Artist Jayant Kripalani is used to bringing stories to life visually, be it in film, television, or theater. But he is also an author whose first book, New Market Tales, brought out nostalgia and history in full force. And now, his second book Cantilevered Tales, promises to bring reality to the fiction that we read. The story of everyday people and their quirks, Cantilevered Tales has a simple but attractive cover, and an even intriguing blurb.
The first ever Hindi novel that I read was Divya Prakash Dubey’s Masala Chay, because who doesn’t get intrigued by such a title? No, I’m not a chai-addict, though I know of people who cannot live without it. Anyway, once I’d finished Masala Chay, I knew I wouldn’t be going to another Hindi book for a long time. It isn’t that I couldn’t read it easily; only, it took more effort than it would take for me to read an English book.
‘Inside the Heart of Hope’ is the story of Rick, a child suffering from hyperlipidemia. His parents curb his movements because they think that their son’s life could be harmed if he exerted more than necessary. But Rick wants to be free. He wants to be like any other normal child. He is disappointed and heartbroken, but his willpower helps him to plow forward.
As a person who loves their sleep, it is plain enough why I picked up this book. Sue Townsend’s The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year is the story of Eva Beaver, a woman who is fed up of everyday life and takes to her bed. For a year. Obviously. And the summary had me thinking of how I could be this woman someday.
At first glance, ‘Life Is What You Make It’ seems like a teen romance – something that gives them the impetus to plod on through the challenging years. But it is not. Sure, the encouragement is there, but not in the way we envisioned it to be. The phrase “appearances are deceptive” quickly jumped to mind as I was halfway through the story.
Author Amit Sharma’s book, False Ceilings, I have to admit, is a pleasant surprise in terms of how strongly it makes you feel nostalgic and want to go back to reading history as soon as possible. The summary at the back of the book provides a certain level of intrigue that is added to by the muted impressiveness of the front cover.