The Golden Legend, Nadeem Aslam (Penguin India)
Brit-Pakistani author Aslam’s fifth novel takes us into the heart of contemporary Pakistan. We follow architect couple Nargis and Massud, their Christian neighbour Lily and her young daughter, Helen in the fictional city of Zamana. Aslam’s prose is lyrical and his characters nuanced, as he presents a moving portrait of a country bound together by hope and resilience.
Age of Anger, A History of The Present, Pankaj Mishra (Juggernaut)
If you’ve been concerned about recent political events around the world, Mishra’s latest work helps bring clarity to the chaos. The author and public intellectual takes us back to the 18th century, covering events that led towards this ‘age of anger’.
Small Towns, Big Stories, Ruskin Bond (Aleph)
Our favourite storyteller from the hills returns with an anthology that is heart-warming and beautifully poignant in equal parts. The 21 stories are a mix of the old and new, and take you to the small towns of Dehradun, Mussoorie and Jamnagar. Save this one for when you’re having a particularly glum day.
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From HT Brunch, February 19, 2017
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