Aug 122021
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INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE WINNER 2022 – Tomb of Sand by Geetanjali Shree

BESTSELLERS OF 2021 – Make the most of the Great Indian Festival!

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach – one of the most inspiring reads – makes the perfect gift!
Tuesdays With Morrie: An old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson – most gifted book around!

A Man Called Ove – Bhavneet and many of our members loved this must have! To quote her:

My heart melted with every single incidence. His character kept shaping up till the last word of the last chapter. From a bitter oldie to the large hearted grandpa, I fell in love with him. And it reminded me time and again, not to a judge anyone by the outlook. There is always depth to each human.

Anxious People: The No. 1 New York Times bestseller from the author of A Man Called Ove – “Funny and unpredictable” says Asha’s 23 yo nephew who is an avid reader!
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards And Apologies by Fredrik Backman
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (Mahima gifted this to Asha)

RECENT BOOKS ON EVERYONE’S TBR LIST!

The Maid: A gripping read in mystery books, the hotly-anticipated debut for 2022 and an instant Sunday Times Top 5 bestseller

THRILLERS/CRIME

Girl A: The Sunday Times and New York Times global best seller
The Woman in the Window:
The Silent Patient
The Girl on the Train: 
Gone Girl
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Dan Brown books
Robert Ludlum books
James Patterson books
Alex Cross Run (James Patterson)
Agatha Christie books
Agatha Christie – The World’s Favourite: And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Dead Men Tell Tales: The Memoir of a Police Surgeon

FICTION
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Stationery Shop of Tehran
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
The Mountains Sing 
The Henna Artist: A Novel: 1 (Jaipur Trilogy) by Alka Joshi
The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez
The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World: by Elif Shafak SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 
Elif Shafak’s books are always on the current reading list of many of our avid reader members!

Ashwin Sanghi’s books

FUNNY BOOKS

Sue Townsend books (the Adrian Mole series is very popular)

P.G. Wodehouse books – Jeeves’ sense of humour is legendary!

The Adventures of Tintin is evergreen and hence being included here!

UPDATE: Asha visited her mom in-law in Diwali 2021 and decided to share some of her incredible collection here!

Indian authors:
She has quite a lot of books by Amitav Ghosh (even Asha does!):
Gun Island: A Novel
Sea of Poppies
The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium & Discovery

She has some books by Neel Mukherjee:
The Lives of Others (Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014)
A State of Freedom

An Equal Music by Vikram Seth

The Emperor Of All Maladies: A Biography Of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Other bestsellers/award winning books/nominees she has:
The Only Story by Julian Barnes (The Sunday Times Bestseller)
Looking For Alaska by John Green
The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor
The Pagoda Tree by Claire Scobie
About Grace by Anthony Doerr
Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks (The Sunday Times Bestseller)
Actress by Anne Enright (LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE)
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo (GUARDIAN ‘ONE TO LOOK OUT FOR 2020’) – Asha read a review somewhere and it’s a must must must read!!!!!
Circe by Madeline Miller (Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019)
Death Of A River Guide by Richard Flanagan (FROM THE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014)
Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid (Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017)
Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2018)
The Return: Fathers, Sons And The Land In Between by Hisham Matar (WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE IN BIOGRAPHY)
The Corset: Victim Or Villain? Mad Or A Murderer? by Laura Purcell (from the prize-winning author of The Silent Companions)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Last Train To London by Meg Waite Clayton
White Chrysanthemum: Two Sisters, One Soldier, No Escape by Mary Lynn Bracht (Winner of the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Debut Novel)

When Breath Becomes Air THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER
Half of a Yellow Sun: The Women’s Prize for Fiction’s ‘Winner of Winners’

SOME OF THE BOOKS THAT OUR MEMBERS ARE GIFTING EACH OTHER FOR SECRET SANTA

She Erased Her by Himanshu Rai
The Last Mrs Parrish: A gripping, addictive psychological suspense thriller with a shocking twist – a Reese Witherspoon pick!
Man’s Search For Meaning
You Can Heal Your Life
Three Cups Of Tea 
One in a Million: Heartwarming and uplifting, the perfect feelgood, funny romantic read
The Guest List: From the author of The Hunting Party, the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller and prize winning mystery thriller in 2021
The Last Thing He Told Me: The No. 1 New York Times Bestseller and Reese’s Book Club Pick
The Comfort Book by Matt Haig
The Choice: A true story of hope by Edith Eger
The Pact We Made: LONGLISTED FOR THE AUTHOR’S CLUB BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD

Some books that we are intrigued by…

Riding Pillion with George Clooney: And Other Stories
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel 
A Woman is No Man: an emotional and gripping New York Times best selling debut novel
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows: A Novel
Yuval Noah Harari Box Set (Sapiens, Homo Deus, 21 Lessons for 21st Century)
Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul
The Zanzibar Wife
All of Deborah Rodriguez’ books intrigue us!
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Tales from the Cafe: Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Persepolis
Bizarre Romance
Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories
Crying in H MartOne of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2021

My Mother’s Lover and Other Stories by Sumana Roy

Missing: What happens when a wife goes missing.  by Sumana Roy

The Cat People by Devapriya Roy 

The Book Of Dog edited by Hemali Sodhi

Other genres our members are reading…

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

You’re stuck with me for life! by Venuka Goyal (has interesting reviews on amazon)
Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley
Written in the Stars by Divya Anand (kbc member too!)

MYTHOLOGY

Devdutt Pattanaik’s books
The Mahabharata Secret 
Harappa – Curse of the Blood River
Kashi: Secret of the Black Temple (Harappa) 
Pralay: The Great Deluge (Harappa)
The Mahabharata Quest: The Alexander Secret
The Secret of the Druids (Mahabharata Quest Series Book 2)
Valmiki’s Women
The Pregnant King by Devdutt Pattnaik

SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY

The Wheel of Time series

NON FICTION/REAL STORIES

India’s Most Fearless series

BUSINESS BOOKS
Build (Lead Title): An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making

Play It Right: The Man Who Beat the Odds on Wall Street
My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future (With a special Epilogue for India) by Indra K. Nooyi
Titan: Inside India’s Most Successful Consumer Brand by Vinay Kamath.
#Tatastories: 40 Timeless Tales to Inspire You by Harish Bhat. (asha’s dad is reading this)

Broke to Breakthrough: The Rise of India’s Largest Private Dairy Company 

AUTOBIOGRAPHIES/BIOGRAPHIES

It’s Not About The Bike: My Journey Back to Life 
Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

COFFEE TABLE BOOKS

Portrait of Rajasthan (Portrait of Series)

Timeless Laxman

The Best of RK Laxman – The Common Man Series (paperback)

Great Paintings: The World’s Masterpieces Explored and Explained (DK)
Books on Van Gogh’s Art

Photographs from the Edge: A Master Photographer’s Insights on Capturing an Extraordinary World 

SELF-HELP

Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever

Make Your Bed: Feel grounded and think positive in 10 simple steps Bhavneet has this book!

The 48 Laws Of Power (The Modern Machiavellian Robert Greene, 1) Shreya Jain recommends this.

If you have ever wondered why not the kindest, smartest, most hardworking, polite and generous people advance the most in professional or social setup, this book is a great read. Not for the faint hearted though. Even if you don’t want to follow these rules as they may seem immoral and not agreeing with your conscience, it is good to recognise the power plays we may be faced with in life.

SPIRITUALITY

NEW RELEASE: Unburden: A Book of Joyous Awakenings by Nithya Shanti

Cave in the Snow: A Western Woman’s Quest for Enlightenment

The Cave: An Internet Entrepreneur’s Spiritual Journey

Hinduism Beyond Ritualism by Vineet Agarwal Seema Ambi has shared a detailed review in the group. Excerpts from it:

Two chapters really caught my attention: Dance and Music, and Feminine Energy. The author has very well explained the concepts of vocal music and instrumental music along with seven shrutis (shruti means to listen): sa-re-ga-ma-pa-dha-ni-sa. The Indian dance form, the Natyshastra is also mentioned with the importance of mudras (hand gestures). There is a movie in Kannada called Aanand Bhairavi and since then I wanted to know more about Indian classical music and dance. This book gives me the exact information that I was searching for.I always wondered in an Indian male-dominated society why we worship goddesses. And I got my answer here. In Hinduism energy means feminine, the Prakriti that is procreation and the Purusha, purely depends on this feminine energy. The author has mentioned many stories.

It’s all in one book where your search ends. The search on Hinduism, the search on spirituality, and the search on the concept of Veda and Upanishads.

ART/COLOURING

Exotic Kingdom: An Inspiring Coloring Book – This book has brought out the budding artist in Bhavneet!

NEW RELEASES!

A Second Cup of Tea (kindle) – an anthology by the HIVE which features stories by kbc members Priya Sood and Anshu Bhojnagarwala! This is the sequel to Tea with a drop of Honey.

Chemical Khichdi: How I Hacked My Mental Health by Aparna Piramal Raje 

The 7 Sins of Being a Mother by Tahira Kashyap Khuranna

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