Every New Year brings a lot of promises and expectations for any individual. We make a lot of resolutions every year, in which some are fulfilled and even after our best efforts, few are left unfulfilled. Indeed! Without a tinge of doubt, reading good books is one of the prime resolutions which we have. At this juncture; we have unearthed 6 exciting masterpieces of different genres from Indian authors which readers can look out for this New Year.
1. “The Infinite Road” by Shefali Arora
The award-winning masterpiece, ‘The Infinite Road’ is an emotional ride which highlights the prejudice that we bear against the physically disabled and underprivileged section of the society.
Alunkrita and Anokhi walk together in this journey, and the path is dotted with various hurdles and crossroads. While Alunkrita sets on a mission to give a direction to Anokhi’s future, her own life gets enveloped in predicaments. The book is about hope, positivity, making the right choices and most importantly, following your instinct. Narrated from the perspective of the protagonist and the little disabled girl, the story is a plethora of emotions, which will surely captivate your heart.
2. “Abyss” by Sabarna Roy
Abyss is a full-length play in two acts with an interval in between. It is essentially a racy crime thriller full of gritty suspense. Act one builds up slowly to result in a crescendo of conflicts between personalities and ideas finally to end with an unnatural death before the interval. Is it 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. The highpoints of the play are its central conflict between a mother and her daughter and its female sleuth?
3. “Pink Gender: The Extended” by Anandajit Goswami
The award-winning masterpiece, “Pink Gender: The Extended” is a seasoned thriller focusing on the fallacies of the society. One day, a man, a woman and a transgender are being called for police investigation at the police station regarding an unintended, mysterious accident. Their stories and mysteries unfold in the counselling room of the police station and a connecting link between the story is established. This story is all about these magical mysteries of life which are explained, self-explained, unexplained in their own ways by opening all bright and dark corners of the human mind and psychology.
4. “Pentacles” by Sabarna Roy
One more book by Sabarna Roy to make this elite list. “Pentacles” comprises 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 work is interspersed with thought-provoking views on issues like love and socio-economic conditions in India. 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.
5. “Can You Love This Way?” by Sunayana Khandelwal
The award-winning masterpiece by Sunayana Khandelwal deciphers the various aspects of love. People meet, fall in love, make commitments, break commitments, sometimes easy but at times too complicated is their journey of love life, but in the so-called happy ending, they finally meet. That’s why they are called “Love Stories”. Sunayana questions this definition and vouches for a negative answer as love cannot be defined. This ocean is wider, limitless, endless, and deep beyond imagination. The novel is all about experiencing love from a different perspective. The sentiments that will melt your heart, and the countless emotions you will feel for the extraordinary true love stories of three ordinary women. Through her characters she directs our attention towards some mature aspects of love like divorce and a life in bigamy. The book also throws light on the desire to marry along with an effort for remarriage.
6. “Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012-2018” by Sabarna Roy
It would come as a surprise for a lot of people. But it’s the charm of the bestselling author, Sabarna Roy that makes this masterpiece to the elite list. “Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012–2018” is a kaleidoscope of random, yet mysteriously structured to a pattern, fiction, semi-autobiographical, and autobiographical pieces, covering poems, short-shorts, opinions, observations, and conversations. Roy says: “All my life I have struggled to achieve an optimal lucidity in language and expression that is required to demystify the hidden self and selves and agendas. I hope, I have achieved this in a large measure in this book of mine!”