April may be the cruelest month, but at Story, you can beat the heat and the boredom with this excellent mix of information and entertainment on your reading list.
Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer
Revolving around a Russian refugee called Alexander Karpenko — who must choose between fleeing to America or Great Britain — this is a novel that mingles the irreversibility of choice with the inevitability of destiny, culminating in an enthralling story that will keep you turning the pages breathlessly.
The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakurni
A re-telling of the Ramayana in Sita’s voice, it shines the spotlight on the role and identity of women, who have always been sidelined in traditional patriarchal narratives. Breaking the stereotype of the all-sacrificing female figure of submission, Divakurni’s Sita is willing to stand up for her own rights, making the book a relevant read in today’s times.
Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
The history of mankind has been a fascinating journey from an innocuous species to the rulers of the earth. Written with precision, simplicity, and at times, a poetic flourish, Sapiens documents the remarkable progress of humanity across the agricultural, industrial, and technological ages, besides providing a calculated glimpse into the future.
The Verdict: Decoding India’s Elections by Prannoy Roy And Dorab R. Sopariwala
Using hardcore data and rigorous deliberation, this book debunks some of the myths surrounding electoral politics in India. Are opinion polls and exit polls accurate? How much do women’s votes matter? What is the basis of the “fear factor”? Can electronic voting machines be tampered with? Find the answers to all these and more in this very timely publication.
Mind Without Fear by Rajat Gupta
This is the self-told saga of a man who transitioned from immigrant orphan to global business leader, before a scandal destroyed his career and reputation. Told with candour and poignancy, this is an intriguing exploration of an international icon’s fall from grace.
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
The latest instalment in the extremely popular Wimpy Kid series traces the adventures of Greg Heffley and his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, who are embroiled in a battle for survival in the backdrop of unrelenting snowfall. When the snow settles down, will Greg and Rowley freeze to death or will they find a way out?
The Upside-down King: Unusual Tales About Rama And Krishna by Sudha Murty
Ever seen a man with a thousand arms? Did you know Ravana’s half-brother was the god of wealth? Were you aware of the time when the moon laughed and babies were found inside fish? Sudha Murty unravels all these forgotten stories and much more in a captivating tour through the lives of the two most famous avatars of Lord Vishnu.
The 5 Am Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life by Robin Sharma
Legendary leadership and elite performance expert Robin Sharma reveals the mantra for success that has propelled his clients to achieve their dreams by focusing on the benefits of waking up early. Incorporating lifestyle advice in an enlivening, amusing story, the book celebrates the early-rising habit.
Life’s Amazing Secrets: How To Find Balance And Purpose In Life by Gaur Gopal Das
Structured in the form of a conversation, monk and life-coach Gaur Gopal Das shares his wisdom regarding the myriad issues of life and how to attain harmony with one’s identity. A distillation of the author’s experiences and learnings, this book promises to transform your vision of life as well as your idea of yourself.