Although many publishers have postponed the release dates for a lot of books, there’s still enough for all the bibliophiles looking for new books to read in April. Here’s a chance for you to explore new authors and genres while social distancing. Dive into the Indian banking system or explore the biographies of Akbar or Krishnadevaraya, the ruler of the Vijayanagara empire. Try a translated work of fiction or a coming-of-age debut novel. There’s a lot that April has to offer. All you need to do now is decide which book to begin with!


High Wind

Tilottoma Misra (Author), Udayon Misra (Tr.)

Set in early 20th century Shillong, this work of historical fiction is the story of Sanskrit scholar Banamali Panchatirtha and his wife Haimavati as they attempt to navigate the newly forged borders between Assam and Meghalaya. High Wind explores how these sweeping geographical partitions impacted the lives of the different communities who call Shillong their home, viz., the Khasi, the Assamese and the Bengali. It also looks at how human relationships can change in the face of political turmoil. Awarded the Assam Sahitya Sabha in 2017 for its sensitive portrayal of inter-community relationships, this translation is a must-read for everyone.

Releasing on April 05, 2020. Buy it here.


Akbar: The Great Mughal

Ira Mukhoty

In Akbar, Ira Mukhoty finally gives Akbar, the third Mughal emperor, his due and chronicles his life in eye-opening detail. Mukhoty spent years reading, researching and studying Akbar’s life and is thus able to bring to light various aspects of the man – from his ambitions and mistakes to his military acumen and his attempt to reform how his empire was governed. The book explores his efforts to abolish slavery and religious tax, his deference towards all religions and his work towards emancipating women. Akbar is a monumental biography of one of the greatest rulers in India’s history.

Releasing on April 10, 2020. Buy it here.


RAYA: Krishnadevaraya Of Vijayanagara 

Srinivas Reddy

When Krishnadevaraya became the king of Vijayanagara, he inherited a weak kingdom beset with several problems. Over the next 20 years, he won every battle he fought and unified South India. He built international alliances, created a cosmopolitan Deccan where people of all religions and ethnicities flourished and oversaw the Indian Renaissance. Even today, he is remembered as not only one of India’s greatest kings but also a compassionate and wise one. In Raya, Srinivas Reddy looks at Portuguese and Persian chronicles as well as many Telugu literary sources to give us a well-researched and beautifully written biography of Krishnadevaraya.

Releasing on April 10, 2020. Buy it here.


Bad Money: Inside The NPA Mess And How It Threatens The Indian Banking System 

Vivek Kaul

We’ve seen the Indian banking system fall into a state of chaos in recent times. In Bad Money, Vivek Kaul explains what bad loans are, how they reached such massive amounts, and the role of corporates and politicians in this. Most importantly, the book answers whether your money is safe in public sector banks given that 90% of all non-performing assets are on their books. This book will help you understand India’s complex banking system and make sense of what is happening around us.

Releasing on April 13, 2020. Buy it here.


Invertonomics: Eight Ideas To Transform India 

Goonmeet Singh Chauhan 

India is faced with several problems – increasing poverty, inequality in society, badly managed traffic and a government deficit. Additionally, women feel unsafe and we have a major pollution problem. In Invertonomics, Chauhan presents a new way of thinking of these problems. He posits that we look at them as economic opportunities and presents practical solutions for eight such problems. These solutions have been clearly thought-through and, in some cases, they have been successfully implemented. Invertonomics is a much-needed book for the times we live in.

Releasing on April 13, 2020. Buy it here.


What’s Wrong With You, Karthik?

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan’s debut novel is the story of 12-year-old Karthik Subramanian and his attempts at figuring out his place in a changing world. Dreaming of excelling in academics, Karthik steps into the exalted and elite St George’s, a boys’ school in Bangalore. However, his rigorous studies and dutiful prayers are of no help once he starts studying there and is forced to deal with the ups and downs of school life. A witty and humorous coming-of-age novel, What’s Wrong With You, Karthik? is an ‘exuberant debut’ and a necessary addition to your TBR.

Releasing on April 21, 2020. Buy it here.


The Machine Is Learning

Tanuj Solanki

Saransh, the novel’s protagonist, is part of a top-secret project at his place of work – a life insurance company. The project involves the creation of an Artificial Intelligence system which will cause over 500 employees to lose their jobs overnight. His responsibilities for the project require him to visit different branches across the company to determine which employees need to be replaced by the AI, all the while fending off questions on the matter from his girlfriend, a former journalist. As Saransh works to determine which employees are to be laid off, he is forced to face an ethical dilemma – does he do what his job requires him to do or does he do what is right? ‘A keenly observed and nuanced portrait of the working life’, The Machine Is Learning is a contemporary take on the impact of technology on every aspect of our lives.

Releasing on April 21, 2020. Buy it here.


Collected Plays: Volumes One & Two

Manjula Padmanabhan

This collection brings together the works of Manjula Padmanabhan, one of the leading dramatists of our time. Volume One: Blood And Laughter features four of her full-length plays – ‘Lights Out’, the award-winning ‘Harvest’, and the previously unpublished ‘Mating Game Show’ and ‘Artist’s Model’. All of them are known for their depiction of morality, relationships and justice, and the shades of grey that lie within. Volume Two: Laughter And Blood brings together her short performance pieces that include a cautionary tale of human reproduction, a thrilling game of cards, a tale of conjoined triplets going on a blind date, and many more. Creative, rebellious and unsettling, the realistic nature of her writing will ensure that you remain on the edge of your seat till the very last page.

Releasing on April 30, 2020. Buy it here and here.

Disclaimer: Some of these books were previously available on Kindle or as international editions which were available for import. This list features Indian editions of these books, which tend to be more affordable. The information featured here is accurate as of March 30, 2020.