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Looking for book ideas for May 2013

Sundeep
Deep_London
London, GB
Post #: 13
Someone recommended Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra...

Any others? I'm aiming for something light and playful.
Chhuvi
user 20908051
London, GB
Post #: 6
Hey Sundeep, check out "Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard" by Kiran Desai. It's light and playful with vivid comic characters - this will fit the bill.

Btw, the cover for Hullabaloo in the link below is so endearing that I'm tempted to buy it for that alone :)

http://www.amazon.co....­

Chhuvi
Sonny
user 4423612
London, GB
Post #: 9
how about:
junglee girl by ginu kamani
saadat hassan manto - selected stories
kali - amruta patil (the first indian female graphic novel)

i think it would be good if the book club did some different kinds of asian fiction...
Sundeep
Deep_London
London, GB
Post #: 14
Has Shantaram been covered by the book group yet? Is it too long?
Sonny
user 4423612
London, GB
Post #: 10
do the taliban cricket club by timeri murari.

its heart warming, funny, has adventure, romance, danger and a bit of politics and from what i know of it, will leave you feeling all warm and gooey and stuff.
Sundeep
Deep_London
London, GB
Post #: 15
Here is another one:

http://www.amazon.co....­

The Glass Palace [Paperback]
Amitav Ghosh

Book Description
Publication Date: 4 Feb 2002
The acclaimed author of ‘The Calcutta Chromosome’ and ‘The Shadow Lines’ has burst out on to the big stage with a major saga on that hidden country, Burma.

Rajkumar is only another boy, helping on a market stall in the dusty square outside the royal palace, when the British force the Burmese king, queen and all the court into exile. He is rescued by the far-seeing Chinese merchant, and with him builds up a logging business in upper Burma. But haunted by his vision of the royal family, he journeys to the obscure town in India where they have been exiled.

The picture of the tension between the Burmese, the Indian and the British, is excellent. Among the great range of characters are one of the court ladies, Miss Dolly, whom he marries; and the redoubtable Jonakin, part of the British-educated Indian colony, who with her husband has been put in charge of the Burmese exiled court.

The story follows the fortunes – rubber estates in Malaya, businesses in Singapore, estates in Burma – which Rajkumar, with his Chinese, British and Burmese relations, friends and associates, builds up – from 1870 through World War II to the scattering of the extended family to New York and Thailand, London and Hong Kong in the post-war years.

(Doesn't sound light or playful)
Nash
user 7503732
London, GB
Post #: 11
I know this is not Asian , but I suppose we can do anything that is not American or European.

Drown- Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz's stories are as vibrant, tough, unexotic, and beautiful as their settings - Santa Domingo, Dominican Neuva York, the immigrant neighborhoods of industrial New Jersey with their gorgeously polluted skyscapes. Places and voices new to our literature yet classically American: coming-of-age stories full of wild humor, intelligence, rage, and piercing tenderness. And this is just the beginning.
Sheila C
user 6339637
London, GB
Post #: 10
I think this chap looks like a good author whose subject matter - East Africa and the East African Indian diaspora is a group we haven't read much about. Sounds quite acclaimed but I think because he's Canadian now, he hasn't made a big splash in the UK:

http://en.wikipedia.o...­

http://www.amazon.co....­
Sonny
user 4423612
London, GB
Post #: 11
drown is brilliant.
Sundeep
Deep_London
London, GB
Post #: 16
Thanks Nash, I asked Vineet about non-Asian authors, because there are a couple already planned for this year he suggested sticking something Asian, lest there be a book-club backlash.

I know this is not Asian , but I suppose we can do anything that is not American or European.

Drown- Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz's stories are as vibrant, tough, unexotic, and beautiful as their settings - Santa Domingo, Dominican Neuva York, the immigrant neighborhoods of industrial New Jersey with their gorgeously polluted skyscapes. Places and voices new to our literature yet classically American: coming-of-age stories full of wild humor, intelligence, rage, and piercing tenderness. And this is just the beginning.

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