Shadows of the Night / Author: Priyanka Lal / MRP: 125 / Pages: 160
Description: Nights are the times of real emotions. Mundane of the days may dilute what we feel but at night there is no hiding. Love – a teenager’s fantasy, a dying man’s first experience, a friend’s playfulness, a person’s hope… Love comes in varied forms and under different circumstances is expressed in a million ways. As the hours of the night changes, so changes the intensity of emotions and the lives of people make into new stories.An insight intoLives – poles apart from each other – guided by the touch of one common feeling, the stirrings of love. As you walk deeper into your nights be assured there is a shadow just for you.
Urban Lights / Author: Vishal Anand / MRP: 120 / Pages: 160
2 Day Down / Author: Dr. Nikita Lalwani / MRP: 140 / Pages: 192
Description: 2-day-down is a compilation of stories of 5 women from different walks of life. Each story digs into one of the five period related problems: Pain/Staining/Sexual Inhibition/PMS/Taboo, through each one’s journey. The title signifies the second day of a woman’s period, which is said to be the toughest of the five days. The stories are a reflection of the less acknowledged society around us. Through menstrual problems as a window, the book is an attempt to bring light to the intriguing yet briefly understood aspects of womanhood in different age groups.
Roots / Author: Dr. Dinesh Srivastava / MRP: 140 / Pages: 144
Description: Roots is a narrative of roots of our culture and ethos. The memory of our roots is “like a shrine to us, where we find solace when we are in pain”. The stories included in this collection, use a first person narrative to explore the events “with the vitality of a confession”. These are marked by a love for nature and all living beings, empathy with weak and suffering, respect for traditions, pain of separation from or even destruction of, one’s roots, calm and dignified acceptance of one’s fate and continued struggle for survival. For some the suffering is so severe that death brings “a smile of relief from excruciating pain”. Rural India comes alive in the details of everyday life, cattle, birds, river, forest, wolves and jackals, spirits, snakes, songs, traditions, tales and beliefs. Though mostly rooted in ethos of India, the stories are universal in nature and portray characters from across the world. The tenacity of migrant workers across the world and their struggle against every possible adversity is yet another theme, which finds an expression in this collection. Most aptly, the collection ends in a story where the narrator comes to a realization that “a prose of a quiet determination is far more lyrical than the poetry of pity, which he had always penned”.