The Awasthis of Aamnagri

Shubha Sarma

Niyogi Books

Families are like the sweet mangoes of Aamnagri — messy, filled with juicy secrets and sticking together through all times. A quintessential Indian family bumble through their lives encountering missing jewels and stolen eggs, deaths foretold, averted and a suspected suicide with nobody. The mysteries are solved by the inquisitive minds of young Lakshmi and Guddu and the saffron-clad Guruji. With charming agility, the Awasthis sail through life and its quirks. The lady of the mansion, Mataji, is the sutradhar who strings this tale of silk sarees and talking parrots together. Through her, the Awasthi family discovers that happy endings come for a price — of truth and love.

Faith and the Beloved

Kochery C Shibu

Mishan Design Point Pvt Ltd (MINC)

‘Faith and the Beloved’ is a riveting saga of love, lust, betrayal, intrigue and revenge. Naithy Cherozil is a rich and successful businesswoman from Mumbai who marries the young and handsome model Tony D’Souza after the death of her spouse. Prem Rollands is a ‘Kalari’ exponent and a brilliant student whose world revolves around his brother Arun who is killed by the police under mysterious circumstances. Eighteen-year-old Alice Cherozil knows more about computers and mystery games than a girl of her age. As the lives of Naithy, Prem and Alice cross each other they must retain their faith and protect their beloved ones, even at the cost of their own lives.

It’s Not me

Sumita Chandani Rekhi

Allied Publisher Pvt Ltd

‘It’s Not Me’ is a fusion of offbeat poetry and prose by renowned artist and sculptor Sumita Chandani Rekhi. The book is a light-hearted satire on arranged marriage, childbirth, motherhood, tiring relationships and a search for the elusive truth. It is a myriad of thoughts and life experiences from the real to the seemingly unreal. Ensuring a wish granted to her by a sage who happens to have passed away aeons ago, the narrator begins to have extraordinary experiences which she expresses through a gamut of thoughts on a wide array of subjects. These include unusual experiences like past life memories that spring to the surface through meditation.

The Curious Case of the Boarding School

Mahnaz Mir

Rupa Publications

Crisp, intriguing and fast-paced, ‘The Curious Case of the Boarding School’ is a detective novel. A small-town boy Sameer gets admitted to the elite boarding school, Kingston High. Sameer initially finds it hard to adjust, until a football match turns things and his luck around. He slowly starts gaining popularity as the co-captain of the team and a rising football star, while also getting into scrapes and misadventures with his new-found friend, Ravi. Just before the end of the first semester, a boy goes missing, causing an uproar on campus. Is there a criminal on the premises? Can Sameer join the pieces together and crack the puzzle?