Superstar India: From Incredible To Unstoppable by Shobha De Unlike anything else she has written, Shobhaa Dé zooms in on Indian people and their place in the larger human society.She points out the country?s historical failings as well as equally historical glories. Admitting to our knee-jerk reactions to much of what is happening at home and in the world, Dé reasons, nevertheless, that the nation has earned superstar status, and with humorous argumentativeness, she convinces the reader that India is not about to lose its glow anytime soon.Read More...Hide Pages: 456
Sultry Days by Shobha De On a sultry, rainy Bombay day Nisha, an impressionable teenager, meets God in the college canteen and falls in love with his ragged, bearded looks and crude, streetwise manners. God patronizingly accepts her into his "group" and it is in this way that their long and passionate romance begins. God's driving ambition leads him into the unreal world of pseudo poetry, art for hire and compromised journalism while Nisha lands a job in advertising. Sycophants, court jesters, whores, dirty old men, fixers, pretty boys and party girls drift in and out of their lives (and interrupt their romance!) as their careers take off with dizzying speed...And then, abruptly and harrowingly, everything about their lives goes wrong...Read More...Hide Pages: 228
Strange Obsession by Shobha De Strange Obsession is the story of the gorgeous young super-model Amrita Aggarwal. Within months of her arrival in Bombay, she is the envy of its beautiful people. Then, one day, she attracts the attentions of a mysterious woman called Minx. As the months pass and the demands of her unwelcome suitor grow, Amrita?s life turns nightmarish ...
An unforgettable novel of sexual obsession and its calamitous consequences.Read More...Hide Pages: 302
Spouse: The Truth about Marriage by Shobha De How marriages work and why they fail....
Marriage is an adventure, says Shobhaa De, celebrity writer, devoted wife and mother of six. It's about trust, companionship, affection and sharing. It's also about learning to cope with your partner's moods and eccentricities. Not to mention the delicate balancing act between parents, children, friends and a career, and the sometimes overpowering need to get away from it all.
In this delightful book on society's most debated institution, Shobhaa De writes about how and why marriages work ? or don't. With her usual disregard for rules, she reinvents tradition and challenges old stereotypes, addressing all the issues that are central to most Indian marriages: the saas ? bahu conundrum (how to escape the role-trap and enjoy each other), the need for honesty (aren't some secrets better left secret?), the importance of romance (no, expressions of love are not unmanly!), and not any less important, how to recognize the warning signs in a hopeless relationship and run before it's too late.
Fun, savvy and, above all, pragmatic, this is the ultimate relationship book for all those who want to make the adventure of marriage last a lifetime.Read More...Hide Pages: 287
Socialite Evenings by Shobha De A prominent Bombay socialite,
Karuna, is trying to find solace in the past.
An unhappy divorce and a succession of affairs have left her hurt and exhausted and, in an effort to forget all this, Karuna begins writing her memoirs...Read More...Hide Pages: 494
Snapshots by Shobha De As the wine and conversation begin to flow at a reunion between six women, who were friends at school, memories start to surface?some happy, others bittersweet and a few that are downright poisonous... Forced to confront dark secrets that they thought lay buried deep in the past, the women begin to turn against one another and the mood of the party turns nightmarish...
Death, infidelity, incest, rape, lies and the evil that lurks beneath the everyday lives of people form the substance of Snapshots.Read More...Hide Pages: 232
Sethji by Shobha De Sethji is the head of the ABSP, a crucial coalition partner in the government. Shrewd, ruthless and an inveterate fighter, he is a man who refuses to play by any moral codes or lose a single battle. Easing his way is Amrita, his ravishing and aloof daughter-in-law who guards her own secrets. But when two of the country's most powerful men team up to challenge Sethji, the wily old politician has to fight the deadliest battle of his life a battle in which he must stake everything. The one person he is forced to trust is Amrita, a woman who gives nothing away, not even to Sethji. Exposing the dark, venal heart of Indian politics, Sethji is a powerful novel about ambition, greed and above all trust. Gripping, revelatory and absolutely unputdownable, this is De at her dazzling best.Read More...Hide Pages: 256
In the late nineteenth century, in a small village in northern India, a thirteen-year-old Brahmin widow meets a Muslim sarangi player and elopes with him. Many years later, their daughter Jaddanbai moves to Bombay and becomes a star of the early talkies. Chấteau Marine, her home on Marine Drive, is famous for its evening mehfils and for the dreams it nurtures: regular visitors include Dilip Kumar, Mehboob and Kamal Amrohi. It is also the home of Fatima, Jaddanbai's daughter, who will set the screen ablaze as Nargis, the most accomplished actress of her time.
Far removed from this world of glamour, a young boy named Balraj Dutt spends his teenage years attempting to rehabilitate himself and his family after the trauma of Partition. In 1950, at the age of twenty, he arrives in Bombay. And there his life takes an unexpected turn: he is given the lead role in a new film, and is soon on his way to becoming Sunil Dutt, the film star.
Then comes the moment that transforms both their lives: on 1 March 1957, during the making of Mother India, Nargis is trapped in a circle of flames and Sunil risks his life to save her. They recuperate together, and fall in love. Nargis has been in a long but futile relationship with the mercurial Raj Kapoor, and in Sunil she finally finds an anchor. Their relationship is stormy and secretive to start with, but it survives every crisis to culminate in a quite wedding on 11 March 1958. What follows are years of togetherness, including the joys of caring for three children, Sanjay, Namrata and Priya but also days of pain and heartbreak: financuial trouble, Nargis's illness, Sanjay's addiction to drugs.
Based on the diaries and letters of Nargis, Sunil and their daughter Priya, as well as on conversations and interviews with family and friends, Darlingji ? as they often addressed each other is a probing yet affectionate biography of two extraordinary people and their love for each other.
The Immigrant by Manju Kapur
Nina is a thirty-year-old English lecturer, struggling to make ends meet for herself and her widowed mother. She sees herself as increasingly off the shelf-after all what prospects would an impoverished girl have without a father to marry her off? Then, unexpectedly, a proposal arrives. Ananda is a dentist in Halifax, Canada. He has spent his twenties painstakingly building his career, and has had no time to get married. The two start to write to each other, then talk on the phone, and finally Ananda arrives in New Delhi to propose. At first uncertain, Nina eventually agrees. When the two marry, she leaves her home and her country to build a new life with her husband. But there is always more to marriage than courtship. And as Nina discovers truths about her husband - both sexual and emotional - her fragile new life in Canada begins to unravel.
The Smile of Murugan: A South Indian Journey
The Smile of Murugan: A South Indian Journey by Michael Wood
An astrologer tells Michael Wood that he would have two daughters and that he would visit Chidambaram. The first comes true and Wood finds himself making a pilgrimage to the temples of southern India. Boarding the 'video bus' crammed with travellers in folding chairs in the aisles, he explores the remnants of antiquity amidst the present-day Tamilnadu. He is transported to another world and time where rituals are still observed as they were thousands of years ago, existing side by side with all the trappings of the modern world.