Editor’s Pick : 8 Books You Need To Read This April

‘April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.’ – T. S. Eliot

April is indeed cruel in India in terms of the weather and what’s better than to laze in the cool confines of your room with any of these interesting books that you must read.

Circe – Madeline Miller

This is the story of a daughter, born to Helios, god of the sun and Titans. She fell in love, cast a dark spell upon her beloved and was banished to live in an island. Alone, deserted, she starts practising occult and meets a lot of new people during her stay there. What more does a solitary woman do, scorned for love?

Madeline Miller has spun a story like no other, delving deep into the psyche of Circe. This is a tale of gods, heroes, Titans, and women. Fantasy couldn’t get any better this season, though the book is inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. This book has been recommended by The Guardian, Sunday Express, Independent and others as the must-read book of 2018.

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Love A Little Stronger – Preeti Shenoy

If you are a new-age Indian reader, there’s a high chance you have read or at least heard about Preeti Shenoy. She has been writing since long and her books are loved and cherished by millions of readers. Known for her portrayals of contemporary stories and characters, Preeti has written nine books previously and had started with writing a blog that garnered huge response from her readers.

Love a Little Stronger contains stories that form a collection of heartwarming memories and moments. The book is sure to bring out the child in you or make you reminisce your childhood in a happy warm sort of way.

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Jonahwhale – Ranjit Hoskote

They say, poetry lets you evolve as a person. If you love poetry, I have a very interesting recommendation for you this month. Ranjit Hoskote is ready with his new collection of poetry and it seems to be highly intriguing. One of the Bombay Poets of latter generations, Hoskote is a multifaceted personality. He is a poet, a curator, a cultural theorist and an art critic. Termed to be heavily influenced by Dom Moraes’s work, Hoskote has published several poems and won the Sahitya Academy award in 2004.

Jonahwhale, in three beautiful movements, takes on very current themes in its playful, mostly aquatic scope, moving from the ocean to the river Ganga to Bombay’s Marine Drive waterfront. It invokes the narratives of Biblical prophet Jonah, who escapes death by spending three nights in the belly of a whale.

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Missing – Sumana Roy

What happens when a wife goes missing? You search for her, and when she’s still missing, you suspect what’s wrong. Will she ever come back? Or has she been held captive like Sita in Ramayana? These questions gave birth to the epic in Hindu mythology and Sumana Roy explores this theme into a contemporary new story. A lady from Siliguri goes missing in search of a molested girl in Guwahati. Her husband, a blind man searches for her desperately while her son is in England for research. Missing is about seven days in the lives of these people.

Sumana Roy teaches at the Department of Humanities, Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College. An early draft of her first novel, Love in the Chicken’s Neck, was long listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2008. Her previous book How I Became A Tree was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2017.

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Why I Killed The Mahatma – Koenraad Elst

It is common knowledge that Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead in 1948 by a Hindu militant, shortly after India had both gained her independence and lost nearly a quarter of her territory to the new state of Pakistan. We also know the man who killed him – Nathuram Godse. But we still haven’t fully deciphered his motive to kill the Mahatma. Was it hatred or political motive?

Dr Koenraad Elst is a political journalist and foreign policy advisor in the Belgium senate. He has degrees in Sinology, Indology and Philosophy along with Oriental Studies. He has done detailed research on the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and presented a case of defence for Nathuram Godse from unexpected sources and documents. If you are a reader of political books, this one should sure be on your shelf.

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Shambuka Rama – Mukund Rao

How well do you know your Ramayana? If you know well enough, Shambuka was a Shudra ascetic, slain by Rama for attempting to perform penance in violation of dharma, the bad karma resulting from which caused the death of a Brahmin’s son. What was Shambuka dping in the forest while Rama, Lakshman and Sita were at Valmiki’s Ashram?

Mukunda Rao is the author of six insightful philosophical works, six books of much-acclaimed fiction and two popular plays. He re-tells three classic stories from the epics, shedding new light on them, illuminating corners that we haven’t looked at before. The stories reflect on the Great war of Kurukshetra, Ghatotkacha and Hidimba. For mythology aficionados, this is a treat.

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How I Became A Farmer’s Wife – Yashodhara Lal

Yashodhara Lal is a bestselling author of five novels and a marketing professional. She has three children and they are mostly her inspiration for writing. Her writing is urbane, quirky and coming of age, perfect for contemporary Indian readers.

In this book, Vijay is a loving husband and successful professional, who leaves his job and decides to start farming. His wife Yashodhara has multiple careers and the balancing job of managing three children. Will these earnest but insulated city-dwellers be able to battle the various difficulties that come with living a farmer’s life? Pick this one for a hearty laugh and hilarious incidents that will crack you up.

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Let Me Lie – Clare Mackintosh

Clare mackintosh spent twelve years in the police force, including time on cid and as a public order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant. Her books have been Sunday Times Bestsellers and have sold millions of copies.

Let Me Lie is the story of Caroline Johnson who committed suicide and her daughter Anna, who is a mother now. She misses Caroline and starts to question her death. But by digging up the past, is she putting her future in danger? Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie. This is a fresh new perspective in the psychological thriller genre that is rocking our bookshelves now.

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Aspiring author, frequent blogger, freelance editor, book critic, movie buff, mihidana fanatic. Lives in Pune. Before the above titles, I was a PhD dropout in Soil Science from the US of A, which rather coerced me into switching gears and professions. I work in both English and my mother tongue Bengali.

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