Picks of the month: Books to look forward to in June
Here are the books – across genres – that we can’t wait to read in June.Updated: May 30, 2017 15:08 IST
Not all books live up to the expectations of readers. Much-anticipated books will sometimes disappoint readers and critics. And there will always be books that establish themselves in due course of time.
The month gone by saw the release of many promising titles and most lived up to expectations. Paula Hawkins’ “Into the Water” turned out to be a disappointment though. The popular author of “The Girl on the Train” used pretty much the same elements that helped propel her previous novel, but her latest turned out to be stagnant rather than suspenseful. This book only lives to remind us how many a reader falls prey to relentless hype and promotions.
Here are the five books across genres that we can’t wait to read in June:
Sita - Warrior of Mithila by Amish Tripathi
Let’s face it: Amish Tripathi has a large fan following and, as is generally the case with books in series, this second installment from the Ram Chandra Series by the bestselling author is among the most anticipated books this year. Readers will follow Sita’s journey from an adopted child to becoming the prime minister of her father’s kingdom to finding her true calling. You will find all the familiar characters, like Lord Ram and Lord Lakshman, and see more of Lord Hanuman and many others from Mithila.
The Liar’s Weave by Tashan Mehta
Born into an alternate history of our world where birth charts are real and one’s life is mapped out in the stars, Zahan Merchant has a unique problem: He is born without a future. This cosmic mistake gives him an unusual power: The ability to change reality with his lies. From a Parsi colony in early 20th-century Bombay to the urban hinterland of Vidroha, forest of outcasts, Mehta’s debut novel transports the reader to an India both familiar and strange, where the consequences of magic on reality can be wondrous yet heartbreaking.
A Hundred Journeys by Omar Zafarullah
Addressed to Hyder, his son, Omar Zafarullah’s A Hundred Journeys is part-memoir and part-manual for living. With the help of his family’s personal history, the author attempts to explain Pakistan to Hyder, a narrative which is intensely personal but deeply political too. The journey begins in the early 1900s when the family migrates from Ropar (in India’s Punjab) to Gojra (in Pakistan’s Punjab) in search of a better future. With instructions on how to jump a busy intersection, to the travails of setting up a business, and on to the advent of the War on Terror that has shaken the core of the country, this book portrays everyday life in Pakistan with an immediacy that is poignant and striking.
Lone Fox Dancing: My Autobiography by Ruskin Bond
For over 60 years, Ruskin Bond has been the best kind of companion for many readers. He has entertained, charmed and occasionally spooked us with his books and stories, and opened our eyes to the beauty of the everyday and the natural world. Now, in this brilliantly readable autobiography – his book of books – Bond shows us the roots of everything he has written.
Full of anecdotes, warmth and gentle wit; often deeply moving and always with a magnificent sense of time and place – and containing over 50 photographs, some of them never seen before, Lone Fox Dancing is a book of understated, enduring magic, like Ruskin Bond himself.
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First Published: May 30, 2017 14:51 IST