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Celebrate Delhi with These Indian Authors

New Delhi became India’s capital 89 years ago today, so here are five books, some from my own TBR, by Indian authors and set in India. Sorry there aren’t 89. Maybe next year.

 

The Devourers – Indra Das

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Spanning India and its history, this story tells of a race of people reminiscent of werewolves. Don’t take any lore for granted though, because the Devourers are a race all their own, and you, like the main character, might find yourself taking risks for the chance to learn this story’s end.

From my own TBR.

 

The Liar’s Weave – Tashan Mehta

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Zahan is born without a future. This is kind of a problem. It’s more of a problem when he discovers what this means – that any lies he tells can become reality. Every power has a price, and the more lies he tells, the more acute the danger.

 

The Simoquin Prophecies – Samit Basu

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Both a play on and a send up of classic fantasy, read this if you love that vibe but don’t mind sincere irony, or some Monty Python vibes counterbalancing the dyed in the wood fantasy elements. Sure, there’s a prophecy, but that doesn’t mean the book has to be predictable.

 

The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Following a heroine of the Mahabharata, this is so much more than a retelling. Marriage, magic, war, and fate, appreciate the classic epic through a new lens and learn that navigating love, fate, and the will of the gods is never simple.

From my TBR

 

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

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A story about the descendants of the jinn and the unraveling of reason, Salman Rushdie can always be trusted to write something extraordinary – drawing here from mythology and the modern day both. Wasn’t on my TBR, but it is now.


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Five Flawless Fault in our Stars Memes

I know it’s still too soon, but I also think it might always be, so let’s do this – sure, the book is serious, but we can still laugh. And we will. Because this is the internet, and if I know nothing else, I know for certain that there are memes about everything. Let’s laugh at some sad ones.

 

it Really is the Stars

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This is actually like getting hit with an air cannon or something. How do you come up with this? How did no one else? This is devastating. Obviously the original quote is about making bad choices, and the quote in this book is about how sometimes things are out of our control, but this? This is just taking things to another level of irreverence. The cancer constellation? Absolutely devastating. No comeback possible.

 

Okay?

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Oh, these seagulls. It really is like a room full of John Green fans. What can they get themselves caught on like the beaks in the sail? Hazel’s breathing tube? I never really got the always thing, since Isaac and what’s-her-name were a terrible couple. And ok? I should stop, or the seagulls would come for me, but I thought the premise of ‘okay’ had some minor flaws, imo. Don’t kill me, okay? Okay. Please.

 

Cannon

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Why is this just a screenshot of the movie, you might ask? I kid. That IV is like the size of his entire body. And no one wanted to take his glasses off? They don’t have bee beds? Bee doctors? I’m sorry to go off on a tangent, but this movie raises so many questions. And is that IV filled with honey? I confess to knowing very little about bees, but I’m sure, if nothing else, they don’t have honey for blood.

 

Is That the Look?

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Alright, I know you guys all love this guy, and I’m not judging. But he has NO moves. No moves at all. He sees a pretty girl and he just STARES at her. I know she’s flattered, but I think it’s a little rude objectively. I don’t think we really needed evidence this book isn’t set in New York, but this is it. That staring thing would NOT fly, let me tell you. The fake smoking thing DEFINITELY wouldn’t fly. I don’t remember where this is set, I’m sorry, but you can get away with a lot.

 

Irony

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Ok sure, it’s irony, or something, but it’s also true. And this isn’t the only example. She’s sicker, but he dies first. Too soon? You know that’s what I was going for. Plus, you know, in the beginning, she says something about not believing in sugar coating, but the love story is mad sugar coated. I’m not hating! I’m just saying. Romanticizing love and romanticizing death have always gone hand in hand. Why not here?

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