Top 5 Book Releases For The Month Of August

From Raavan by Amish to Quichotte by Salman Rushdie, here are top 5 book releases of August 2019

Top 5 Book Releases For The Month Of August

Indian literary genres have always been as diverse as India's culture. It's time to soar your imagination this August with these top picks. 

From a satire novel which is set in colonial India to the much-awaited books of Amish and Salman Rushdie here's your top 5 August TBR (to-be-read) list: 

1. Raavan by Amish

The third and the last instalment of the Ramchandra series, Amish's Raavan was a much-awaited book by the readers who have already read the previous 2 versions- Sita and Ram. Shiva Trilogy famed Amish released the book on August 1 at Crossword in Kemps Corner. A formidable teenage pirate, he is filled with equal parts courage, cruelty and fearsome resolve. A resolve to be a giant among men, to conquer, plunder, and seize the greatness that he thinks is his right.

A man of contrasts, of brutal violence and scholarly knowledge. A man who will love without reward and kill without remorse. This exhilarating third book of the Ram Chandra series sheds light on Ravaan, the king of Lanka. And the light shines on the darkness of the darkest kind. Is he the greatest villain in history or just a man in a dark place, all the time?

Publisher - Westland

Genre - Mythological fiction

Release Date - August 1

Paperback - 400 pages

2. Quichotte by Salman Rushdie

Fans of 'Midnight Children' behold as Salman Rushdie has written the modern retelling of Don Quixote, Quichotte. Just as Cervantes wrote Don Quixote to satirise the culture of his time, Rushdie takes the reader on a wild ride through a country on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse. And with the kind of storytelling magic that is the hallmark of his work, the fully realised lives of DuChamp and Quichotte intertwine in a profoundly human quest for love and a wickedly entertaining portrait of an age in which fact is so often indiscernible from fiction.

Publisher- Penguin Hamish Hamilton

Genre- Literary Fiction

Release Date- August 29

Paperback- 416 pages

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3. Karna: The Great Warrior by Ranjit Desai 

What would you call a person who was destined to rule but fate refused to oblige? Whose only wish was to learn from the best but that landed him up with the most brutal curse? How does it feel when your own biological mother and brothers refuse to stand by you and you ally with their biggest enemies? What happens when your greatest strength serves as the reason for your death?

In his novel Radheya, Ranjit Desai, the author of Marathi classics like Shriman Yogi and Swami, gives voice to the angst and loneliness of Karna. Translated into English for the first time, the novel brings to surface the many sides to Karna's character: his compassionate nature, his hurt and hubris, the love for his wife, his allegiance to Duryodhana, and his complicated relationship with Krishna.

Publisher- Harper Perennial India

Genre- Mythology

Release Date- August 25

Paperback- 272 pages

4. Cow and Company by  Palashkar Kulkarni

A brave and hilarious debut set in colonial India, Cow and Company begins with the British Chewing Gum Company setting up shop in Bombay with the mission of introducing chewing gum in the colonies. They declare paan, which is in all mouths at all times, as their enemy. A cow is chosen as the mascot. It is up on all the posters.

Religious sentiments are hurt. What begins as a search for a cow ends up in a catastrophe. With laugh-out-loud moments, ingenious use of language, and a spellbinding interplay of fantasy and myth, Cow and Company uses satire to take stock of the state of the nation, religion and capital, then and now.

Publisher- Penguin Viking

Genre- Satire

Release Date- August 19

Paperback- 204 pages

5. Daastan-e-Dastarkhān by Sadaf Husain

A delectable treasure trove of stories and recipes, Daastan-e-Dastarkhān unravels the history and traditional cooking techniques of 30 intimate dishes from the culinary history of Muslim communities across India. In this evocative journal, MasterChef India contestant and consultant chef Sadaf Hussain invites you to gorge on Bihari kebabs during Eid, discover the influences of the spice trade in vegetarian dishes from coastal Mappila cuisine and learn about a lost recipe born out of competitions between chefs during the Nizami era. With easy-to-follow recipes adapted for today's kitchens, this book encourages you to recreate mouth-watering delicacies and weaves the story of a community that is as varied as the food they create.

Publisher- Hachette 

Genre- Food and Beverage

Release Date- August 12

Paperback- 312 pages

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