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What are You Reading Today? Here are a Few #Fridayreads

What are you reading? #FridayReads

Reading is rejuvenation. Now that I’m done with a round of edits on my next novel, time to take stock of a few books.

We always talk about bestsellers, we sometimes talk about books based on how much marketing it has received, and that’s only natural. So many books are published every single day, and it is hard to keep track. I find it useful to bring into focus the books in my immediate field of vision, so today, I’d like to mention a few for you to consider for this weekend.

They’re from varied genre, and just look at those intriguing covers!

Here’s a snippet about each–please check them out (click on the titles to know more):

The Scent of God by Saikat Majumdar

The novel is set in an elite all-boys boarding school in late 20th century India, run by a Hindu monastic order—where things are not how they seem. While Anirvan dreams of becoming a monk, he also finds himself drawn to a fellow student. “What is the meaning of monastic celibacy?” And what will give the boys “a life together in a world that does not recognize their kind of love?”

Dashavatar by Piyusha Vir

Did you know that each avatar of Vishnu arrived with a specific purpose? Time and again, Vishnu has manifested in different forms to fulfil his role as a ‘protector’ of the world. Among the long list of 24 avatars, ten avatars have captured our imagination for centuries together—matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parshuram, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, and Kalki. But how exactly did these avatars impact the society? And how do they link to the Charles Darwin theory of evolution? While each avatar has its own set of legends that extoll their characteristics and deeds, the stories behind them are just as interesting and informative. Presented in a contemporary and unbiased perspective, these stories of the ten avatars of Vishnu are an attempt to make mythology more believable and relevant to the world that we live in today.

Kanpur Khoofiya Pvt Ltd by Richa S Mukherjee

Meet Mr Prachand Tripathi, private investigator and owner of Kanpur Khoofiya Pvt Ltd. Accustomed to tracking down missing pets and cheating lovers, he is about to have his world change completely when a new case requires him to tail actress Shailaja Kapoor. What seems like a simple request turns into a dramatic dive into her murky past, wading through which is not going to be easy. Or safe. Soon Prachand and his wife, and partner against crime, Vidya, fall under the glare of the police as Shailaja Kapoor is abducted right before their eyes. Now he must put his skills to the test before they become victims at the end of a dark and dangerous game.

Yakshini by Neil D’Silva

Halfway to the heavens, in a realm hidden by clouds, a divine beauty—a Yakshini—is facing a sentence for her folly. Down on Earth, a couple in Maharashtra is expecting their seventh child and is performing a special yajna to fulfil their desires. By a strange quirk of fate, these two distinctly different lives are soon to be intertwined.

The Space Behind by Rachael Wright

Alexandros Savva is still reeling from the shock that his daughter’s murderer and rapist has returned to Lesvos and now works alongside his wife aiding Syrian refugees. Pain and anger have brought him to the bottom of a bottle more than once. In the midst of his personal upheaval and savva’s ongoing private crusade against international human trafficking agent Anthony Goldstein, Lesvos’ wealthiest resident dies in what appears to be a suicide.
As Savva follows the trail of sinister deeds and buried vices, something far more dire lies just beyond the horizon, something he can’t foresee or stop.

Exits and Entrances (Written in Water #1) by Lesley Hayes

The swinging sixties – a time of peace, love, violence, and revolution. In 1962, as the Cold War erupts in sudden crisis over Cuba, Cordelia, Beatrice and Rosalind are fourteen. Dubbed by their English teacher the three witches from Macbeth, they have already recognised one another as outsiders, with no idea that their alliance will turn out to be a lifelong friendship. Their personalities and choices lead them along very different paths, but they never lose the strong thread of their connection. Through the passions, disappointments, losses and triumphs of their lives the trilogy of novels follows them through the years, reflecting the many changes that have taken place for women over six decades. Exits and Entrances chronicles the eventful era between 1962 and 1972 as they grow from girls into women.

If you’re a reader of fantasy and paranormal, love witches and magic, I’d also ask you to check out this mega-giveaway of some fab books: hardback and paperbacks!

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What books have you read lately? Would you like to recommend an author or their work? What has reading been like for you in these covid times? Have you read any of these books already? What’s on your reading table right now?

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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her forthcoming literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and will be published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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24 Comments

  • Oops, I put my comment in the wrong place…It’s one of those days.
    What I was saying… I love the variety of genres you read and the covers pictured are beautiful.

  • hilarymb says:

    Thanks Damyanti – for this interesting range of books to read – I’ve noted and hope one day to get there … stay safe – Hilary

  • Amnesty by A. Adiga. Set in Australia. An immigrant has information on a crime but his dilemma on coming forward is his illegal status. I find I’m reading a lot.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Sounds like a fascinating read. I’m taking this weekend off to read.

  • My TBR is already ridiculously bloated, but I just can’t say no. I recently added The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell, and The Color of Water by James McBride, to name a few.

  • Sulekha says:

    An eclectic list, love it. I am intrigued by the Dashavatar, want to read it. Books recommended by avid readers and book lovers are the best ones to get. Thanks for this brilliant list.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Dashavatar is intriguing. The list is eclectic, because that’s the way I read, across genre.

  • Shalzmojo says:

    Interesting set of books you have listed here Damyanti- shall check out a few of them as they are recommended by you 🙂

  • Shantala says:

    Reading has been unpredictable and sporadic during these past few months.. first I went through a big slump, and now I am back on the horse, but reading relatively light stuff. But I can see myself getting consistent with my regular fare sometime soon, now that I’ve accepted that this quarantine thing is a lifestyle change I’ve to make and adapt.

  • Billybuc says:

    For some reason I quit reading about a year ago. Not sure why. Oh well, thank you for the suggestions. Have a brilliant weekend.

  • Pam Lazos says:

    I don’t know what’s happened to my reading, Damyanit, but I haven’t picked up an actual book since March when the pandemic started. I used to read on the elliptical at the gym and the gym was closed for a long time. (Even though it’s open now, I’m still not going until there’s a vaccine.) Since I never have time to just sit and read, I’ve started listening to audio books when I ride my bike or walk the dog. I listen to 3 or 4 of them a month, but the problem is I’m limited to what they have available. Still, I’ve read some great things like “A Tale of Two Cities” and “The 100-year old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared.” Hoping that with the end of the pandemic comes the ability to read a good book that I have deliberately chosen again.

  • vishalbheeroo says:

    Thanks for sharing the books. Now that I am a buyer of e-books and splurged loads, I will check those books next month. Your book is on my list, too. I just finished reading an amazing book The Trees Told me So by Purva Grover. Do check it out.

  • Ruchi says:

    Will surely pick up from the mix. have already read Richa’s Kanpur Khoofiya pvt ltd.

  • I should also have said how intriguing I found your selection – I suspect that they may bump some on my tower further down.

  • Thank you.
    I am a confirmed bookaholic and have not come across any of these books.
    I read for comfort, for education, for escape and for joy. And sometimes am lucky enough to find a book which fills several of these categories.
    At the moment I am reading Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere (I do love his work) and Jonas Jonasson’s The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden. Several other books (including yours, are inching their way further up my unread towers.

  • Vinayak Jadhav says:

    Hi Damayanti. Thank u so much for the wonderful suggestions. Kanpur khoofiya and nobody’s child have been on my list for a while now and will soon be reading them. I just finished S.H.A.W a love story against the backdrop of terrorism which is written by CM Nimbalkar who is from the army and I have read his other 2 books as well. His books revolve around army operations and how the soldiers deal with their emotions and daily life. And currently I m reading actor Sanjay Khans biography which is called The Best Mistakes of my Life.
    Thank u 😊

  • soniadogra says:

    Thank you for these suggestions Damyanti..I know of all these books but am yet to read them. I think I will begin with Kanpur Khoofiya, it’s been long due. I might just skip Yakshini. Not my genre at all although I am sure Neil must have done a great job. It’s a popular book.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      I can recommend Kanpur Khoofiya. I’m reading Yakshini, though it isn’t my genre either–need to step out of my comfort zones :). Thanks for visiting, and the comment!

  • Thank you for the suggestions and review Damyanti

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Ian, I think you might enjoy the books set in India, given your extensive experience in the country.

  • cleemckenzie says:

    Just finished A River of Stars, but was somewhat disappointed. I wanted to be thoroughly engaged in the story, but I was in and out. Now I’m looking for my next great read, which Amazon assures me they have in stock.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Ah. It is hard when a book doesn’t engage you. What’s your next read?

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