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Aug 24, 2014, DHNS: 21:08 IST

The Brave: Param Vir chakra Stories
Rachna Bisht Rawat
Penguin, 2014, pp 283, 250
This book is a collection of 21 riveting stories about how India’s highest military honour was won. Talking to parents, siblings, children and comrades-in-arms to paint the most vivid character-portraits of these men, and their conduct in battle, this book is the ultimate on Param Vir Chakra tales.
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Life or Death
Michael Robotham
Hachette, 2014, pp 435, 399
Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for armed robbery in which four people have died and seven million dollars has not been recovered. He has been beaten, throttled in every way by the prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs, who all think that Palmer knows about the money. But, he escapes a day before his release...
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Harley Loco
Rayya Elias
Bloomsbury, 2014, pp 340, 399
Rayya Elias has lived a life of extremes — highs and lows, pains and passion. This is a memoir of hard living, hair, and post-punk, from the Middle East to the lower East Side. Elias’s wit and lack of self-pity in the face of her extreme highs and lows make ‘Harley Loco’ a powerful read.

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Play with me
Ananth
Penguin, 2014, pp 245, 250
It is an engaging story that offers fresh insight into sexual relationships and intricate human emotions, including love. It revolves around Sid, a single, successful photographer, eluded by love. This is until the gorgeous, free-spirited Cara walks into his life. Sexually obsessed, the two start a torrid affair, which changes his perception of love. But then, again, he falls in love with another woman...
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BUSY: How to thrive in a world of too much
Tony Crabbe
Hachette, 2014, pp 345, 399
So many people feel far too busy — unable to work properly on the things that are important to them and stuck in a rut. This book, written by a well-connected business psychologist, puts that feeling in context and provides practical solutions for people to become happier, more motivated and more successful.

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Red Shadow
Paul Dowswell
Bloomsbury, 2014, pp 265, 299
Russia, 1940. Fifteen-year-old Misha’s life is about to transform when his father is offered a job in Stalin’s inner circle. But, Misha realises that the secret police can do whatever they like. Misha and a friend find themselves at the heart of a battle against the mighty state in this powerful evocation of one of the most turbulent places and periods of 20th century.

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Temple Architecture and Art of the Early Chalukyas: Badami, Mahakuta, Aihole,
Pattadakal

George Michell & Surendra Kumar (photos)
Niyogi, 2014, pp 245, 2,500
This volume is the first to fully describe and illustrate the Early Chalukya temples in Badami, and nearby
Mahakuta, Aihole and Pattadakal, all situated on
or near the Malprabha river in central Karnataka. These are accompanied by about 200 splendid, newly
commissioned photographs.

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