The Big Binge Bookshelf – First edition, June 2018

The Big Binge bookshelf for this weekend has varied reads to indulge in.

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Mumbai: The scorching heat of the summer may be one of the most dreadful times of the year for the grown-ups but for children, it brings with it the euphoria of one of the most anticipated vacations in the calendar. The Big Binge bookshelf for this weekend has varied reads for kids to indulge in during the vacations. 

For adults, they can know how adequate risk planning is the key in ensuring the future of the family; go through a collection of 19 short stories that breathe new life into the inner make-up of the people of northeast India, the Tangkhul Nagas in particular. Read of a tale based on the premise that “text is the new talk” – and what happens to a virtual relationship when two who have been exchanging texts finally meet in the real world. Finally, flick through a book on women who are fierce and spit poison when provoked.

These are the books on The Big Binge bookshelf for readers this weekend.

1. Book: Love Beyond Death; Author: C.S. Sudheer; Publisher: Suvision Holdings

We can safely claim that India as a culture is “risk averse”. This nature has been ingrained in our ethos since time immemorial. As an extension of this characteristic, we as a society and even as a family, tend not to even mention various risks to our loved ones arising out of the uncertainties of life.

Developments in science and technology have eliminated myriad risks that our forefathers faced but have brought in new challenges as well as risks. As a society, we are fast adopting contemporary innovations in the field of science and technology.

At the same time, we lag big time when it comes to adopting various innovations meant for the financial well-being of ourselves and our families. Providing financial security to the family, which is the fundamental molecule of a nation, is the first step in nation-building. Adequate risk-planning is the key to ensuring the future of the family.

There have been multiple efforts to convey this message; however, this work stands out — conveying this simple and most important fact in an out-of-the-box story-telling format.

2. Book: Homecoming and other stories; Author: Jim Wungramyao; Publisher: Promila

This is a collection of 19 short stories that breathe new life into the inner make-up of the people of northeast India, the Tangkhul Nagas in particular. The stories are bound together by a strong sense of attachment to the mountains, of oneness with them.

The Nagas have lived in the mountains for centuries. From the advent of Christianity in the latter part of the 19th century to the present times, the stories cover a span of 100 years and more.

The arrival of the Japanese in a small village during the Second World War, a woman battling amnesia, a truck driver coping with loneliness, a man crossing over into Burma (now Myanmar), children visiting their mother for the last time as she lies on her deathbed. These are stories of ordinary people and their lives, stories often left untold, stories swept away in the cross-currents of political upheavals.

3. Book: Great Textpectations; Author: Ruchi Vadehra; Publisher: Rupa

Amaya Kapoor is a Delhi-based intellectually inclined 35-year-old single, financially independent and sexually liberated woman, who wants to open a “boutique bookstore” and live life on her own terms – single and content.

What happens next? She comes across Rohan while playing “Scrabble” online, and they soon get chatting, enjoying each other’s company without the usual baggage that face-to-face interactions bring.

Using the premise “text is the new talk”, the book highlights fun text conversations between them, that are instrumental in connecting their worlds. Amaya and Rohan become an integral part of each other’s lives even before they realise it – and decide to meet. What happens to the virtual relationship when they meet in the real world?

4. Book: Nagin; Author: Mayur Didolkar; Publisher: Juggernaut

A loving wife, obedient daughter, loyal friend. But if you provoke her, she will raise her hood and spit poison.

A woman is stalked by a man she had once rejected. A housewife discovers a plot to kill her husband. A blond young girl is chased by an underworld gang.

But these are no ordinary women. Some of them aren’t even women. You have been warned.

5. Book: The Ammuchi Puchi; Author: Sharanya Manivannan and Nerina Canzi; Publisher: Puffin

“When Anjali and I were really little, we were sort of afraid of our grandmother, Ammuchi.”

Aditya and Anjali love listening to their grandmother’s stories, particularly the scary one about the ghost in the tree. But the night their grandmother passes away, all her stories seem to lose their meaning.

Then something happens that is more mysterious and magical than any story. Could their grandmother still be with them after all?

Stunningly illustrated and told in gorgeous, poetic prose, this is a poignant and moving story about bereavement and healing.

6. Book: The Children’s Book Of Truths; Publisher: Hachette

Why do people fight? What’s the use of education? Is India rich or poor? Why are stories important? Can anyone be a leader? Is science only about exams? Will planting trees save the earth? Growing up throws up a lot of questions – about people, events and the world around us. Sometimes the answers are in simple black and white, wrong and right, but mostly they are not.

In this book, ten truth-explorers and idea-shapers share with you their thought-provoking views on important topics close to your heart and mind. Drawing on their experiences, they help you see many different sides of a question and arrive at the most important truth – your own conclusion, your own interpretation, your own answer.

7. Book: Rebel with a paintbrush; Author: Anita Vachharajani

An artist, a citizen of the world and a rebel, Amrita Sher-Gil was one of modern India’s first professional women artists. Determined to forge a path of her own in the world of art, she went on to become a painter of world renown.

Amrita was born in Hungary, raised in India and trained in France – and she was inspired by writers, musicians and artists across geographies and time. From ancient Indian murals and miniature paintings to medieval and modern European art, Amrita found lessons everywhere.

Take a peek behind the canvas to get to know Amrita the artist, the rebel, the dreamer.

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