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Book title :  One Enduring Lesson

Genre :  Fiction ---- Published by : Rupa

Author :  Jamal Merchant

About the Book : Give me your money, or I will kill you!’
‘Please…’ I gasped. ‘I’ve come from England to study!’
‘Well, let this be your first lesson, English boy…’
Eager to start a new phase in life, Rahul Saxena, 27, a half-Indian British citizen, recently out of job and rejected in love, lands in Mumbai from London to study filmmaking. But little does he know that Mumbai, the city of dreams, will turn his life inside out. From the dark corners of the streets as a professional rat killer to the vermin-infested confines of a jail, from shady dance clubs to the homes of Mumbai’s rich women where he is paid to provide pleasure—fate takes him on a roller-coaster ride that challenges his very will and determination to survive. When his secret life threatens to destroy even the love that he finds, Rahul seeks recourse in spirituality. Inspired by India’s synergetic religious traditions, Rahul fights back internal and external demons to write his own destiny.
One Enduring Lesson is a tale of the undying human spirit of survival against all odds.

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Reviews:

- The storyline is captivating and with few pages in, will draw any reader's attention. It is not an ordinary romance fiction even though it might seem at points but the author has surprise for you. The way the plot forms without any exceptions is thought-provoking. The narrative voice is calm and constant. I am surprised to find myself enjoying the narrative voice.
The plot is in sync with theme of one's struggle in life, religious traditions and few norms of Indian society it touches. Even the portrayal of the protagonist's roller coaster ride after arriving and his determination to survive in India seems realistic enough for a reader to imagine. Many books in the same genre of romance fail to achieve the level of splendid and satisfactory story-telling as this one.
The characterisation is well developed and the growth of characters is observable as the plot moves forward. Even though the scope of the novel is 280 pages, the reader will enjoy it thoroughly as there is no flaw in that. The writing style is good and is exactly what I expect of Indian writers. Overall, the book is a page-turner and a reader will be able to finish this one in no time.
I will recommend you this book if you seek Indian flavour of writing and story-telling or are a part of romance fiction fandom
-Here's another chance for you to make a great film based in India Danny Boyle ……. -The book touches on almost all aspects of one's struggles with life and takes the reader on a roller coaster journey of the character from being a professional rat killer to a 9-5 begger, and providing pleasure to the city's rich woman for his survival. The narrative is highly engaging and characters are very well developed. Overall, a must-read for this year!.

Book title : The Infidel Next Door

Genre : Fiction

Author :  Rajat Mitra

About the Book : Aditya is a rebel with a mind of his own which makes him an outcast amongst his fellow priests. But no one understands Hindu scriptures better than him, which is why he is seen as capable of questioning the injustices perpetrated in the name of religion.When Aditya is asked to go back to a temple in Kashmir where his ancestor was killed for refusing to convert to Islam, he decides he must go. Though the attacks - both on his family and on the temple - occurred three centuries ago, the wounds have yet to heal. When he arrives, he discovers a mosque has been built next door. A religious fanatic wishes to create an Islamic Kashmir. Aditya is startled to realize that this man wants to convert all Hindus to Islam.
The Infidel Next Door is the harrowing and moving story of one man's determination to save his people. With passion and virtue, he follows his conscience and even dares to question the very relationship that binds him as a priest.While those around him lose faith in themselves and no longer seem to care about right from wrong, Aditya refuses to give up on the goodness of humankind.

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Reviews:

The infidel next door weaves through Indian culture and perspectives as if in a delicate dance, each step precisely described and compellingly intriguing. One needn’t be familiar with Indian society, Hindu or Muslim religions or even with regional Indian social and political forces in order to appreciate this compelling story which draws together disparate lives and cross purposes in an engrossing saga that is hard to put down and especially recommended for any westerner who would better understand the subtler nuances of the Indian society. Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review.
-Effectively argues against radicalism in all religions. Readers will likely agree.that memory is our only tool against the falsification of history. A moving, story about history, hatred and the never ending battle between tolerance and bigotry.- Kirkus Book Review.
A deeply moving story about Human Rights and Human Condition. - Professor James Lavelle, co-founder, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma.

Book title : Harp

Genre : Fiction

Author :  Nidhi Dalmia

About the Book : Set in the context of the zeitgeist and idealism of the late sixties, “Harp” is about love, longing, and coming of age. The three main protagonists – a young man travelling in a Europe-less-travelled including the Iron Curtain, a young woman who has a calling to music, and another young woman who has loved and lost once – provide the frame of this narrative about journeys we make across countries, even as we embark on a private quest within to know ourselves better, to seek what it is we really want from life.
Moving through India, Europe and USA, Harp follows the lives of these three young people even as they engage with the cultural, sexual, student revolutions, and the music of the sixties.

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Reviews:

A romantic fiction that was set in the 1960's which would make you go back to those days and people like me who were not even born by then have had the chance to get to know the first hand information of hos the world was back then - especially the Europe.
-Effectively argues against radicalism in all religions. Readers will likely agree.that Author has meticulously penned the story including most of the intricate information pertaining to love clubbing with the lifestyle of Europe. The story revolves around 3 characters but predominantly on the protagonist Ashok. The other two being Lauren and Aparna.