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Iora & the quest of five
Arefa Tehsin
Fingerprint, 2012, pp 304, 195

What is the mysterious five? That’s the question that little Iora, a resident of Twitterland, a hidden rainforest civilisation, must answer in order to save her father’s life. Searching for him, she enters the Wacky Wilderness, where she learns that it is not just her father’s life that’s threatened. The entire jungle is doomed.

Once upon the tracks of mumbai
Rishi Vohra
Jaico, 2012, pp 266, 175

Autistic. Schizophrenic. Psychotic. These were the words used to describe Babloo by everyone — the doctors, his family, his teachers. Everyone except
Vandana. She treats him the way he wants the world to see him. Mumbai — the city that defines his ultimate desires. Will it allow him the love and normalcy he so craves?

Red skies and falling stars
Diti Sen
Jaico, 2012, pp 239, 195

As the Naxalite movement is born and overtakes Calcutta in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Rumi’s eldest sister gets drawn into its vortex, unleashing a chain of events that tears the family apart. Set against the violent politics of the movement, the story traces its direct fallout on people caught in the crossfire and the tragic consequences.

Pao: the anthology of comics 1
Ambarish Satwik, Amitabh Kumar, Ikroop Sandhu et al
Penguin, 2012, pp 299, 799

Image and word come together to tell the story in the 12 graphic narratives that comprise Pao. The visual interpretations range from the highly stylised to the raw, provocative and seemingly natural. In tempo as well as texture, the stories vary from the quirky and dazzling, to the profound and contemplative.

The apple revolution
Luke Dormehl
Virgin Books, 2012, pp 532, 1096

Meet the ones who created the Silicon Valley: the hippies who started the Homebrew Computer Club; the young ad executive who first sketched out Apple’s iconic logo and more. From Steve Wozniak, who built the first breakthrough Apple computers, to Jony Ive, the young Brit who imagined the iPod, the geeks, creatives and dreamers, they are all here.

Jinnah vs gandhi
Roderick Matthews
Hachette, 2012, pp 330, 499

How did Jinnah and Gandhi, who saw themselves as heralds of a newly independent country, come to find themselves on opposite ends of the political spectrum? This book chronicles the similarities and differences between them, as their admirers and detractors would have it and as they actually were.

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