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Mrinal Sen: Sixty Years in Search of Cinema
Dipankar Mukhopadhyay

HarperCollins, 2009, pp 316, Rs 399
In this classic biography, the author recounts the life and times of an iconic filmmaker, from his association with the Indian Peoples’ Theatre Association, which shaped his world view to his early experiences as a filmmaker. He also charts the development of Mrinal Sen from an overtly politicial filmmaker to a more contemplative one.

Deaf Heaven
Pinki Virani
HarperCollins, 2009, pp 283, Rs 295
The author examines the crisis which underlies the facade of progressive modernity that is present-day India through a set of characters you may have met. The voice is that of Saraswati, librarian and collector of curious facts, who dies among her beloved books on Thursday evening.

Sampurna Chattarji
HarperCollins, 2009, pp 347, Rs 350
In the course of 24 hours, nine characters across five cities are faced with a pressing need to examine their past. As each of them confronts the realities within, the world itself explodes into chaos, the disintegration of civic order mirroring the breakdown of individual sanities.

Journey to Ithaca
Anita Desai
Random House, 2009, pp 400, Rs 250
Sophie and Matteo are young, in love and share a dissatisfaction with their bourgeois Italian upbringing. Naturally, like many other young Westerners in the 60s and 70s, come to India. A stirring exploration of emotional exile, of sacred and profane love, this is a novel of journeys in search of individual quests for truth.

The Zigzag way
Anita Desai
Random House, 2009, pp 188, Rs 250
A story of twentieth century Mexico, through the turbulence of the revolution and personal calamity; of the exploitation of the Mexican Indians, and their dubious saviours. The story of Eric, a Boston misfit, who decides to follow his girlfriend to Mexico.

To Live or to Perish Forever:
Two Tumultous Years in Pakistan
Nicholas Schmidle
Random House, 2009, pp 272, Rs 299
The author worked in Pakistan as a journalist from 2006-08, the years when President Musharraf lost power and the Taliban found theirs. In this book, he provides a rare glimpse of some of Pakistan’s most wanted men, taking us on a journey through Pakistan’s rioting streets, Taliban camps and Baluchistan.

A Bridge to Nowhere
Mona Verma
Depot, 2009, pp 177, Rs 225
A collection of four stories about the lives of people who in all their gullibility have embarked on a journey they may never complete. The obvious darkness that awaits them does not deter them still, from hoping and loving again.

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