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Vikas Swarup’s Six Suspects

It is an ‘easy’ read once you make your peace with the quality of the prose, and if you are interested in the new, ‘shining’ India, you could do worse than read this book. Some of the voices are interesting, and a few facets of this country, especially the difference between the appearance and reality of its ‘progress’ have emerged rather well.

Desperate in Dubai

This is the story of four women and their somewhat interconnected lives. Lady Luxe, a Dubai heiress; Leila, an opportunistic social climber; Nadia, a betrayed wife, and Sugar, a victim of tragic circumstances. Of these, the most interesting is definitely Lady Luxe, who leads a double life, one as burkha-wearing traditional daughter of the family with a fashion business, and the other as a hedonist, no stranger to alcohol, men, and high jinks. Her voice is also the most powerful.