For those of us looking to make the most of summer by reading, April is the month of joy. With a diverse list of books releasing this month, book lovers will be spoilt for choice. Here are the five books across genres coming out in April, which you shouldn’t miss:
Maid in India by Tripti Lahiri (Aleph)
This book attempts to capture the complex and troubling relation between the maids and their masters in India. The author travelled widely to villages from where women make their way to work in upper-class homes in cities. In the book, Lahiri also looks at the history of the master-servant relationship in India and how it has changed over the decades since Independence.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Penguin Random House)
Mohsin Hamid’s new book follows the journey of two young people who meet and fall in love in a country on the brink of civil war. Nadia and Saeed, as different as night and day, are cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors that can whisk people far away, but perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, the lovers decide they have no choice but to leave.
A History Of Indian Sports Through 100 Artefacts by Boria Mazumdar (Harper)
This book brings together rare objects – tickets, scorecards, telegrams, letters, newspaper reports – and facts from the annals of Indian sporting history. There is a wealth of tales and nuggets within these pages: Mohun Bagan defeating the East Yorkshire Regiment in 1911 to lift the IFA Shield, Ranji’s love poems for Mary Holmes, the 1932 cricket tour of England, India’s hockey exploits at the Olympics, Lata Mangeshkar’s special disc in honour of the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian cricket team and more.
Contemporary history and legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Abhinav Bindra, Sania Mirza and Viswanathan Anand also claim their space in this archive. Profusely illustrated and beautifully designed, this seems like a collector’s edition that no sports lover can resist.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Hachette)
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon – the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbour from hell”. But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? There is a story behind the cranky exterior and a deep sadness.
So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it becomes the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale that will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation: The Relentless Invention of Modern India by Adam Roberts (Hachette)
As India stands on the threshold of global dominance and as it seeks to control its relationships with China and Pakistan, to revitalise its economy and improve the health and education prospects of its citizens, the key to understanding its future may lie in understanding its leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In this book, Adam Roberts, formerly South Asia bureau chief for The Economist, builds up an unflinching portrayal of the man at India’s helm, the country’s enormous potential and its equally vast challenges.
Drawing on years of on-the-ground research, and interviews with everyone from wayside fortune-tellers to Modi himself, Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what the future might hold for the Indian subcontinent.
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