Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Raised in an Ambhan household, as the daughter of the Governor of the Empire, Mehr has led a life of privilege. But this privilege doesn’t prevent her from being treated with scorn because of her mother’s Amrithi heritage and Mehr’s connection to the desert spirits that once walked the earth as humans. When her father’sContinue reading “Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri”

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

Determined to build a life for herself on her terms, Lakshmi flees from her village, leaving behind her parents and abusive husband. Over the years, she garners a topnotch reputation as a henna artist, serving the wealthy & elite families of Jaipur. But one day, there’s a surprise visit from her hometown. And if LakshmiContinue reading “The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi”

Ants by Nikita Chinamanthur

Ants is a coming of age story that follows the events of Natasha’s life. From her insecurities to heartbreaks, sense of self to the relationship with family, the novel wades through the troubles an average teenager experiences in this world of online chatrooms & external validation. This was quite a short read, and I likedContinue reading “Ants by Nikita Chinamanthur”

Stories Of Us by Bobby Sachdeva

Capturing myriad experiences of the Indian populace, Bobby Sachdeva weaves story after story that speaks volumes about our moral compass, ambition, vulnerabilities and thirst for social connection. This volume contains 41 short stories, each no more than 2-7 pages long, featuring people from all cultural backgrounds, economic groups, and religious communities. You begin to readContinue reading “Stories Of Us by Bobby Sachdeva”

Murder at Moonlight Cafe and Other Stories

Murder at Moonlight Cafe and Other Stories is a collection of 11 fictional tales that are unique and offer us a variety of perspectives. Each of them narrate the story of characters who have almost nothing in common except for the very human emotions that are elicited from their experiences. There are stories about mythologicalContinue reading “Murder at Moonlight Cafe and Other Stories”