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Will the pandemic enable us to imagine our cities with more bookstores?

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How many bookstores does Delhi have? Sadly, no one knows, and it is hard to even hazard a guess. In any case, it would again depend on definition. For example, do you include all the shops that sell school textbooks, or other specialised books such as law books? That number would run into hundreds, if not thousands. Do you include the pavement sellers who spread out their wares in major markets? Again, the number would be in the hundreds or thousands. Do you include shops that sell books by the weight, or those that sell thrillers at fixed prices? Hard to put a number to these.

Even if you have a narrower definition of bookstore, as a shop that sells a variety of books for the general reader and the scholar, or stores that specialise in a niche within this (for example, stores that sell exclusively or largely children’s books), and which source their books from the trade, we don’t really know how many bookstores the city has, but it is safe to hazard a guess that now the number is no longer in the thousands or hundreds, but in the tens.

We know something else as well. That bookstores are not spread evenly across the city. If you want to buy the latest bestseller in English, you’ll have to go to central or south Delhi, and if you had to buy a Hindi book, you’d have to go to the area around Darya Ganj, near the old city.

If you live in West Delhi, as I’ve done for nearly a quarter century, or if you live in east Delhi, across the river, you’re not in luck. You’ll have to trek across town to get to a half-decent bookstore. You’d be marginally luckier if you lived near the North Campus of Delhi University, where you’d find a few bookstores that stock at least the more popular authors. But again, if you were looking for, say, slightly less popular literary fiction, you’d have no choice but to go to, say, Khan Market.

Look at this differently: for a population as large as that of Bulgaria, there simply aren’t any bookstores worth the name.

The birth of our bookshop

Hardly surprising then, that when we at LeftWord Books decided to open a bookstore in Shadipur in West Delhi, people thought we were mad.

Most of all, the locals thought we were mad. Why would anyone want to open a bookstore in Shadipur, which is basically a working class/lower middle class neighbourhood? The neighbourhood has no boutiques, no fine dining restaurants, no art galleries, no fancy electronics stores, no upmarket grocery stores, no pets shops – in other words, none of the kinds of businesses that provide bookstores with their footfalls.

Our neighbours are a wholesale tailoring shop, a (now shut) pharmacy, a milk booth, and a shop that sells rolls, biryani, and other fast food. None of them provides us with footfalls. But, as our neighbours discovered to their delight, our customers do provide them with business, particularly the fast food shop and milk booth. The local tea shop, a few hundred yards away, also does good business when we hold events.

Events, in fact, have been an important driver of sales for us. When we got this space in Shadipur, we didn’t do it alone. We tied up with three other organisations – the Jana NatyaManch, the theatre group of which I’ve been a part for over three decades; the All India Democratic Women’s Association; and the School Teachers’ Federation of India. We banded together and pooled our resources, so our bargaining power increased, and together we were able to purchase the entire four-storey building, with each organisation getting a floor. Jana NatyaManch set up Studio Safdar, an independent arts space, so anyone who came to Studio Safdar would enjoy the bookstore and vice-versa.

Studio Safdar is named after Safdar Hashmi, who, along with a worker-spectator, was killed when Jana NatyaManch was attacked while performing a street play on 1 January 1989. We inaugurated Studio Safdar on his birthday, 12 April, in 2012. With 1 May round the corner, we decided to launch the bookstore on that day and call it May Day Bookstore.

The ambition at the time was to create a left-wing cafe-cum-bookstore. While the cafe idea has remained more or less a pipe dream – we operate the cafe only on special occasions, including May Day every year – the bookstore is now an established part of Delhi’s intellectual landscape.

Building a different books space

What sets May Day Bookstore apart from any other “regular” bookstore is that we carry a highly curated list. We are biased in two, somewhat overlapping, directions: we stock books by independent publishers; and we stock left-wing authors and titles. We almost never stock the latest release or bestsellers from mainstream presses. We figure that if people want that, they can go to any bookstore in central or south Delhi. Or they can find them online.

If they are making the trek all the way to come to May Day Bookstore – and the “trek is more psychological than real, because we are excellently connected by public transport and much closer to centre of town than most fancier locations in south Delhi – then we’d better give them something that will woo them. And what better to woo book lovers than with stellar books you don’t generally get to see in bookstores?

This, to my mind, is the key to a great bookstore – that it provides us with the joy of discovery. Sometimes we find titles or authors we weren’t looking for or thinking of, and sometimes we find titles or authors that we didn’t even know existed. Any bookstore that gives you that experience again and again is a bookstore you’re likely to keep going back to.

Then something else happened, serendipitously, which aided this process. A friend called one day and said he was trying to unload his late father’s books. His father had been a professor and had a great collection of books in his chosen area – history and sociology – apart from general books. I asked my friend to donate them to a library – wouldn’t his father’s university be delighted?

Turns out, no. Most libraries are acutely short on space, and it’s no longer easy to donate books to them. My friend was not only willing to donate his father’s collection to us, but also urged me to start a used books space at May Day. I was sceptical. We had no financial bandwidth to buy used books, no matter how cheap, and I had no idea how to manage the used books business. (We didn’t even know how to manage the main bookstore, but we had plunged in regardless and were now learning the ropes.) My friend felt there would be many others who’d like to donate books. Pushing against my resistance, he sent out an email to a small group of his friends asking for donations of books for the store.

I was flabbergasted. That one email was forwarded multiple times by scores of people, and we were flooded with requests for pickups of books. Fortunately, we were approaching 1 May, and we turn that day into a bit of a festival anyway, where books, music, ideas, coffee, all come together. Over the years, May Day Bookstore has become a niche store that people seek out – as articles here, here, and here show.

Over time, the used books section has become a big draw, particularly for young people. What’s been even more heartening is that many youngsters, who would initially come to buy only used books because they are inexpensive, also started browsing, and then buying, new books. Over the years, scores of students also volunteered at the annual May Day gala, helping us sort, price, and arrange books, and dealing with the huge footfalls we get that day. Volunteers, in fact, have become the bookstore’s chief ambassadors, and for the past few years, we’ve had people applying for volunteering even before we made the public announcement.

We’ve also noticed something else. Everybody who comes to May Day Bookstore ends up buying something. We hardly ever have a person who visits us but doesn’t buy. Not only that – because May Day is located in a neighbourhood that most people don’t visit for anything else, almost all sales are for multiple books. Nobody makes the trek to only buy one book!

When the pandemic hit

Thus it was that last year, about seven years after being set up, the bookstore made a profit – a tiny one, admittedly – through the year. We finally had a little bit of money that we were going to spend on air-conditioning the space.

Then the pandemic hit. We shut the store when the All-India lockdown began, and only opened in a very limited way a full three months later, in late June, because by then we had started getting orders online and those had to be serviced. For three months or more, however, there was literally no earning. Even though we are now back in business, footfalls have been low – never before have we felt so elated if we get one customer in the entire week!

That is only to be expected, given that a large proportion of our regular customers are young people and students, dependent mainly on public transport. Then there’s also the genuine health concerns. There are two reasons we haven’t gone under. One, we don’t pay rent, since we own the space; and two, the online business on leftword.com has kept us going.

Our neighbour comrades also had it tough. The AIDWA office remained shut for over three months, even though they were engaged in providing relief to victims of the February communal violence in Delhi, as well as to workers who lost their jobs during the pandemic. The same was true for STFI. Their members now had to teach online, so their office has also remained shut for months.

Jana NatyaManch moved its activities online, but Studio Safdar, used by Delhi’s theatre groups for rehearsals and performances, has been shut for over five months. Shadipur itself has also suffered, since a large number of enterprises depend on the labour of migrant workers to stay alive.

What of the future?

What does the future hold? It is hard to say. But there’s a couple of points I’d like to make.

One, the printed book, which is really the first industrial artefact of mass communication, is not going away anywhere. In fact, while a number of other technologies have become archaic and redundant or niche, and in some cases even extinct – think of film of the analogue era, for both still and moving images, or analogue voice recording technologies like tapes, or the short-lived personal pager from the mid-1990s – the printed book has remained more or less unchanged through the centuries.

Printing technologies have changed radically, of course, but the final artefact they produce, the book itself, is basically the same object that existed half a millennium ago. In other words, the printed book is a highly resilient artefact of the industrial era that shows no sign of being edged out by the digital era.

Two, because agglomerating e-commerce sites work on the basis of big data and algorithms, it is hard to chance upon books and authors that you may be interested in, but that do not notch up big sales. This is particularly true of books and authors that go against the grain, that challenge the zeitgeist. As it is the online space is so full of noise and an information overload. All this means that there will be need for carefully curated niche bookstores, that cater to specific tastes.

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Top 10 Books Of The Month | August [Editor’s Choice]

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Wandering the aisles of a library or scrolling through an online bookstore can be an overwhelming task, If you’re having trouble looking for a place to start, why not turn to new books by new authors?

There are certain books that have the capacity to captivate millions of readers due to their beautiful world-building, unforgettable characters, and universal themes.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Here are 10 books that you can definitely add to your reading list this month. 🙂


1. How Leaders Decide by Harjeet Khanduja

Organizations provide mind-boggling compensations to their leaders as compared to an average employee. Is it because they work more?

Just like the saying ‘we are the decisions we make’, the very existence of an organization depends on the decisions its leaders make! Decision-making is not just a process. It is an interplay among competitive strategies, processes, design, values, and culture. Narrating the experiences of industry decision-makers, the book demonstrates that organizational decision-making is about making tough choices—navigating through a minefield of biases and execution issues. It walks the readers Read More..

2. The Leadership Handbook by Bomi Doctor

There are several types of leaders, however essentially two variants, one who holds the designation of a leader and the other whose job demands leadership quality. You do not need to have a title to be a leader. A good leader is one who develops leaders under him. While a lot has been written on leadership few, if any, by an Indian who has worn out the soles of his shoes in the Indian corporate world?from field to desk to leadership.

This book defines authentic leadership in the context of today’s world. What makes this book a great handbook for a new manager or a seasoned one is its Power of Simplicity which rests on actual experiences drawn from the author’s own work life. Read More..

3. High on the Hills by Goutam Dutta

All roads do not lead to Rome! Some branch out, meander, ascend and wait to be explored by a traveler. A group of middle-aged friends, tired of the mundane, come together to explore the roads high in the hills of North Bengal on motorcycles. In their endeavor, they are spurred on by Balaji Devanathan, the Co-Founder of Red Panda adventures.

While riding through the hills is a challenge in itself, a bigger challenge lay in first convincing themselves that they could ride a motorcycle once again after twenty years. High on the Hills is as much about their journey to achieve self-confidence as about the breath-taking locales they discover, tucked away in Read More..

4. Billion Suns Rising by Aarathi Bellary

A trespasser enters her life slowly and sneakily, pushing her into a dark tunnel of emotions. Is there light at the end of the tunnel? She navigates through the tunnel and finds beauty, joy and hope in the tiniest of ordinary things. Embracing grief, finding inspiration from the Divine Universe and weaving words into poetry, she takes you through her journey. You can’t help but identify that it’s your journey too and together see a billion suns rising and witness glorious dawn. It is mystically sensual.

Billion suns rising is a poetry book & the author of this book is a physician with a strong passion for medicine and for healing people. She writes medical stories on her blog. Being Read More..

5. Bebakhshid by Dr. Shadab Ahmed

From the Love, Prayers, Devotion, Joy and Enigma to the
Laments, Qalandariyat, Sin, Exile and Debauchery of the Persian Qalandars and Mystics.

Selected translated English verses, quatrains, rubai, ghazals, masnawis and qasidehs of Saadi Shirazi, San’ai, Rudaki, Farrukhi Sistani, Mahsati, Baba Taher, Omar Khayyam, Amir Khusrau, Hafez, Jalal ud-din Md Rumi, Attar of Nishapur, Abolqasem Ferdowsi, Nezami Ganjavi, Abd’l Rahman Jami, Nasir Khusraw, Saib of Tabriz and several Persian masters and Qalandars – spanning eras, courts, dilapidated wine houses, prisons and millennials compiled into a single Richly-Illustrated Book, from a variety of sources.

6. Corporate Eagle by Madhukant Acharya

Mohan Dutt never shied away from competition and climbed the corporate ladder from a Management Trainee to the Chairman’s position in a short span of 2 decades and built up a conglomerate with a scorching pace of growth unknown to the industry at the time.

He always believed that performance took precedence over adverse circumstances, principles mattered more than personalities and corruption was a choice and not a compulsion for succeeding in business. He understood perfectly well that he could achieve his goals only if he delegated well. Cindy Brown, his close confidante, collaborated in all his global plans Read More..

7. What Song Unsung O My Daughter by Kr. Fateh Singh Jasol

“A japa mala of an ordinary life, 108 beads woven around a thread of thoughtful awareness of the creator and all creatures great and small”

This is the third, enlarged, edition of a collection of poems celebrating epiphanic moments that illumined the author’s life. Readers have greatly liked the previous editions for their simple, straightforward, giving impulse to share the ordinary day-to-day things that made up the kaleidoscope of an obviously much-cherished life journey, for its sensitive sublimation of an individual experience to more universally shared humanity. The collection stands out for its portrayal of nature and Read More..

8. Ancient Wisdom for New Age Entrepreneurs by Tanmay Kuchhal

Ancient Wisdom for New Age Entrepreneurs is an interactive workbook that aims to inspire young entrepreneurs and aid them in their endeavor to embark on their own start-up. The book relevantly extracts entrepreneurial lessons from the life and experiences of pioneers from history, like Ismat Chughtai, Akbar, Dhirubhai Ambani, and many more. Each chapter demonstrates one important virtue essential to business and is followed by exercises that help engage the reader’s mind.

The author of this book is a student at the Doon School, Dehradun. He’s passionate about Economics and History and hopes to shape the world of business through both lenses.

9. The Power Of Infinity by Anupkumar Shetty

This semi-autobiography has been used to explain the science and logistics of living a cancer-free life. A sincere attempt has been made to bridge secular and spiritual life, the science of cancer, and the science of wellness.

This book conveys different ways to beat cancer and prevent cancer by systematically attacking the cancer cells with an anti-cancer lifestyle. The book has five sections. The first and the fifth sections summarize the book for a busy reader. The second section is on fighting cancer as the last game of your life by comparing this battle to world cup finals of any sport you like by diligent, unfailing team building and intelligent, blissful Read More..

10. Mindful Wealth by Mustafa Mun

Mindful Wealth aims for a shift in our thinking. It talks about the subject of how we should perceive money, how we need to talk about it to attract more of it in our lives, and how to live with gratitude so we are blessed with more than what we already have.

The author of this book is a clinical psychologist from Mumbai, who is passionate about writing and understanding human behavior.

He has a natural inclination for writing and has developed it as a hobby along with managing his family business of manufacturing perfumes and cosmetics and clinical research. Read More..

 


Book Prices

How Leaders Decide Rs.426 (Paperback)
The Leadership Handbook Rs.311 (Paperback)
High on the Hills Rs.399 (Paperback)
Billion Suns Rising Rs.240 (Paperback)
Bebakhshid Rs.1,110 (Paperback)
Corporate Eagle Rs.199 (Paperback)
What Song Unsung O My Daughter Rs.414 (Paperback)
Ancient Wisdom for New Age Entrepreneurs Rs.250 (Paperback)
The Power Of Infinity Rs.349 (Paperback)
Mindful Wealth Rs.180 (Paperback)

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Top 10 Fiction Books Of The Month | July [Editor’s Choice]

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So it’s the end of July and for this month we are back with the top 10 books in fiction that you can read (if you are a fiction lover). Be it a thriller, or a love story, we got everything covered. 🙂


1. The Girl In The Red Lipstick by Ajay K Pandey

Arun is a bestselling author, and the heartthrob of thousands of readers. While on a book promotion tour, he is injured and agrees to call a masseuse. Little did he know that the masseuse would turn out to be someone with a secret! Arun sees a story in her, and in digging deeper, is amazed to discover her strength of character. Even though Lalita is a young survivor of human trafficking, she has unmatched determination. A single encounter with her makes Arun take decisions that he had never even thought of. He is willing to risk everything for her, his own life too. But the more he tries to help her, the deeper he drowns in the swamp. Will two broken people be able to heal each other? Will society ever accept a girl from the forbidden alleys of the city? The Girl Read More..

2. Two Indian Girls by Kumar Kinshuk

The story revolves around the mysterious suicide of Khushbu, who had married Ajit less than a month ago. As is usually the case, the prime suspects here are the husband and his family. But inspector Rajiv Kumar has some other perspective regarding this case and doesn’t let go of it easily without further investigation. He is involved with Khusbu’s best friend, Amrita who relentlessly asks him to perceive the case from a different angle.

Ajit’s uncle, his father’s elder brother is an IAS officer and his senior is Ghanshyam Tewari the services. Rajiv meets Ravi, the uncle first and senses some sort of foul play there. He confides everything he finds to Amrita and she carries on her Read More..

3. Where the Sun Never Sets by Stuti Changle

‘A story about finding hope in the darkest of times that will brighten your day!’

If you find someone’s diary, would you dare open it?

Well, if you chance upon your old diary, would you dare read through your past?

Iti is forced to move back to her hometown of Mussoorie amid worldwide lockdown to work on her first movie script. Iti’s chance encounter with her first love, Nishit, reunion with her estranged best friend, Shelly, and nights spent reading her well-kept diary, make her best memories and worst nightmares come Read More..

4. Unbroken by Pawan Verma

Unbroken by Pawan Kumar Verma is a fiction book packed with crime, thrill, love, hate, and suspense. It also has quite a number of twists and turns which adds to its many merits. If you’re into this genre or even if you’re not into this genre this book won’t fail in entertaining you and keeping you hooked to the very end.

Our protagonist is Roma Anand, she is a painter, the story starts with her painting exhibition being carried out in Macau, she’s very happy and very unaware of what destiny has in store for her, from being a normal painter to finding herself in the middle of murders, what exactly happened? What went wrong? Well I can’t write everything down here can I? Read the book yourself Read More..

5. A Town under the Lake by Abhyudita Gautam Singha

This book is dedicated to the residents of the submerged town of Bilaspur who witnessed the submergence of their town and their houses in the waters of the Bhakra Dam. The palace, temples, streets, houses, schools, college, grounds, and trees? all were drowned, as the level of the water rose in the reservoir.

This book would allow the younger generation to have a glimpse into the history of their new town which is rehabilitated just above the old town. This would enable them to read about the old town that they did not have the opportunity to live in but what forms the foundation of their rich cultural inheritance. This book is in a pictorial format, which was presented live in Read More..

6. When Delhi Meets Kolkata by Parvesh Kumar

Meet Rahul Malhotra, a playboy from South Delhi, for whom there is no word like “commitment” in his dictionary.

Meet Tanvi Banerjee, a Bengali girl from Kolkata, for whom there is no such thing as a “casual relationship”.

Yet, sparks fly when this Dilli ka Munda, Rahul, meets the sweet Bengali girl, Tanvi, at a lavish wedding function in Delhi.

After a few months of a long-distance relationship, Rahul comes face to face with Tanvi’s orthodox Bengali family for the first time to ask her hands for marriage. But, instead, he is insulted and kicked out of her house as his murky past resurfaces Read More..

7. Forgotten but not Lost by Meher Vineeth Galla

Forgotten but not Lost, is a story of Meera, who tries to write a love story and struggles to find inspiration.

In the search for inspiration, she meets Radha and her story, the story of her life, the story of her love, the story of her love, and her marriage which not only inspires her with a story but also helps her unveil a secret…

What is the secret? What is Radha’s story, her love story? Forgotten but not Lost is a blissful answer to all these questions.

The novel is a lovely mash-up of many different feelings, friendship, hardship, and much more. The author Read More..

8. Time and Tide by Dr. Sona Sharma

Thousands of years have passed since the massive devastation that changed everything. He is now in a bizarrely similar situation. Has the lesson been learned or will history be repeated?

Samvardhana is grappling with insecurities and failure while trying to hold his place at the helm of DWN – the conglomerate his highly successful father has built. His journey takes an exciting turn as he stands at the crossroads of his life.

Only time will tell if he will be sucked into the inevitable loop of possibilities or will somehow find a way out. It is all in his hands. Or is it?

9. White Darkness by Ramesh Menon

White Darkness takes you on an exciting journey as you hurtle through the icy mountains of the Himalayas, the turbulent northeast, the languid south, a Gujrati restaurant in New Jersey, and a strife-torn island in our neighborhood.

The stories evoke a myriad of moods and emotions. War, peace, life, and love are all entwined in tales of passion where the author delves into the complexities of the human mind.

While obfuscation engages the grey cells of the reader, intrigue makes you flip the pages hurriedly. Overall a breath-taking experience that makes you pine for more!

10. Dreams of Reality by Gitanjali Warrier

Leena accidentally downloads an app and her world changes. She begins to see an old world from her childhood pop up around her along with a long-lost love. She is lost between the virtual and real world and the lines start to get blur. The book navigates through her journey and those around her in this sci-fi thriller.

The author of this book spent a decade navigating the roads of communication and marketing in different organizations like Wipro, Zoho, Unacademy, and others.

She eventually realized it was time to step out and start her own business and she launched her fashion brand Senshi. Read More..

 


Book Prices

The Girl In The Red Lipstick Rs.99 (Paperback)
Two Indian Girls Rs.250 (Paperback)
Where the Sun Never Sets Rs.200 (Paperback)
Unbroken Rs.297 (Paperback)
A Town under the Lake Rs.225 (Paperback)
When Delhi Meets Kolkata Rs.199 (Paperback)
Forgotten but not Lost Rs.242 (Paperback)
Time and tide Rs.199 (Paperback)
White Darkness Rs.180 (Paperback)
Dreams of Reality Rs.315 (Paperback)

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Top 10 Books Of The Month | July [Editor’s Choice]

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Now that the sun is making an appearance (fingers crossed!), there’s nothing better than relaxing on the balcony with a good book and some good coffee. Whether you want a page-turning thriller, a gripping historical novel or a feel-good read, or a self-help book, we’ve got some great choices out this month. 🙂


1. Mindf**ked by Anubhav Agrawal

Subah ke 4 baj gaye, lekin yeh dimaag hai ki sochna band hi nahi kar raha hai. Khud ke baare mein sochna, kisi aur ke baare mein sochna, kisi cheez, kisi jagah ke baare mein sochna, kuch hone wala hai ya kuch beet gaya ho toh uske baare mein sochna… Lekin jab hum kisi cheez ke baare mein zaroorat se zyada sochna shuru kar dete hain, dikkat wahin se shuru hoti hai.

Overthinking sirf humari mental health ko affect nahi karta, balki humare mood ko bhi kharab karta hai, humare rishton aur professional life mein bhi pareshaaniyan laata hai. Jab tak hum normally kuch soch rahe hain, tab tak sab sahi hai, koi pareshaani nahi. Lekin jahan humne zarurat se zyada sochna Read More..

2. High on Life by Vishal Gupta

Do you suffer from depression, stress, anxiety, nervousness, panic attacks, or mood swings? Do you feel like crying without any reason? Do you feel helpless or hopeless? Do you feel tired always? Do you feel a void in your life, even though you seem to have all the luxury of life?

Are you experiencing insomnia or excess sleep? Do you feel sad most of the time even though there is no external reason to feel that way? Do you feel you have no control over your mind, and it keeps on chattering non-stop, and you can’t seem to slow it down? Do you feel overwhelmed with emotions? If the answer to any of the above questions is YES, then the book is for Read More..

3. The Magicians of Mazda by Ashwin Sanghi

The Magicians of Mazda. The latest addition to the most amazing Bharat Series of Ashwin Sanghi is yet another marvel. The story, the detailing, the research, and the very favt that 80% of it is based on the known facts and history makes one gasp in astonishment, surprise and sheere overwhelming knowledge.

It is truly the most provocative novel in the series. It succeed in doing all the justice to the Bharat Series. How every character are created, every scene and event described and how it all is woven in intricately thoroughly detailed and researched context stamps the amazong writing of Ashwin Shangi. A must must read book for the fans of history, mythology, mystery, suspense, Read More..

4. Love Unlocked by Kavita Bhatnagar

Young and dreamy, Priyanka wants to break free from her middle class life to live in the lap of luxury. She is longing for a partner who can pamper her by giving a comfortable life. Sincere and practical, Varun is looking for a companion who can accept and embrace his family. Together with her, he wants to walk towards a better life.

Their marriage becomes a pathway for them to realize their dreams. But their happiness is short-lived as adjustment issues crop up. Will she be able to adapt to her new life without losing her identity? Will a critical twist of fate bring them together? Love Unlocked is an enchanting story which reinforces Read More..

5. The Chutney called Marriage by Parminder Kaur Sharma

This isn’t a cookbook but a book where you will find all the situations of life.

Manav is an ordinary husband, just like coriander, needed in the end. Piya is the melodramatic wife who is a master in the art of making even the simplest things complicated, just like the Chili.

Manav’s mother is the mint. Manav’s sister, Lime- n- lemony Leena, and salty Mummy ji, Piya’s mother.

How does Manav survive? Grab your copy and find out you are going to enjoy it.

6. The Power Of Infinity by Anupkumar Shetty

This semi-autobiography has been used to explain the science and logistics of living a cancer-free life. A sincere attempt has been made to bridge secular and spiritual life, the science of cancer, and the science of wellness.

This book conveys different ways to beat cancer and prevent cancer by systematically attacking the cancer cells with an anti-cancer lifestyle.

The book has five sections. The first and the fifth sections summarize the book for a busy reader. The second section is on fighting cancer as the last game of your life by Read More..

7. Weave Some More by Benita Patnaik

Catching up with Bhaskar after a gap of ten years had been wonderful. But when Avinash is confronted with the dead body of Bhaskar the next morning, he is assailed with questions for which he can find no answers.

Tara, Bhaskar’s wife, cut short her holiday and is asked to identify the disfigured corpse. She hysterically refuses to accept that it is her husband. Inspector Sood is confronted with an unidentified corpse. The Colonel surveys his kingdom and believes the worst of all the people in the colony. Megha and Kartik, the young artist couple, bring a breath of fresh air into this little holiday township. Megha’s accidental death and Kartik’s suicide Read More..

8. Zudora by Reshma A. Dev

For twelve-year-old orphan Satt and his sister, Suhani, life had been nothing but a series of tragedies and hardships, until they unexpectedly stumbled upon the frightening and mysterious secrets of the past. The responsibility of fulfilling their grandfather’s promise and saving the entire world from the clutches of aggressively spreading evil forces fall upon them.

In this saga of emotional ties, the unfinished responsibilities, the hunger for power and the treacheries of trusted friends, unfolds journey that threatens to destroy the very fabric of life and checks the ultimate limits of endurance and fear. And thus begins the fight between good and evil, in world of magic, Read More..

9. Teen Machine by Ishita Agarwal

Why did everything seem so demanding, all of a sudden? And why did it seem to be easy for everyone else? Those Shark people were actually laughing at the difficulty level of the test.

Was I even made for this? The 1 percent that I was trying to fit into, how would I ever get there? I could finally feel the dread catching up. The dread that had been following me all throughout tenth grade, and I’d ignored it throughout. The dreadful feeling of knowing that I wasn’t actually smart.

Avani, a tenth-grade student, has been living in a bubble—she gets top grades at school, loves to read, and spends Read More..

10. Ashramed by Dahlia Sen Oberoi

As a new year rounds the corner, Dahlia Sen Oberoi, a hotshot lawyer whose life revolves around court appearances, client meetings and trotting around the globe, finds herself yearning for something more. With a lifelong passion for fitness, Yoga was something that she had dabbled in as an amateur enthusiast. And when she discovers a Yoga teacher’s training course offered by an ashram, she forces herself to face the question: If not now, when?

And so she sets off on her quest to move away from her uncompromising life as a lawyer and find some calm. Living sans her precious laptop, attending lectures on the Gita, learning and perfecting new asanas, and spending her days Read More..

 


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