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Mysterious tales of men, a dose of motivation ( Book Reviews)

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This time, it’s fiction ruled by male protagonists. There’s a gripping story of two men whose lives are interlinked and who are willing to break every rule to win, a man whose life changes after he finds himself dangerously trapped in a suicide case, a boy who is made to live separately in a house where the residents die mysteriously.

Finally, an inspirational book that motivates one to take risks and overcome the fear of uncertainty. Here’s this weekend’s dose of the bookshelf. Read on!

1. Book: The Sialkot Saga; Author: Ashwin Sanghi; Publisher: Westland Ltd; Pages: 584; Price: Rs. 350

Arvind and Arbaaz, the leading protagonists of the book, are businessmen of a kind. Both are unaware that what they seek and fight over is the very obstacle in realising an ancient secret that dates to a time long forgotten.

The story weaves together the past and the present, where the lives of these characters are unwillingly intertwined and ricochet off one another while they play out their sinister and murderous plots of personal and professional one-upmanship.

2. Book: Nothing Can Be as Crazy; Author: Ajay Mohan Jain; Publisher: Rupa; Pages: 206; Price: Rs. 250

A girl, after sneaking into the highly-restricted area of a bank, jumps to her death. And Rajesh, the recently-appointed head of the computer section, finds himself embroiled in an unexpected controversy as the police suspect him.

Will Rajesh be able to set himself free or is he actually guilty? Set against the backdrop of banking institutions, Ajay Jain’s book is a taut, racy thriller, with a new twist at every turn of the page that keeps the reader on edge.

3. Book: The Death House; Author: Sarah Pinborough; Publisher: Hachette; Pages: 273; Price: Rs. 399

A simple blood test changed Toby’s life. Now he lives in the death house, an out-of-time existence far from the modern world where others who live there are studied by doctors.

Toby spends his days fighting his fear and wondering how much he has left. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace because everybody in the death house dies. What will happen to Toby? Read on to know!

4. Book: Chancing It; Author: Robert Mathews; Publisher: Hachette; Pages: 290; Price: Rs. 499

In the face of political upheaval, turmoil in financial markets and an endless litany of risks, threats and calamities, we all crave certainty. The need to understand chance, risk and uncertainty has never been more pronounced.

But one needs to accept the reality. This book, written by Robert Mathews, carries the central message that while one can never be free of chance, risk and uncertainty, one has the tools to take them on and win. (IANS)

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Great Potential For Books In India: International Bestselling Authors

Greer also said that while India is a "fascinating market" for international authors, Indian authors should also be published in other countries.

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Scottish novelist, playwright and short story writer Irvine Welsh echoed similar sentiments, stating that people in India are reading "a lot of books".

India’s vibrant publishing market is attracting major international bestselling authors, who say that there is a great potential for their books to find a good readership in India.

Once a book becomes successful in the country where it is first published, international rights for the books are acquired by leading publishing houses in other countries. India, being the second largest publishing market in the world, is one hot spot where perhaps every successful author wants to be published.

Former British politician and bestselling novelist Jeffrey Archer, for instance, finds more readers in India than anywhere else in the world. In pure statistical terms, his books also sell more in India than anywhere else.

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India’s vibrant publishing market is attracting major international bestselling authors, who say that there is a great potential for their books to find a good readership in India. : Pixabay

What message does it send to award-winning or bestselling authors from other countries? That the market is ripe for harvest!

“I think there is a lot of potential here; I know some great writers from India, they write from their heart. I also think it is a great place to publish and I can only see more and more authors coming here,”Australian author Markus Zusak of “The Book Thief” fame told IANS on the sidelines of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Scottish novelist, playwright and short story writer Irvine Welsh echoed similar sentiments, stating that people in India are reading “a lot of books”.

He said that festivals like the JLF also provide a platform for authors like him to find new readers. “I think there is a great potential, he said.

Pulitzer Prize winning author Andrew Sean Greer, who is on a marathon book tour of India, attending lit fests in Chennai and Kolkata before coming to Jaipur, said that he is excited about the new readers his book “Less” is finding in India.

Harry Potter books. (Representational image)

“In the united States, we don’t have a culture of reading many books from outside. We do not import much whereas I find it to be very different here,” Greer told IANS.

He said winning an award like the Pulitzer does contribute to international recognition, but maintained that it is ultimately up to the readers, and the reading culture at large.

“When I come to festivals like this in India, the one thing that surprises me most is people here read and come. I am saying this because people have asked me questions about my Gay protagonist, which means they have read my book.

“Otherwise, they say that I have not read your book, or have read only half. There is genuine interest among readers and I think right now it’s the place where every writer wants to be,” Greer added.

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Greer also said that while India is a “fascinating market” for international authors, Indian authors should also be published in other countries.

A slew of international authors, including the recipients of major literary awards and those who are a sensation in themselves like Archer, have gathered here to participate in the JLF. (IANS)