Manali’s Books

Find details of all Manali’s published books below.

Solo books

1. Love (Try) Angle

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About the book:

Ayesha has just moved to the’ City of Dreams’ with her parents. She befriends the charming Viren, who helps her find her footing in Mumbai. Though she is slowly adjusting to her new life, what Ayesha is most excited about is pursuing B.A. (Hons.) Political Science from a reputed college. Things don’t go as smoothly as she had thought though. Because Abhi, her senior, seems hell-bent on making her life on the campus difficult from day one. Just when things seem settled, Viren joins the college as an Ad-Hoc lecturer. Is there more to Ayesha’s friendship with Viren, and her frenemity with Abhi? It seems there’s a love triangle blooming around the corner or will it be a Love (Try) Angle? Because Ayesha is not sure if it’s love at all.

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2. The Art of Being Grateful & Other Stories

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Aashna receives a mysterious phone call in the middle of the night. The caller is a girl who says she has been kidnapped and will die if Aashna doesn’t help her. Before Aashna can get details about the girl and her whereabouts, the phone gets cut off. Who was she and why did her voice sound eerily familiar? Will Aashna be able to help her?

Maanvi’s life has always been about making everyone around realize that she is worthy too. From her test grades to her body type, everyone always had a piece of advice to give or some judgement to pass. How does Maanvi get affected by these? Does she manage to prove her worth to the world?

These and six other stories in this collection covering a range of genres including romance, mystery, horror, thriller and much more. Delve in for a delightful reading journey!

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3. The Untold Stories

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About the book:

Have you wondered about the events that happen around us? Do you think about the kind of lives people we come across everyday lead, and how they came to be what they are today? Our life is our story, but what about those little everyday incidents which create the anecdotes filling up the chapters of our life story? ‘The Untold Stories’ shares tiny anecdotes from people’s everyday routines which go on to make remarkable chapters in their life stories. These anecdotes range from incidents around contemporary social issues and events such as terrorism and environmental imbalance to those circling around relationships.

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4. A Rustic Mind


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“We never think about the effects or repercussions of our everyday actions or even the things we come across on a daily basis. Through ‘A Rustic Mind’ I aim to provide a thoughtful take on such actions and incidents. Poetic in its expression, these words will strike a chord which is not only deep but relatable on many levels. “

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Co-authored books/Anthologies

1. Zista : Stories from India

(Series Book 2)

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About the Book

“Zista represents Culture, the hub of which lies in India”

This title holds in its pages the very essence of India, its people and its culture, conveyed through a selection of short stories by few of the best authors of India.

Manali’s story in this book is titled ‘The Walls Have Ears’. This story helped her bag the Best Script Award. It talks about a young girl’s day out in the infamous Kamathipura aka The Red-Light District of Mumbai. 

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2. Ten Tales

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About the book:

This is a collection of short stories by authors across the World. The stories have been handpicked and selected based on their quality. The stories cover all genres in fiction. There are ten (10) Authors who have contributed to this masterpiece namely, Dave Worthen, Manali Desai, Abhidip Ray, Jessika Sims, Sam Rizvi, Sana Shanawaz, Umme Kulsum, Tamikio Dooley, Pratyay Ganguly and D.S. Pais.

Manali’s story in this book is titled ‘I’m Glad I’m Not Beautiful’. It spins a story around the much needed to be curbed issue and social stigma of acid attacks. The story circles around two school going teenage girls, Abha and Vidhya, who are best friends, but are opposite in nature and appearance and how a few incidents on a particular day turns their lives upside down.

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