The street quietly watches them grow, dream and die. In 'Siddhartha Street’ characters come together and grow apart to draw you into the tale of a quotidian street, in a quaint corner of South India. On the rooftop of the lone apartment block in the street, it’s time for ‘Saturday night drinking’ and a motley crew of men gather to drink. A man who regrets being in love, a husband who may lose his job, a father who is about to wed his daughter and the bullying building secretary all converge on the dimly lit terrace. In a corner of the street, a broken single mother runs ‘The Ironing Shop’, so that her daughter does not share the same destiny. Beside the apartment building, live 'The retired couple', where an elderly wife watches her husband, withdraw and cocoon himself in spirituality. The collection culminates in ‘Before’, where we travel to the past and witness a fateful Sunday; a day marking the end of innocence and branded by violence. You may hear an echo of R K Narayanan, but it could easily be Chekov or Joyce. Lives in quiet streets are the same everywhere: intricate, inspiring, irredeemable – human.
The Blank Cheque: From middle-class life in the West - to homeless in India
"How can THIS be my life? I am standing totally alone in the early morning hours on an empty street. I’m in a gargantuan Indian city during a global pandemic! What happened to me?
INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY
Gemma was young. So was Prateek. A cross-cultural relationship, cursed from the start.
The early signs were there for Gemma to see, but the blindfold was tied, and the damage had begun.
“They asked for dowry. Isn’t that an old custom?”
Gemma was there for Prateek at the start…and still there to the very end.
So, after decades together, how did it all go so wrong?
How do you go from western middle-class life to homelessness in India during the COVID-19 pandemic?
How do you nearly lose your life
January, 2022: A dark monstrous apparition – Apophis – feverishly races past the expanse of the Milky Way galaxy and bolts to the edge of the solar system. Recklessly accelerating, this sinister twin-headed asteroid continues its inebriated journey to soon rain a resolute chaos upon Earth.
Five ancient philosophers reincarnated (nine years earlier) in different cities across the planet – New York, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Azores Islands in Portugal and Buyukada Island in Turkey, discover amongst haunting memories of their phantasmal past lives, that it is their destiny to save humanity from the evil forces unleashed by the Skyllats from across the galaxy.
And now, these 9-year-old sentient beings must rely on their shared, ancient wisdom to prepare humanity for the war across the galaxy that is imminent.
A Night At Achanakmar
Maya and her family set out for a weekend trip to Amarkantak. However, due to foggy weather and some unexpected delays later, they end up lost in the jungle. With dusk fast approaching and no way to find help in a no-network zone, their car breaks down.
Will they survive or will something untoward happen to them in the mysterious jungle of Achanakmar?
Join the family in this road-trip of a lifetime that will leave you puzzled forever.
Jungle Series – Get ready to be assaulted!
Shadows on the Wall - Coming Soon
Two powerful protagonists assert their identities against the canvas of the creative profession. In the face of social hypocrisy and violence, in a world that mistakes licentiousness for freedom, living within shallow interpretations of religion, can they grow into creative adults without losing their sense of wonder? Can they stay together and yet be true to their distinct personalities?
Wrapped in an exciting world of design and advertising, set in turbulent times, Shadows on the Wall is the story of Rishi and Kavya, who won't compromise their individualities, not even for love.
Hotels conjure images of cosy rooms, lazy holidays, memorable adventures, fresh crisp white sheets and gorgeous views. But the scenic Villagio Hotel hides a dark and bizarre secret.
Check-in Checkout is the story of those secrets. Behind the renovated majestic façade, laminated polished exteriors, fresh-smelling and brightly painted rooms lie old, rotting innards, musty corners and creepy crevices. The place houses some chilling horrors, seething in unknown corners, which stir to life in the darkness of night. Between check-in and check-out, the guests of the Villagio Hotel experience blood-curdling horrors.
This book will take you on a thrilling ride, with ten gripping stories depicting different genres of horror – urban legends, revenge spirits, gore, modern-day haunting, psychological horror & satanic practices. Come uncover the grisly and ghastly tales of the travellers who visited the Villagio Hotel from different parts of the world.
But remember! In this hotel, you are not alone…someone somewhere is always watching you!
Give Me A Break
Desperate to get away from the city and take a much-needed break, Swami escapes to a quiet country farmhouse where he hopes he can relax in nature. But if only it was that easy! Swami, Jigneshbhai and his talkative Shridhar Mama soon stumble on much more than they bargained for.
Swami’s long-lost activist friend is on his own trip, lamenting his life and eagerly looking to make a quick buck. His ambitious boss is on a mission to get to the next level – no matter what it takes. And a young and trendy fashionista couple dream of finding the perfect land to set up shop.
As everyone descends on the countryside, each driven by their own greed, Swami begins to wonder if he’s really getting a break at all! And little does he know that when he returns home, things are about to get even crazier than before…
A Silent Takeover
On his 50th birthday, arrogant playboy superstar Raaj Kumar gets into a verbal scuffle with the media gathered outside his house who question his inability to maintain romantic relationships. He decides to take a sabbatical and disappears off the grid to Chikkamagaluru.
Suhaasini, an intern at the tabloid Muthodlur Blitz is assigned a difficult task – to track down Raaj and get an exclusive interview. Her research into Raaj’s life uncovers a strange pattern; ill-fate follows every official ex-girlfriend of Raaj – each one either becomes mentally unstable or dies under mysterious circumstances. Determined to solve this mystery, Suhaasini vows to unravel this sinister web, unearthing dark secrets and evil schemes along the way.
As she gets closer to the truth, the death of key players and an attack to silence her only drives Suhaasini to keep on digging. Will she succeed? Will the culprit be brought to justice? And what will be the cost of her persistence to expose the truth?
The Different Bride
It’s not everyday that we come across stories like that of Chandrika and Prakash. In a world where it’s not easy to be different, Chandrika does not carry her supposed ‘flaw’ as baggage. She instead lives a happy and cheerful life with clear and serious goals. She works hard towards getting into a top business school, to turn her dreams into reality. Despite her endearing nature, deep within her heart she truly believes that love is not for her. But one fine day, the love bell rings, thanks to Graham Bell!
Prakash works as a sales executive with an internet company.He has a strained relationship with his father because of his father’s rigid rules and rigorous expectations.
When the two meet by fateful design,it’s not just Chandrika’s beliefs that are set to change but her entire life!
The Different Bride is a love story of its own kind. It will leave you feeling stronger about how love transcends all the barriers that may come in its way.
A sky-blue paper bird glued to a mirror. A handmade book on music to be gifted. A pair of mud-brown tea cups without handles. A shelf to hoard dying memories. A little home tucked away in a remote village. A haunting voice after boarding an empty bus... The images on the cover belong to people whose stories are packed in this book: A man who meets his lost friend in a new world. A seeker who resists everyone to reach an unwanted place. Lovers that separate, only to find some hope. A failed artist who finds another voice. A new entrant in a home who creates turmoil. A cheated girl who makes a desperate call. A shattered man who pegs on a sudden dreamy trip. With eleven stories of unrequited love, hope, acceptance, heart breaks or just needs, Afsaane will tug at your heartstrings and open windows to people that experience unusual situations in far too usual lives.
A Tibetan Suitcase
We all belong somewhere - a place of our birth, the origin of our being. But there are those who belong to nowhere, an existence without a motherland, or circling in-between, as if in bardo.
The Tibetan Suitcase is a story of the peripatetic life of the protagonist, an Indian-born Tibetan. The book is also filled with a cast of memorable characters that are equally longing for their place in the Earth's geography. Scattered across the world, they manage to get on with their lives - living, loving, laughing, struggling but never giving up - as if in a perpetual long-distance relationship with their homeland, and their loved ones. In a style that is as ambitious as it is simple, the epistolary novel effortlessly unravels Tibetan lives without making in a sermon or a show of grief about the people who are, forever, guests in a foreign land.
In a not-so-distant future, due to the gradual destruction of the environment the world has become polarized between clean and polluted nations. Walls have risen and divided the population: clean and breathable outposts shield themselves behind high walls against the contaminated wasteland, generating waves of illegal immigration.
As punishment for disobeying an order, Niall, a transgender trooper employed with the military squadron that protects outposts from invasion, is transferred to an unfamiliar outpost. There he meets Seung-Yeon, a refugee rights activist, Ayan, a prejudiced neighbor, Q-Ryo, an upper-class botanist, and Kairos, an immigrant with whom he falls in love. On the outside, a roaring rebellion led by a one-legged girl is planning to collapse the walls. What do they have in common? Is it a shared destiny? Is it the need to fight for justice? Or the conviction that their existence is not what it appears to be?
Delicate and questioning, this first cli-fi novel by Sasha Ojiwu encompasses a range of contemporary issues, evidenced through the impossible love story between a genderqueer soldier and an illegal refugee, which propels them to the fringe between delusion and reality as they witness the inequalities, greed and lack of compassion of their divided environment.
Why Does She Stay?
In the summer of 2014, Meera is engaged to a Tamil brahmin boy who in his early thirties and works at a consulting firm. An arranged marriage proposal turned into a brief affair where Meera believes she has found the one.
Two months after Meera’s engagement when she moved to the city of Bangalore, she would learn, her fiancé has deep rooted issues and is abusive. Believing this concern might be temporary, Meera hopes for change and stays in the relationship trusting better days are around the corner.
Meera struggles to cope when it dawns on her that she is at his mercy. A new routine sets in for her, everyday abuse, hourly mental torture, and never-ending psychological manipulation. But the bigger question is, Why isn’t Meera leaving?
Why Does She stay is the story of one girl’s battle between the dichotomy of her own being. From emotional displacements to raging a war, she realizes she will never be free until she deals with her own distortions allowing her to stay. Within time, Meera reaches the point where blinded emotions wear off, and for once she pushes back.
At once, loving and disturbing, Why Does She Stay is a pertinent story about hope, survival and determination. It is a story about a storm between Meera and her own self that eventually helped her to grow and flourish despite the struggles presented by her estranged choice.
Nowhere We Know
Sometime during the early colonization era in India, a group of nomads, driven from their homes, discover a valley hidden among the mountains in the far east. With some help, they banish the natives who lived there and created a home for themselves, which they called Aitanpur. As decades pass by, their colony shapes into a flourishing and prosperous self-sustaining society. However they could not desist the evils, which follow, from creeping into the fabric of their society. A tyrant becomes a landlord, and leaves behind a legacy, which is succeeded by three brothers allured to power. Young men looking for a path to redemption fall prey to sinister intentions. People continue to live in anarchy even as the nobility is hounded by a rebel at large. Will Aitanpur manage to persevere and preserve, or will it crumble into the same dust it emerged from?What would be that one story that would redefine the virtues the place and its people stood for?Adapted from a widely known chronicle of the Greek mythology, this is essentially a story of love in every form - greed, hope, passion and lust. When love collides, what ensues is war. And once the war ends, what's left behind in the ashes isn't just a tall tale of Gods and kings. It leaves behind a saga that weaves itself into various forms and shapes and continues to spread like fire, until it had emerged into a legend for all times to come.The characters that form the narrative, the traits that come to define them and their actions reflect the most fundamental of the human emotions. And hence they remain relevant even to this day and time, so much so that the name of this novel intentionally attempts to take a sarcastic jibe at it.
Can you change destiny? What if you can?
Ashish, a passionate clockmaker is frustrated with his life - financial insecurity, his ongoing nightmares and his family, wife Lata and son Vicky, are driving him crazy.
Lata is having a tough time in life with her arch-rival, Rashmi. Vicky wants to be a biker than rather join the family legacy of the clockmaker. He also has a crush on Kavya who is more interested in supporting her family than romancing around.
Lately, Ashish starts hallucinating things. The black hooded man, who traumatizes him in the nightmares, warns him of dire consequences if he does not return the timepiece that was given to Ashish by his father at his deathbed. Burdened with despair, Ashish wishes he could change his destiny and end all his miseries. By sheer chance, he discovers the power of the timepiece. Ashish was still figuring out what to do with it when an incident shatters his life completely. Without second thoughts he uses the power of the timepiece to change his destiny. But, can he really change it?
Amid the chaos of the busy by-lanes of the East Delhi unfolds a paranormal, supernatural, Indian drama that will leave you thrilled.
The Treasure of Murud Janjira
John Baptista, a forensic auditor and adventure freak, is visiting the African continent for the first time, the land from where his ancestors came, on an audit mission for rubber conglomorate Everest to Kenya. During the course of the audit, John is witness to a gory ritual involving the Tisa tribe who are part of the Everest workforce. When he meets Makena, the tribe’s princess and a student of history from the University of Kenya, she reveals the secret of a hidden treasure, left by her ancestor, a Warrior from the tribe who sailed from Kenya to India some two centuries ago.
Makena is thrilled to discover John’s particular skills and intellect on the one hand and his African origin on the other. She entrusts him with the truth about her plan to recover the treasure, boost her tribe’s honour, and put an end to the age-old ritual. John and Makena develop an emotional bond as they hunt for the treasure that is supposed to be hidden under the tunnel of a fort ruled by some erstwhile Indian empire. The tribe has a tradition of oral history and no written script. All that is available is folk songs, wild guesses, and a few mysterious clues.
Thus the long and arduous journey of exploration begins. Will John’s forensic skills and Makena’s grit lead them to their goal? Will their mission end in success? Journey through wild African jungles and mysterious Indian kingdoms to find out.
Lehengey & Lafdey
They say that marriages are made in heaven; but weddings, my friend; weddings are executed in hell! After writing three political thrillers, all of which helped me garner a bit of fame and intellectual fanbase, I was convinced that politics is perhaps the most difficult field a man can engage in. But then, matrimony came along and politics suddenly felt like the non-essential elaichi in this Mughlai Biryani called life.
When my ‘loved ones’ subjected me to scenarios unimaginable, when as the groom I had to wait for an hour for my baaraat to arrive, when certain ‘rituals’ scarred me with shame for the rest of my life, I so wanted to give it back to the society! And hence, Lehengey and Lafdey was born.
LnL will raise your ire, tickle your funny bone, and show you everything except what a wedding is supposed to be: a sacred union. In a world filled with romantic novels, where love always wins in the end; patience, perseverance and the insane ability to bear a butt load of crap is required to emerge victorious in the holy war of matrimony.
Enough talk! Jump right in and witness a whirlpool of emotions, with a cup of masala chai and some fryums on the side. Put your seat belts on, for it is going to get crazy. Welcome to the world of Lehengey and Lafdey!
Daughters and Destinies
Daughter and Destinies follows the lives, loves and losses of Malta and her young daughter Ranju. After the tragic death of her husband Ram, Mamta is left to fend for herself. Working as a housemaid at Mrs Sareen’s bungalow on Aurangzeb Road, she strives to give her daughter the best life possible. Ranju, a bright student herself, vows to work hard and change her family fortune. But in a cruel twist of fate, when little Ranju is sexually assaulted by her mother's former lover, the family is shattered. Will Mamta be able to give her daughter the life she never had? Will Ranju be able to recover from her unspeakable trauma?
Daughter and destinies is a powerful look at the struggles of invisible women, the violence they face and the resilience with which they carry on, to build a better future.
Table For One
Taara Maheshwari, a single woman in her thirties and a successful lawyer, is tough on the outside but a die-hard fan of romantic movies on the inside.
She grew up seeking her 'happily ever after' but amid various heartbreaks and the culture of modern age short-term relationships, her belief in 'true connections' got replaced by the comfort of being 'emotionally disconnected'.
After she turned 31, her parents persuaded her into meeting a guy for marriage who sounded just perfect for her. Acting on impulse, she told her parents that she would only meet him if they let her go on a trip to Europe.
As Taara went on to explore the world, she experienced what actually happens when a single Indian girl travels to Europe all by herself. Is it only about dancing, singing or falling in love? What happens after you fall in love? Does love conquer all? Only her story will tell.
Piku & Viru
A traumatising theft on assignment leaves 28-year-old travel content writer Piyanjali Kumari with this crazy epiphany. Her numerous attempts to meet TV star Vian Rustom go in vain. That’s when her guardian angel tells her the one thing she needs to do to make things happen. Desperate, she takes the plunge. But sh*t keeps going wrong. And PiKu realises her story with ViRu is destined to end in only one way--heartbreak.
Will PiKu be able to win ViRu’s love? Will she get the relationship of her dreams? Or will it become the darkest nightmare of her life?
PiKu & ViRu is an inspirational, emotional roller coaster that promises to take you places. Especially if you loved movies such as 500 Days of Summer and Tamasha. And if you enjoyed the humour and celebrity element in The Zoya Factor, you’ll surely do for this one too!
The year is 2020.
While New Delhi deliberates on commensurate retaliation to Beijing’s actions, a series of events across the globe pushes the world to the brink of war.
A high-profile assassination in Israel stirs up emotions in the Middle East, and the Arab armies form an alliance united by the rallying calls of jihad: to conquer the holy land, once again.
The public execution of a CIA agent in North Korea brings the gargantuan navies of US and China to a terrifying stalemate in the Sea of Japan, while the world watches in horror as hopes for human survival and global markets dwindle into oblivion.
Amidst all this, Lama, the influential leader of Tibet, finds himself in a political pickle, and sways towards Beijing, the mightier side, in the event of an Indo-China conflict. So does Pakistan, China’s all weather friend.
With the possibility of war on both fronts, as the struggle for dominance on Tibet brings the dragon to India’s doorstep, the tiger prepares for yet another showdown with the dragon.
Six decades after the Indo-China war of 1962, will the tiger be able to turn the tide and douse the dragon’s fire?
Who shall fire the first shot and who is actually calling the shots? Only time will tell.
Witness a tale untold and immerse yourself in a world of moves and countermoves, where there’s no distinction between black and white. Where every piece has a role to play but their loyalties are not a function of their colour. Where the only thing that truly matters is who gets to call CHECKMATE.
Avni is an independent, fun loving girl who loves the idea of being in love and having a happy ever after, only she knows this idea is too good to be true in this world, true love is nothing but a farce. Embroiled in her fears, doubts and her haunting past, does she get past her reluctance toward marriage? Does she find someone she can have a happy ever after with? Or does she actually prove her own point that true love is nothing but a farce in today’s world.
The Last Chai
The year is 2019. The world, as we know today, is not the same anymore.
Blatant threats of war by ‘world leaders’ is the new normal. Gone are the days when mobilizing armies at borders, or aiming missiles at adversaries, was a rare phenomenon.
With every nation or their allies possessing nuclear weapons, victory through conventional means is no longer possible, paving way for covert warfare to emerge as the preferred weapon.
New Delhi is an easy target and Doshi, the unassailable supremo of the regime, is on the ‘hit list’. The threat assessment being at an all time high, Ajay Kaamte, the director of SPG (Special Protection Group), is tasked with protecting the PM.
Intelligence claims that the PM is susceptible to cyanide attacks and situation is grim, to say the least.
Will Doshiji survive to serve another term or will he very soon be having his last chai?
The Girl Child
Growing up as a strong-headed single child with a privileged upbringing in Calcutta, Devi has learnt much from her surroundings. Her childhood memories are filled with mixed emotions – especially as she remains angry with her mother and the hypocrisy of women in India.
On an unexpected journey home, she encounters reality – new stories and experiences of strangers, as well as friends. It has been years since she left Calcutta, yet the city’s untold stories haunt her.
This time Devi is back in town to solve issues and above all, through some painful and hard revelations, to make peace with those she can.
Jump right in. That’s what each story in this book asks you to do. Ten tales, crafted as light engaging conversations that pull the readers into the thick of the plot.
Some like it bitter some sweet, each story digs into an emotion with characters scripted to touch the inner chord of reality. They are an exploration of the often invisible dark side of human nature that is influenced by life’s sudden twists and turns.
The pain of a judge; an entrepreneur’s quest to raise money; the love life of a geek; an author’s struggle for a perfect story; a married woman living her own fairy tale; reinvention of life by an out-of-work professional; the inner conflict of a soldier; labels in a judgemental society; hidden agendas within relations; and could there be a guilt-free one-night stand?
Written over innumerable cups of coffee, the brew plays a cameo in each of the author’s woven yarns, with an invite to enjoy each one with a cuppa.
Dancing with Demons
Karan Pratap Singh is on the brink of winning the Amateur Boxing Championship, when in a moment, he loses it all. His fall from glory seems fuelled by ruthless arrogance and an out-of-control anger management problem. That, however, is just symptomatic of a deeper issue. Buried under layers of his fractured subconscious lies a childhood secret he cannot come to terms with.
Sonia Kapoor is a beautiful, volatile young woman with a secret that torments her at night but a secret that she feels no guilt for.
When fate throws Karan and Sonia together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir up trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. But, is redemption possible without forgiveness?
Dancing With Demons is a fast-paced action drama of love, loss and resurrection.
When Hari Met His Saali
The only magical thing missing from her life, happened to her sister! Her idea of romance comes from movies and magazines. His idea of romance is that it is unnecessary. Tia was in love with her career and her lifestyle in America and she was madly in love with Hari, but where was the romance she craved? Simi was the young girl left behind in a small town in India who hadn't seen her sister for years. She was a dreamer, but what did she really want out of life? Then there was Hari, straight-forward and uncomplicated. It felt like nothing he did was ever good enough for Tia, but didn't every man want an ambitious and successful wife no matter how demanding they were?
Theirs was a love story that was never going to be conventional, but what happened to Hari and Tia was something that nobody would have predicted.
Mix two sisters with bad history between them and one clueless man, to form one whacky triangle and you get a cautionary lesson in how you should be careful of what you wish for in the name of love?
Set in Los Angeles and Nagpur, India, When Hari Met His Saali is a funny, fresh and outrageous look at young people and their dreams, longings, aches and heartbreaks. It is a fascinating take on the grand idea of love and the reality of romance. In a breezy, humorous narrative anchored around a magical twist, the story of Tia, Simi and Hari unfolds from romantic comedy into a climax full of suspense.
No Safe Zone
Qiara Rana will do anything to save her mentor and their non-government organization from ruin. Even if it means visiting the city she had vowed never to return to. But within a few hours of landing in New Delhi, she is being chased by a gunman and is a potential suspect in the murder of a high-profile businessman.
The only person she can turn to for help is Kabir Shorey, the man who stood her up ten years ago. Past and present collide in a deadly plot of crime and greed that moves from the cosmopolitan streets of Delhi to the bazaars and villages of Rajasthan.
Love, Lies and Layoffs
With goofy colleagues, a busy career and juicy gossip to fill her days, feisty columnist Freida doesn't really crave romance. Men are such fools anyway, including 'good friend' Geek, who appears to have fallen for a sneaky co-worker. But steamy kisses and a romp in bed turn Freida's with him equation upside down.
To complicate matters, her treacherous ex and their psycho combine to unleash a wave of layoffs in a bid to take over the media empire. Tension builds as Freida and Geek gird up for the final showdown. Can nice guys ever win? Will love carry the day?
Bring out the cookies and gather your friends. Laugh and gasp your way through this wickedly funny, yet heartwarming tale of romance and life.
Krivi Iyer is an embittered former spy and bomb defusal expert with only one regret. That he couldn't catch The Woodpecker, a dangerous, mentally unstable bomber who ended his partner's family. He has a second chance to go after his arch enemy with the arrival of Ziya Maarten, the manager of 'Goonj Business Enterprises' in Srinagar, Kashmir, who is alleged to be The Woodpecker's sister.
Except Ziya is a beautiful distraction and not a terrorist's sister.
When a tragedy in London tears Ziya's life apart, she can only rely on Krivi to give her the absolution and vengeance she needs to move on. Between training to be an anti-terrorist squad member and finding The Woodpecker, Ziya uncovers the secrets of Krivi's tormented past.
But will two tortured souls find the courage to love?
Set against the serene beauty of Kashmir, Ladakh and Tibet, Kingdom Come is a gripping story of death and loss, vengeance and retribution, love and life.
A Silver Dawn
Talented choreographer Clarissa Milagres Silvera is beautiful, young and widowed and intensely mistrustful of men. With a violent marriage behind her, she is now fiercely determined to be independent, both emotionally and financially.
Leon Rodriguez, hotelier tycoon with less than humble beginnings, has been drawn to her since he was a teenager. Now successful, he approaches Clary's family for her hand in marriage. Even as he patiently woos his stoic love, Leon realizes he must protect her from the sadistic mafioso Igor Chekanov, who is eyeing Clary's family estate.
Will Clary trust Leon enough to accept his love? Will Leon keep her safe regardless? What is Igor's motive? Is time running out for them?
Calm and collected Captain Sara Jena usually has no problem with her height but when Sam Khanna, the handsome younger scion of the Khanna Conglomerate, makes a joke of it, she is up in arms. Given no choice, she takes on the job of pilot to the Khanna Business House, making it impossible to avoid the charming Sam.
As Sam triggers a host of unexpected feelings, Sara suddenly finds herself fighting for her equanimity, sense of self and sanity after making a decision that rakes up her past and changes everything.
Aasha Singh, fiery and confident, can't wait to get her hands dirty with hard news, uncover scandals and controversies.
A Punjabi desi in London, from India.
Aman Ali, smart-aleck and suave, a promising musician, has left the security of a career in finance to follow his passion in music.
A different kind of a Punjabi desi in London, from Pakistan.
When Aasha meets Aman during her last assignment at the South Asian Hour before moving onto the news beat, they start off at loggerheads.
Then fate and friends nudge them together. Their sassy banter blossoms into a delicious romance. But will reality manage to keep them together?
From Edinburg to London and onwards to Udaipur, friendship, love, family and geographical boundaries make their journey a mix of emotions and delight.
Twelve-year-old Krishna Singh has been married off to Shyam Singh of Rokhagadh, Rajasthan. Before the wedding, Krishna’s grandmother gives her a box filled with exquisite jewellery, telling her to sell it in times of trouble, but otherwise to hide it from her parents and in-laws.
Accompanied by Gudiya, the fifteen-year-old widow of her cousin, Krishna realises that her cold marital home is a far cry from the loving one she left behind. The world outside has modernized and is beamed via television into her home. But she is not allowed to go to school; instead a female tutor comes home to teach her. A dubious father-in-law, a husband away at boarding school, and a mousey mother-in-law clearly show Krishna what is a woman’s place in this family.
An unfortunate incident leads Krishna and Gudiya headlong into a series of events that change their lives forever. As they deal with one situation after another, the girls discover each other and learn much about the world they live in.
Bubble Wrap is a story about their fight for survival against impossible odds in a shallow male-dominated society.
Maya Kapoor arrived in Mumbai with a glamorous dream, quite literally. Maya wants to be a serious fashion writer for the high-end fashion magazine, Glamorous, but luck is not in her favor. Instead, she lands a job with a local fashion magazine, Style. Maya hates everything about it but for now this is all she has. Despite all the odds, Maya is excited about living an independent, fashionable life in the city of dreams.
At twenty-five, love has eluded Maya. But when she bumps into the dashing photographer, Aryan Malik, she falls head over heels for his gorgeous smile and charming manner.
But Maya seems to be stuck in a rut—her credit card bills are sky-high, her melodramatic mother can't stop ranting, the boss is unbearably cruel, her younger sister has decided to tie the knot and she's not sure if Aryan could love a simple, confused girl like her.
Will Maya get the fairytale life she dreamed about or will she let everything slip through her fingers? Read her diary and find out.