In 2008, the year in which the world became poorer and India less safe, there was a couple passionately in love. Aniruddh and Apu. ´´If you were to stay forever in the way you died, how would you want to die?´´ ´´Kissing you.´´ Aniruddh, a Ducati-riding, economics-loving dude studying in St. Stephen´s College. And Apu, a girl from Goa who loved roadside food and super-large earrings. Opposites in a lot of ways, they fell for each other the instant they met. But then on a pleasant November night, when India was going to sleep, Aniruddh´s love for his dusky lady met a terrifying enemy that came in boats from the sea, with enough ammunition to take on a whole city.... Will their love survive the horror the enemy brings? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Susheel Kumar. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029229/bk_adbl_029229_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the vein of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, an intimate, deeply reported and revelatory examination of love, marriage, and the state of modern India - as witnessed through the lives of three very different couples in today´s Mumbai. In 21st-century India, tradition is colliding with Western culture, a clash that touches the lives of everyday Indians from the wealthiest to the poorest. While ethnicity, class, and religion are influencing the nation´s development, so too are pop culture and technology - an uneasy fusion whose impact is most evident in the institution of marriage. The Heart Is a Shifting Sea introduces three couples whose relationships illuminate these sweeping cultural shifts in dramatic ways: Veer and Maya, a forward-thinking professional couple whose union is tested by Maya´s desire for independence; Shahzad and Sabeena, whose desperation for a child becomes entwined with the changing face of Islam; and Ashok and Parvati, whose arranged marriage, made possible by an online matchmaker, blossoms into true love. Though these three middle-class couples are at different stages in their lives and come from diverse religious backgrounds, their stories build on one another to present a layered, nuanced, and fascinating mosaic of the universal challenges, possibilities, and promise of matrimony in its present state. Elizabeth Flock has observed the evolving state of India from inside Mumbai, its largest metropolis. She spent close to a decade getting to know these couples - listening to their stories and living in their homes, where she was privy to countless moments of marital joy, inevitable frustration, dramatic upheaval, and whispered confessions and secrets. The result is a phenomenal feat of reportage that is both an enthralling portrait of a nation in the midst of transition and an unforgettable look at the universal mysteries of love and marriage that connect us all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sunil Malhotra, Nicol Zanzarella. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006542/bk_harp_006542_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mumbai comes alive through its characters and incidents in this collection of interconnected short stories. Key scene sketches accompany the narrative to facilitate the listener´s imagination.Ajay doesn´t know what to expect when he moves to the bustling city of Mumbai. He himself hails from North India, and the culture shock of the dynamic city takes a bit of getting used to. He´s captivated though and falls in love with the colorful metropolis and its many inhabitants. In the city, he will find love, friendship, and community - but also danger and the threat of disaster. It all begins in 1993, when Ajay comes to Mumbai on a short internship assignment. He is caught in the shock wave of the 1993 serial bombings. Despite this brush with death, Ajay is determined to learn the secrets of the city. After graduation, he comes back and finds new stories in the city´s streets. Ajay meets an interfaith couple who teach him about the power of love, a local labor leader who is more than he seems, and a dynamic acting teacher who could become something more. He also suffers another close call more than a decade after the bombings. Still, for every troubling experience, there´s one that pushes Ajay beyond his comfort zone and spurs him to embrace all his adopted city has to offer. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ajay Kaul. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/135538/bk_acx0_135538_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Award-winning writer Ayeesha Menon´s reworking of Dickens´ Martin Chuzzlewit is set amongst the Catholic community in modern-day Mumbai. Convinced his relatives are after his money, Martin Chuzzlewit, a wealthy old landlord, has adopted orphan girl Mary as his carer with the understanding she will be housed and fed as long as he lives - but on his death, she will inherit nothing. But when his grandson Mickey falls in love and wishes to marry Mary, Martin´s plans are thrown into disarray.... Told from the point of view of orphan Thomas, an observer into the world of the Chuzzlewits, this is a fast-paced drama full of intrigue, romance, suspense and murder. Starring Roshan Seth, Karan Pandit, Zafar Karachiwala, and Nimrat Kaur. Produced by John Dryden. A Goldhawk Essential Production for BBC Radio 4. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roshan Seth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/005504/bk_bbcw_005504_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sapphire Towers: Just another residential high-rise in Mumbai where the humdrum routine of daily life carries on with clockwork precision. But beneath the tranquil surface lurks a web of lies and deceit spun by a group of lonely housewives. Gita, frustrated mother of two young daughters, longs to escape the monotony of her marriage and lusts after a forbidden relationship. Sarita, conservative Gujarati housewife and mother, is addicted to kinky sex and pays a dear price for it. Stylish working mother Aarti nurses an appalling secret that could end her marriage. And sultry ex-model Natasha, who seems to have it all, is hopelessly in love with a much younger man - the son of one of her friends. Even as these women scramble to conceal their darkest secrets, an anonymous email is sent out to all the residents of Sapphire Towers with horrific consequences. Racy and unpause-able, Scandalous Housewives: Mumbai is the first book in the sizzling new series by best-selling author Madhuri Banerjee which tells the stories of the unsung housewives of urban India who will go to any lengths to fulfil their deepest, darkest desires. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shaheen Khan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028637/bk_adbl_028637_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
To perceive ´what is´ is the basis of truth. 7 February 1971. Duration: 86 minutes. Where there is division, there must be conflict. A mind in conflict must inevitably be distorted, and therefore it cannot possibly see clearly what is truth. We need a total change, a deep revolution, psychological revolution, the inward revolution, without which you cannot possibly create a new society. Is it possible to observe, to perceive without the observer? How are images formed? Can the image building come to an end? Knowledge is absolutely necessary. Is it possible that knowledge, which the brain has accumulated through centuries, does not interfere with relationships? Direct perception is freedom. 10 February 1971. Duration: 80 minutes. Can the mind living in this world ever be free, not only superficially but profoundly, at the very root of its existence? ´Freedom from´ is an abstraction, but freedom in observing ´what is´ and going beyond it is actual freedom. How do I observe greed? Do I observe it as an outsider looking in, or do I observe it without the observer? Without the mind being free, you cannot live in order. Three years have passed; I have no energy to be aware of my reactions. Can we seek God through observation? Love is that quality of mind in which there is no division. 14 February 1971. Duration: 89 minutes. To live in this world with intelligence, in spite of all the complications. Is it possible to be free of fear, not only the superficial fear in relationship but the deep-rooted fear? Thought nourishes, sustains and gives continuity to fear and pleasure. When you are learning, your mind is awake. Truth isn´t second-hand; you can´t get it through a guru, a book; you have to learn about it. The beauty of learning is that you don´t know what truth is. What is love? A man who has not love in his heart but the things made by thought will make a mo 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jiddu Krishnamurti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mybk/000265/bk_mybk_000265_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
HE HAS NO VOICE, NO FACE, NO NAME, NO IDENTITY. BUT HE HAS AN INTENTION.I’m Rivanah Bannerjee, a young and independent girl living alone in Mumbai. My parents love me, my boyfriend adores me, and I have a great job. But here’s the thing: my life is in danger. Someone’s been following me around, watching my every move, trying to get control over my life. At first I thought it was a silly prank to gain my attention. My roomie suggested he must be a secret admirer. Is he? What he doesn’t know is the police have set a trap to nab him. Soon I’ll know if it’s simply a lover’s obsession or there is more to it. BTW, I call him Stranger.From the best-selling author of EX, How About A Sin Tonight?, That Kiss In The Rain, and A Thing Beyond Forever comes a racy tale gravid with emotional twists, relationship quirks, and mind-numbing revelations. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rajiv Dadia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006683/bk_rand_006683_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Can you ever forget your true love?Aditya and Riya could never imagine life without each other. Since their accidental meeting two years ago, they have been inseparable until an unexpected tragedy changes the course of their lives forever. Will their love stand the test of time? From the intoxicating rush of Mumbai and Delhi to the scenic beauty of Manali, Sudeep Nagarkar will take you on an unforgettable journey through life and love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Akshay Ghildiyal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/007056/bk_rand_007056_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.