In 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 when he is asked to interview India's greatest Urdu poet, Nur - a project that can only end in disaster.Read More...Hide Pages: 225
Collected 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 stories give us familiar worlds made unfamiliar, to wonderful effect. An ageing couple is stranded in a stultifying Delhi summer by the visit of a rogueish old Oxford friend, who trades on his charm; an American woman turns to hippies living in the Indian hills, homesick for the farmlands of Vermont; a dog terrorizes the neighbourhood but is cherished by his stern master; a Delhi girl of slender means finds a new kind of freedom with her young friends, in her barsati home; a peaceful game of hide and seek turns into a nightmare; a businessman sees his own death.Read More...Hide Pages: 344
Clear 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. At the novel's heart are the moving relationships between the members of the Das family, who have grown apart from each other. Bimla is a dissatisfied but ambitious teacher at a women's college who lives in her childhood home, where she cares for her mentally challenged brother, Baba. Tara is her younger, unambitious, estranged sister, married and with children of her own. Raja is their popular, brilliant, and successful brother. When Tara returns for a visit with Bimla and Baba, old memories and tensions resurface and blend into a domestic drama that is intensely beautiful and leads to profound self-understanding....Read More...Hide Pages: 192
Baumgartner'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 and then released to Bombay at war's end. In this tale of a man who, "like a figure in a Greek tragedy . . . seems to elude his destiny"...Read More...Hide Pages: 230
Skin Deep : An Inside Out Approach to Looking Good, Naturally !
Skin Deep : An Inside Out Approach to Looking Good, Naturally ! by Aparna Santhanam
Two questions women always ask: Doctor, how can I make my skin glow and Doctor, please tell me what I should eat for good skin. From her ten years of practice as a consulting dermatologist, Dr Aparna Santhanam knows without doubt that what we eat has a lasting impact not only on the way we look, but also on the way we age and the way our skin presents itself now and in the future. In this book, she addresses popular concerns about diet and its relation to appearance as well as health. She also outlines the benefits of various foods on the skin along with some easy-to-make recipes that will help your skin glow.
Maps for Lost Lovers
Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam
In an unnamed English town Jugnu and his lover Chanda have disappeared.Rumours abound in the close-knit Pakistani community,and then on a snow-covered January morning Chanda's brothers are arrested for murder.Telling the story of next twelve months,Maps for Lost Lovers opens the heart of a family at the crossroads of culture,community,nationality and religion,and expresses their pain in a language that is arrestingly poetic.
The Enchantress of Florence
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
A tall, yellow-haired, young European traveler calling himself 'Mogor dell' Amore', the Mughal of Love, arrives at the court of the Emperor Akbar, lord of the great Mughal empire, with a tale to tell that begins to obsess the imperial capital, a tale about a mysterious woman, a great beauty believed to possess powers of enchantment and sorcery, and her impossible journey to the far-off city of Florence.
The Enchantress of Florence is the story of a woman attempting to command her own destiny in a man's world. It is the story of two cities, unknown to each other, at the height of their powers-the hedonistic Mughal capital, in which the brilliant Akbar the Great wrestles daily with questions of belief, desire, and the treachery of his sons, and the equally sensual city of Florence during the High Renaissance, where Niccolò Machiavelli takes a starring role as he learns, the hard way, about the true brutality of power. These two worlds, so far apart, turn out to be uncannily alike, and the enchantments of women hold sway over them both.