Why so silly? HT writes.books Updated: Jun 18, 2011 00:10 IST
Why so silly?
Chocolate Guitar Momos
Kenny Deori Basumatary
Joseph has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. In order to move on, he sets a target — to find, and fall in love with, a girl in “a grey skirt” he once saw at a bus stop. Along with his chum Utpal, they somehow manage to find Astha, who agrees to hang out with him but only if he fulfils her various conditions. What more do you expect from a book that has underscores in its title? Actually, just keep it to yourself.
Running the good race
Dare to Run
‘The only clean air that I inhaled was that filtered by the air-conditioners. I did not see the glory of a sunshine but the glow of a television screen,’ writes Amit Sheth the businessman. Fast forward 60 odd pages and you will read, “I realised that I had run a perfect race”. This is Sheth who, along with his wife Neepa, hold a prestigious record in the Comrades Ultra Marathon. In this book, Sheth charts his inspiring journey from a casual jogger to an ace runner in a series of essays, which tell us how running is not just a physical exercise but also a life-changing experience.
A merry muddle
The Tenth Unknown
Jvalant Nalin Sampat
A series of nine books contain the key to unlimited power and wealth. One of them has been acquired by Nazis of the Third Reich; now, it has fallen upon the aspiring cricketer Prithvi Rathore to trace the rest. The novel professes to be a “mix of myth, fact and fiction”, which might explain why the author attributed a province called West Bengal to British India. Moral of the story: avoid historical fiction for your debut novel.
First Published: Jun 18, 2011 00:07 IST