Mughal scholar Mehrunisa Khosa stumbles on a conspiracy to destroy the Taj Mahal when she discovers the murder of the Taj supervisor, and the Quranic calligraphy on the tomb of Queen Mumtaz altered to suggest a Hindu origin of the Taj Mahal.That urban legend had always existed. Now, though, someone was conspiring to make it come true.
In the case of the famed marble monument, all was not on the surface. A vast labyrinth ran underneath - closed to visitors - where Mehrunisa was trapped once. In a series of suspenseful twists and turns, the action traverses from the serene splendour of Taj Mahal to the virulent warrens of Taj Ganj, from intrigue-laden corridors of Delhi to snowy Himalayan hideouts.
As a right-wing Hindu party ratchets up its communal agenda and Islamic militants plot a terror attack, in the dark corners of his devious mind a behrupiya, a shapeshifter, is conniving to divide the nation in two. To save the Taj Mahal, Mehrunisa must overcome a prejudiced police and battle her inner demons as she sifts the multiple strands that lead to the conspirator.
Meet Pakistan's most lovable,silly,socialite-Butterfly. She is an avid party-goer,a very inspired misspeller, and unwitting but acute observer of Pakistani high society. She is a woman like no other. In her lingo SMS becomes S&M and people eat "three tiara cakes" while shunning everything that is "do number ka maal". If that's not enough, "What cheeks!", she would say. Now her country faces tribulations-from 9/11 to assassination of Benazir Bhutto. But Butterfly glides through the world, unfazed and untouched,stopped short only by a chip in her manicured nails.
The Lost Symbol
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Washington DC: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned at the last minute to deliver an evening lecture in the Capitol Building. Within moments of his arrival, however, a disturbing object, gruesomely encoded with five symbols - is discovered at the epicenter of the rotunda. It is, he recognizes, an ancient invitation, meant to beckon its recipients towards a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom.
When Langdon's revered mentor, Peter Solomon - philanthropist and prominent mason - is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes that his only hope of saving his friend's life is to accept this mysterious summons and follow wherever it leads him.
Langdon finds himself quickly swept behind the facade of America's most powerful city into the unseen chambers, temples and tunnels which exist there. All that was familiar is transformed into a shadowy, clandestine world of a artfully concealed past in which Masonic secrets and never-before-seen revelations seem to be leading him to a single impossible and inconceivable truth.
A brilliantly composed tapestry of veiled histories, arcane icons and enigmatic codes, The Lost Symbol is an intelligent lightning-paced thriller that offers surprises at every turn. For, as Robert Langdon will discover, there is nothing more extraordinary or shocking than the secret which hides in plain sight...
The 6 PM Slot
The 6 PM Slot by Naomi Dutta
Tania has a dream job as supervising producer at YTV, a leading entertainment channel. But things are not what they seem-YTV's ratings and fortunes are dipping, and Tania is the one assigned to resurrect the 6 pm slot with a new talk show and a scantily clad host. But when a dying girl calls on the show the fun and games come to a screeching halt. This turn of events gives Rajneesh Tiwari, the demi god of Indian news television, one of his most explosive -human interest- stories of the year. Will life ever be the same for Tania or anyone involved in the doomed 6 pm slot.