Here Are the Young Men
By: Rob Doyle
Pages: 298 Publisher: Bloomsbury
Price: Rs 350
Facing the void of their post-school lives, Matthew, Rez, Cocker and Kearney spend their first summer of freedom in a savage apprenticeship on the streets of Dublin. Fuelled by drugs and dark fantasies, the teens spiral into self-destruction, fleeing a reality they hate. The book portrays a spiritual fallout, harbinger of the collapse of a national illusion.
By: Kavita Kane
Pages: 311 Publisher: Rupa
Price: Rs 295
As Sita prepares for exile, her sisters stay back in Ayodhya, their smiles wiped away in a single stroke. And through the tears, one woman of strength and conviction stands apart—Urmila, whose husband, Lakshman, has chosen to accompany his brother Ram to the forest rather than stay with his bride in the palace. Why did Urmila agree to be left behind, waiting for her husband for fourteen long years?
The Dark River and Other Stories
By: Krishan Chander
Translated by: Suresh Kohli
Pages: 133 Publisher: Harper Perennial
Price: Rs 250
A venerable name in Urdu and Hindi short-writing, Krishnan Chander’s timeless stories astound both in terms of quality and volume. Yet he remains under-read outside his own languages. This volume brings together a novella and three stories that represent the best of his oeuvre.
13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck
By: Ashwin Sanghi
Pages: 148 Publisher: Westland
Price: Rs 100
Life isn’t always easy. There are people who seem to drive through it with hard work and talent. There are others who just fall by the wayside. Then there are those who seem to find luck wherever they go. In this book, Sanghi says that luck isn’t a fickle mistress always on the run. She’s well within reach, if you know where to look.
The Book of Gold Leaves
By: Mirza Waheed
Pages: 352 Publisher: Viking/Penguin
Price: Rs 499
Two lovers are destined to meet in the city of Srinagar. Roohi is haunted by dreams of a mysterious man she believes is her true love. Faiz is a young papier mache artist. When fate brings them together, both fall in love. But it is 1991. Kashmir is simmering with political strife and it is only a matter of time before Srinagar is engulfed in the gathering storm.