Book Rack

Going places: India’s Small-town cricket heroes
K R Guruprasad
Penguin, 2011, pp 166, Rs 199

This is the story of a unique XI made up of cricketers like M S Dhoni, Virender Sewag, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, S Sreesanth and Munaf Patel — who made the leap from the hinterland to centre stage.

Vinod Kambli: The Lost Hero
Kunal Purandare
Har Anand Publications, 2011, pp 234, Rs 295

This biography throws light on the other half of the famous  Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli partnership and makes sense of the puzzle around cricketer Vinod Kambli.  

Matters of Discretion
I K Gujral
Hay House, 2011, pp 519, Rs 795

An autobiography of an Indian Prime Minister, reflecting upon the crucial events that had a significant impact on the nation’s destiny after independence.

Known and Unknown: A Memoir
Donald Rumsfeld
Penguin, 2011, pp 815, Rs 999

This memoir reveals what happened behind the scenes during the critical moments of the Bush years, as the president’s inner circle debated how best to defend the country.

A book of memory: Confessions and reflections
Sudhir Kakkar
Penguin, 2011, pp 318, Rs 499

This is a memoir that grapples with not only the crises of
identity and intellect, but also the ecstasies and vicissitudes of erotic pleasure and love.


The Popcorn essayists: What movies do to writers
Edited by Jai Arjun Singh
Tranquebar, 2011, pp 227, Rs 395

A collection of essays reflecting on the genres of cinema:
Hollywood blockbusters, Hindi noir, horror... and how these films had an effect on individual lives.

The Search
Shaheen Akhtar, translated by Ella Dutta
Zubaan, 2011, pp 359, Rs 395

A quarter century after the liberation war in Bangladesh, this book is about Mukti, a young researcher, who comes into Mariam’s life with a set of difficult questions.

All passion spent
Zaheda Hina, translated by Neelam Hussain
Zubaan, 2011, pp 167, Rs 225

A moving narrative of love and loss which focuses on the
unresolved question of the 1947 partition of India.

The Red Road
Tina Biswas
Zubaan, 2011, pp 349, Rs 350

Set in a small town in the Bengal of the 1960s and 1970s, this is a story of how political unrest and rebellion destroys the world of ordinary lives in one family.  

On two feet and wings
Abbas Kazerooni
Hachette, 2011, pp 234, Rs 250

This book about Abbas, who flees to Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war,  is filled with innocence, wisdom and survival against the worst odds.

The Leopard
Jo Nesbo
Random House, 2011, pp 613, Rs 949

A thriller about a killer who stalks the city streets where his victims are two young women. The police is clueless and there is only one man who can help, but he hides himself…

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