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A Sister’s Promise

A Sister’s Promise
  • Author(s): Renita D'Silva
  • Location(s): Udupi, London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Two sisters. Bound by blood. Torn apart by love. My sister – the glue that held our family together and the gatekeeper to the memories of our shared childhood. The girl I made a pact with – to protect...

Monsoon Memories

Monsoon Memories
  • Author(s): Renita D'Silva
  • Location(s): Bangalore, Harrow, Udupi
  • Genre(s): Fiction

Exiled from her family in India for more than a decade, Shirin and her husband lead a comfortable but empty life in London. Memories of her childhood – exotic fragrances, colours, stifling heat and tropical storms – fill Shirin...

The Coffer Dams

The Coffer Dams
  • Author(s): Kamala Markandaya
  • Location(s): South India
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

Clinton, founder and head of a firm of international engineers,arrives in India to build a dam, bringing with him his young wife, Helen, and a strong team of aides and skilled men. They are faced with a formidable challenge,...

The Forgotten Daughter

The Forgotten Daughter
  • Author(s): Renita D'Silva
  • Location(s): Udupi, London
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

‘You were adopted’. Three simple words, in a letter accompanying her parent’s will, tear Nisha’s carefully ordered world apart. Raised in England, by her caring but emotionally reserved parents, Nisha has never been one to take risks. Now, with...

The Mission House

The Mission House
  • Author(s): Carys Davies
  • Location(s): Ooty (Udagamandalam)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contempoary

Fleeing the dark undercurrents of contemporary life in Britain, Hilary Byrd takes refuge in Ooty, a hill station in South India. There he finds solace in life’s simple pleasures, travelling by rickshaw around the small town with his driver...

The Stolen Girl

The Stolen Girl
  • Author(s): Renita D'Silva
  • Location(s): Bangalore, London, Udupi
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern looking back

‘Your mother has been arrested. She stole you.’ For as long as thirteen-year-old Diya can remember, it’s always been just her and her mum, Vani. Despite never staying in one place long enough to call it home, with her...

A Cut-Like Wound

A Cut-Like Wound
  • Author(s): Anita Nair
  • Location(s): Bangalore
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

It’s the first day of Ramadan in heat-soaked Bangalore. A young man begins to dress: makeup, a sari and expensive pearl earrings. He is transformed into Bhuvana. She is a hijra, a transgender seeking love in the bazaars of...

A Madras Miasma

A Madras Miasma
  • Author(s): Brian Stoddart
  • Location(s): Chennai (Madras)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1920s

Madras in the 1920s. The British are slowly losing the grip on the subcontinent. The end of the colonial enterprise is in sight and the city on India’s east coast is teeming with intrigue. A grisly murder takes place...

A People’s History of Heaven

A People’s History of Heaven
  • Author(s): Mathangi Subramanian
  • Location(s): Bangalore
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 21st Century

Nestled between the luxury high-rise blocks of Bangalore is an ironically named slum called Heaven. It’s here that five girls – Muslim, Christian and Hindu; gay and straight – forge a binding friendship. But when Heaven is threatened by...

And Laughter Fell from the Sky

And Laughter Fell from the Sky
  • Author(s): Jyotsna Sreenivasan
  • Location(s): Bangalore, Ohio, Portland
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Still living at home despite a good career and financial independence, beautiful and sophisticated Rasika has always been the dutiful daughter. With her twenty-sixth birthday fast approaching, she agrees to an arranged marriage, all while trying to hide from...

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