Book Rack

Book Rack

Mist and other stories

Ka Ta Chikkanna translated by Geetha Sreenivasan
Kikkeri Publications, 2010, pp 161,150


This book consists of chronicles of rural India coming out of the suffocating feudal system, slowly and painfully, and taking a step forward towards the light of freedom, education and modernisation.

Looking for America

Avirook Sen
Harper Collins, 2010, pp 280, 299


This is a pungent social commentary with an outsider’s insight, a sense of humour by a journalist and writer about America during the year of Obama election, the recession and the changes it was going through.

The first week with my new pc

Pamela R Lessing and cartoons by David Shenton
Macmillan, 2010, pp 199, 195


It was also field tested by adults of all ages. It is a very basic guide for mature adults and everyone who wants to ‘get connected’.

Our Kind of Traitor

John Le Carre
Penguin, 2010, pp 306, 299


This is about the left-leaning young Oxford academic and his barrister girlfriend take  an off-peak holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua and their tortuous journey through Paris via Swiss Alps to London.

A Guide to the heritage of Hyderabad
The Natural and the Built

Madhu Vottery
Rupa & Co, 2010, pp 245, 495


This is a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the history of Hyderabad and its heritage. To those who have not had the fortune of savouring the sublime splendour of this city until now, this book is and invitation to do so.

Nightrunners of Bengal

John Masters
Penguin, 2010, pp 381, 350


This is a graphic, intense and gripping a tale as any modern novel of suspense. The horror of the Great Revolt of 1857 is recreated with the flare of a true story teller along with the intuitive sense of history.

What Really Happened

Banaphool translated by Arunava Sinha
Penguin, 2010, pp 327, 299


Translated into English for the first time, these stories by legendary writer Banaphool cleverly explore how life’s absurdities are negotiated through human relationships whether between friends, lovers, family or strangers.

Dowry Murder
Reinvestigating a cultural whodunnit

Veena Talwar Oldenburg
Penguin, 2010, pp 304, 399


The author provides an analytical and nuanced treatment of a complex and deeply controversial issue. Dowry was the safety net for women in pre-colonial period but it got twisted into a deadly noose for them now.

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