Richa Lakhera is Senior Deputy Editor with NDTV. She has penned the satire on Indian TV industry titled Garbage Beat. Her second is a crime novel on the Indian Film industry, Item Girl. She is the winner of the Indian Council for UN Relations (ICUNR) award for excellence in entertainment journalism. Richa’s new crime novel HUNGRY GODS is available now.
Beaten and brutally raped, her body is never found. They make one big mistake. A witness who has nothing to live for except revenge. He will have to make it past the boundaries of time and labyrinth of events to make them pay. Valentine, the superstar brand ambassador who sells anything for a price; Medici, a pharmaceutical company in the dock for unverified drug trials; Dr Ranga who won’t stop his sinister perversions. And Este, the prostitute whose cruel secret blows up a daughter’s sanity. Will Officer Rane connect the clues in time to prevent another murder? Deeply unsettling, HUNGRY GODS takes a hard look at the acquisitive soul of a people who exploit and acquire. You will be surprised by who it finds there.
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Sunheri and Suhana, twin sisters who share a horrific childhood, are caught in a vortex of pain and deceit when Sunheri, a popular item girl in Bollywood, is accused of murdering her vicious uncle and sent to jail. Suhana, an aspiring filmmaker, is determined to seek justice for her sister but Kala, their evil stepmother, makes matters worse with diabolical plans of her own. The plot thickens when three manipulative item girls—Nargis, Digital Dolly and Daisy—are identified as key eyewitnesses in Sunheri’s case.
A brutal sex tape rips the cover of an extravagantly horrifying world of violent misfits and damaged souls. Throw into the mix a hushed up crime, a brutal blackmailer, a cruel boyfriend, a cynical journalist and a hardboiled cop, and what you have is a mind-bending psychological thriller that will hold you hostage until the end. There is not a dull moment in Item Girl, an intense, gripping account of the dark side of showbiz.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)
Did Laila really say that? Not in her wildest dreams, not till sometime ago…
Laila is on the entertainment beat a world full of vain heroines, egoistic superstars, spirited item girls, prissy stars … To top it all, life in the newsroom is a series of deadline-driven bloopers. Adding to the mayhem is a sexy Bollywood journo-turned-item girl Latika; Chiki, the reporter who is obsessed with a superstar; award-winning super hack Indumati; and their razor-sharp and hard-to-please editor Bunny.
Caught between her ambition to excel, a live-in boyfriend who feels ignored, and a father who is ashamed of her career choice, Laila realizes that the life of an entertainment reporter is not the glamour ride she had expected … because, on the Garbage Beat, reporting is a harrowing, ball-crushing, back-breaking affair.