Friday, December 6, 2019

Five Books To Read This Season

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Anika Manchanda
Anika, a voracious reader and a literature student, believes in the power of written word and loves to spend her time sketching and painting.
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To all the bibliophiles, *desperately* looking for recommendations, here are our top 5 picks to read this season-

1. Bombay Brides by Eshter David

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Esther David paints a vivid portrait of the “Bombay Brides”, who struggle to fit into the fictional world of the Shalom India Housing Society. Esther takes her readers on a roller-coaster experience into the ups and downs in the everyday life of Indian Jews, giving an unprecedented insight into their life, culture and festivities.

This book celebrates the sacred tradition of marriage, however, also manages to bring out the cross-cultural conflicts to the forefront. Each new chapter begins with a new illustration, which allows the readers to catch a glimpse into the life of the character, even before story begins.

2. Latitudes of Longing: A Novel by Shubhangi Swarup

Latitudes of Longing comprises of four interconnected stories, though numerous human and non-human characters inhabit the novel’s eccentric landscape. Swarup will take you on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent and around the colonial globe with her unique art of storytelling.

3. The Dog Who Saved The World by Ross Welford

A tale of courage, dogs, family, friends and time-travel. The story begins to unravel when eleven-year-old Georgie and her best friend Ramzy accidentally befriend Dr. Pretorius, an eccentric and retired scientist, whose experiments with virtual-reality prove to be a gripping counterplot.

Each chapter is marked by a new adventure with Ramzy and Georgie on a mission to save the dogs of St Woofs.

4. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

A book that gives a comprehensive outlook of the near and distant future; Harari stresses on how human nature, indeed our very humanity, could be transformed in the not very distant future due to developments in the different fields of technology.

An intelligent, insightful, accessible and eminently readable book which carries the reader along with its scope and vision.

5. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

This book is a collection of 24 short stories that give you a glimpse of your everyday life, featuring stories about our mundane day-to-day lifestyle. Murakami’s work alternates between full length novels and short story collections and they are always wildly innovative and thought provoking. His writing has meaning, the meaning that you have to find out for yourself. With his unique style of writing, Murakami leaves some of the stories open for interpretation, thus engaging the readers in the process of storytelling.

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