Given below are a few of the most popular titles that are attracting readers in 2016.
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta
This book is a great inside view into the metropolitan city, Bombay. It talks about the lives of people coming to the Bombay city in search of a better life – as bar dancers or in Bollywood. There is also mention of the brewing rivalries between Muslims and Hindus. The story is compiled with anecdotes from nostalgic life of the author while he was growing up in the metropolis and where he came back again after two decades. This sketch of the Bombay life is actually a memoir of diversity and opulence. The non-fiction narrative is an interesting mix of a journal and travelogue and a socio-political analysis about Bombay and its people.
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
A celebrated post-modern fiction, the book traces the history of India in 1830 dominated by the opium trade. It is the saga of a ship named Ibis, which takes a tumultuous voyage throughout the Indian Ocean just before the Opium wars break out in China. In times of colonial upheaval, fate throws together a mixed population of Western and Indian people on board. From a bankrupt king to a widowed tribal woman, from an American freedman to one free-spirited French orphan meet on a ship leaving their family ties behind. Their historical adventure goes across the poppy spreads of the Ganges, the backstreets of Canton and the high seas.
At the edge of its separate diverse worlds, the city of Mumbai hides an almost invisible section known as Parsi corpse bearers. These people are responsible for carrying the dead bodies to the Silence Towers. Shunned and separated from the society, they are often poor. From it stems a tragic love tale between son of Parsi priest, Phiroze Elchidana and daughter of a corpse bearer, Sepideh.
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The epic re-imagines the great Indian saga of Mahabharata told from the angle of a woman. Relevant in the war torn world of today, this book takes us back in time of half-myth and half-history. You may hear the narration of Panchaali, who is the wife of legendary Pandava brothers offering a new insight into the ancient story. You can look at the life of Princess Panchaali closely since her birth from fire and thereafter, follows her balancing act between her five husbands and her other relationships.