Ample romance, stories of power and beauty (IANS Books This Weekend)

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Flick through an exciting school romance, the difficult love affair of a ballerina, the struggle of a girl dealing with the gravitational force of her attraction to a man and a compendium of great power and beauty. There’s varied fare on the IANS bookshelf this weekend.

1. Book: It was always you; Author: Divita Aggarwal; Publisher: Rupa; Price: Rs.195; Pages: 120

Aisha, a simple schoolgirl growing up in Bengaluru, encounters a boy in a blue sweater at a bus stop. Kabir, a politician’s son, has been stamped the mirror image of his unscrupulous father. It takes Aisha to discover the real Kabir – a “good” boy, far removed from the messy world of his parents.

Kabir and Aisha seem happy until unexpected circumstances drive a wedge between them and wash away her joy. Will destiny ever bring them together? Will there be a satisfactory conclusion? Find out in this multi-layered love story.

2. Book: With you I dance; Author: Aarti V. Raman; Publisher: Fingerprint; Price: Rs.250; Pages: 216

The story revolves round Meera Sagar, a talented ballerina, and a man who loved her as much as she loved him. But tragedy struck on the night before her biggest performance. She nevertheless moves on and a year later, she plans to start a ballet school.

Then, she again comes across the man, Abeer Goswami, who is still nursing a broken heart but is nonetheless seeing Meera’s only friend in the city, Zoya Sehgal. Can Abeer and Meera find their way back to each other again?3. Book: Perfect Landing; Author: Jyoti Singh; Publisher: HarperCollins; Price: Rs. 199; Pages: 152

Samrat ‘Sam’ Khanna, the handsome younger scion of the Khanna business house, is in charge of airlifting his ailing mother from Jammu. It does not take him long to rub the charter pilot, Sara Jena, the wrong way.

Will Sara be able to keep her sanity and sense, knowing Sam can get under her skin? Is Sam even capable of the man she needs him to be? In her flight to love, is Sara doomed to crash or can Sam help her make the perfect landing?

4. Book: One Thousand Days In A Refrigerator; Author: Manoj Kumar Panda (translated from the Odiya by Snehaprava Das); Publisher: Speaking Tiger; Price: Rs.299; Pages: 209

The book comprises 14 stories of great power and beauty, startling in their variety and sweep. It showcases a writer at the very peak of his considerable abilities. In sum: A man sits before his wife lying comatose in a refrigerated chamber and tells her the thoughts he had never dared to express when she was conscious.

–IANS

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