10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2020
iCraze|January - February 2021
BY SRISHTI PUBLISHERS & DISTRIBUTORS

When Love Came Calling by Preeti Shenoy

Released: August 2020

Puja is 19, chaotic, unorganized, energetic, a baffling puzzle to her family. Her philosophy? Life is just too complicated; only a small group of super achievers have it figured out. Her strict mother sends her to a remote rural location in Kerala and Puja has to spend her summer vacation doing voluntary work.

Arush is 20, studious, careful, shy. Born and raised in Britain, he is elated when he gets chosen for an International program to spend twelve weeks in India. Here’s an opportunity to explore his roots.

When Puja and Arush meet, all they can think of is how unbelievably different the other one is. But with choppy internet and no other distractions, they start getting to know each other and slowly fall in love. But falling in love and staying in love are not the same things.

When disaster strikes, they are embroiled in a dangerous situation that spirals out of control. Puja is forced to confront the harsh realities of life while Arush realises that India is not always the picture-perfect postcard he presumed it was.

Desperately fighting to expose the truth and save themselves, what happens to their love? Is it strong enough to survive forces that threaten to destroy it? Is it deep enough to drown their own doubts? Sometimes you have to travel far to find your true self.

Preeti Shenoy is among the highest selling authors in India and has close to a dozen books to her credit, including bestsellers like Life is

What You Make it and Wake Up, Life is Calling. Her writing style is youthful and all her stories bubbling with life and zeal. The book was a positive reinforcement of our blessings in the times of the pandemic, highlighting the value of a family

The Girl Next Door by Arpit Vageria

Released: September 2020

After that terrible night fifteen years ago, Ishaan had vowed to never return to his hometown. But when has destiny been so kind to our plans!

When Ishaan thought life was at its best, the world was hit by a deadly pandemic. India went under complete lockdown, and he unwillingly ended up at a house he once called home.

He isn’t prepared to stay in Bhopal for an entire month. That too with the father he doesn’t relate to anymore, an elder brother who broke his trust, and a mother who didn’t stand for him all those years ago. He is figuring out what to do, when he fell in love with The Girl Next Door.

Ruhi is a well-known choreographer and the chief minister’s daughter, back home for the lockdown. As much as people were staying away from each other, Ishaan’s and Ruhi’s hearts were coming closer to beat as one - in the 90’s way. Their love was breathing the 1990s in 2020.

Will this lockdown teach Ishaan to love once again? Will he learn the true meaning of forgiveness? Will his love story be eclipsed by the life threatening pandemic?

This extraordinary story of love will melt your heart and make you believe in the power of true love.

Arpit Vageria has earlier authored several bestselling books, and is popular for his quirky style of writing and sharp dialogues. Since he writes for Indian television, his writing has a deep entertaining edge that appeals to readers. The book talked of love in the times of lockdown and underlined how crises brought together families in the toughest of times, beating all odds.

The Diary of My Love by Deesha Sangani

Released: October 2020

Anushkaa is young, dynamic and deeply passionate, with her goals clearly set out. Fresh out of college, she has just stepped into the corporate world, chasing her dreams. Life seems perfect.

Ayush meets Anushkaa on her first day at work, and feels a spark of liking rush through him. Torn between his heart and mind, he is sure he is smitten by her magical charm. A chance conversation with Anushkaa evokes emotions he hasn’t felt in years. She seems to be perfect.

But does a perfect life exist? When they meet again four years later, their hearts are broken and their will to love is lost. They heal each other’s hearts and help each other achieve their dreams.

Finally, when they start living for themselves and each other, life plays a cruel card. Anushkaa’s diary is her only true companion, holding within the pages the secret that nobody else will ever know. Join Ayush and Anushkaa on this rollercoaster of emotions, and take a peek into the secret Anushkaa has buried in The Diary of My Love.

Deesha Sangani is the author of A Love Story by Destiny that has been loved and appreciated by thousands of readers. She writes about relationships with a positive streak and motivates to go on.

After great pre-orders, the book went into a reprint on the day of release.

A motivational book that helps one chase dreams and also recover from emotional setbacks in relationships.

The author is a relationship coach and inspiration to many, and spreads positivity through her book too.

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