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Looking Back....
Text by Shreya Shah
Published: Volume 22, Issue 1, January, 2014

Ring in the New Year by rewinding to times gone by. Verve presents reads about different periods of history

TEATIME FOR THE FIREFLY
SHONA PATEL
HARLEQUIN INDIA

This debutante author doesn’t demand your attention, she quietly claims it. From the first page onwards, you find yourself quite gripped by her narrative – which paints a lyrical picture of everyday scenarios. Layla Roy is born under an inauspicious horoscope, but grows up to be educated and independent. She cleverly manipulates the hand fortune has dealt her, and finds love with Manik Deb – a man betrothed to another. Marriage takes her to the mysterious tea plantations of Assam, where everything is not quite as it appears, and the world seems to be at a tipping point.

THE MUTE ANKLET
RADHIKA NATHAN
WESTLAND LTD

Set in the 18th century, when British winds were tentatively blowing across India, Uma Brooke, an Englishman’s daughter, is placed under the care of the Maharajah of Mysore. He is keen on her getting married to Captain Ashton Trevelyan of the British army. Her attachment to India and her abiding with her guardian’s wishes forms Uma’s personal conflict, while the detached Captain feels compelled to agree for political reasons. Their opposing ideologies and the possibility of finding personal time in an era of grand historical crusades forms the crux of the novel.

VERVE PICK OF THE MONTH

AJAYA – ROLL OF THE DICE
ANAND NEELKANTAN
PLATINUM PRESS (LEADSTART)

Imagine being told that Duryodhana, the villain of the Mahabharata, one of the greatest epics of our country, is worshipped in some places of India. Apparently, for many people, he was a fair and just ruler. Shocked? While Jaya is the story of the Pandavas, told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra; Ajaya is the first book in a series of a narrative of the ‘unconquerable’ Kauravas. It’s incredible to read between the lines of a well-known story, through the fatigued eyes of the defeated. While some parts of it are slightly difficult to digest, it is nevertheless a riveting tale that makes you think from a different perspective.

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