10 Books to Read in July 2024

Embark on a literary journey this July with our curated selection of must-read books that promise to enrich your summer days. Curated by Storizen, these titles invite you into unique worlds of creativity, resilience, and profound human connection. From Kamal Haasan’s cinematic odyssey chronicling fifty of his iconic films, to Satoshi Yagisawa’s heartwarming tale set in Tokyo’s beloved Morisaki bookshop, each book offers something exceptional. Whether you’re delving into the depths of Indian epics with Dushyanth Sridhar or exploring the transformative power of literature in Nanako Hanada’s Tokyo, these ten books promise to captivate and inspire.

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1. Kamal Haasan: A Cinematic Journey by K. Hariharan

Kamal Haasan stands out as one of India’s most exceptional actors, known for his profound dedication to every role he takes on. “Kamal Haasan: A Cinematic Journey” delves into fifty of the 245 films he has been a part of, tracing his career from his early days as a child star to his most recent hits. The book highlights Haasan’s fearless approach to challenging roles, his ability to balance comedy and tragedy, and his dignified portrayals of characters that could easily have become caricatures, such as a dwarf in “Apoorva Sagodharargal” and a woman in “Chachi 420.” His resurgence with the 2022 blockbuster “Vikram” further cements his legendary status. This book offers an in-depth introduction to Kamal Haasan’s life, thoughts, and remarkable body of work.

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2. More Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa

In Tokyo’s Jinbocho neighborhood, famous for its many bookstores, the Morisaki bookshop stands out. This small, family-run store is so packed with books that it can barely fit five people. Satoru, the owner, greets each customer eagerly, helped by his wife Momoko and their niece Takako. For Takako, the bookshop ends her loneliness, offering new friends and charming rituals like the annual Jinbocho festival and visits to a nearby café. She realizes that a bookstore is not just about the stories in the books but also the stories of those who visit. In gratitude, Takako gifts her aunt and uncle a trip, promising to care for the shop. However, Satoru’s strange behavior and the appearance of a mysterious woman with a red umbrella raise questions. What secrets does the Morisaki bookshop hold? More Days at the Morisaki Bookshop is a beloved tale of hope, friendship, and the healing power of books. Will you join us in the bookshop this summer?

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3. Ramayanam: Vol 1 by Dushyanth Sridhar

“The Ramayanam, an itihasa of unparalleled significance, is hailed as the adi kavya, the first epic poem ever composed. Authored by Valmiki during the era of Rama and validated by him, this eternal epic has been meticulously preserved by all acharyas through their revered commentaries. Since the dawn of human civilization, it has been a source of inspiration for countless poets and dramatists across the Indian subcontinent, being translated and adapted into almost all Bharatiya languages. The epic is adorned with multiple layers of philosophy and theology, enhancing its timeless appeal. Its impact on Bharatiya music, dance, sculpture, and textiles is immeasurable. In this two-volume edition, esteemed Vedic scholar Dushyanth Sridhar reimagines the Ramayanam as a dialogue between Valmiki and Narada. Infused with a touch of creativity that has earned the approval of traditional scholars, and enriched with intriguing details from both renowned and obscure works, this retelling offers a fresh perspective on the classic epic. Additionally, evocative sketches by renowned artist Keshav and illustrations of rare artifacts by Upasana contribute significantly to this edition, making it a trusted and cherished rendition of the Ramayanam for readers of all ages.”

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4. My Beautiful Sisters by Khalida Popal

In August 2021, Kabul fell to the Taliban, abruptly altering the lives of women across Afghanistan. Amidst the chaos, the national women’s football team, led by Khalida Popal, faced imminent danger for their athletic pursuits. Born in Afghanistan and forced to flee Taliban rule as a child, Khalida found solace and empowerment in football upon her return, until advocating for women’s rights in sport endangered her life once more, prompting her solo escape to Denmark. From safety, she uncovered systemic sexual abuse within the Afghanistan Football Federation, catalyzing international action. As Kabul fell, Khalida orchestrated a daring rescue mission for her teammates, underscoring themes of courage, teamwork, and unwavering hope in her gripping memoir, “My Beautiful Sisters.”

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5. All the Colours of the Dark by Chris Whitaker

One summer evening, the peaceful town of Monta Clare is rocked by the disappearance of teenager Joseph ‘Patch’ Macauley. His best friend, Saint Brown, becomes consumed with finding him, driven by despair. Patch, confined in a pitch-black room for what feels like days or weeks, feels a hand grasp his; her name is Grace. Although they can’t see each other, she brings light to his darkness with her words, and love blossoms between them. When he escapes, there is no trace of her existence. Determined to reunite with Grace, Patch embarks on an epic cross-country search, while Saint follows his trail, pursuing a darker quest to track down the man responsible for their ordeal. Even if uncovering the truth means they may never find each other again, their journey for love and justice intertwines, leading them down paths that could shatter their worlds.

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6. Nimbu Saab: The Barefoot Naga Kargil Hero by Neha Dwivedi and Diksha Dwivedi

Captain Neikezhakuo Kenguruse, affectionately known as ‘Nimbu Saab’, remains a lesser-known hero of the Kargil War. Serving with the second battalion of the Rajputana Rifles, he played a pivotal role in defending Point 4590, where twenty-three soldiers, including the courageous twenty-five-year-old captain, lost their lives in combat at temperatures plummeting to -10 degrees Celsius. Despite his bravery, recognized posthumously with India’s second highest gallantry award, the Maha Vir Chakra, Kenguruse’s story remains relatively obscure. Now, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the conflict, Neha and Diksha Dwivedi, daughters of a Kargil War hero, collaborate with Kenguruse’s brother, Neingutoulie, to unveil the life and valor of ‘Nimbu Saab’, revealing the untold narrative of his service and sacrifice.

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7. India @100: Envisioning Tomorrow’s Economic Powerhouse by Krishnamurthy Subramanian

In “India@100: Envisioning Tomorrow’s Economic Powerhouse,” Krishnamurthy Subramanian posits an ambitious vision for India: achieving a $55 trillion economy by 2047, on par with the world’s largest. Grounded in Indian realities, the book asserts that India stands at a pivotal juncture, capable of sustaining 8% annual growth through rigorous economic reforms initiated post-2014. Drawing insights from China’s economic trajectory, Subramanian outlines four key pillars: macroeconomic growth, inclusive microeconomic policies, ethical wealth creation, and a reinforcing cycle of investment. This compelling narrative not only ignites imagination but also underscores India’s potential as a dominant global economic force, making “India@100” essential reading for anyone intrigued by the future trajectory of the Indian economy.

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8. The Bookshop Woman by Nanako Hanada

In the heart of Tokyo’s swirling chaos, “The Bookshop Woman” unfolds as a poignant ode to literature and self-discovery. Nanako Hanada’s life, recently shattered by divorce, finds solace amidst the dimming shelves of Village Vanguard bookstore and the transient shelters of internet cafes. As sales falter, her salvation lies in books, guiding her through the turmoil. When Nanako ventures into anonymous online meet-ups, offering transformative reads in exchange for fleeting encounters, her world expands. Across a year of encounters, she navigates a spectrum of connections, some deeper than expected. With a blend of wit and introspection, this narrative illuminates the transformative power of reading and the bustling eccentricities of Tokyo, offering a profound exploration of how books connect us to others and ourselves, inviting readers to dive deep into their pages and emerge transformed.

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9. Sky High by Tarun Shukla

In 2006, IndiGo entered India’s competitive low-cost airline sector amidst established players like Air Deccan, SpiceJet, Kingfisher Airlines, and GoAir. Over the next seventeen years, while many faltered, IndiGo emerged as the country’s largest and most valuable airline, defying industry norms with its unique strategies. Despite challenges including internal leadership dynamics and competition from giants like Tata and Singapore Airlines-backed Air India, IndiGo’s success story is a testament to visionary leadership, strategic foresight, and unwavering determination. “Sky High” by Tarun Shukla chronicles this journey, offering a compelling narrative based on meticulous research, extensive interviews, and authoritative data, portraying IndiGo as an aviation powerhouse shaped by innovation and resilience.

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10. Cauldron, Sword and Victory: The Rise of the Sikhs by Sarbpreet Singh

In “Cauldron, Sword and Victory,” Sarbpreet Singh immerses readers in the crucible where Sikh identity was forged. Through a vibrant tapestry of seers, mystics, conquerors, and kings, Singh navigates the complex landscapes of history and politics. Beginning with the rebellion of Banda Singh Bahadur and continuing with Nawab Kapur Singh and his band of resilient Sikh chiefs, the narrative unfolds against the backdrop of a shifting Indian subcontinent in the eighteenth century. Singh vividly resurrects these larger-than-life characters who grapple with the British, Marathas, Jats, and Rohillas, weaving a tale of alliances and rivalries amidst the weakening Mughal empire and the rise of Ahmad Shah Abdali of Afghanistan. Drawing on firsthand accounts, secondary sources, and translations of Braj and Punjabi poetry, Singh’s narrative is a scholarly yet captivating chronicle of faith, resilience, and authority.

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