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December Reads And It’s Fascinating Stories To Dive Into
Here is a list of 10 authors and their books to finish this year off with these delightful stories.
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1. The Politician by ‘Devesh Verma’
Ram Mohan is an audacious and ambitious young man in Independent India who refuses to submit to his humble origins. His indomitable optimism urges him to strive for things unreachable for people of his background. However, he soon recognizes that in the absence of political or bureaucratic power the idea of a respectable life does not hold water in India, and when Gulab Singh rescues him from being humiliated by a ruffian, Ram Mohan becomes convinced of the importance of violence in certain situations. Beginning at the peak of Nehruvian era and ending in the early seventies, The Politician is a fascinating, evocative account of northern India, the political heartland of the country, and the ebb and flow of the fortunes of its leading lights. "The Politician is a deft narrative about the deep heartache of politics behind the thin glamour of power. This work of fiction can be reclassified as fact.” M. J. Akbar. Devesh Verma was associated with television journalism for over twenty-two years before quitting to finish his novel. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award for the translation of Sakhtiyat, Pas-sakhtiyat Aur Mashriqi Sheriyat, an important literary and cultural theory text, from Urdu to Hindi in 2004.
2. Where the Sun never sets by ‘Stuti Changle’
Stuti Changle is a national bestselling author. Her books, You Only Live Once, On the Open Road, and Where the Sun Never Sets, have inspired readers across the country to make a move. Stuti has a master’s degree in management from IMI New Delhi. She quit her job to inspire people by sharing life-changing stories. She made her TV debut in 2019 as a host of the TV series Kar Ke Dikhaenge. Stuti has sailed to the An-damans, camped with Indian jawans in Arunachal Pradesh, scuba-dived in the Indian Ocean, swim with the dolphins in the Mediterranean, floated free for hours in the Atlantic, and wishes to travel the world before she dies. Where the Sun never sets is a story about finding hope in the darkest of times that will brighten your day! It is forced to move back to her hometown of Mussoorie amid worldwide lockdown to work on her first movie script. It is chance encounter with her first love, Nishit, reunion with her estranged best friend, Shelly, and nights spent reading her well-kept diary, make her best memories and worst nightmares come to life. She has always run away from her past, but now has no choice.
3. Des Vu by ‘Swapna Sanchita’
Swapna Sanchita is a poet, a storyteller and an educator who studied engineering before obtaining a degree in management from IIM K. She has been published in International literary magazines and anthologies. Her poetry col-lection Des Vu was an Amazon Bestseller and won awards. Her children's books have received a lot of love from her young readers. She lives in Ran-chi, India with her husband and two sons. She often posts her poems on In-stagram @sanchitaswapna. Des Vu is a collection of forty- two poems that deal with everyday life. Some of the poems are accompanied by charming il-lustrations that add to the beauty of this book. The poetry although easy to read and understand carries a deep sense of the personal. The poems talk of love, friendship, desire, heartbreak, and a whole range of emotions in a nu-anced yet deceptively simple way. The first poem is a poem on poetry and it serves as a great introduction. An easy read, Des Vu is the kind of book you need on cold winter evenings and lazy Sunday afternoons. These poems are evocative and thought-provoking, and many of them really speak to us.try leader and a well-recognised entrepreneur.
4. Snakes in the Ganga by ‘Rajiv Malhotra and Vijaya Viswanathan’
Rajiv Malhotra is a researcher and public intellectual on civilizational studies, world religions, and cross-cultural encounters. Vijaya Viswanathan is a mechanical engineer by training and holds an MBA from the Wharton Business School. Both of them jointly wrote the book Snakes in the Ganga, Breaking India 2.0 which Unveils uncomfortable truths concerning India's vulnerabilities. Intense warfare against India's integrity is the work of a well-orchestrated global machinery driven by a new ideology. Marxism has been reincarnated as Critical Race Theory in US academia and serves as the framework to address America's racism. This has been recklessly mapped onto India: Caste is equated with Race. Marginalized communities of India are considered Blacks and Brahmins as the Whites of India. Groups claiming grievances (like Muslims and LGBTQ+) are artificially clubbed together. Popularly called the Woke movement, the mission is to dismantle Indian civi-lization and heritage by waging an uncompromising war against India's gov-ernment, educational institutions, culture, industry, and society. Harvard Uni-versity is the Ground Zero of these social theories developed in collaboration with Indian scholars, activists, journalists, and artists. This represents a clear and present danger to India's sovereignty and national security. An entire ecosystem of ideologies, institutions, and young leaders is emerging for the recolonization of India.
5. TEEN TRILOGY by ‘Monisha K Gumber’
Monisha K Gumber is an author of immensely popular Teen Novels called SICK OF BEING HEALTHY, DYING TO LIVE (a part of ‘Memorable Books of 2017’ on Amazon India) and finally the third in the teen book series DOLLY WON’T PLAY. She also has another novel called BAHIR to her credit (meant for older readers) and is about a Pakistani woman’s survival in the Middle East. All her books have been in the bestselling list of their categories. The book "TEEN TRILOGY" takes you on a roller coaster ride with Tara, Megha, and Dolly. Tara, is blessed with a bit too much health for her own good. Desperate to get the guy of her dreams, she ends up playing a very dangerous game. Megha, Tara’s best friend, a super achiever with a perfect life has all that is needed to be happy but a grave mistake that could take her to her own grave. Finally Dolly, the second best friend of Tara a part of the same group but kind of dumb to be taken seriously. Twisted stories of abuse, learning difficulties and illicit relationships in a depraved messed up world.
6. What School Doesn't Teach You by 'Nihit Mohan’
Nihit Mohan was born and raised in the cradle of the cultural diversity of India, and currently resides in Singapore. ‘What School Doesn’t Teach You is a non-fiction book trying to cover various aspects of life which are not actively pursued in school. What should I do ?, Who am I? and What is my purpose in this mortal realm? These profound questions of humankind require deep thought and introspection while living in a constantly changing world with jobs, families and relationships around us. Effectively, this book provides close to ten great ways to manage the entropy of the world, while in pursuit of purpose. The book contains conversations, anecdotes, and experiences from my mentors and gurus, who have helped me in multiple facets of my life for weathering the worldly vicissitudes. Without their nurturing thoughts, It would have been unbearable and would have definitely led to performance and confidence issues. The book encompasses inferential learning based on person-al experiences and multiple interactions with my mentors, gurus, friends, family, and colleagues.
7. Wizards of Success by ‘Senorita Joyce’
Senorita Joyce is an enthusiast about growing and gaining new skills in his professional journey. Being a Motivational Speaker she firmly believes in the law of attraction and loves to read self-help books and one of her all-time favorites is "As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen. Outside of Work, she is a huge Coffee nerd & a Published Author with 8 books and a Co-author of 6 Books so far. Wizards of Success is a book about progress. In today’s society in which we live, without a doubt, one of the most important elements of progress and living is success. Your success is getting what you want for your life, what you have set out to do, be it winning a competition, getting a job, having a relationship, starting a business, earning money for some goal, or quitting smoking. In our personal life, at work, in the decisions we make, and in the way we manage our own economy: success is present in everything. Our actions are often marked in large part by our pursuit of success.
8. The Last Sutta by ‘Vishesh Dubey’
Vishesh Dubey is a first-time author, born and brought up in Jamshedpur. From his very early days, Vishesh has had a deep connection with Varanasi, due to his family roots belonging to the holy city. Mahadev and Ganga have played an instrumental role in how the author grew up as a human being. 'The Last Sutta', his first fiction novel, is his 12 years of work, in which the author has knitted his personal life experiences into a fiction novel. Abhay, a lower-middle-class guy, is ditched by his rich girlfriend due to status differ-ences. Heartbroken, Abhay has two choices, take the insult and move on or decide to break this false ego of her ex-girlfriend. He buys a pack of cigarettes and sets a goal for himself, swearing to smoke a cigarette every time he moves a step closer to achieving his revenge. In parallel, runs a story of how Abhay was shaped as a person and his journey to becoming one of the most powerful political figures in India. This book touches on multiple aspects of human emotions and anyone who ever wanted to give up, this book will surely act as a motivation.
9. Me No Pause Me Play by ‘Manoj Kumar Sharma’
Manoj Kumar Sharma since schooling and in college was fond of reading books of varied genres. Also participating in competitions for literature activities. As a novice, his experience with the first Novel “MIRRRO @ THE WEIRD WAYWARD” (Published in November 2019) was beyond words and emotions. His second Novel “Me No Pause Me Play” got published in September 2022 and trending very well. This story revolves around Woman and Womanhood through the lenses of the Social Kaleidoscope. The essence of this story is overcoming the intricacy and complicacy of Womanhood through innovative measures with calculated risks. Though for ages wise men never ever denied the unique importance of Women in their lives, at the same time couldn’t restrain from autocratic patriarchy and disguised misogyny. How long ages old traditional sufferings should be taken for granted by the Woman? In the Story, one of the key protagonists takes the Woman's suffering as a challenge, and, not only resolves the physical health and mental agony but, unexpectedly raises the bar to the next level of inspirational excellence. Let’s not forget wise people said that the status quo of women decides the destiny of any Society and Nation.
10. I am the Moon by ‘Sneha Vishwakarma’
Sneha is a writer by night and an IT professional by day. She was born in Bhatapara, Chhattisgarh. Her writings typically focus on the ironies of lives and phases of relationships; hoping that her writing will give words to those who have gone through and felt like what she did. Writing for her is a passion and medicine too. She wants to remain a seeker of peace and knowledge. Apart from her interest in writing, she is a proud parent of more than 100 plants & trees and more than 20 furry friends. She currently works in an IT firm in Bengaluru and lives with her husband and daughter. I am the Moon is an anthology of free verse and prose that reflects the different phases of life. In verse inspired by her personal experiences, Sneha tells how a woman feels in the different phases of her life including nursing a broken heart, knowing what love actually is, how important is healing to live, and moving from somehow surviving to live a more content, purposeful life. It is a book of poetry and thoughts. Each and every topic in this book will open the window of thoughts for us.