TNN Bureau. Updated: 7/11/2022 1:44:07 AM Books and Authors

Compiled by: My Secret Bookshelf

1) “Bombay Hangovers” by Rochelle Potkar

(Short Stories | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 274 INR)

BLURB: ‘There are superbly penned stories of struggle and survival, love and frustration, cultural conflicts and pitiable adjustments, family equations and social complications in this book. The range of topics Rochelle Potkar touches upon is remarkable. The absurdities, pathos, and miseries that are part of our life are captured in poignant light. This is a must-read volume’, says Damodar Mauzo about this short story collection.
‘Having made her mark in poetry, Rochelle Potkar has moved with elan into fiction. I admire the way she structures a scene, shade by shade, tile by tile, leaving the reader admiring the story as a piece of finished art’, says Keki Daruwalla about this book.

2) “Mystery of a Crawling Butterfly” by Roshan Raj Mehta

(Fiction | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 199 INR)

BLURB: This is the first book in ‘The Flyborn Series’. For most of the butterflies that lived on the cursed tree, crawling had become their true identity but for Romi Flyborn, his wings had a purpose. The cursed tree didn’t allow the creatures that lived on it to look beyond its greens. It was only the gaps between the leaves that allowed Romi to catch a glimpse of the blue sky and made him wonder about the world that existed beyond the tree. His journey is about to take new heights against the conventions of his society.
Romi shows us that, not all that we dream of are mere illusions but sometimes they could be destiny’s way of giving us a higher purpose in life. What is that purpose? Join Romi Flyborn in his journey through the dense leaves, hopping squirrels, hooting owls, magical cotton seeds, giant evil snakes and a legendary cursed tree to unravel the “Mystery of a Crawling Butterfly”.

3) “You're Stuck With Me For Life!” by Venuka Goyal

(Contemporary Fiction | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 199 INR)

BLURB: This is the first book in ‘Love in Indore’ series. Neeti and Ronit both ended up in the city of Indore in central India as tragedies struck their families.
When Neeti got married to Ronit, all she wanted was to get away from her mentally unstable mother and get into a household that allowed her the freedom to work as a school teacher and the freedom to drive a car. In return, if she had to take care of her in-laws and manage the household, she was okay with that. Having witnessed her mother’s utter inability to deal with life after her father’s untimely demise, Neeti was determined to be self reliant and to never have expectations from anyone. If she didn’t expect anything from anyone, she would never be disappointed, and never end up like her mother who had forgotten how to live.
When Ronit got married to Neeti, he just wanted to get a daughter-in-law for his parents. His father had refused to undergo the bypass surgery that the doctor had recommended unless Ronit got married and Neeti came along at the right time. Living in a joint family setup with his parents and his younger college-going brother, Ronit was okay sharing a room with his mother’s daughter-in-law. He didn’t necessarily want a wife for himself. Having tried his hand at love and having failed at converting his previous year-long relationship into a love-marriage, he was not convinced that a woman could be both the wife that he wanted and the daughter-in-law that his family insisted on.
Ronit and Neeti had made their expectations with regards to their marriage clear from the very beginning and in the last one year of being married they had both held up to their end of the bargain. Love was never a priority. It was something deemed so unimportant that neither of them brought it up before the wedding. Nor did they ever talk about it over the entire first year of being married. Will Neeti and Ronit continue to live in a loveless marriage, taking it simply as a responsibility? Or will love sneak up on them on a road-trip to Ranthambore?

4) “One Heart: Many Breaks” by Sandeep Kumar Mishra

(Autobiographical Poetry | Format: Paperback/Kindle | MRP: 499 INR)

BLURB: This bestseller and award winning autobiographical debut poetry collection plunges into modern times, regrets, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Most of them are poetic reflections of personal emotions and situations the poet was laid in. The poems cover 20 years life events and it is a diary of a broken heart. Remember, some poems are written by an 18 years old boy, some by a young guy, and rest by a wiser human being. Don't look for perfect language. They are just the emotions and feelings at that particular time. All the originally is kept.

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