Shantanu Guha Ray Westland
The author, a veteran journalist, writes on a topic that is supposed to be one of the mainstays of newspapers—crime. There are chapters on such sensational murders as those of Ponty Chadha, Sheena Bora, Rizwanur Rahman Sunanda Pushkar. Shantanu Guha Ray ponders why we have a lurid interest in murders of this kind—is it because the ones who kill and ones who get killed in these cases are people like us? No Strings Attached
Bollywood movies have lately been exploring the possibilities of love with no strings attached—Aditya Chopra’s Befikre would be on the list. Sheila Kumar does a similar exploration in this novel. Here, as in most of the Bollywood movies, bondage, the sweet bondage of love, looks more attractive than the abyss of freedom, and the besotted lovers are mouthing “forever” and “always” in no time. In the Name of God
A temple is shaken by murders; a heist in a jewellery store at Dubai’s Wali Mall leads investigators to a smuggling racket; in Mumbai, a series of explosions kills many and threatens to destabilise the city’s daimond trade. The game is afoot, and Kabir Khan, the dashing additional director of the CBI, is on the scent. This is supposed to be the most gripping novel by Ravi Subramanian. Bite of the Black Dogs
When a book set in Kashmir features Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, a brave army chief and his high-altitude warfare commandos, and an UN attaché, it is most likely to be about a “conspiracy that can shake the foundations of the nation”. And so it is. Opportune political alliances and the threat of massacre of innocents add thrill to the adventure. The novel has a claim to authenticity—a red blurb on the cover announces that it is based on real operations of the Indian army.