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.
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.
Jeeta’s family is caught up in the whirlwind of arranging marriages for her two older sisters, but the drama and excitement leave Jeeta cold. She knows that tradition demands the parade of suitors, the marriage negotiations, the elaborate displays, the expensive wedding parties - but where is the love and romance that the movies promise? She dreads her turn on the matrimonial circuit, especially since Mummy is always complaining about how difficult it will be to find Jeeta a good husband, with her dark skin and sharp tongue. As Jeeta spends more time with her new friend from school, Sarina, and her educated, liberal parents, she begins to question her tradition-bound family’s expectations. And when she falls in love with Sarina’s cousin Neel, Jeeta realizes that she must strike a balance between independence and duty and follow her own path. With its gentle humor and a rich sense of place, Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet is an engaging coming-of-age novel set in contemporary Mumbai. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vaishali Sharma. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010695/bk_adbl_010695_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A seemingly regular couple, Madhurita and Yuvraj met through what would appear to be a typical Indian match-making process. Dr. Yuvraj R. Kaginkar, a renowned expert in veterinary sciences, was working as the CEO of Sarama Petcare. He was paid handsomely and was respected universally for his work and research. Dr. Madhurita was happily established with her profession in London when she was proposed as the match of the accomplished doctor. How she was attracted to India right on the day of her wedding is still what most people wouldn’t understand, but destiny brought Madhurita and Yuvraj together in a marriage and to settle down in the bustling city of Mumbai. As time passed, the duo discovered that it wasn’t just their professional interests that attracted them to each other. Both Madhurita and Yuvraj wished to work for the betterment of animals. So they founded MYvets, which later designed animal shelters, plans for zoos, animal care models for reptile parks and a fully automated wildlife rescue ambulance, along with other achievements. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lavanya Krishna. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/054284/bk_adbl_054284_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Forgotten Affair is the story of Sagarika, who meets with a near-fatal accident on the day she decides to walk out of her marriage. She is severely injured in the serial bomb blasts in Mumbai's local trains and goes into a deep coma for months. Miraculously, she wakes up, only to realize she has no memory of her past. As she recovers, she realizes that Rishab, who claims to be her husband, is evasive and steers away from her queries about their past. Much against her wishes, he takes her to his opulent Gurgaon bungalow, where a helping of maids look after her but do not aid her in finding any satisfactory answers about her life before the accident. But what vexes her the most is the scent of men's perfume and a seemingly innocuous word: Cheeni. They jolt her blank mind, sending her into a frenzy of sorts. Why do they have such an effect on her? What is Rishab hiding, and why did he take her away from Mumbai? Faced with these questions, Sagarika can't help but wonder: did her accident erase the memory of something she cherished? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nimisha Sirohi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031156/bk_adbl_031156_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I was beating the life out of Bibhuti with a baseball bat when my first monsoon broke.... John Lock has come to India to meet his destiny: a destiny dressed in a white karate suit and sporting an impressive moustache. He has fled the quiet desperation of his life in England: decades wasted in a meaningless job, a marriage foundering in the wake of loss, and a terrible secret he cannot bear to share with his wife. He has come to offer his help to a man who has learned to conquer pain, a world record breaker who specializes in feats of extreme endurance and ill-advised masochism. Bibhuti Nayak's next record attempt - to have 50 baseball bats broken over his body - will set the seal on a career that has seen him rise from poverty to become a minor celebrity in a nation where standing out from the crowd requires tenacity, courage, and perhaps a touch of madness. In answering Bibhuti's call for assistance, John hopes to rewrite a brave end to a life poorly lived. But as they take their leap of faith together, and John is welcomed into Bibhuti's family and into the color and chaos of Mumbai - where he encounters ping-pong-playing monks, a fearless seven-year-old martial arts warrior, and an old man longing for the monsoon to wash him away - he learns more about life, death, and everything in between than he could ever have bargained for. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sartaj Garewal. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/024614/bk_adbl_024614_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The legend behind such songs as "Suzanne", "Bird on the Wire", and "Hallelujah" and the poet and novelist behind such groundbreaking literary works as Beautiful Losers and Book of Mercy, Leonard Cohen is one of the most important and influential artists of our era, a man of powerful emotion and intelligence whose work has explored the definitive issues of human life - sex, religion, power, meaning, love. Cohen is also a man of complexities and seeming contradictions: a devout Jew, who is also a sophisticate and ladies' man, as well as an ordained Buddhist monk whose name, Jikan - "ordinary silence" - is quite the appellation for a writer and singer whose life has been anything but ordinary. I'm Your Man is the definitive account of that extraordinary life. Acclaimed music journalist Sylvie Simmons crafts a portrait of Cohen as nuanced as the man himself, drawing on a wealth of research that includes Cohen's personal archives and more than 100 exclusive interviews with those closest to Cohen - from his lovers, friends, monks, professors, rabbis, and fellow musicians to his muses, including Rebecca De Mornay, Marianne Ihlen, Suzanne Elrod, and Suzanne Verdal - and most important, with Cohen himself, whose presence infuses these pages. Starting in Montreal, Cohen's birthplace, where he first found fame as a poet in the '50s, Simmons follows his trail, via London and the Greek island of Hydra, to New York in the '60s, where he launched his music career. From there she traces the arc of his prodigious achievements to his remarkable retreat in the mid-'90s - when on the cusp of marriage to a beautiful actress and enjoying the success of his best-selling album to date, he entered a monastery on a rocky mountaintop above Los Angeles - and finally to his reemergence for a sold-out world tour almost 15 years later. Whether navigating Cohen's journeys through the back streets of Mumbai or the countless hotel rooms where he has s 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joshua Pollock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003462/bk_harp_003462_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.