THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 (So Far)



We had an amazing first half of 2019. It was full of surprises and mind-blowing books. On our way to 2019 READING CHALLENGE, we came across these 7 books which we would like you to add into your reading list this year.

The books are ranked on the basis of SALISMANIA.com Ratings and Editor's Choice.

TOP 7 HIT BOOKS OF THE FIRST HALF OF 2019 ARE:

1. BEYOND 90 MINUTES by Anirban Chatterjee & P.K. Banerjee


"Pele pointed to me and said, 'This man had prevented me from showing my skills to the audience of India, ' with a broad grin on his face. Football God and Brazilian legend Pele's words on P.K.Banerjee after the later prevented Pele from beating his Mohan Bagan team in 1977.

Beyond 90 Minutes is a candid heart-wrenching autobiography of India's gifted son P.K.Banerjee, in which he bares it all about his illustrious career as a footballer and then as a coach spanning over six decades. It is a delightful read for any football follower. The book describes the maestro's uphill journey in life and is told with all candidness and brutal clarity. It's an engrossing story of a dream journey for a little boy from pre-independent India who went on and was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit, the highest honor awarded by FIFA."

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2. WHAT GOES INTO A BUTTERFLY? by Sunil Rajagopal


Take long walks with an Everyman, exploring the simple joys and sorrows of his Every Day. On the way, you will meet trees, birds, spiders and come across familiar places and people. Discover the hidden beauty and secrets of the world around. You may notice things that you never did before. You may question what you thought and saw before. And in the end, understand that there is a poem within every one of us. This is a collection of 125 poems, long and short, grouped into 8 engrossing sections: Quiet Roads and Hidden Nooks, In Every Little Drop, On Long Walks, Birds in their Sky, Lost and Found, Everyday, Folly, and A Window Within.

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3. THEY GO TO SLEEP by Saugata Chakraborty


A young widow of a drug overdose victim disappears from Goa. Three years later, a British National claims to know her whereabouts minutes before departing for London Heathrow. The Police of two states is pressed into a joint manhunt. 'They Go to Sleep' is a racy thriller on police procedure and criminal psychology.

In the year 2043, when nobody sends a letter anymore, an unlikely candidate decides to write about his springtime memories that are soon going to be erased. When his identity gets revealed, the impact on several individuals and the society at large assumes epic proportions. 'A Man of Letters' is a science fiction with humane emotions at its core. A promising poet meets his muse on board a train. They share a captivating conversation but forget to ask each other's name. Will they be able to meet again in an Indian metro? 'What's In a Name?' is a humorous look at everything Bengali: gossip, fish, cutlets and the Kolkata Book Fair.

These three stories are joined by nine equally exhilarating tales of ordinary people and the choices that they make under extraordinary circumstances. The compilation will surely compel the readers to keep their midnight lamps burning.

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4. GREED LUST ADDICTION by Ravi Dabral


Materialism is the mantra of the modern generation, whose motto is to 'eat, drink and be merry'. This philosophy gives rise to 'greed, lust and addiction' which are vices within us. As against this, spiritualism believes in having ' virtues, values and morals' to live a contented, stress-free and purposeful life.

This is the journey of an investigative journalist, thrillingly revealing mysteries of the corrupt material world. Believing in following the virtuous, righteous and spiritual path in life, how far will he succeed in a society dominated by corrupt politicians, unscrupulous greedy businessmen, puppet media, insensitive police, and even a biased judiciary?

Will he survive in the midst of the powerful lobbies who have scant regard for human life? Or will he be crushed like a beetle under a booted foot, as everyone predicts? Or will he be able to stand up just with the help of a handful of yogis of the Himalayan ashrams and their spiritual followers?

A novel with lots of twists, turns, conflicts, romance, emotions, drama, suspense, thrill, and action, promising a mesmerizing reading experience...

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5. MERE KHAYAL by Manisha Yadav


Poems and Shayaris in this book express the turmoils taking place in the author's mind which have surfaced due to the conditions arising around her. It expresses the feeling the author has toward different events taking place in her life and all around. Many women will be able to relate to this book.

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6. DARIYA-E-EHSAAS by Manisha Yadav


हमारे जीवन में और आस पास समाज में कुछ घटनाएँ हममें कई एहसास भर जाते है।ऐसे ही कुछ एहसास मैंने अपने आस पास और समाजिक घटनाओं में महसूस किये जिन्होंने मेरी सोच और लेखनी को एक नया आयाम दिया साथ ही कुछ एहसास मुझे मेरी आध्यात्मिक यात्रा के दौरान ध्यान के जरिये भी हुए जिन्हें मैं इस पुस्तक के माध्यम से आप तक पहुँचा रही हूँ।आशा है कि मेरे ये एहसास आपके दिलों को छुएंगे और आप भी इनसे खुद को जोड़ पाएंगे।

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7. THE TEMPLE STOP by Harinder Cheema


The Temple Stop is not just a story of love and romance. It is a story of all those soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation. A story of their helpless families who are forced to live a life of poverty and oblivion waiting for some divine intervention. It is also a social commentary on the evils prevailing in the society.

But nowhere are the social messages forced on the readers. The treatment is very subtle. The story has a natural flow like that of a river and the messages are like the silt it carries along its course which helps make the land fertile and rich.

l intend to do the same to the minds of my readers. My novel also boasts of a novelty and that is the introduction of poetry in contemporary fiction. My book starts with a poem and ends with a poem. Throughout the story l have expressed strong emotional scenes through poetic verses.

The style is simple, the language colloquial but it is the profundity of thought and some soul searching poetry that makes The Temple Stop a rich work of literature.

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