The Wife & The Dalai Lama’s Cat


Asian Lite News provides a range of books to read this weekend. Set in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, The Wife is a story of high emotion and drama, reflecting the universality of our lives. In this way, it stands among great literary masterpieces such as Khaled Hosseini’s Kite Runner and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus, in that is combines fantastic writing with a sensational plot and focuses a magnifying glass on modern society.

The Wife_frontRosmini Shaari’s latest novel, The Wife spins a magical tale of love, heartbreak, lust and betrayal, making The Wife a perfect Summer read for women of all ages and from across the globe.

More than this, it covers the lives of modern Muslim women and the challenges they face with regard sexism, polygamy, equality and self-entrapment.

Based heavily on Shaari’s own life as a modern, educated Muslim woman, it takes a heavy slice of reality and plants this on the pages of the fictional characters. And in doing so, it transforms The Wife from being merely a good read into an important tool for social and cultural revelation.
The Dalai Lama’s Cat and The Power of Meow;

Author: David Michie; Publisher: HayHouse;

Lama's catThe latest book in the series of the Dalai Lama’s cat opens with an epigraph: “I have lived with several Zen masters – all of them cats.” The feline protagonist is on a mission to be mindful – to think less, to experience more and to live in the moment.

The cat takes the reader to the enchanting world of the Dalai Lama’s monastery in the Himalayas. She narrates the conversations she hears and the incidents she encounters, and introduces us to a range of new characters – a senior executive, the Pope’s beloved dog and a public health inspector who wants her cat banned from the book cafe where she often lounges.

After the Crash; Author: Michel Bussi;

Publisher: Hachette

A detective novel, translated from French by Sam Taylor, is about an investigation that lasted almost two decades.

Private detective Credule Grand-Duc, investigating a case of a sole survivor of a plane crash, a three month-old baby girl, decides to take his own life after failing to find the truth in 18 years about her real family out of the two who came forward to claim her. Just as he is about to pull the trigger, he uncovers a secret that changes everything.

Read on for a thrilling crime story.

Saving Wild India: A Blueprint For Change;

Author: Valmik Thapar; Publisher: Aleph;

The author, a naturalist with over 40 years of experience, lays out a blueprint to govern our wilderness and safeguard its future – for the quality of our life hugely depends on the existing wildlife cover.

He suggests that each one of us take an active part in conserving our wildlife, rather than passively hoping the government and the forest departments will take care of this, and hence our environment. From legal and federal structures, to the role of the state and the Indian Forest Service, the author’s research offers some feasible solutions – framing and passing enlightened legislation, revamping training institutes, enlightened wildlife tourism, public-private partnerships and the like.

Jungle Folk: Indian Natural History Sketches;

Author: Douglas Dewar; Publisher: Aleph;

An original and eye-opening account of various Indian birds by an ornithologist Douglas Dewar. The subjects are diverse – vivacious mynas, vociferous cuckoos, beautiful pittas, silent herons, and cheeky squirrels, among others. Each chapter is dedicated exclusively to one bird details their anatomy, physiology, behaviour, lifestyle and habitat.

The book would interest both an amateur and an expert in natural history.