On a hot, humid morning in May 1545, a joint conversion brigade of the Portuguese King and the Pope set out to spread Christ’s message of love and compassion, but they leave behind a deathly trail of murder and mayhem. Armed with a monstrous cannon and scores of firearms, the brigade raids Princess Darshana Kamya Kathodi’s palace in Tana, carrying for her and her people the King’s inviolable conversion order… sealed by the Pope’s promise of a new heaven. The beautiful, 18-year-old tribal princess fights back with her ace archers’ poison arrows. Revenge of the Naked Princess shows how brutal, forced conversions can blur the line between religion and carnage.This historical page-turner by veteran journalist-turned-novelist Oswald Pareira comes after the success of his widely-acclaimed, best-selling thriller The Newsroom Mafia.
Meghna, a computer professional turned housewife, is one year into her marriage and already repenting giving up a high-salaried job with an IT form. To make matters worse, her husband Ashutosh takes her for granted. Meghna tries to adjust to her new life, fails miserably, and gets depressed. Ashutosh is struggling with his own set of problems. He loses his job to recession and is forced to move out of his house with Meghna. His troubles begin to adversely affect their marriage. Meghna finds an opportunity to once again prove her capabilities when she joins ‘Infinite Helpline’ a Dial-in service for the aged and lonely. Here, unknowingly she gets friendly with the most wanted underworld criminal, Mallinath aka Malli. Malli gets along with her, who he knows as ‘Angel’, as if she is his long-lost friend. Angel understands him and genuinely wants to help him deal with his loneliness. Malli is smart enough not to give away his identity. Soon, it’s time for Malli to move on with his life. But first, he has to get the diamonds he has kept hidden from his boss Don Zuber. But Zuber gets to know about the diamonds and sends his men after him. Malli is on the run, so he chooses Angel to do the dirty work for him. Malli knows he will need a full-proof plan and so he kidnaps Ashutosh. Now Angel is his ‘Muse’. Will Meghna get the diamonds for Mallinath? Will she be successful in rescuing her husband from the gangster’s clutches? Will she make peace with herself after his ordeal is over?
Your 2013 Diary contains : Messages of hope and encouragement, Wisdom from yesterday for today and tomorrow, Humour to make you smile when you are down, Optimism for you to see the brighter side of life, Thoughts of gratitude for what you value and appreciate, Inspiration for when you want it, Motivation for when you need it, Space for you to invent your own goals and dreams. As another year lays before you, a blank page awaiting words, take time to remember what you here for. Before you get too busy setting goals and making plans, take time to remember which moments last year took your breath away. May you find this year ways to create more of that.
Set in the tiny village of Pilerne, Bardez, Goa, the three Furtado brothers move to Pilerne from Carambolim, their ancestral village. Noted engineers, they have been given the project of building a dam and dykes to control the saline waters of the creek, to save the rice fields from turning into wasteland. Like the famed food and drink of Goa, this family saga is redolent with earthy and piquant flavours it is the story of three generations of a family who uproot themselves to forge a new life in a new land, along with their fears of moving; the tensions of setting up home; and how they finally turn into gauncars (members) of Pilerne.The Furtado family could be any Goan family that has emigrated to a different part of the world in modern times. All Goans are proud of their roots and share a strong Portuguese influence in their cuisine, music, and way of life. And they always love to come back to Goa no matter where they live. This wonderfully human story makes for a compelling read. Here is the real Goa, no longer hidden behind the camouflage and trappings of a world famous tourist destination. There are no beaches, food shacks, luxury resorts and Kashmiri shops just an unvarnished peek at village life. The traditon of diving into wells, enjoying lavish meals, and looking at life and love steeped in typical Goan susegad, is all there for the reader to enjoy.
‘I’ m sure you can do a much better job than Bhagath!’ When BB hears these inspiring words from his sexy lady boss, his staid life as a successful analyst in an MNC goes into a tailspin. Bitten by the ego bug and smitten by her, BB sets off on his quest to write a book that’s better than India’s greatest writer Dr.Bhagath’s blockbusters. Nothing unusual about this for BB, who likes a good fight. Except that he and Bhagath had been classmates and friends at college. What follows is a roller-coaster voyage of the debutant author and his book, with all its twists and cul-de-sacs. Brushes with publishers, celebrities, retailers, book chains, and competition with the alliances among giants, mark the challenger’s journey, upping the stakes at every stage.Will BB catch up with his famous friend?What will their encounter be like?Written from inside the ring, ‘Beaten by Bhagath’ is a gripping tale …the first-ever about the unseen side of the wonderland of Indian fiction.
Spinning Top is a collection of short stories based on the very real dilemmas, worries and joys that colour the lives of children, but which are often trivialised by grown-ups. Nitya Satyani, a firm believer in the power of story-telling as the most effective yet untapped resource every adult is armed with, embarks upon a fascinating journey into the world of innocence…. where grown-ups are allowed entry only if accompanied by a child! Each story is joyful experience in learning and understanding the lessons life offers while allowing the imagination to wing free.
“I’m nothing but a bonsai kitten! thought Divya despairingly. Bonsai kitten – a pervert’s contention that just as plants can be stunted, so can living beings. And wasn’t that the guiding principle behind procuring a suitable girl? Catch her young when she is malleable like playdough, so she can be twisted and mangled to your liking. This way, she knows her place and stays there. At the lowest stratum. But little does Divya suspect that the Cosmic Jester – that celestial imp who specializes in tripping up humans – has other plans for her. Plans that include a roller-coaster ride from Delhi to Mumbai to Singapore, with tears and laughter, betrayal and friendship, loss and rebirth, as her companions. And through it all, she would have to fence with that master puppeteer to reclaim her destiny. Lakshmi Narayan makes a spunky literary
debut with a novel that will find …several
echoes and resonances, not just with women
but also from men who want to understand
us a little better. Shobhaa De”
The Snake Charmer narrates the poignant and passionate story of two brothers in Afghanistan, during the time of the Russian invasion. The elder, a writer and poet, is a modernist, who joins the Communist movement. The younger, a traditionalist, adheres to Islamic religious beliefs. The conflict between their values threatens to tear asunder their family ties and loyalties. Set against a backdrop of violence and war between foreign powers, acid-throwing against women who adopt Western dress; brutality and rape in police prisons; and political revenge under the Communist regime, the brothers live to see their lives dramatically changed and yet manage to retain their deep love for each other. This deeply moving story, told with uplifting humour, sears into our minds the tragedies that haunt present-day Afghanistan – the importance of Islam as a controlling force; the upheaval and destruction caused by the Russian and American wars; the rise of the Taliban and global terrorism. Bashir Sakhawarz’s writing captures the political and philosophic lyricism of the revered Afghan mystic poet, Rumi. It is the story of a society little known – passionate and bold, beautiful and erotic, courageous and daring, richly human and deeply tragic.
As the turquoise, jasper, sapphire and amethyst contrive with light to reflect ecletic patterns in a kaleidoscope, so does Kadhambini’s family and society. She chronicles three disrupted, yet connected, series of events, occuring at discrete instants of time – all bound by the inner contradictions involved in the experiences of the world by its characters. This is a tale of a Tamil family, spanning five generations, and how their destiny is inextricably linked to the fate of the land of contradictions: India