Power games, suspense, Indian lives (IANS Books)
games, suspense, Indian lives (IANS Books This Weekend)
yourself in the thrilling story of a young politician fighting corruption, know
the struggles of a journalist as she reports a murder, flick through different
aspects of Indians and read about the journey of finding a husband for a woman
in her early thirties. The IANS bookshelf offers some interesting fiction this
1. Book: Ashvamedha; Author: Aparna Sinha; Publisher: Srishti; Pages: 214;
Price: Rs 195
Little does Ashwin Jamwal know that the last 25 years of his life have been
controlled by a master manipulator who wanted to make him the most powerful man
on earth, though for a reason. Ashwin steps up to take oath as India's youngest
prime minister and is unknowingly thrown into a vertex of power and authority as
the entire world is threatened by a faceless enemy named Hades.
The world starts to look up to Ashwin as the saviour, but he was just a pawn,
reared only to be sacrificed in the end.
A story of greed, lies, deception, manipulation and corruption, "Ashvamedha"
is a thriller revolving around the game of power in a maddening bid to seek
2. Book: Daddy's Girl; Author: Swati Chaturvedi; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 251;
Price: Rs 199
What could be worse than a daughter's death? Ask the Nalwas, whose family
implodes one night as their daughter, Ambika, is murdered and it becomes a big
news story in the country.
Along comes the fiery and feisty investigative reporter Meera, who finds herself
unable to stop following the story, whatever the consequences. She wants justice
for Ambika because this murder shakes her certainties and makes her question the
sanity of her middle class life.
As she comes across the elite class of Delhi, she's confronted with rich,
connected lawyers and manipulative politicians. What she discovers is a shocking
conclusion to the country's most heinous murder.
3. Book: We Indians; Author: Khushwant Singh; Publisher: Juggernaut; Price: Rs
299; Pages: 203
What makes you proud to be an Indian and what makes you ashamed to be one? What
makes a Hindu a Hindu? Why are Indians such champion sycophants and
name-droppers? And, does love really matter in an Indian marriage?
In his sharp and funny dissection of different aspects of Indian characters, the
late Khushwant Singh tackles these and other questions in the book, with his
characteristic candour, humour and gift of telling a riveting tale in this
posthumously published book.
4. Book: Hooked, Lined and Single; Author: Rashmi Kumar; Publisher: Srishti;
Pages: 188; Price: Rs 150
You are an Indian woman in her early thirties and still unmarried or married
previously. What is the big deal about it? You just don't seem to find the
"right" man and you suddenly acquire a tragically special status as
being cynical, demanding, impractical and chronically single or ambitious.
Alafia Singh meets a similar fate on her journey to find a husband using
somewhat more traditional methods. Read "Hooked, Lined and Single" to
know how she deals with the burden of getting married by finding the right man.