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Here are some of my favourite July Books from Penguin India.

Dear readers,

This month, we have curated a list of 10 books which are warming, thought-provoking and light reads, published by Penguin Publishers. We hope that this list will help you find out your next read and also introduce you to their most recent and upcoming releases.

A Burning By Megha Majumdar

A Burning is the best debut novel (with a political narrative) by Meghna Majumdar about a young Muslim girl whose life is upturned by a single social media post. The book is beautiful and devastating. It creates a kaleidoscope of contemporary urban India, with its Internet-driven hysteria, religious fanaticism, rampant corruption, poisoned air, random violence, enraged mobs and pervasive misogyny.

The interconnected stories capturing the boundless energy and starry-eyed hopefulness of the country’s youth. This debut book is an excellently crafted, completely thrilling novel. The characters will stay with you once you finish reading this one

A Burning is the best debut novel (with a political narrative) by Meghna Majumdar, Penguin India
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A Good Wife By Samra Zafar

Samra Zafar did not live a jolly life in her late teens and early twenties. She faced brutality and betrayal in its harshest form. But her education and the fir within her to not give up but cut  off toxic relations and situations kept her going. A Good Wife tells her harrowing and inspiring story, following her from a young girl with big dreams, through finding strength in the face of oppression and then finally battling through to empowerment.

After escaping a decade of abuse living as a child bride in Canada, she pursued her education as a single mother working multiple jobs. She is one of the youngest alumni to serve as a governor for the University of Toronto, and is a Celebrated Ambassador for Plan International campaign to end child marriage. She has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (2019), and a social entrepreneur who advocates for equity, inclusion, and human rights.

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How The Onion Got Its Layer By Sudha Murty

This most recent book by Sudha Murty is our absolute favourite! India’s favourite storyteller brings alive this timeless tale with her inimitable wit and simplicity.

Have you noticed how the onion has so many layers? And have you seen your mother’s eyes water when she cuts an onion? Here is a remarkable story to tell you why.

If you aren’t a reader or have never read any books by Sudha Muty, this book with charming illustrations and gorgeous chapters shall be an ideal introduction for beginners to the world of Sudha Murty. Most recommended to children (though one can never be too old to read Sudha Muty’s work)

How The Onion Got Its Layer By Sudha Murty, sudha murty books, Penguin India
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Lallan Sweets Paperback by Srishti Chaudhary

Set in late nineties, Tara Taneja lives in the small town of Siyaka, running Ultimate Mathematics Tuition Centre and working for Lalaji, her grandfather, at Lallan Sweets, his famous sweet shop. When Lalaji chooses to retire, he decides that Lallan Sweets will not be inherited but earned. He devises a quest for his three grandchildren-Tara, Rohit and Mohit-to discover the magic ingredient. Whoever finds it first will get to run the shop.

Things get exciting when Tara’s neighbour and long-time crush – Nikku Sabharwal, returns to Siyaka after years. He joins Tara in her pursuit to outsmart her cousins. As the quest takes them from Mathura to Ludhiana, they must battle old secrets, family legacies and unexpected dangers. Yet, the toughest part will be acknowledging their feelings for each other. Will this journey bring them together or lead to a bittersweet end?

This interesting and fresh is a perfect light-hearted and beautiful story which you would definitely love reading!

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Haunted By The Sky by Tanaz Bhathena

Gul has spent her life running. She has a star-shaped birthmark on her arm, and in the kingdom of Ambar, girls with such birthmarks have been disappearing for years. Gul’s mark is what caused her parents’ murder at the hand of King Lohar’s ruthless soldiers and forced her into hiding to protect her own life. So when a group of rebel women called the Sisters of the Golden Lotus rescue her, take her in, and train her in warrior magic, Gul wants only one thing: revenge.

Cavas lives in the tenements, and he’s just about ready to sign his life over to the king’s army. His father is terminally ill, and Cavas will do anything to save him. But sparks fly when he meets a mysterious girl–Gul–in the capital’s bazaar, and as the chemistry between them undeniably grows, he becomes entangled in a mission of vengeance–and discovers a magic he never expected to find.

Haunted By The Sky by Tanaz Bhathena by penguin India
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Goner By Tazmeen Amna

Everyone has a dark, ugly side-some of us just choose to hide it better than others.

She’s a young woman going through a mid-twenties crisis, trying to deal with the dark and intoxicating side of life. With no job, a failing art career, months of expensive therapy, a cast on her leg and a mystery man in her life, will she be able to recover from her embarrassing wastefulness?

This 250 pages long read is going to send chills up your spine. Pick this book to find out if she can defeat her infamous trait of self-sabotage and manoeuvre her way through some hard-hitting truths.

Goner By Tazmeen Amna, penguin India, Vidhya Thakkar

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I Hate My Curly Hair By Divya Anand

This 50 paged novella is for the little ones say, 4 to 8 years old.

Little ones have now been a victim of seeing themselves as less than others and have been self doubting a lot. This book is going to teach them in its own ute and humorous way how to accept themselves as the way they are.

Curly haired girl does everything she can to straighten her stubborn curls-after all, everywhere she looks she sees heroines with smooth, silky hair. Then one day, a big bully comes along and everything changes! A humorous tale of self-acceptance. And of hair, lots and lots of glorious curly hair!

I Hate My Curly Hair By Divya Anand, Vidhya Thakkar
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Song of India by Ruskin Bond

Here is yet another book to be released in late July, 2020 by Ruskin Bond. 

Sixteen-year-old Ruskin, after having finally finished his school, is living with his stepfather and mother at the Old Station Canteen in Dehradun. Struggling to begin his writing journey, he tries to make a passage to England to chase his true calling. But as he prepares for his long voyage, the prospect of saying goodbye to the warm, sunny shores of India looms large.

Brought straight from his past, Ruskin Bond recalls the longing for familiarity, the joys of receiving his first money order, publishing his stories and finding new friends. This 130 pages long book is yet another perfect book for kids aged 8 and above.

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Momspeak: The Funny, Bittersweet Story of Motherhood in India by Pooja Pande

What is it like to be a mother in India? Is there only one kind of woman as mother or can mothers be as different as chalk and cheese? This provocative book peels off the layers of social propriety to delve deep into the visceral reality of motherhood, much glorified but barely understood in India.

Exploring the spectrum of experiences mothers have as women, as humans-from ecstasy to depression, jealous possessiveness to indifference, exhaustion to sensual desire-she reveals the personal, social and emotional roller-coaster motherhood can be. Whatever kind of mother you are, you will find your truth reflected in these pages.

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Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

The daughter of an American-born Chinese mother and a blue-blooded New York father, Lucie has always sublimated the Asian side of herself, and she adamantly denies having feelings for George. But several years later, when George unexpectedly appears in East Hampton, where Lucie is weekending with her new fiancé, she finds herself drawn to him again. Soon, Lucie is spinning a web of deceit that involves her family, her fiancé and ultimately herself, as she tries to deny George entry into her world – and her heart.

Moving between summer playgrounds of privilege, peppered with decadent food and extravagant fashion, Sex and Vanity is a truly modern love story, a daring homage to A Room with a View, and a brilliantly funny comedy of manners set between two cultures.

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