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GIVEAWAY – INDIA themed box with a copy of Hot Stage (set Bangalore)

16th June 2024

INDIA themed boxWe are delighted to be able to offer this giveaway with an India themed box at its heart.

UK only. Ends 29 JUNE 2024

Included are:

  • A copy of Hot Stage by Anita Nair
  • Tandoori Masala Spice Blend pot
  • Indian bracelets
  • A box of Choko La Deeply Divine chocolates

Hot Stage by Anita Nair, set in BANGALORE/Bengalaru

When elderly Professor Mudgood, a well-known rationalist and fervent critic of right-wing forces in India, is found dead in his home in Bangalore by his daughter, Assistant Commissioner of Police Borei Gowda is quite certain that this is a homicide.

Although all evidence points to the murder being politically motivated, the more Gowda delves into the case, the more convinced he is that it isn’t an assassination. As he and his team launch a parallel investigation, they stumble upon a secret and murky world where there are no rules or mercy. When Gowda’s hand is forced, he takes a calculated risk and infiltrates the sinister domain to bring the truth out into the open… Will he succeed? And at what price?

With thanks to Alex Hippisley-Cox and Bitter Lemon Press for making this giveaway possible


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  2. Just let us know in the Comments below by midnight, 29 June 2024 what you love about INDIA

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  1. User: Tina Hartas

    Posted on: 03/07/2024 at 4:47 pm

    Helen Wilkinson is the winner chosen at random across all platforms


  2. User: Cornelia Ridler

    Posted on: 29/06/2024 at 10:17 am

    The colour, the bustle, the food, the architecture – amazing!


  3. User: SKnightley

    Posted on: 29/06/2024 at 8:38 am

    I love the strong vibrant culture of India – its food and beautiful fabrics and traditions xx


  4. User: Victoria Prince

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 10:43 pm

    the beautiful clothes


  5. User: Shellypunk

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 9:56 pm

    Never been but love the vibrant colours and wonderful places.


  6. User: Janet Fisher

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 9:24 pm

    I’d love to experience the vibrancy and explore its history


  7. User: Claire Mitchell

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 9:17 pm

    Being able to see tigers in the wild


  8. User: Natalia

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 8:20 pm

    I’VE NEVER been but I do love the food!


  9. User: Graham A

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 7:49 pm

    the clothes and traditions


  10. User: Nicola Beedall

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 7:48 pm

    I love the food its colours and flavours are amazing


  11. User: logan gavan

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 7:16 pm

    the delicious food


  12. User: Liz Atkin

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 6:11 pm

    the festivals and clothes


  13. User: Priscilla Stubbs

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 6:01 pm

    The varied cultures, the wonderful heritage, the food and the people make India a great place to visit


  14. User: Lauren O

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 4:09 pm

    I love the colourful, vibrant spice markets and the variety of delicious foods


  15. User: aspella

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 2:08 pm

    Bollywood – the music, dancing and outfits.


  16. User: amanda

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 1:51 pm

    amazing food


  17. User: Pauline Dring

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 12:52 pm

    I love Indian food especially vegetarian dishes.. I also really enjoyed reading a Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. It gave me a real interest in the country.


  18. User: Debbie Winstanley

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 11:33 am

    The food! I’ve never been to India but have Indian friends and you can’t beat authentic Indian food.
    I also love traditional Indian clothing- the fabrics are just beautiful.


  19. User: CompsAlex

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 11:02 am

    The Taj Mahal is a must-see!


  20. User: Jenny Mace

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 7:53 am

    The awesome colours!


  21. User: Janine Atkin

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 7:19 am

    ive never been but i love Indian food


  22. User: Lesevans6

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 6:40 am

    The spices


  23. User: Jean Vaughan

    Posted on: 28/06/2024 at 4:27 am

    The sheer vibrancy and love of life, the overloading of your senses with with colour, taste and smells. Such a welcoming country no matter which area you travel through. Customs and culture may differ but open arms never.


  24. User: Jorog68

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 6:53 pm

    The Indians passion for cricket and inclusively of anyone who wants to play


  25. User: Sheri

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 6:09 pm

    As well as the food, I love how charming the people are


  26. User: clairew137

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 6:01 pm

    I’ve never been but their food is amazing.


  27. User: Clover

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 5:46 pm

    Beautiful people, art, food, traditions:-)


  28. User: Clover

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 5:44 pm

    I love the people, the food, the art, the spirituality and traditions


  29. User: Carol Martin

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 4:18 pm

    The lovely people, the colours, smells & sounds of the cities and the peace of the countryside


  30. User: Angela Kelly

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 3:14 pm

    I have never been to India but I love the vivid colours of the traditional clothes. Oh, and their sweets are amazing!


  31. User: Gini Dorling-Winterbourne

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 2:34 pm

    I love the food the colours and tge beautiful architeture:)


  32. User: Dillondog

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 2:05 pm

    The way it challenges all your preconceptions & is impossible to pin down. I’ve been twice when younger & it really opened my eyes.


  33. User: Amy

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 1:19 pm

    i love the amazing people


  34. User: Liz Hardy

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 12:01 pm

    The colour & culture


  35. User: chris2468

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 11:34 am

    the overwhelming friendliness of the people


  36. User: hughese

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 11:23 am

    The colours and the people


  37. User: Rosiej

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 10:15 am

    I have never visited but love reading about India and the culture food beauty and amazing heritage


  38. User: Nic3sa

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 10:14 am

    I associate India with beautiful colours, the festivals, the clothing, the spices, the markets, decoration.


  39. User: Turtledove

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 9:03 am

    Colour! I associate bright colours with India: their festivals, clothing; buildings and food. Beautiful!


  40. User: yd1556

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 8:44 am

    My daughter-in-law is from Mangalore, living in Cardiff now, trips to her family are exciting and emphasize the blend of cultures and provide the opportunity to explore more deeply that beautiful country


  41. User: Pamtay

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 7:19 am

    I don’t know because I have never been but it is a huge exciting unknown of evtremes and contrasts. Also the book sounds great.


  42. User: Rachel Colclough

    Posted on: 27/06/2024 at 5:13 am

    I have never been to India but would love to eat the traditional food cooked in the traditional way.


  43. User: pyramidblaster

    Posted on: 26/06/2024 at 10:17 pm

    I love the cuisine most of all.


  44. User: Helen Sahl

    Posted on: 26/06/2024 at 9:30 pm

    First and foremost is the food, the natural world and the colours.


  45. User: Aesop58

    Posted on: 26/06/2024 at 7:34 pm

    Love the curries and the street food


  46. User: bopper

    Posted on: 26/06/2024 at 5:27 pm

    having been a few occasions, I love the warmth of the people and how friendly they are


  47. User: Sheena Batey

    Posted on: 26/06/2024 at 5:19 pm

    The colour and the food


  48. User: Laura Pritchard

    Posted on: 26/06/2024 at 4:58 pm

    The bright colours & sensory overload!


  49. User: fiona waterworth

    Posted on: 26/06/2024 at 4:53 pm

    the food, we were introduced to proper Indian meals by our neighbours, blows takeaways out of the water


  50. User: Tracey Poulter

    Posted on: 26/06/2024 at 3:55 pm

    mystical views


  51. User: FREDAbook

    Posted on: 26/06/2024 at 3:47 pm

    Never been to India but I love books abut a Country’s culture and way of living. Hot Stage sounds my cup of tea!


  52. User: paul lodge

    Posted on: 26/06/2024 at 3:26 pm

    the trains, I love their trains from luxury to local


  53. User: Mary N

    Posted on: 26/06/2024 at 3:05 pm

    The food, the culture and the wonderful people.


  54. User: Kim Murray

    Posted on: 26/06/2024 at 1:51 pm

    I’ve never been but would love to go when it’s Diwali x


  55. User: joanneminky

    Posted on: 26/06/2024 at 12:52 pm

    The wonderful food


  56. User: Quod

    Posted on: 26/06/2024 at 11:44 am

    I love Indian cuisine and culture


  57. User: Posycosy

    Posted on: 25/06/2024 at 7:02 pm

    Love the amazing colourful dancing


  58. User: Dendav

    Posted on: 25/06/2024 at 6:35 pm

    India, it’s transportation at it’s finest!


  59. User: John Rossington

    Posted on: 25/06/2024 at 1:13 pm

    I was introduced to India by E M Forster in his wonderful book “Passgae to India”. I was enchanted.


  60. User: Maya

    Posted on: 25/06/2024 at 5:54 am

    India is the country of spice, colour and enterprise!


  61. User: chris

    Posted on: 24/06/2024 at 8:52 pm

    Definitely the food


  62. User: Carolyn Corrin

    Posted on: 24/06/2024 at 6:42 pm

    I love the wildlife.


  63. User: shazabella33

    Posted on: 24/06/2024 at 2:49 pm

    the delicious food, the friendly people and the wonderful scents


  64. User: atebbs

    Posted on: 24/06/2024 at 10:13 am

    The culture,colours and vibrancy of their towns and cities


  65. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 23/06/2024 at 3:16 pm

    Spices and culture – one day I’d love to visit and experience for myself


  66. User: Michelle Smith

    Posted on: 23/06/2024 at 1:40 pm

    The food.


  67. User: dana

    Posted on: 23/06/2024 at 12:32 pm

    I like the vibrancy and colour as well as the food


  68. User: Howard Foster

    Posted on: 23/06/2024 at 9:34 am

    Taj Mahal, it took my breath away, beaches of Goa, backwater boating in Kerala and last but definitely not least my favourite cuisine


  69. User: Nancy Townsend

    Posted on: 23/06/2024 at 8:59 am

    I love the food best of all.


  70. User: John Walker

    Posted on: 22/06/2024 at 6:31 pm

    I like the variety, the colours and the incredible food.


  71. User: Patricia Barrett

    Posted on: 22/06/2024 at 5:28 pm

    I enjoy the Indian culture as well as the magnificent festivals.


  72. User: Claire Hamilton

    Posted on: 22/06/2024 at 4:19 pm

    I’m a bit of a foodie, so the Indian cuisine and the huge variety in street vendors is something I love.


  73. User: Adrian Bold

    Posted on: 22/06/2024 at 4:07 pm

    The best thing about India is the amazing food!


  74. User: Cristina McDowall

    Posted on: 22/06/2024 at 2:27 pm

    The vibrant colours


  75. User: chris2468

    Posted on: 22/06/2024 at 2:01 pm

    I love the amazing vibrant colours and the amazing friendly people


  76. User: Chris Andrews

    Posted on: 22/06/2024 at 1:57 pm

    l love the people and the amazing vibrant colours


  77. User: Karrob8

    Posted on: 22/06/2024 at 11:00 am

    The absurd blend of tranquillity and chaos, sometimes moments apart!


  78. User: Crimson15

    Posted on: 22/06/2024 at 10:57 am

    The food is a big draw to India and the wildlife and natural beauty too


  79. User: AdiLee

    Posted on: 22/06/2024 at 8:08 am

    Has to be the food and culture


  80. User: Fewspoons

    Posted on: 21/06/2024 at 10:14 pm

    I love India’s beautiful fabrics


  81. User: Luckyc

    Posted on: 21/06/2024 at 8:36 pm

    The colours, the food, the chaos and the peace!


  82. User: Andrew

    Posted on: 21/06/2024 at 11:10 am

    The food, the people and the heat.


  83. User: greengablecat

    Posted on: 18/06/2024 at 7:45 pm

    The culture and generosity of the people


  84. User: Greenblue12

    Posted on: 18/06/2024 at 3:39 pm

    I love Indian architecture and the wonderful and varied curries from all parts of India which are varied and exciting tastes


  85. User: ajsimpson

    Posted on: 18/06/2024 at 7:28 am

    I love the scenery and the food is full of flavour (india)


  86. User: Lisa22

    Posted on: 17/06/2024 at 4:11 pm

    I love traditional Indian clothing. Bollywood dancing is great too!


  87. User: Elaine Savage

    Posted on: 17/06/2024 at 3:46 pm

    I love the curries, unbeatable flavours in every one!


  88. User: Tina8

    Posted on: 17/06/2024 at 12:57 pm

    The variety, especially re food


  89. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 17/06/2024 at 9:08 am

    The colours! On my only trip to India I was overwhelmed by how colourful everywhere was. Even the women working as roadside labourers were wearing the most vividly coloured sarees. Towns, shops, markets, gardens, everywhere sang out with colour


  90. User: Susan Gilley

    Posted on: 17/06/2024 at 8:05 am

    I love the scents and smells of India. It is one giant mixing pot of scents and flavours


  91. User: Tom Ruffles

    Posted on: 17/06/2024 at 7:20 am

    We have family connections with India and although I have never been there, I love the culture, particularly the astonishing range of cuisines and the music.


  92. User: philatel

    Posted on: 17/06/2024 at 12:02 am

    The food, the sights, the people, the wildlife – but, most of all, the Taj Mahal.


  93. User: zaradominica

    Posted on: 16/06/2024 at 9:37 pm

    i love the food, the vibrant colours, the historical buildings like the golden temple. mostly i love the friendliness of the people they are always smiling and happy even in the poorest places


  94. User: Janice Horton

    Posted on: 16/06/2024 at 8:10 pm

    I’m fascinated and inspired by India and would love to win this book prize!


  95. User: Anabel Marsh

    Posted on: 16/06/2024 at 7:44 pm

    What I love about India is the food! Unfortunately I have never been to the country (yet) but Glasgow has some amazing Indian restaurants. And I make a mean curry too, though I say it myself as shouldn’t.


  96. User: Nadia Stanbridge

    Posted on: 16/06/2024 at 5:34 pm

    I love the delicious food, the wonderful people and places, the variety of cultural opportunities.


  97. User: lindarumsey

    Posted on: 16/06/2024 at 4:50 pm

    The colour and spices.


  98. User: Janine

    Posted on: 16/06/2024 at 4:46 pm

    I love the spices, food and perfumes x


  99. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 16/06/2024 at 4:39 pm

    I love the teeming life & colour of India, the smells & sounds! India is a multisensory experience!


  100. User: Margaret Gallagher

    Posted on: 16/06/2024 at 4:34 pm

    Fascinating read Many thanks