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Book Rack - Dec 10

Sunday Herald Dec 9 2017, 21:38 IST

Jasoda

Kiran Nagarkar

Harper Collins, 2017, Rs 599, pp 264

Paar has been suffering from a decade-long drought. Jasoda leaves the place with her children and mother-in-law. Will Jasoda come back, or will she make the city her home? The author weaves a narrative of survival in the face of poverty and patriarchy.

India

Arun Bhatnagar

Konark Publishers, 2017, Rs 650, pp 264

A comprehensive analysis of Indian historical events after the Partition, it talks about the border questions and conflict, gender violence, and the emergence of the Hindu right wing, thereby tracing the journey to the formation of independent India.

Scary Stories Flipped

Various authors

Harper Collins, 2017, Rs 225, pp 200

It comprises scary and funny stories and can be flipped over. It is a compilation of many authors such as Adithi Rao, Shabnam Minwalla, Sowmya Rajendran, Jane De Souza, Sampurna Chatterjee, et al. The reader gets to choose from which side to read.

The Journey Within

Radhanath Swami

Harper Collins, 2017, Rs 399, pp 300

The sequel to The Journey Home, it hopes to guide readers through the essential teachings of bhakti-yoga. The author draws from his personal experiences to demystify the ancient devotional path of bhakti, capturing its essence and explaining its simple principles for balancing our lives.

Charlie Next Door

Debashish Irengbam

Harper Collins, 2017, Rs 350, pp 326

Anupama is 42, struggling every day with the
memory of her late husband. It has been two years, and it's time that she moves on. While her friends try to hook her up, she meets Charlie, her new neighbour, 24, single, attractive and commitment-phobic.

The Leopard's Tale

Jonathan and Angela Scott

Speaking Tiger, 2017, Rs 350, pp 228

This book is an account of a solitary mother leopard and how she provides for herself and her offspring. Chui was the first of a generation of leopards that Jonathan Scott watched and photographed in Kenya's Maasai Mara Game Reserve in the 1970s and the 1980s.

The Wickerman Chronicles

Giri Kurichiyath

Lifi Publications, 2017, Rs 225, pp 168

The author uses a grungy and a modern-day reimagination of the classic tales and humour to tell stories. In Vikram-Vetal, Vikram is a washed-up bounty hunter who is given the task of capturing a ghoul named Vetal. While in El Murcielago, he is an undefeated bullfighter at the Jallikattu, who may have met his match.

What a Life!

Rajinder Puri, Partha Chatterjee & Arvinder Singh

Niyogi Books, 2017, Rs 495, pp 148

These are some of the best political cartoons since Independence by Rajinder Puri. Used as a vehicle for spreading public awareness on the burning issues of the day, these cartoons give us a glimpse of his virtuosity as a columnist, writer and an activist.

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