To all the book lovers out there, so far 2016 has been a good year with a plethora of interesting books being launched, both by Indian as well as international authors. In the next few months a couple of more interesting books have been lined up, some from bestselling authors and a few from relatively lesser known ones. I decided to pick out a few that would be worth looking at. Please note this isn’t really an exhaustive one, it is based on my personal choice and my reading experiences. A few of these books are already out. I havent really had an opportunity to read them yet, thus including them under my June-July list.
She Swiped Right into My Heart Paperback-16 May 2016 by Sudeep Nagarkar
If you go all gooey over love, friendship and relationship novels, Sudeep Nagarkar’s books would not be much of a disappointment. Sudeep so far has authored six novels and I have loved the element of humor in it. They are light reads, perfect when you don’t want to exercise your brain much.
If you’ve never had friends, you’ve never really lived Geet, one of the most unpopular girls in college, is best friends with the beautiful and sought after Shibani. To win the popularity vote, Geet takes the help of college hottie Rudra, who agrees to act as her ‘boyfriend’—he sees an opportunity to get closer to Shibani. Little does he know that Shibani has been harbouring feelings for someone else all along. As misunderstandings and jealousies take centre stage, Geet must make a decision that will affect not just her own life, but also those of her loved ones. She Swiped Right into My Heart is a story about love—gained and lost—and the healing power of friendship.
Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up, Paperback – Rana Ayyub
The book was out in May this year and has already kicked up quite a storm. This self –published book, created a buzz when within minutes of its launch on Amazon, negative reviews came up. Descriptions included: “Anti national book,” “toilet paper,” “Do not waste your money,” “fictional story by a so-called journalist,” and “lousy book, lousy author.” Interestingly, most reviews came from people who had not actually bought the book. Well, Amazon does have statistics and data of this. Several of the comments had nothing to do with the content of the book, providing no explanation to back their statements.
Gujarat Files is the account of an eight-month long undercover investigation by journalist Rana Ayyub into the Gujarat riots, fake encounters and the murder of state Home Minister Haren Pandya that brings to the fore startling revelations. Posing as Maithili Tyagi, a filmmaker from the American Film Institute Conservatory, Rana met bureaucrats and top cops in Gujarat who held pivotal positions in the state between 2001 and 2010. The transcripts of the sting operation reveal the complicity of the state and its officials in crimes against humanity.
TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking Paperback – 15 Jun by Chris Anderson
For those keen on learning the mantras of Public speaking Chris Andersons books are a must read. Chris Anderson is the head of TED, a non-profit organization that provides idea-based talks and hosts an annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Since taking over TED in the early 2000s, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form. This book explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved and equips you to give it your best shot. There is no set formula; no two talks should be the same.
The Gene: An Intimate History Hardcover – 17 May 2016 by Siddhartha Mukherjee
I had read Mukherjee’s earlier book “The Emperor of All Maladies”- a profound humane biography of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.
Siddhartha Mukherjee is a Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer. His first book read more like a thriller with cancer as the main character. Hoping the second book stands as riveting as his first.
The Gene- An intimate History is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856, where a monk stumbles on the idea of a ‘unit of heredity’. It intersects with Darwin’s theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. Above all, this is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds–from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes.
An Unsuitable Boy – Hardcover – 13 Jul 2016 by Karan Johar
Here is the 43-year-old director-producer of family dramas penning his biography along with author Poonam Saxena. An Unsuitable boy speaks about his personal life and sexual orientation, his candid confessions on how he was “effeminate as a child”. The book was launched on the first day of the Jaipur Literature Festival early this year.
End of Watch (The Bill Hodges Trilogy Book 3) Kindle Edition
For those who live and breathe mystery and thrillers, Stephen King is an absolute must. His books almost always leave me breathless. He has authored over fifty books and most of them have been worldwide bestsellers. End of Watch is the third in the Bill Hodges Trilogy.
“The cell rings twice, and then his old partner in his ear… ‘I’m at the scene of what appears to be a murder-suicide. I’d like you to come and take a look. Bring your sidekick with you, if she’s available…” an excerpt from End of Watch.
My Favourite Nature Stories Paperback – 1 Jun 2016 by Ruskin Bond
No author has managed to captivate my mind and soul like Ruskin Bond. I have grown up reading his stories and his vivid descriptions of life in the mountains are simply unmatched. In this charming collection, Ruskin Bond talks about his various encounters with the natural world. From the chorus of cicadas to the song of the whistling thrush, from his love for sea shells to his favourite place on earth, Bond details why he has such an overwhelming love for nature. This book is for all who cherish the green world, just as Bond does.
This is a brand new book celebrating Ruskin Bond’s 82nd birthday. A book you could read along with your children.
The Secret of the Druids: Book 2 of the Mahabharata Quest Series Paperback– 21 Jun 2016
From Indis’s very own Dan Brown- Christopher Doyle, comes The Secret of the Druids- Book 2 of the Mahabharata series. I like Christopher’s style of weaving history and ancient secrets with science. His narration is almost always gripping.
Who were the Druids? Were they priests or astronomers? Scientists or sorcerers?
What is the ancient and terrifying secret from the Mahabharata that links the megalithic sites of Britain to the Druids, Julius Caesar and a mysterious Queen who lived 4000 years ago?
These are the riddles that Vijay Singh and the task force must answer if they are to save the world from a fate worse than death. But time is running out…
Explore the science behind the Mahabharata in this explosive thriller packed with action, puzzles and mysteries from the past.