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September 29, 2015

6 Books That Will Make You Laugh, Cry and Cook!

Text by Zaral Shah

From a collection of works by one of the country’s best writers to romcoms… here are the best reads for this season

PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER
KHUSHWANT SINGH/EDITED BY MALA DAYAL
ALEPH BOOK COMPANY
Published on the 100th birth anniversary of Khushwant Singh, this book is a compilation of the celebrated writer’s works. With nearly a hundred of Singh’s writings, this book, edited by his daughter Maya Dayal, contains material that has never been published before as a collection. With pieces covering crime, religion, views on larger-than-life personalities, travel, philosophy and other themes that Singh explored, some say, better than any other Indian writer, this book makes for an intriguing read. Divided into four sections, the title often reminds you how brilliant yet realistic his writing is.

JUST SIX EVENINGS
TANMAY DUBEY
RUPA PUBLICATIONS
In a fast-paced city like Delhi, relationships often face sabbaticals and eventually see people’s professional and personal lives getting entwined. This sweet love story by Tanmay Dubey tells the story of Atul Shukla, a young executive, and Priya, a girl he meets on a train eight years prior to the book’s timeline. Exploring new-age romance, the title takes us through their story where six meetings determine Atul and Priya’s future together. They also face real-world challenges and their love, careers and futures are put at stake. For those looking for a modern-day love story set in the corporate world, Just Six Evenings is a pleasant pick.

SIMPLE PLANE LOVE
PRIYANKA LUTHRA
RUPA PUBLICATIONS
Simple Plane Love is — you guessed it — a 21st-century romantic saga. The protagonist, Captain Meera Khanna, suffers an injury during one of her rescue operations and is required to take a holiday to recover. Accompanied by a close friend Diana, and Aditya — who has a growing crush on her — she embarks on a trip. The book includes truly filmi moments — Aditya’s confession of his one-sided love, a surprise wedding, an engagement, and an ending to Meera and Aditya’s fairy tale. A sure-fire hit with the romance addicts.

CORNERS OF A STRAIGHT LINE
CHANDRA SHEKHAR VARMA
RUPA PUBLICATIONS
At first glance, the book bears slight similarities to the Hollywood movie Definitely, Maybe but when you read on, Corners of a Straight Line progresses towards a different storyline. Atharv reminisces about his escapades with four women — each of whom had a trait that defined them — and how these relationships affected his life. Dealing with various up and downs of love, and the bond two people share, the author takes us on a ride through the protagonist’s journey, choices he makes, and the many twists and turns he faces in his search for true love.

INDIA ON MY PLATTER
SARANSH GOILA
OM BOOKS INTERNATIONAL
He’s in the Limca Book of Records for carrying out the ‘longest road journey by a chef’ in 2014, and in this book, Saransh Goila has written about the wide variety of culinary treats that India has on offer. Backpacking across the country, he discovers diverse cuisines, dishes and spices by interacting with the local people. Goila’s writing makes you want to taste every dish he talks about, and his experiences — from gorging on savoury street food in his hometown Delhi to cooking on a boat in Varanasi — are a pleasure to read about.

FAMILY SECRETS
ZARINE KHAN
LUSTRE PRESS – ROLI BOOKS
The wife of actor-producer Sanjay Khan, former model-turned-homemaker Zarine Khan says she owes her culinary skills to her mother-in-law, Bibi Fatima Begum Khan, who cooked in a very nawabi fashion. Her daughters and Verve cover girls, Sussanne Khan, Farah Khan Ali and Simone Arora swear by her skills. Be prepared to find the delicious blend of various cultures and cuisines in Family Secrets.

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