A group of nine are trapped in the visa office at an Indian Consulate after a massive earthquake in an American city. Two visa officers on the verge of an adulterous affair; Jiang, a Chinese–Indian woman in her last years; her gifted teenage granddaughter Lily; an ex-soldier haunted by guilt; Uma, an Indian–American girl bewildered by her parents’ decision to return to Kolkata after twenty years; Tariq, a young Muslim man angry with the new America; and an enraged and bitter elderly white couple. As they wait to be rescued—or to die—they begin to tell each other stories, each recalling ‘one amazing thing’ in their life, sharing things they have never spoken of before.
Their tales are tragic and life-affirming, revealing what it means to be human and the incredible power of storytelling.
Shaheen’s world turns upside down the year she turns nineteen. Thrust abruptly into adulthood by a string of unimaginable events, she witnesses the gradual fraying of the family fabric. Even as she grapples with new realities and struggles to make a different life for herself—first as a wife, then as a mother—contentment continues to prove elusive. Hurtling from one heartbreak to another, she steels herself to live with her sense of loss, in the process distancing her from everything that is real and precious. It is only when her young daughter is estranged from her and when the gentle Manas comes into her life that Shaheen comes to terms with the burden of her memories, realizing the need to let go of her troubled inheritance and accept the past so that she can embrace the present. Gouri Dange’s debut novel creates a poignant portrait of family betrayals, the comfort of strangers and the innate human desire to belong. 3, Zakia Mansion is a deeply felt meditation on the themes of drifting, dropping anchor in the wrong places and ultimately learning to journey on without maps.
Since she was ten years old, Sandy Shortt has been obsessed with finding things. Now grown, Sandys obsession has become a calling, in this romance that explores the meaning of loss and love--Aherns most satisfying and entrancing novel yet.
Step into the magical world of Cecelia Ahern in this heartwarming bestseller'SIf you could wish for one gift this Christmas, what would it be?Everyday Lou Suffern battled with the clock. He always had two places to be at the same time. He always had two things to do at once. When asleep he dreamed. In between dreams, he ran through the events of the day while making plans for the next. When at home with his wife and family, his mind was always someplace else. On his way into work one early winter morning, Lou meets Gabe, a homeless man sitting outside the office building. Intrigued by him and on discovering that he could also be very useful to have around, Lou gets Gabe a job in the post room. But soon Lou begins to regret helping Gabe. His very presence unsettles Lou and how does Gabe appear to be in two places at the same time? As Christmas draws closer, Lou starts to understand the value of time. He sees what is truly important in life yet at the same time he learns the harshest lesson of all. This is a story about people who not unlike parcels, hide secrets.They cover themselves in layers until the right person unwraps them and discovers what's inside. Sometimes you have to be unravelled in order to find out who you really are. For Lou Suffern, that took time.
A stunning repackage for the bestselling author of Hope
When you're sixteen, pregnant and alone, sixties London is anything but swinging...
Charity Stratton's bleak childhood is changed for ever when both her parents are killed in a fire. Separated by the authorities from her younger brothers and sister, Charity is sent out to work as a skivvy in a boys' boarding school. Her loneliness and misery are eased when she falls deeply in love with the dashing but fickle sixth-former, Hugh Mainwaring, but when she discovers she is pregnant with Hugh's baby she soon realises just how alone she really is.
Determined to be reunited with her siblings and to make something of herself, Charity runs away to London and begins to forge a new life.
Author Biography Lesley Pearse was born in Rochester, Kent, but has lived in the West County for the last thirty two years. She has three daughters and a grandson. She is the author of fifteen novels and now writes full-time.
An unforgettable story of love and adventure, spanning three decades of Jamaican history. Jamaica, 1946.nbsp; Errol Flynn washes up on in the Zaca , his storm-wrecked yacht.nbsp; Ida Joseph, the teenaged daughter of Port Antonio's Justice of the Peace, is intrigued to learn that the 'World's Handsomest Man' is on the island, and makes it her business to meet him.nbsp;For the jaded swashbuckler, Jamaica is a tropical paradise that Ida, unfazed by his celebrity, seems to share.nbsp;Soon Flynn has made a home for himself on Navy Island, where he entertains the cream of Hollywood at partiesnbsp;that become a byword for decadencenbsp; - andnbsp;Ida has set her heart on marrying this charismatic older man who has singled her out for his attention.nbsp; Flynn and Ida do not marry, but Ida bears Flynn a daughter, May, who will meet her father but once.nbsp; The Pirate's Daughter is a tale of passion and recklessness, of two generations of women and their battles for love and survivial, and of a nation struggling to rise to the challenge of hard-won independence.
The dramatic new Ravenscar novel from the international bestselling author of Woman of Substance. As the First World War draws to a close, all seems golden for young Edward Deravenel, charismatic head of the family empire and master of Ravenscar. Yet beneath the surface lies discord. Elizabeth Deravenel, his beautiful wife, is jealous and her lies and gossip damage the family name. Worse still is Edward's brother George. His reckless behaviour and treachery lead to blackmail and betrayal. The fortunes of the house of Deravenel begin to suffer. It is up to Edward's daughter Bess, and her son Harry to secure the Ravenscar inheritance a?? whatever it takesa?| Ravenscar: A House. A Legacy. A Dynasty.
A novel set in a small town in Vermont in 1960 offers the story of Marie Fermoyle, a lonely and vulnerable divorce+a7e, her three children, and dangerous con-man Omar Duvall. By the author of A Dangerous Woman. Reprint.
It was love at first sight for Claire and Bill Hudson. They met at Claire's fifth birthday party and they were destined to be together for the rest of their lives. When baby Georgia came along, it was the icing on the cake. So when a tragic accident snatched Bill away, Claire felt like she'd lost everything - except Georgia. In the three years since, Claire has devoted her life to Georgia; she knows no man could ever replace Bill, and the child needs her all her attention. Now Georgia's a teenager, though, and there's one thing Claire can't advise her on: dating. And so, purely to help her lovely young daughter in her journey through the teenage years, Claire sets out on some serial dating. And destiny is watching, again...
The town of Rossmore is a special place, full of character and charm. Nestled beside the Whitethorn Woods, the town has grown since the days when it was small and friendly and everyone knew everyone else; now it has chain stories and traffic problems and housing estates. But it still has the woods, with the well dedicated to St Ann, where generations have come to pray or make wishes or just to look back at the pretty little town. Which is why there is going to be such a fuss about the plans for the new road, cutting through Whitethorn Woods. The people of Rossmore are divided. No one is more concerned than the curate, Father Brian Flynn, who has no idea which faction to support. Surely Neddy Nolan's family should take the compensation being offered for their land? But wasn't Neddy's mother given a cure at the well many years ago? And what about the childless London woman who came to Whitethorn Woods begging the saint for help, with unexpected consequences? Full of Maeve Binchy's warmth, humour and compassion, WHITETHORN WOODS tells of the people of Rossmore, each with their own story, as they wait for the great road of progress...
The brilliant new episode in the magical Tales of the City series.
Everything around her was familiar but somehow foreign to her own experience, like a place she had seen in a movie but had never actually visited. She had climbed these weathered steps - what? - thousands of times before, but there wasn't a hint of homecoming, nothing to take her back to where she used to be. The past doesn't catch up with us, she thought. It escapes us...'
Mary Ann Singleton - as was - returns to San Francisco a very different person from when she left. Her career has faded away, her husband has run off with her own life coach and she faces invasive surgery for cancer. In such circumstances, there is only one person and one city she can turn to: Michael 'Mouse' Tolliver, and San Francisco.
Funny, charming, poignant, beautifully, effortlessly written, Mary Ann in Autumn embodies what has made the Tales of the City so popular over the past thirty years. It will delight Armistead's legions of fans and introduce new readers to a world they will want to immerse themselves in.
Armistead Maupin is the author of Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others,Sure of You, Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener. Three television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney were made from the first three Tales novels. The Night Listener became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.
For more information on Armistead Maupin and his books, see his website at www.armisteadmaupin.com
The bestselling author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accentsexplores the phenomenon of the Latina sweet fifteen celebration The quinceañera, the fifteenth birthday celebration for a Latina girl, is quickly becoming an American event. This legendary party is a sight to behold: lavish ball gowns, extravagant catered meals, DJs, limousines, and multi-tiered cakes. The must haves for a quince are becoming as numerous and costly as a prom or wedding. And yet, this elaborate ritual also hearkens back to traditions from native countries and communities, offering young Latinas a chance to connect with their heritage. In Once Upon a Quinceañera, Julia Alvarez explores this celebration that brings a Latina girl into womanhood. She attends the quince of a young woman named Monica who lives in Queens, and witnesses the commotion, confusion, and potential for disaster that comes with planning this important event. Alvarez also weaves in interviews with other quince girls, her own memories of coming of age as an immigrant, and the history of the custom itselfhow it originated and what has changed as Latinas become accustomed to a supersize American culture. Once Upon a Quinceañerais an enlightening, accessible, and entertaining portrait of contemporary Latino culture as well as a critical look at the rituals of coming of age and the economic and social consequences of the quince parties. Julia Alvarezs dedicated fans will be eager to hear her thoughts on this topic. It is a great book for anyone interested in American youth todayparents, teachers, and teenagers themselves.
With all the narrative power and emotional immediacy that have made her novels acclaimed international bestsellers, Anita Shreve unfolds a richly engaging tale of marriage, money, and troubled times-the story of a pair of young newlyweds who, setting out to build a life together in a derelict beach house on the Atlantic coast, soon discover how threatening the world outside their front door can be.
For two months prior to the general elections in May 2009 TV reporter Sunetra Choudhary, along with her colleague Naghma Sahar, clambered onto a bus equipped with some Club Class seating, the requisite machinery to beam out live from the remotest parts of India, and a motley crew of cameramen and engineers. Notching up 200 kilometres a day, she and her colleagues travelled through Bharat in search of the elusive Indian voter. Lurching into villages without electricity in UP, to tribal settlements in Jharkand, to Baripada in Orissa and Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu they beamed out a daily show called the Election Express. Part travelogue, part election special, part candid confessions of an inveterate TV camera-time junkie, this book is a delightfully frank account of one woman's understanding of why the country voted as it did; and how obvious it is, once out of the larger cities, that development is the ultimate vote-getter, even in caste-divided regions like Bihar and UP.
When Gudda marries a Hindu, her mother Beatrice, a Christian missionary, disinherits her and wills her house to Gudda's sisters. Shortly after, a new government comes to power in New Delhi and Christians are brutally attacked all over India. Gudda, her marriage crumbling by then and with nowhere to go, returns to take care of her mother. Even as mother and daughter find ways to communicate after years of silence, Gudda's sisters accuse her of trying to usurp the family property. In the midst of chaos Gudda embarks on a journey to the Rajasthan desert, to retrace the route of an ancient warrior race in whose past her own origins lie.
A dazzling debut novel, both comic and dark, about the Victorian obsession with science, inventions and experiments. Two sisters, one in England, the other married-off in India, communicate via coded messages that reveal deep secrets, and lead to adventure . . . with a twist.
With The Tiger Is Both An Imitation Of And A Tribute To Somerset Maugham'S 1944 Novel, The Razor'S Edge. Maugham'S Characters Americans In Europe Between The Wars Return As Australians In The Late 1970S: The Charismatic Young Larry; His High School Sweetheart Turned High Society Hostess, Isabel; Her Husband, The Real Estate Tycoon Gray Maturin; Isabel'S Uncle, The Incorrigible, Iniquitous Elliot Templeton; And The Narrator, A Gay Playwright Named After Maugham. In This Re-Imagined Fictional Universe, Larry'S Early Life-Changing Experience Occurs Not As An Under-Age Enlistee In The First World War But During A Teenage Backpacking Trip To India, Where He Returns Several Times, To Live In A Fashionable Ashram, A Buddhist Monastery, And With An Enigmatic Saint. The Choices Larry Makes And Their Ramifications For Those Around Him Especially Isabel, Who Continues To Miss His Presence In Her Life Are Played Out Against The Backdrop Of The 1980S And 90S. In Its Exploration Of A Nation'S Social History At A Time Of Great Change (Maugham'S Setting Being The Years Before And After The Great Depression) As Well As In Characterization And Narrative Structure, With The Tiger Takes Its Inspiration From The Master Storyteller, But Its Location In A Different Place And Time Allows For A Fresh Interpretation Of The Westerner'S Experience Of India.
An accomplished first novel that spans two continents and many lives
Niladri Dasgupta's marriage is over; he hasn't seen his little daughter in five years, having fled as far away as he could manage from the scene of disaster. Now his uncle has been brutally murdered, and he must finally return for the funeral to confront everything he has evaded thus far. And this is just the opening of his all-too-real nightmare.
What journeys begin beyond the frontiers of family, home and identity. What remains of you after every role you played, every readymade definition you took for granted-as husband, father, son and citizen-has disintegrated. Where do you seek shelter when the world around will grant you no respite from upheaval or change. Cast out beyond all certainties, Niladri must choose as he narrates, and act as he understands, recreating himself gradually amid his relentlessly shattering world. A fine balance of emotion and intelligence, incident and character, Or the Day Seizes You captures the urban Indian psyche at the close of the twentieth century with unerring insight and remarkable style.
At any given point, news is breaking somewhere. The dynamics are fascinating, the lives hectic, the demands never-ending.... But what’s going on inside a TV news channel? When the egos take over and the drive to succeed wipes out all else, identity crises, paranoia and insecurity take their toll. A prematurely aging drama queen, a melodramatic friend and a carefree Casanova ... friendship flies out the window, as events take on a life of their own and their world starts to unravel.
Death, betrayal, conspiracy theories and drama galore…. Broken News is a work of fiction, but stabs at the truth of fractured identities and misplaced priorities in the glittering world of television news.
A former tiffinboy from Mumbai, Ram Mohamad Thomas, has just got twelve questions correct on a TV quiz show to win a cool one billion rupees. But he is brutally slung in a prison cell on suspicion of cheating. Because how can a kid from the slums know who Shakespeare was, unless he has been pulling a fast one? In the order of the questions on the show, Ram tells us which amazing adventures in his street-kid life taught him the answers. From orphanages to brothels, gangsters to beggar-masters, and into the homes of Bollywood's rich and famous, Slumdog Millionaire is brimming with the chaotic comedy, heart-stopping tragedy, and tear-inducing joyfulness of modern India. 'This brilliant story, as colossal, vibrant and chaotic as India itself...is not to be missed' -- Observer 'A lively first novel...India is equally chaotic and enchanting' -- Sunday Times
Love, lingerie and family loyalties collide in this sexy, sassy tale of chasing success - but at what cost. When ambitious City analyst Yasmin Yusuf's hope for a traditional 'happy ever after' in the romance stakes is shattered she decides there's only one course of action: get smart, sexy and successful. And what better way to achieve it than by turning around a failing lingerie company. Swept head-first into her glamorous new job by suave private banker Zachary Khan, Yasmin is soon clashing with snobby fashionistas, pedantic accountants, her culturally conservative Bengali family and, worst of all, Hannah Gibbs-Smythson, Zach's indomitable senior advisor. With the odds stacked against her and her attraction to Zach complicating matters even further, the stakes for Yasmin have never been higher... Is she prepared to risk everything for the success she craves.
Derived from the experiences of both an insider and an outsider, the intricate stories of Soulmates chart journeys of love, friendship, despair, daily negotiations and strategies for survival while exploring the physical and spiritual aspects of being transplanted to a foreign country, of living with fluid roots.
Yoking two cultures, the Indian and the Nigerian, they take us into the sphere of symbols and nuances of speech, into a world fraught with seams, viscerally familiar, yet fascinating in its differences.
Speaking in a distinct, meditative voice, and employing the dual vision of the insider–outsider, Kanchana Ugbabe inspires us to remember who we truly are.
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.
About the Author
Naomi Datta daydreams about the perfect Bollywood rom com that she will make one day, plays badminton, and updates her Facebook status on the hour. That’s when she is gainfully occupied. She is otherwise a television producer, presenter, and film writer. She counts TIMES NOW, CNBC TV 18, and MTV among her employers in a decade long television career. She currently freelances and believes she is the best boss she has ever had. Naomi is based in Mumbai and this is her debut novel.
Edited by bestselling author, Paritosh Uttam, this is an anthology of 29 urban tales by 13 young writers. Each of these fresh, vivid and deceptively simple stories focuses on an epiphany. The stories are set with the backdrop of our urban metros with their bright lights, sky rises, glitzy malls, tenements, crowds and the chaos that comes with it. A woman tries to come to terms with loss of a lost baby; two strangers, a young man and a young woman, both with a love for Fyodor Dostoyevsky?s Crime and Punishment board the same aircraft; a woman ponders over giving a second chance to her cheating husband; a young man is in love with his apple pie loving best friend, who is set to marry through an arranged match; a chance meeting between two old lovers after 11 years; the memories of an old woman in love; an illiterate migrant from the village looking for her own kind of liberation; the longing of a married woman for another man; a child and his silent suffering mother and their financially strapped family; a couple once in love, frustrated with each other after getting married; love and relationships in the age of Twitter and fat free gelatos; the morning after for a couple in an adulterous relationship; a man running away from his own life in the city hoping to find salvation; a couple who decide to marry for reasons other than love and many more stories...
Pakistan may be making headlines – but Butterfly is set to conquer the
‘Everyone knows me. All of Lahore, all of Karachi, all of Isloo – oho, baba, Islamabad
– half of Dubai, half of London and all of Khan Market and all the nice, nice bearers in
Imperial Hotel also...No ball, no party, no dinner, no coffee morning, no funeral, no GT
–Get-Together, baba – is complete without me.’
Meet Butterfly, Pakistan’s most lovable, silly, socialite. An avid partygoer, inspired
misspeller, and unwittingly acute observer of Pakistani high society, Butterfly is a woman
like no other. In her world, SMS becomes S & M and people eat ‘three tiara cakes’ while
shunning ‘do number ka maal’. ‘What cheeks!’ as she would say. As her country faces
tribulations – from 9/11 to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto – Butterfly glides through
her world, unfazed, untouched, and stopped short only by the chip in her manicure.
Wicked, irreverent and hugely entertaining, The Diary of a Social Butterfly gives you a
delicious glimpse into the parallel universe of the have-musts.
About the Author
Moni Mohsin is the author of The End of Innocence. She writes a
popular column called ‘Diary of a Social Butterfly’ for Pakistan’s Friday Times, selections
of which make up this, her second book. She grew up in Lahore and now divides her time
between Lahore and London, where she lives with her husband and two children.
Santosh—a ten-year-old from a Mumbai slum with a passion for cricket, Bollywood, and Ganpati Baapa; Salim—a socialist trader from Birmingham and witness to the aftermath of the unjust ‘war on terror’; Ruth—a lesbian ship-welder from New Jersey whose fierce right-wing patriotism cost her the love of her life; Akechi—a rakish, self-obsessed manga star with a fondness for high living and beautiful gaijin women; and Yoshi—Akechi’s twin and fellow mangaka, a hermaphrodite consumed by a guilty secret about their Japanese father and Chinese mother.
Can this wildly unlikely quintet succeed in their seemingly impossible mission of travelling to the end of time and space to bring peace to the world? Can they overcome their cultural, racial, religious and other differences and find a way to end the apocalyptic War of Wars that threatens not only humanity, but all creation, with ultimate destruction? Does humanity even deserve to be saved?
The distraught daughter of an artist who committed suicide, Mia first meets Karna in London.
Mesmerized by the charismatic young guru, she resolves to follow him to India, even if she must marry Vik, a suave corporate businessman, to do so.
Once in India, Mia is drawn to Vik's mother, Indi, an accomplished, inordinately attractive woman who rages unceasingly against her blindness, her beauty, and her clinging son. Troubled by Indi's anguish, and by her own strange journey into duplicitous love, Mia realizes she must travel even further—to the Kumb Mela religious pilgrimage—for a different perspective on her clouded and confused life.
Acclaimed novelist Cecelia Ahern's There's No Place Like Here tells the story of Sandy Shortt, an obsessive-compulsive Missing Persons investigator who suddenly finds herself in the mystical land of the missing, desperate to return to the people and places from whom she has spent her life escaping. With this imaginative fourth novel, Ahern, whose P.S. I Love You was made into a major motion picture, continues to establish herself as not only an icon of Irish chick lit, but also a bold and creative thinker.
Continuing the whimsical trend she started with If You Could See Me Now, Ahern asks readers to step outside the boundaries of reality, and enter a world where missing people (and possessions) from all over the globe congregate to start anew. When Sandy goes on an early morning jog and strays too far into the forest, she too finds herself "Here," the aptly named home of the missing. In addition to finding her lost socks, diaries, and stuffed animals, she also finds many of the people she has searched for throughout her career. From Bobby Stanley, who disappeared from his mother's house at the age of sixteen, to Terrence O'Malley, a librarian who disappeared on his way home from work at age 55, Sandy is quickly reunited with the people she has come to know only through photos and heartbreaking memories shared by devastated loved ones who enlisted her services. Of course, finding these people and possessions only makes Sandy realize how much she has missed out on in her real life, most notably her concerned parents and her on again off again boyfriend Greg.
There's No Place Like Here is often predictable and the premise is a bit hard to swallow at times. Still, readers who take the leap will be rewarded with what is ultimately a witty, compassionate, and captivating love story. --Gisele Toueg
Anny Butler is a caretaker, a nurturer, first for her own brothers and sisters, and then as a director of an agency devoted to the welfare of children. What she has never had is a real family. That changes when she meets and marries Lewis Aiken, an exuberant surgeon fifteen years older than Anny. When they marry, she finds her family—not a traditional one, but a group of Charleston childhood friends who are inseparable, who are one another's surrogate family. They are called the Scrubs, and they all, in some way, have the common cord of family. Instantly upon meeting them at the old beach house on Sullivan's Island, which they co-own, Anny knows that she has found home and family. They vow that, when the time comes, they will find a place where they can live together by the sea. Bad things begin to happen—a hurricane, a fire, deaths—but still the remaining Scrubs cling together. They are watched over and bolstered by Camilla Curry, the heart and core of their group, always the healer. Anny herself allows Camilla to enfold and to care for her. It is the first time she has felt this kind of love and support.
When the family’s servant girl, Chellam, is dismissed from the big house for unnamed crimes, it is only the latest in a series of losses that have shaken six-year-old Aasha’s life. Her grandmother has passed away under mysterious circumstances and her older sister has disappeared for a new life abroad, with no plans to return. Her parents, meanwhile, seem to hiding something away –from themselves, and from one another. As the novel tells us the story of the years leading up to these events, we learn what has happened to the hopes and dreams of a family caught up in Malaysia’s troubled post-colonial history. What bought the Rajashekharan family to the Big House in Malaysia? What was Chellam’s unforgivable crime? Why did the eldest daughter leave the country under strained circumstances? And what is Appa – the respectable family patriarch – hiding from his wife and his children?
In this novel that unites characters from "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue," Matty, a young member of a utopian community that values honesty, conceals an emerging healing power that he cannot explain or understand.
The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories ( Electric Feather)
Abeer Hoque teaches us a lexicon of self-adoration Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan gets inside the skin of a man Samit Basu uncouples a Bengali wedding night Sheba Karim takes us into an open book in a closed cupboard Paromit Vhora teaches a Star why its worth traveling through time. Jeet Thayil gets us a ticket to forbidden train of thought Ruchir Joshi taks us down to the basic memory Kamila Shamsie quietly changes the menaing of the sun Rana Dasgupta take the sun into water Sonia Jabbar examine a lawyers beief Niven Govinden makes a cat do the hard work Parvati Sharma warms up a dog
For the Right Honourable Harry White, Britain's charismatic and politically savvy prime minister, it is a busy day like any other at 10 Downing Street. Every minute is packed with politics, people and policies, and the odd flirtation.There is a peremptory invitation to lunch with megalomaniac media lord Matt Drummond, a parliamentary rebellion to be batted away, an urgent call from the White House about a crisis in the Middle East. Until, finally, Harry White and his entourage are ready to fly to Glasgow for the last item on their schedule: the Old Firm game between Rangers and Celtic, the traditional Scottish rivals. It is a game that Harry has little interest in, but there are at least two men who have waited many years for exactly this moment. Will they be able to realize their plans? Will blood flow between the Catholic and Protestant fans as their teams battle for supremacy on the ground? Will the day end well for Harry White and his new conquest Sarah? Or will the events of this single day transform the political face of England for ever?
Binod and Rabinder were brought up as brothers, one a man of hope, the other of appetite, whose ambitions unexpectedly intertwine. As their stories unfolds, a complex world comes to throbbing life, moving from Motihari where Binod was born, to the Bombay of film, imitation and enterprise, via Delhi, its calm shattered by an assassination and riots. A film director asks Binod, a journalist in Bombay, to produce a portrait of a murdered girl, a poet killed by a politician by whom she is pregnant. The director wants a script about small town desire, compromise, and intrigue. Subtle and articulate, his sensibility shaped by the classic films of a high-minded and austere boyhood, Binod undertakes to draft a Bollywood story. Unlike Binod is his cousin Rabinder, in Hajipur jail, under arrest for turning his cybercafe into a porn parlor and full of plans. Rabinder is a doer, with dreams of entering films. In the broad sweep of this first novel, acclaimed non-fiction writer Amitava Kumar charts a tale of sexual anxiety and anarchic impulses in a society steeped in crime. Detailing the search among its members for order and artistic brilliance, Home Products brings alive the struggle against small-town beginnings.
Desperate Housewives meets Six Feet Under in this brilliantly moving and darkly comic novel, which charts the attempts of dying heroine Delia -- a modern day Mrs Beeton -- to prepare her family for the future and lay to rest a ghost from her past. Delia Bennet has made a living writing a series of hugely successful modern household guides, with advice on everything from laundry to lovers. The one thing she hasn't ever given advice on is her own situation: barely forthy by dying. To prepare her family, she tries everything from writing lists to teaching her daughters to make the perfect cup of tea. What she really needs is a household guide: the kind she is expert at writing. She sets to work. But the writing forces Delia to confront painful ghosts from her past. there is a journey she needs to make, and one last vital thing she must do...
â€˜Public Intelligence Officer Barsk reported several deaths due to charring of body parts and possible foul play involving cannibalism, at the Tandoori Moose restaurant, off Friendship Chowk. One BC (bad character) absconding. Suspect is a deviant girl, blonde, around twenty, no particular distinguishing marks except that she was last seen wearing a cookâ€™s uniform. Officer requested backup, forensic team.
A memo has been sent to all concerned partiesâ€¦â€™ A crime novel set in a somewhat futuristic Europe after it has been colonized by India â€“ its industries bought over by Asian capitalists; its administration, by popular referendum, entrusted to the IAS; its food infused with the flavours of curry. The book follows the life of a middle-aged, down-and-out Public Intelligence Officer, Borsk, who on a night-shift apprehending â€˜bad charactersâ€™ and â€˜deviant girlsâ€™ stumbles into a restaurant where the tandoori speciality of the day is a well done, forty-something, Indian male. An ingeniously stylized dystopian crime novel set in the grunge and filth of a Europe colonized by file-pushing Indian babus and bad Bollywood films, Once Upon a Time in Scandinavistan is a novel that will both thrill and appal the reader with its luridly detailed landscapes and its unrelentingly dark humour. A film in Swedish is also on the cards.
About the Author
Zac Oâ€™Yeah was born in Finland, raised in Sweden and currently lives in India. In 2006, Zac OÂ´Yeah had his breakthrough with the novel TandooriÃ¤lgen (The Tandoori Elk). Zac Oâ€™Yeah has written several books about India: its people, its culture and its history. His biography about Indian politician and freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi, the first Gandhi biography ever written in Swedish, was published in 2008.
Should she choose her father’s legacy or listen to her heart? Zarri Bano is the glamorous twenty-eight-year-old daughter of a wealthy Muslim landowner, Habib Khan. She falls in love with Sikander, a business tycoon and plans to marry him, but her father takes an instant, irrational dislike to Sikander and vetoes the match. When his only son is killed in a freak riding accident, Habib Khan decides to make Zarri Bano his heiress, resurrecting an ancient tradition which decrees that an heiress must remain celibate. Zarri Bano is thus forced into marriage to the Holy Koran and becomes her clan’s ‘Holy Woman’. But will Zarri Bano’s heart allow her to ignore her love for Sikander? And can Sikander live without her?
An Entrepreneur In Bosnia, A Ghost In The Elevator, A Deaf-Mute Father Who Dies Yearning For His Son'S Acceptance, A Fantastical Kingdom Of People Without Tongues, A Young Girl On The Threshold Of Marriage And Death This Collection Of Stories Takes Us Through The Strange And Often Twisted Realities That Shape Our Lives. We Meet The Pragmatic Dina Lal Who Trades Religion For Safety In Anti-Hindu Pakistan, A Still-Dignified Narjis On Her Last Journey While Her Child Sleeps In The Arms Of Her Jailor, And Several Others Young And Old, Male And Female As They Wrestle With The Dile Mmas Of Conflicting Cultures And Ideologies. An Eclectic Mix Of Thirteen Stories By Pakistan'S Finest Women Writers, Neither Night Nor Day Explores Milieus Both Old And Contemporary And Exposes, In The Process, The Underbelly Of A Society Where The Spectres Of History Continue To Chase Time.
What If Love Was Right There In Front Of You You Just Couldn'T See It? Elizabeth Egan Is Too Busy For Friends. As A Reluctant Mother To Her Sister Saoirse'S Young Son Luke And With Her Own Business To Run, Every Precious Moment Is Made To Count. But With Saoirse Crashing In And Out Of Their Lives, Leaving Both Her Sister And Her Son Reeling, Luke And Elizabeth Are Desperately In Need Of Some Magic. Enter Ivan. Wild, Spontaneous And Always Looking For Adventure, In No Time At All Ivan Has Changed Elizabeth In Ways She Could Never Have Imagined. But Is Ivan Too Good To Be True? Has Elizabeth Opened Her Heart Only To Risk It Being Broken Again? As For Ivan, He Thought He Was There To Help Luke Not Elizabeth Or Himself&
An Exquisitely Rendered Novel About The Trials Of Friendship And The Challenges Of Idealism. A Chance Encounter On A Train Sparks An Unlikely Friendship Between Shonjoy And Anjan Prasad. While Shonjoy Is The English-Speaking Son Of A Cultured And Well-To-Do Bengali Family In Allahabad, Anjan Is A Small-Towner From Unfashionable Mirpur, Whose Manner Betrays His Simple Breeding. But They Both Share An Interest In Books, And, Like All Intellectuals In Allahabad In The 1950S, Become Enthusiastic Habitués Of The Famed India Coffee House Sanctuary For Pretenders And Writers Where They Try To Best Each Other'S Writing Efforts. Then Shonjoy Cops Out. Lured By The Promises Of The Big City, He Moves To Calcutta And The World Of Advertising, Whilst Anjan, Resolute In His Wish To Be A Writer In The True Sense, Travels Only To The Depths To Which His Muse Beckons Him& And Where, My Friend, Lay You Hiding? By Ananda Mukerji Is A Quiet Work Of Lyricism And Insight. Elegant, Nuanced And Written In Crystalline Prose, It Is The Story Of An Dealistic Writer Who Knows He Must Break Free From The Love Of His Wife And Children, The Comfort Of The Straight And Narrow, And Experience Life At Its Most Raw, If He Is To Achieve Greatness In His Art; And His Friend Who Cannot Forgive Him For Deserting The Woman He Is Half In Love With Himself, And For Being The Writer He Can Never Be.
Zorawar Singh Shokeen of Chandrawal is one of those Delhi musclemen who run its politics from the shadows. He owns a house in the environs of the University North Campus, which he lets out as a hostel for boys. Occasionally, he uses the hostel to host his mistress, Madam Midha. Otherwise, he recruits from among his young tenants the footsoldiers for his campus campaigns; their leader, a scrawny MA (Previous) student from Bihar -- the legendary Jishnu da. It is 1992, and at this aggressively male world, ordered along the simple principles of caste, class and region, arrive two kids from Patna. The fresh-faced Pranjal Sinha and his up-for-it best friend, and the narrator of Day Scholar, Hriday Thakur.
In the twilight years between adolescence and adulthood, the Shokeen Niwas boys are concerned with elections, girls and examinations. And Hriday, who hopes to be a writer some day, is drawn, like moth to flame, irresistibly to the material they provide. Forsaking his first love, he becomes trapped instead by a series of misjudgements that lead him finally to the doorstep of Madam s house and, in it, her fourteen-year-old apple-cheeked daughter Sonya. If Hriday can be saved, it is only by the act of reading and writing.
28-year-old Akash works in a multinational by day and lives on a local train at night. The contradictions of his two lives change him forever. An innovatively-structured, highly entertaining novel about the real, everyday Mumbai.
Kamala Markandaya’s Some Inner Fury is the story of Mirabai, a young woman from a partly Westernized Hindu family in pre-Independent India. Previously confident of her place in society and her love for her country, Mira begins to question beliefs when her brother Kit returns from Oxford bringing with him a new lifestyle and his friend Richard. Mira’s love for Richard grows as the country’s agitation against the British gains intensity. Caught in the crossfire are Kit, now a district magistrate, his wife Premala and Govind, Kit’s and Mira’s adoptive brother, who is rumoured to be the mastermind behind the anti-British violence. Events come to a head when tragedy befalls the family and Mira is forced to choose between her love for Richard and duty towards her country.