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So, here are my books this week –
I am currently reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Here is the cover & blurb of the book (both taken from Goodreads) –
‘I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited – they went there.’
After the war, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion. Told through the eyes of his detached and omnipresent neighbour and friend, Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald’s succinct and powerful prose hints at the destruction and tragedy that awaits.
I recently finished reading Mango Chutney edited by Harsh Snehanshu. It is an anthology of short fiction and I enjoyed reading it .Here is the cover & blurb of the book (taken from Goodreads)–
In the sleepy rural town of Bikramganj, a halwai named Lachhuman receives a letter from an unseen Lakshmi. A thousand kilometers away in Delhi, a woman waits an eternity for her birth certificate. In the sweltering heat of Chennai, a girl finds solace in her grandfather’s shirt. The stakes are high on the Eurorail on its way to Budapest where two Austrians try to trick an Indian woman at a card game. Back home in Vizag, an egg is being poached to perfection.
Mango Chutney, true to its name, is a potpourri of quality short-fiction by some of India’s finest writers. Compiled and edited by bestselling author, Harsh Snehanshu, these stories, with just the right amounts of sugar and tang, shall provoke, tickle and above all, linger in your mind.
For my next read, I have a book which I am looking forward to read – Princess by Jean Sasson. Here is the cover & blurb of the book (taken from Goodreads) –
Think of Saudi Arabia and what do you see? Terrorists spreading fear? Religious zealots? A corrupt government and a fabulously wealthy royal family living lives of unbelievably luxury?
Jean Sasson captures the flavour and reality of life in a country of extremes and contradictions. Princess ‘Sultana’, a real Saudi princess closely related to the King, lives those contradictions, with priceless jewels, many servants, unlimited funds at her disposal, but no freedom. A prisoner in a gilded cage with no vote, no control, no value, but as a mother of sons, she is totally at the mercy if the men in her life… her father, her brother, her husband.
For the first time, a royal Saudi woman opens the door to give readers an unvarnished look inside a closed society. ‘Sultana’ lifts the veil on the shocking world of forced marriages, sex slavery, honour killings and other outrages against women, both royal and common.
Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and great courage. By speaking out, ‘Sultana’ risks the wrath of the Saudi establishment and for this reason, she has told her story to Jean Sasson. This is a real-life story you will never forget.
So, this is what I have been up to in my bookish world this week. Do share about your reading this week in the comments section below. 🙂