Bookends: Tales of love, greed and travel

Sakshama Puri Dhariwal
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How strong is the opposite attraction? Here is a tale of two extreme people from different professional world meeting – and love blossoms; a story of two childhood sweethearts living in Trinidad who fall apart with time and again come together to face the harsh realities.

Then, two friends journeying in a volatile African city where they encounter underworld operations. Finally, a travelogue by two friends who travelled across 50 countries in their own car, beating all odds. Here is the assorted fare on the IANS bookshelf this week. Read on!

Sakshama Puri Dhariwal
Sakshama Puri Dhariwal

1. Book: The Wedding Photographer; Author: Sakshama Puri Dhariwal; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 246; Price: Rs.299

Risha Kohli is a journalist and Arjun Khanna a handsome real estate tycoon. Destiny brings them together on a 17-hour flight. Coincidentally, Risha also happens to be the photographer at Arjun’s sister’s wedding.

However, both Arjun and Risha are apprehensive about each other’s intentions. While he cannot trust a journalist and thinks Risha will invade his privacy for a newspaper scoop, she is worried that Arjun will damage her career. Will they unite with each other? Read on to know!

2. Book: The Yard; Author: Aliyyah Eniath; Publisher: Speaking Tiger; Pages: 272; Price: Rs.350

Based on the lives of families living in the fault lines of Indo-Muslim culture in Trinidad and Tobago, the book is the story of Khalid, his four siblings, their widowed mother and an orphan all living in The Yard.

Love blossoms between Maya and Behrooz, residents of The Yard, but with time they fall apart. However, destiny again brings them together when Maya returns to her roots. Can their love endure? An intriguing tale of love to read.

3 Book: Tram 83; Author: Fiston Mwanza Mujila; Publisher: Speaking Tiger; Pages: 210; Price: Rs.350

In an unnamed African city, in the midst of civil war and profit-seekers of all languages and nationalities, two friends from Europe find themselves in the most notorious night club in town – Tram 83.

Sucked into a lurid world of gangsters and crooks, poets and sex workers, the book takes the reader into a modern African gold rush – as cynical as it is comic. Mujila’s debut book, the writing is a daring combination of narrative imagination and linguistic creativity.

4. Book: The Great Indian World Trip; Author: Tushar Agarwal; Publisher: Heritage Publishers; Pages: 394; Price: Rs.595

Two guys from India beat all the odds and decided to live their dream of driving all around the world in their own car. Tushar and Sanjay, who spent two years on planning the trip, drove for 15 months and covered 90,000 km.

The book is an incredible tale of overcoming hurdles, encountering different cultures, languages, places and food, challenges and struggles that the duo had to face while travelling through 50 countries in six continents. (IANS)


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