Hindu

B+
The Rules of Arrangement

While periodicals like Salon and The Atlantic sounded the death knell on chick lit back in the 2010s, I’ve been noticing a mild resurgence of the genre via reprints and new releases. The Rules of Arrangement is one of the latter, a modernized iteration of the classic formula of a young woman juggl ...

B
Incense and Sensibility

Sonali Dev delivers a charming, poignant love story in this third offering in her Raje Family Austen-inspired series. You do not have to read the others to enjoy Incense and Sensibility. Yash Raje, California’s first Indian-American gubernatorial candidate, has always looked at his privilege as ...

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10 Things I Hate About Pinky

Readers of Sandhya Menon’s Dimple and Rishi series are likely familiar with funny, spunky Pinky Kumar, an activist who backs hundreds of causes and feistily fights for every one of them. She finally gets her own book in 10 Things I Hate About Pinky, which involves fake dating, summer vacations and ...

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Marriage by Arrangement

I was in the mood for something deliciously romantic, and Marriage by Arrangement certainly delivered. I initially picked this book up because of its gorgeous cover, but the story within was equally enchanting. The author deftly explores workplace romance, cross-class issues and cultural pressures t ...

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The Trouble With Hating You

A strong heroine, charming hero and fiery love story make The Trouble with Hating You an utterly delightful début. To say that Liya Thakkar has daddy issues is to seriously understate the problem. She and her father are barely civil. He is disgusted that she flaunts their traditional Indian cult ...

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The Henna Artist

In The Henna Artist, author Alka Joshi introduces readers to a smart, independent-minded heroine, struggling to gain independence in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Lakshmi Shastri makes her living creating beautiful henna designs on the skin of some of the city's wealthiest women. It's a ...

B-
Grown-Up Pose

Back in the eighties, Cyndi Lauper reached the top of the charts with her free spirited ballad, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, which celebrates the party girl lifestyle.  Grown-Up Pose is the story of what happens when a young woman, after years of being perfectly responsible, decides she’d like to p ...

B+
Of Curses and Kisses

Sandhya Menon opens a brand-new series of fairytale retellings centered around an elite academy with a magical secret with Of Curses and Kisses, a lovely re-take of Beauty and the Beast. Book-loving Rajkumari Jaya Rao of the Imperial House of Mysuru enters St. Rosetta’s International Academy in ...

B+
Of Curses and Kisses

Sandhya Menon breathes new life into the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale with her diversely cast Of Curses and Kisses. The author’s humor creates a nice balance to her look at serious issues like teen loneliness and parental expectations in this fun YA novel. The Emersons and Raos are the Engli ...

B+
There's Something About Sweetie

In this delightful but slightly flawed sequel to her When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon takes us into the love life of Rishi’s basketball-playing hotshot brother, Ashish and his new girlfriend, the determined Sweetie. Self-proclaimed player Ashish Patel is grumpy about love.  That’s unders ...