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Top 5 Fiction Books of 2013

Post by: Kamalini Mukherjee

 

It has indeed been a long run. When I look back, I can sum up my entire year and it will be of two words and two words only, BOOKS and MOVIES. Reading has always been a passion of mine. Some books were a surprise package for me, while others were a bitter disappointment, whereas others were downright irrelevant. I wondered why did I even pick that one up, and some made me miss those good old days I used to curl up on my bed with the ‘Gold is Gold’ classics.

Let us look at some of the greatest novels which made my year better. Now these novels are not necessarily published in 2013, but they made my year delightful:

 

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Set in Kolkata and New York, the two dynamic locations that one can think about, this novel covers loneliness and immigration. Together with these nuances, The Lowland is a beautifully written and one of the most compelling novels I have come across.

 

       

 

    

 

      Sita by Devdutt Patnaik

Pattnaik has his own reputation of being India’s best religious interpreter. From the pen of the same interpreter, we have an illustrated version of The Ramayana, where he retells the entire story via illustrations for an eager audience. But this Ramayana comes with a twist. This version of Ramayana looks at the entire epic tale from the point of view of Sita. The story begins from the birth of Sita to Janaka to her journey to the lap of Mother Earth. A fresh perspective indeed!

You can buy the book here.

 

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        The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh

Here is my favorite author from my favorite trilogy, the Ibis. What attracted me to lay my hand on this one is the absence or no review of this book over the internet. Well, this is worth a read. Based on contemporary times, this book revolves around the field of humanism and environmentalism and explores it beyond through its main characters, a marine biologist and a businessman from Delhi. One word to define this novel would be SPLENDID! You can buy the book here.

 

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The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor

Here we have a satire from none other than the fictional master himself. This satire is on our very own epic, Mahabharata where the entire story is retold, recasted and reset on the concept of the Indian Independence Movement.  A very clever novel where the intro is from Mahabharata, and juxtapositions from our Freedom Fighters.

 

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     Jacob Hills by Ismita Tandon

     Jacob Hills tells of murky proceedings that are underway at a army station somewhere in Himachal Pradesh in the mid-1980's. A woman's murder and alleged child abuse are just two major angles to the dark proceedings.

     Jacob Hills is a decent novel with its moments, the advantage of altering perspective works, but there is the lack of direction as to a culmination. It is sincerely written, the tales of sexual and violent abuse are heart-felt. 

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