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A Mélange of Colorful Stories and Book Jackets through five Penguin Titles

This Holi we bring to you a list of 5 highly recommended books. With covers as colorful as their stories, the following books will only add to joy of the festivities.
So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!

1. Waves by Sundara Ramasamy
One of the most versatile and innovative among contemporary Tamil writers, Sundara Ramaswamy’s early stories, written between 1951 and 1966, focus on ordinary people leading ordinary lives and are full of gems by way of characterization. In Waves, the plot turns darker and more complex. Surprising us with their twists and turns, raising uncomfortable questions and yet touched by a fine sense of humour and humanity, the stories in this collection belong with the best in the genre.
2. Someone Like You by Durjoy Datta and Nikita Singh

A contemporary novel that revolves around the lives of five people who are looking for the right path in their lives, the book begins with the story of a girl named Niharika Singh. Thanks to the makeover by her sister’s friends, the nerdy Niharika entered college more confident, more attractive. She meets the sweet, shy Tanmay, and the spoilt but lovely Pia and they become best friends. And when Akshat and she began dating, life finally seemed to be falling in place. Except that it wasn’t… Someone Like You is a powerful and touching story of friendship, love and betrayal.
3. A Life of Adventure and Delight by Akhil Sharma

Elegantly written and emotionally immediate, the stories in A Life of Adventure and Delight provide an intimate, honest assessment of human relationships between mothers and sons, sons and lovers and husband and wives from a dazzlingly original, critically acclaimed writer.
4. Eleven Ways to Love: Essays

Pieced together with a dash of poetry and a whole lot of love, featuring a multiplicity of voices and a cast of unlikely heroes and heroines, Eleven Ways to Love is a book of essays that show us, with empathy, humour and wisdom, that there is no such thing as the love that dare not speak its name.
5. After All This Time by Nikita Singh

Lavanya, the lead character of After All this Time gets the shock of her life when she discovers that she’s HIV positive. The revelation shakes her out of the monotony that her life has become. It’s time for a change. She resigns from her job, dumps her boyfriend and goes home. At home she finds a bucket list and she knows it’s a sign of what she needs to do. With her is an old neighbour and a friend who’s just broken off with his girlfriend. Sparks begin to fly! However, what she learns is that you need to really live before you begin to love!

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