I have actually managed to finish some books I had started and have been having surprisingly good luck in all of them turning out to be excellent reads.
‘The Immortals of Meluha’ by Amish: I just happened to pick this up without any recommendations because the backpage blurb blew me away. An ancient King called Sri Ram has founded the ideal state called Meluha. The Suryavanshis – as the citizens of Meluha describe themselves – are threatened by an invisible enemy. Legend has it that ‘when evil reaches epic proportions, when all is lost… a hero will emerge.’ And that reluctant hero is a Tibetan nomad called Shiva.
I am not sure what genre this would fall into-mythology or fiction? The characters are familiar so you kind of nod along. But the story is brand new. It even touches upon currently relevant topics like interpretation of terrorism by different people. There is new interpretation to a lot of things that have been culturally always there. There is even a cute love story in there.
It was a pleasant surprise to find such creativity, such departure from the normal “look-this-is-life-at-IIM/IIT” books. You can almost see the author has spent some time thinking about the story and the book. Really looking forward to the sequels.
You can read more about it here.
‘Girl with the Dragon tattoo’ by Stieg Larsson:its a bestseller of all times and not without reason! A literary thriller is all I can think of. I mean its far far removed from the worlds David Baldacci, Agatha Christie and like. The characters are unique whether it be hero Michael Blomkvist-a journalist crusader forced to do sleuthing for retired millionaire Henrik Vagner or “the girl with the dragon tattoo” Lisbeth Salander, eccentric and genius hacker who has been declared unfit’ as an adult and has a legal guardian provided by the State.
The setting is quite unique too-Sweden and not by lanes of New York or Rome. Without giving the ending away the story did seem a tad filmy but in the past few years many such exploitation cases have come forward which makes this a statement book of our times.
‘Paths of Glory’ by Jeffrey Archer: I had really believed I was over the days of reading Jeffrey Archer. But this is a good departure from his usual genre. A fictional biography of Mallory of Everest it does romanticize the man a bit too much. However it did create some controversy at time of release if “George Mallory should be added to a list of Legends because if he were, another name would have to be removed”!
Highly recommended on 3 hour flight or if your want something light that doesnt send you scampering for a dictionary!
Am now onto “On writing” by Stephen King. Have I told you how much I love Flipkart with their prompt service and discounts!