It is the story of four people - a pretty princess, a dreaded don, a noble physician and an evil arch-rival. Painted across a wide canvas filled with multiple hues of love, lust, lies, greed, and scandals, the four characters criss-cross continents, touching cities like Delhi, Amritsar, New York, Chicago, Paris, Istanbul, Barcelone, Manila and Sydney.Padmashree Dr H S Rissam's medi-fiction, The Scalpel, scientillates through different levels of enigmatic stories and solves the mystery of one of the most grand-scaled medical thriller written in recent times. 'When a doctor writes a novel about the medical community cavorting with the mafia, would it be a work of fiction or would it be an attempt to showcase reality without the risk of a backlash. Dr Rissam is the Senior Interventional Cardiologist and Director of Cardiac Clinical Sciences.
"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.
Holy Cow! an Indian Adventure
Holy Cow! an Indian Adventure by Sara MacDonald
In her twenties, journalist Sarah Macdonald backpacked around India and came away with a lasting impression of heat, pollution and poverty. So when an airport beggar read her palm and told her she would return to India and for love she screamed, Never!? and gave the country, and him, the finger.
But eleven years later, the prophecy comes true. When the love of Sarah's life is posted to India, she quits her dream job to move to the most polluted city on earth, New Delhi. For Sarah this seems like the ultimate sacrifice for love, and it almost kills her, literally. Just settled, she falls dangerously ill with double pneumonia, an experience that compels her to face some serious questions about her own fragile mortality and inner spiritual void. I must find peace in the only place possible in India, she concludes. Within. Thus begins her journey of discovery through India in search of the meaning of life and death.
Holy Cow is Macdonald's often hilarious chronicle of her adventures in a land of chaos and contradiction, of encounters with Hinduism, Islam and Jainism, Sufis, Sikhs, Parsis and Christians and a kaleidoscope of yogis, swamis and Bollywood stars. From spiritual retreats and crumbling nirvanas to war zones and New Delhi nightclubs, it is a journey that only a woman on a mission to save her soul, her love life and her sanity can survive.
Alchemy: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories - 2
Alchemy: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories - 2 by Sheba Karim
So many elements of ourselves come together in the act of sex: skin and bodily fluids, desire, fear, greed, joy, stigma, pride, affection, guilt, often in the hopes of creating something more beautiful, our personal elixirs of life, however temporary, however permanent.
In Alchemy, Tranquebar's second anthology of erotic short stories, editor Sheba Karim has brought together thirteen diverse works about the pains and pleasures of sex including an unapologetic account of a postmodern man's attraction to his maid, a futuristic tale of a four gendered orgy, a poignant narrative of a boy's sexual awakening in a cinema bathroom, and a lyrical meditation on a mysterious woman's carnal lessons to an imprisoned monk. The anthology's vivid, well-crafted stories move across genres, orientations, continents and genders, taking the reader on an intimate journey through the complex alchemies of sex, desire and love.