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A Sister’s Promise

A Sister’s Promise

Author(s): Renita D'Silva

Location(s): London, Udupi

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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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...

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Monsoon Memories

Monsoon Memories

Author(s): Renita D'Silva

Location(s): Bangalore, Harrow, Udupi

Genre(s): Fiction

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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...

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The Forgotten Daughter

The Forgotten Daughter

Author(s): Renita D'Silva

Location(s): London, Udupi

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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‘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...

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The Stolen Girl

The Stolen Girl

Author(s): Renita D'Silva

Location(s): Bangalore, London, Udupi

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern looking back

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‘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...

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A Madras Miasma

A Madras Miasma

Author(s): Brian Stoddart

Location(s): Chennai (Madras)

Genre(s): Crime, Mystery

Era(s): 1920s

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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...

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The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things

Author(s): Arundhati Roy

Location(s): Kerala

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1960s

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This is the story of Rahel and Estha, twins growing up among the banana vats and peppercorns of their blind grandmother’s factory, and amid scenes of political turbulence in Kerala. Armed only with the innocence of youth, they fashion...

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The Illicit Happiness of Other People

The Illicit Happiness of Other People

Author(s): Manu Jospeh

Location(s): Chennai (Madras)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1990s

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Seventeen-year-old Unni has done something terrible. The only clue to his actions lies in a comic strip he has drawn, which has fallen into the hands of his father Ousep – a nocturnal anarchist with a wife who is...

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The Last Devadasi

The Last Devadasi

Author(s): Barbara L Baer

Location(s): Chennai (Madras)

Genre(s): Fiction, Romance

Era(s): 1970s

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Madras (Chennai) 1970s. Kamala Kumari, beautiful and proud, is a Gemini Studio starlet who cannot reveal her caste origins because of the stigma attached to the Devadasis, women who have been dedicated to temple gods and often were forced...

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The Last Hangman

The Last Hangman

Author(s): Shashi Warrier

Location(s): Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Travancore (until 1947)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 20th Century

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In the heat and the dust of the Indian south, the last hangman of the former princely state of Travancore commits his life to paper. In seven notebooks he remembers the people he has killed, calmly recalling the final...

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The Pleasure Seekers

The Pleasure Seekers

Author(s): Tishani Doshi

Location(s): Chennai (Madras), London

Era(s): 1960s onwards

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August, 1968: Babo Patel arrives in London from Madras, with curly hair, jhill mill teeth and dreams of becoming a success. When he meets the beautiful, auburn-haired Siân Jones, he falls in love instantly. She, like him, is in...

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