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July 07, 2015

Book Reviews: Of heartaches and dreams

Text by Huzan Tata

Explore the various nuances of relationships and journeys through Verve’s selection of books with layered tales this month

  • Miles To Run Before I Sleep, Sumedha Mahajan, Rupa Publications
  • Leaving Home With Half A Fridge, Arathi Menon, Pan Macmillan India
  • I Will Go With You, Priya Kumar, Cognite/Embassy Books

MILES TO RUN BEFORE I SLEEP
SUMEDHA MAHAJAN
RUPA PUBLICATIONS
Have you ever wanted to really achieve something but gave up after some time because of the many obstacles in your path? Then this book is for you. An amateur marathon runner, Sumedha Mahajan’s non-fiction account is about how she overcame several physical and emotional problems to run the 1,500 km Greenathon from Delhi to Mumbai. The sole woman in a team of six runners, Mahajan managed to face her challenges and fears, and complete the task. Although the book speaks about various issues that Indian women face today, it’s written in simple language and holds your attention right till the very last page. For those looking for some inspiration, a delightful story or simply a light but touching read, this book is a good choice.

LEAVING HOME WITH HALF A FRIDGE
ARATHI MENON
PAN MACMILLAN INDIA
“Today I am not just a divorcee. I am a divorcee who dances,” says the final line of this non-fiction account of the end of the author’s marriage — in a slightly irreverent, yet positive way. And the quirky title gives you a hint of the tone of the book — it is light, witty and easy to read. The author takes us through her struggles, right from the time she utters “the D-word” to her husband to how she deals with life in the aftermath of the event. For those who’ve been through a separation, this one will surely strike a chord and if nothing else, pick it up for a fun look at divorce. And don’t skip ‘The Divorcee’s Twelve-step Tango’ at the end of the book.

I WILL GO WITH YOU
PRIYA KUMAR
COGNITE/EMBASSY BOOKS
What happens to the soul after death? Do good and bad people go to the same place? How can we prepare ourselves for the final moment? If you’ve ever pondered over any of these questions, this book is for you. Kumar’s inspirational work of fiction takes place in an airplane, where certain events warn the passengers and crew about their impending deaths. With themes of afterlife, karma, mortality and spirituality, the novel is definitely a gripping read, right till the very last page.

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