Book: The Bhairav Putras
Author: Suhail Mathur
Publisher: Red Ink Publishers
Price: Rs 245
Set in the 19th century, this book by Suhail Mathur tells a fascinating story of a bunch of freedom fighters who challenge the rules set by Britishers, not just with brawn but wit and intelligence too.
The book is a page turner with its interesting mix of facts, fiction, history and mythology. Set in the last decades of Colonial rule in India, it captures how some revolutionaries, headed by the main protagonist, Keshav Raichand, give up their lives for the country.
While using inhuman means to rule a town, the Britishers forget that using violence makes people fearless as they are left with nothing to lose. The smart tricks played by revolutionaries in the story remind us of the contributions of freedom fighters such as Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev, who were instrumental in getting India its independence. The book is not just another tale of freedom struggle, it also has a twist of mythology to it.
-- Arushi Jain
Book: It Happens for a Reason
Author: Preeti Shenoy
Price: Rs 200
Indian women are fed up of waiting for Mr Right and are now choosing to make and raise babies on their own. How we wish this was the storyline of Preeti Shenoy's latest chick lit! But it isn't.
The story of Vipasha (or Vee as her friends like to call her) stars a protagonist who gets pregnant at 18 and chooses to keep the baby. She is now 34 and has two unusual careers: she runs a dog-boarding facility and works as a gym instructor. Her bond with her son Aryan is strong, and their closeness is well etched. Aryan, a mature kid, has never met his father, and grown up watching his mom struggle. He wants her to find her Prince Charming. Through the jamboree of figuring out who she likes better- a good looking vet or a quirky ex - the book also addresses the issue of cruelty to dogs.
-- Rhema Mukti Baxter