Friday June 22, 2018

A healthy and thrilling bookshelf for the weekend

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This weekend take a break from your busy life and pay attention to your health with an Ayurvedic diet or add some thrill and adventure in your regular routine.

The bookshelf for this weekend provides you the secret of healthy and happy life.

Also, a crime thriller that reveals the plot with the flip of every page; a girl’s plight in adjusting in a new rich city while chasing her dreams; and a young man’s tryst with fate and the unbeatable combination of destiny and desire.

1. Book: Author: Reenita Malhotra Hora; Publisher: Harper; Pages: 195; 

Do you feel lazy, sleep deprived and tired? Have you started too much of unhealthy foods? Does your food habit often leaves you reaching for the medicine box?

Reenita Malhotra Hora’s book is a solution that offers a helping hand out of the negative cycle in three simple steps that teach the basics of Ayurvedic nutrition. This is one stop, easy-to-use, a jagron-free guide to nutritional wellness and a healthier life.

2. Book: Author: Vish Dhamija; Publisher: Rumour Books; Pages: 357; 

A jeweller from Mumbai is found dead in Belgium. The concealed camera could only photograph one of those involved in the murder. The case comes to India when it is found that a diamond purchased by the jeweller is sold in Mumbai.

Vish Dhamija’s latest book marks the return of DCP Rita Ferreira who is assigned the case. But when Ferreira and her team tracks down the man, they discover that a private detective is already following their target.

A biting must read!

3. Book:  Author: Anjum Hasan; Publisher: Roli Books; Pages: 287; 

Sophie Das, a 25-year-old protagonist from Shillong, shifts to Bangalore in search of work, fun and liberty. Unfortunately, a horrific murder sends her back to Shillong, where her Hamlet-quoting father and religious mother are chasing their dreams.

Will Sophie be able to pull back from the brink and find herself a home? The book brings the vivid life of a young woman in a big city, accompanied by the wit, warmth and uncertainty of the everyday world.

4. Book:  Author: Saurabh Leekha; Publisher: NotionPress; Pages: 165; Price: Rs.179

Following a broken love affair, disappointed with family and facing challenges in the workplace, protagonist Aditya transforms himself from a subdued individual into a rebellious survivor.

Will he be able to deliver his best? Will he be able to beat the same people who think he is a toddler? Will he realise his dream of acquiring a personal jetliner, a metaphor and a benchmark for the pursuit of success? (IANS)(Image Courtesy: whytoread.com)

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“A Suitable Girl”: Most Awaited Novel By Vikram Seth, Finally Published

Seth suffered from writer's block after his break-up

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"A Suitable Girl": Most Awaited Novel By Vikram Seth, Finally Published, flickr

Hardly has any novel been awaited with as much curiosity and anticipation in recent times as Vikram Seth’s sequel to the monumental “A Suitable Boy” (1993). Five years on, since he was first expected to deliver the manuscript, the novel is still to see the light of the day. But what seems like a saga of missed deadlines can very well — far from our eyes — be a masterpiece in the making.

“The more I talk of her, the more shy she becomes,” Seth had told this correspondent in 2015 about “A Suitable Girl”, the novel-in-waiting.

Seth, as his literary agent David Godwin puts it, has been known to take his time with his books. The prolonged delay, however, was not acceptable to Hamish Hamilton (an imprint of Penguin Random House) and he was asked to return an advance payment of $1.7 million when the deal was called off. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, an imprint of the British publisher Orion, then acquired the novel — and it was scheduled to release in 2016.

But a flying bird — a friend and confidant of the writer — says that he is now giving the “final touch” to the novel and that one can expect “the big announcement” soon.

Seth released a collection of poems titled “Summer Requiem” in the meanwhile. In the collection, he traces the immutable shiftings of the seasons, the relentless rhythms of a great world that both “gifts and harms”. Composed as they were while he was (which he still is) writing the sequel, several poems in the offering open doors to his mind, or perhaps they may be preludes to the larger narrative that he is weaving.

“I have so carefully mapped/the corners of my mind/that I am forever waking/in a lost country,” he writes in the opening poem. Interestingly, Seth’s companion to “A Suitable Boy” will be a jump sequel — the characters have travelled from the 1950s and it will be very much a novel set in somewhat the present times.

novels By Vikram Seth
novels By Vikram Seth, flickr

In its title poem, he mourns that the “liberated generation lives a restrained youth,” and then adds: “I must forsake attachment”. On another occasion in the book, readers find him lamenting over “the peaceful love” that the narrator has “never found”. In another short poem “Late Light” he writes: “Outside the great world’s gifts and harms/ There must be somewhere I can go/To rest within a lover’s arm/At ease with the impending snow”.

Reportedly, Seth suffered from writer’s block after his break-up with French violinist Phillippe Honor but that was a long time ago and was reflected in “An Equal Music”. He has moved on or has he not?

Nonetheless, it has been about five years since “A Suitable Girl” was first expected to hit the stands but the wait is surely worth it. As writer-politician Shashi Tharoor says about his good friend’s technique — that “Vikram Seth draws an entire roadmap of his novel, planning every minute element in great detail” — the sequel, thanks to all the anticipation and the pressure on the writer, may actually be a masterpiece in the making, as sublime as its counterpart and yet set in the time of its readers.

Vikram Seth is a recipient of the Padma Shri, Sahitya Akademi Award, and among several other prestigious honours, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman. He has been widely translated and is among leading novelists on the global stage. He has published three novels — “The Golden Gate” (1986), “A Suitable Boy” (1993) and “An Equal Music” (1999) — along with several collections of poetry such as “Mappings” and “All You Who Sleep Tonight”.

Also read: Here is all the reason for Bookworms to look ahead for the upcoming year: A List of the Best Stories and Novels in 2017!

Seth — an openly gay man — is also one of the prominent faces of the campaign against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality. (IANS)