In this age of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, and multiple other streaming websites with oodles of content that you can enjoy from the plush comfort of your couch who’d want be a book reader eh? Well, with every edition of Good Reads that we roll out, we do our bit to try and save the increasingly endangered species of readers and bookworms. So if you’re one, this section is for you!
Much before entertainment as we know it came to be, imagination was the most powerful tool of self-indulgence. And books were the striker that lit this vast matchbox of infinite possibility.
With shows like Sacred Games, Mirzapur, Inside Edge and Breathe capturing the imagination of young India with intense plotlines, big budgets and stellar casting, Indian authors seem to have been pushed further down the ladder of relevance. Notwithstanding this slight travesty, we take a closer look at some superlative written work by some of the finest Indian authors over time in this edition of Good Reads with Chai.
So put the kettle on, go through this list and block some reading time for one of these when your Chai is ready!
- The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s debut novel is a modern classic that has been read and loved worldwide. Equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama, it is the story of an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969.
Savour the stimulating properties of our Assam Whole Leaf Green Tea while you explore the vividly descriptive style with an intense plot.
- Malgudi Days – R.K. Narayan
Composed of powerful, magical portraits of all kinds of people, and comprising stories written over almost forty years, Malgudi Days presents Narayan’s imaginary city in full color, revealing the essence of India and of human experience.
Indulge your senses in R.K. Narayan’s magical world while you sip on the bursting celebration of flavours with our Assam Masala Tea.
- Sacred Games – Vikram Chandra
Vikram Chandra’s novel, now one of the most viewed web series on Netflix, draws the reader deep into the life of Inspector Sartaj Singh—and into the criminal underworld of Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India. It is is a story of friendship and betrayal, of terrible violence, of an astonishing modern city and its dark side.
Prep yourself for a roller-coaster of all sorts while you settle down to read this one with a steaming cup of our Premium Assam Tea.
- The Blue Umbrella – Ruskin Bond
The Blue Umbrella is a short and humorous novella set in the hills of Garhwal. Written in simple yet witty language, it captures life in a village – where ordinary characters become heroic, and others find opportunities to redeem themselves.
With a cup of rejuvenating Nilgiri Whole Leaf Green Tea in hand, dive into Ruskin Bond’s magical world of candor and captivating storytelling.
- The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
Introducing a major literary talent, The White Tiger offers a story of coruscating wit, blistering suspense, and questionable morality, told by the most volatile, captivating, and utterly inimitable narrator that this millennium has yet seen.
Brace yourself for one enthralling ride through Aravind Adiga’s several nuances with a brooding cup of our Nilgiri Orthodox Black Tea.
We hope that this edition of Good Reads has piqued your interest and has your pineal gland activated and ready for some fascinating stuff of top calibre from Indian authors.
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