lives turning and twisting together, with the unpredictability and sheer inevitability of a cyclone. And as the days pass, fresh beginnings appear where there seemed to be only endings. About the Author: Anita Nair is the best-selling author of three novels, The Better Man, Ladies Coupe and Mistress, and a collection of literary essays, Goodnight and God Bless. Mistress was longlisted for the 2008 Orange Prize in the UK. It was also a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award in the USA and for the LiBeraturpreis 2007 in Germany. Anita?s books have been translated into twenty-nine languages around the world. She lives in Bangalore.

Of Dreams
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Of Dreams
by Aditi Talwar Sodhi
"Of Dreams" is the story of Amrita, Aarti and Payal.

Rich and arrogant Amrita has lost her first love; pessimistic Aarti has lost her only chance to higher education and licentious go-getter Payal has lost her dignity. Of Dreams is the story of these three girls who stand disadvantaged at the threshold of adulthood.

As they journey ahead:

Amrita repeatedly allows herself to be manipulated but consequentially will she become the biggest manipulator.

Aarti keeps looking behind when she should be forging ahead, and

Payal tries desperately to erase her past but her future seems to be fading faster.

And who is Shaheen. Why does she bring these three estranged friends together after 17 years and what secrets is she going to reveal.

Of Dreams is a story of inner journeys set in an outer world of constraints and constrictions; deceit and manipulation....and love.

Of Dreams explores who and what people become as the life choices they make sweeps them onwards.

Piggies On The Railway
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Piggies On The Railway
by Smita Jain
When tall,suave,handsome Kaustav Kapoor walks into her office,ditzy private investigator Kasthuri (aka Katie) Kumar has anything but detection on her mind.He is ,after all,a scion of Bollywood's first family-perhaps he has a role for her?Perhaps she will,at last, get to sashay down the red carpet in a designer gown,with flashbulbs following her every move?

But Kapoor's intentions are more prosaic: he wishes Katie to trace the heroine of his new blockbuster [and, if Katie's read the glossies, correctly, his life] who is mysteriously AWOL. Despite her misgivings, Katie finds herself unable to refuse the task entrusted to her, and thereon follows a bewildering hunt for the film star across a trail of corpses. And if that isn't excitement enough, she has to contend with the maddening and mysterious, but oh-so-hot, Tejas Deshpande. The first in a brand new detective series. This book is a racy chicklit/thriller. The first in a new detective series from the author of the bestselling Krishnaa'sKonfessions...