I is for India and India is my country but there are so many books to choose from that the mind boggles. It does for other countries as well but a personal bias makes it even more difficult.
Books and authors I enjoy reading are across diverse genres, see if you like the few I suggest. How many of them have you read? If not would you read them?
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He is a prolific writer whose stories have enthralled all ages. He has written with such insight and love that one can’t but get involved into the stories and characters. Some of his famous works are –
- The Room on the Roof. The Room on the Roof is the first novel written by Ruskin Bond.
- Our Trees still grow in Dehra.
- The Blue Umbrella.
- A Flight of Pigeons.
- The Night Train at Deoli.
BLURB – The Ramayana, one of the world’s greatest epics, is also a tragic love story. In this brilliant retelling, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of the novel: this is Sita’s version. The Forest of Enchantments is also a very human story of some of the other women in the epic, often misunderstood and relegated to the margins: Kaikeyi, Surpanakha, Mandodari. A powerful comment on duty, betrayal, infidelity and honour, it is also about women’s struggle to retain autonomy in a world that privileges men, as Chitra transforms an ancient story into a gripping, contemporary battle of wills. While the Ramayana resonates even today, she makes it more relevant than ever, in the underlying questions in the novel: How should women be treated by their loved ones? What are their rights in a relationship? When does a woman need to stand up and say, ‘Enough!’………………………………………………..
BLURB – Rajkumar is only another boy, helping on a market stall in the dusty square outside the royal palace, when the British force the Burmese King, Queen and all the Court into exile. He is rescued by a far-seeing Chinese merchant and with him builds up a logging business in upper Burma. But haunted by his vision of the Royal Family, Rajkumar journeys to the obscure town in India where they have been exiled.
The picture of the tension between the Burmese, the Indian and the British is excellent. Among the great range of characters are one of the court ladies, Miss Dolly, whom Rajkumar marries: and the redoubtable Jonakin, part of the British-educated Indian colony, who, with her husband, has been put in charge of the Burmese exiled court.
The story follows the fortunes – rubber estates in Malaya, businesses in Singapore, estates in Burma – which Rajkumar, with his Chinese, British and Burmese relations, friends and associates, builds up – from 1870 through the Second World War to the scattering of the extended family to New York and Thailand, London and Hong Kong in the post-war years.
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