Nikhil and Riya: A Love Story
How would I describe her? That she was tall and had long legs and wild hair? That she walked with her chin up in the air and found it hard to smile but was easy to love? That she ran so fast that she sometimes beat the wind? That she was the girl who was the keeper of not just my heart but also my soul?
Sometimes I wonder what life would have been like if I had never met Riya, and sometimes I wonder what life would have been like if Riya had lived. Sometimes I wish I did not live every single moment of every single day knowing that there was once someone like her out there — someone who made me complete.
That was us — Nikhil and Riya — a love story that had a start but no end. A love story that transformed me not once but twice, a love story that taught me not just to live but also to die.
For anyone who has ever loved The Fault in Our Stars by John Green or Love Story by Erich Segal, here is a timeless love story that explores the journey of healing, moving on, learning to live and coming to terms with death.
India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st Century
India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st Century is a ground-breaking look at the sexual revolution that is starting to sweep through urban India. Bestselling author Ira Trivedi travelled from Shillong in the northeast to Chennai in the south, Konark in the east to Mumbai in the west, and over a dozen other cities and towns in order to gain unprecedented insights into changing sexual mores, marriage and love in the 21st century.
The book explores the mating habits of young Indians on college campuses and in offices; examines the changing face of Indian pornography and prostitution; probes the oppression the LGBT community faces in a nation where the Supreme Court shocked wide sections of society with its ruling on Article 377 that re-criminalized homosexuality; and delves into history, economics and sociology to try and understand how the nation that gave the world the Kamasutra could have become a closed, repressed society with a shockingly high incidence of rape and violence against women—the dark underside to the greater sexual freedom that men and women in our cities have begun to enjoy today.
Trivedi goes deep into one of the most enduring institutions of Indian society—marriage—and investigates how it is faring in modern times. She interviews marriage brokers, astrologers, lawyers, relationship counsellors, 'love commandos', parents, and nervous young brides and grooms, amongst others, to present a nuanced picture of the state of marriage in the country. She discovers that love marriages are skyrocketing and even the age-old arranged marriage is undergoing a transformation. Also on the rise are divorces, extra-marital affairs, open marriages, live-in relationships and the like.
Supporting her eye-opening reportage with hundreds of interviews, detailed research, authoritative published surveys and discussions with experts on various aspects of sexuality and marriage, Trivedi has written a book that is often startling, sometimes controversial, but is always entertaining and original. India in Love will change the way urban Indians view themselves and one another.
There's no love on Wall Street
‘No more ill-fitting lab coats or smelly latex gloves! I would be a banking babe, don a sexy business suit and shiny pearls, attend cocktail receptions and fancy dinners.’
Enamoured by the glamorous lives of the investment-banking hopefuls in Wellesley College, Massachusetts, pre-med student Riya Jain decides to become an investment banker. Her sole ambition is to secure an internship and, eventually, a full-time job with the prestigious Wall Street firm Goldstein Smith. There, she’d manage multi-million dollar projects, enjoy long corporate lunches and party at the hottest nightclubs in New York City. Riya’s boss is determined to make her life hell; her unkempt colleagues fail miserably to live up to her image of I-bankers, and, as an intern, the hours are long and stressful. Having escaped the cut-throat world of investment banking, Gautam Pandey, I-banker-turned-financial-journalist, seems to be the only contented one around. Now it’s Riya turn to decide where her happiness lies—within the hallowed halls of Goldstein, or in the world outside.
Written with refreshing candour, There Is No Love On Wall Street by Ira Trivedi lays bare the seductive world of investment banking where expense accounts always come with strings attached.
The Great Indian Love Story
A darkly fascinating snapshot of the glittering and brittle lives of the rich and famous of Delhi, its glamourous page 3 swish-set, The Great Indian Love Story is set in a world where appearances mean everything and nothing is as it seems.
In this whirl of wild parties, sex and drugs we meet Serena Sharma who lives her life one debauched night at a time, always falling for the wrong men. Her life is a rollercoaster ride: her father’s death, her mother’s remarriage, a broken heart and a lost love. Adding to this is her torrid affair with Amar Khanna who is a trophy husband, coke addict and serial adulterer. Riya, jaded by her unsuccessful attempt to find a job in America, returns to Delhi to find the city of her childhood changed beyond recognition. Striking an unlikely friendship with Serena, Riya finds her complacent torpor shattered. The Great Indian Love Story is also the story of Parmeet, Serena’s mother, who looks for passion outside her marriage with disastrous consequences, and R.C. Sharma, Parmeet’s husband, who is driven to violence by her infidelity.
What Would You Do to Save the World?: Confessions of a Could-have-been Beauty Queen
Riya has always had a secret ambition—winning the coveted Miss Indian Beauty crown.
It’s Riya’s chance to turn fantasy into reality. The Miss Indian Beauty contest could well be her ticket to instant fame and success. After all, she’s good-looking, intelligent, confident and, most importantly, tall—how difficult could it be? But Riya is in for a dose of reality, as she soon finds herself in the company of twenty-two gorgeous girls, under house arrest in a five-star hotel in Mumbai for a rigorous training session that will test them all to their limits.
With each girl’s eyes set on the crown, the mood is emotionally charged and the atmosphere intense, exhilarating, vicious and explosive all at once. “What Would You Do to Save the World?” is a delightfully entertaining first novel which reveals the dust behind the diamonds, the tears behind the plastic smiles, and dishes the dirt on what really goes on behind the scenes of a beauty pageant.