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10 Indian Books Adorning your Bookshelf this New Year

The New Year brings a lot of excitement and vigor without a shred of doubt. We not just want to continue the good habits of the previous year; but also want to add a fresh perspective in the new year. And if we are talking about good habits, reading surely outscore other habits with a fair margin. The beauty of reading lies in the fact that we always carve for good books. The good books which are not less than an ornament for a bookshelf always yearn for good books. At this juncture, when we aspire to decorate every possible nook and corner of the house, we have tried to bring a list of ten Indian books that should adorn your bookshelf this new year.

The Broken Pendant by Dr. Nalli Ramya

A unique tale that revolves around a mysterious grubby dairy found in the attic by a young boy named mark. The book takes you on a thrilling adventurous journey about a man named Daniel through the dairy and into a fantasy combined with archeology. The story of the debut thrilling masterpiece by Dr. Ramya is set in Teotihuacan pyramids, Mexico, and Houston, USA. It is a perfect blend of friendship love and adventure that captures the readers. It is a kind of suspense and time-traveling plot where the present is held in 2054 and then taking readers back to 2024 through dairy. The story keeps you hooked up with the various questions which Mark has to deal with in his expedition. The book is about the balance between triviality and gigantism in terms of inclusion that the book makes way for a story well stitched. It would be a good read for readers who love a combo of thriller, mystery mixed with adventure.

Pentacles by Sabarna Roy

This list would seem incomplete without Pentacles by Sabarna Roy. A combination of one long story and four short poems, the work delightfully bridges the gap between the mundane and arcane writings of today and provides an interesting, yet intellectually stimulating, treat for the discerning reader. The thought-provoking views on issues like love and socio-economic conditions in India are interspersed in the whole work. Unshackled by the bonds of rhyme and meter, free verses evoke the stark reality of urban life, hitting you straight in the guts. The use of everyday urban imagery adds to the appeal of the compositions. The free verses sketch out their life story with its attendant pathos, poignancy, and logic. The best part of all the compositions is that the reader will definitely identify with the poet and will, in one form or other, have similar stories to narrate.

Pink Gender: The Extended by Anandajit Goswami

One day, a man, a woman, and a transgender who is a dream are being called for police investigation at the police station regarding an unintended, mysterious accident. Their stories and mysteries unfold in the counseling room of the police station and a connecting link between the story within a story is established. This story or these stories is and are all about the magical mysteries of life which is, which are explained, self-explained, unexplained in their own ways by opening all bright and dark corners of the human mind and psychology. The seasoned crime-thriller with its unique perspective on the mysteries of life securely deserves a place in the elite list.

Love In Modern Times by Nitish Raj

Love which has always been considered a solemn virtue has witnessed a lot of transformation in the age where digitization and globalization have overshadowed emotions. The highly-awaited story collection by Mr. Raj portrays the various dynamics of the so-called love where immorality, multiple relationships, surmounting career aspirations have neglected the pious feeling of love through his various stories. Whether it be leaving your beloved for the momentary love of another individual or getting indulged in a May-December relationship just for satiating your physical desires; such emotional fallacies have polluted the mind of the love birds of today’s generation. The collection of 20 stories certainly finds a place in this elite list for portraying the dark realities of the so-called love.

Abyss by Sabarna Roy

Barely, we have witnessed a playmaking to an elite list. But Abyss by Sabarna Roy highlighting the central conflict between a mother and her daughter and its female sleuth makes to the elite list. Abyss is a full-length play in two acts with an interval in between. Essentially a racy crime thriller full of gritty suspense; the act builds up slowly to result in a crescendo of conflicts between personalities and ideas finally ending with an unnatural death before the interval. The readers are hung in the balance to declare it as a suicide or a murder? Act two evolves through a series of incisive interrogations to unravel the truth, which is deeply disturbing and affecting. As the play unfolds into a very well-crafted situational thriller, underneath is the debate about using land for agriculture or for industry, the ethics of a working author, and the nexus of a modern state all wonderfully enmeshed into its storyline and the personal lives of its subtly etched out characters.

Fractured Mosaic by Sabarna Roy

Fractured Mosaic is in essence a sequel to Sabarna Roy’s fifth literary work, titled: Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018. It is yet another kaleidoscope from Sabarna Roy’s arsenal that will take the readers to a mesmerizing whirlpool. Various works depicted in Fractured Mosaic have already been mostly published in reputed media houses of the country as musings of the author. These have been brought together in the form of a book for the benefit of the readers. After the raving hit of his earlier six masterpieces since 2010, Sabarna has been constantly writing in the format of a journal to imitate how the mind works in real life.

Around The World Through My Lens by Jyoti Jha

This travelogue by Jyoti Jha is very crystal clear in its message as Jyoti Jha says; life is not meant to be in one place. In the times of pandemics; when the world is shut down and there are restrictions on traveling, the author takes a dive into the memories of some amazing places across the globe from her travelogue. Memories, footprints, and the yearning to visit some known locations and a few offbeat ones, all of them expressed through words and pictures, with a touch of personal details and the author’s exceptional experiences with these destinations, the book intends to give a visual delight to anyone who loves to travel, and provide a glimpse of some lovely destinations from India, USA, UK, Europe and Japan, and the points of interest in those places. Keeping the motivation high for exploring the world as it becomes accessible again, the author presents these places through her lens.

The Result of Misunderstanding by Shirsh Srivastava

A gripping story of two friends; The Result of Misunderstanding by Shirsh Srivastava focuses on the various aspects of relationships. Not just relationships, it also sheds light on the various misunderstanding being prevailed in any relation. Thriving on the concepts of love, lust, belief, and trust; the book takes you onto a journey of fragile hearts, the ever-hanging question of morality. The theme of best friend and life partner is very clearly depicted as we all would agree that sometimes, the line between these two is very blurred and tough to demarcate. Mr. Srivastava taking the teens as his protagonist had tried to decipher the modern aspects of love in a lucid language which makes it an interesting read apart from securing a place in this elite list.

Frosted Glass by Sabarna Roy

It may come as a surprise for a lot of people. But the critically-acclaimed bestselling collection of stories makes the Frosted Glass by Sabarna Roy makes it quite an essential book on our bookshelf. A collection of 14 stories and a poem cycle of 21 poems set in Calcutta raise contemporary issues like man-woman relationships and their strains, moral and ethics, environmental degradation, class inequality, rapid and mass-scale unmindful urbanization, are devoid of sentimentalization. The brilliant narrative and portrayal of betrayal in personal relationships make the Frosted Glass quite an exciting prospect. The question of existence apart from other essential aspects makes it a better prospect of getting adapted into the visual form of art. The uniqueness of the theme along with the relatability prompts us to enlist this masterpiece in this elite list.

Life With A Pinch of Salt by Atrayee Bhattacharya

Life With A Pinch Of Salt by Atrayee Bhattacharya starts with the story of a middle-class mediocre woman who carries a futile desire for all worldly pleasures. Not much educated, hollowed wallet, with no fortune and there she ends up doing some unbelievable things for a mere saree. Then there is a story of Sridharan, a hypochondriac; what happens when he meets Yamraj in a hospital? The book further unfolds a writer’s travails to pen down humor, an old man’s love for Darjeeling tea, a cat’s tale of injustice, and then there is a pitiable young man with a paradox glued to his fate. Also seen is the confusing success of a research scholar, a doctor’s plight amidst the Corona pandemic, a woman denied death, and then a scriptwriter with his outlandish imagination makes it deserving for the elite list.

Source: www.kathmandutribune.com

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