Book Rack

Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India
Joseph Lelyveld
Harper Collins, 2011, pp 425, Rs 699

A highly original, stirring book on Mahatma Gandhi that deepens our sense of his achievements and disappointments.

Finding Forgotten Cities:
How the Indus Civilization was discovered
Nayanjot Lahiri
Hachette, 2011, pp 436, Rs 350

This book comprises a history of how India’s antiquity was unexpectedly unearthed with the discovery of ‘the civilization of Indus Valley’.

Dare to lead
Anil K Khandelwal
Sage, 2011, pp 403, Rs 795

This is about how Anil K Khandelwal transformed the Bank of Baroda from being just another public sector bank into one of the most valuable brands in Indian banking.

Romancing the microphone: Be a Radio Jockey
Swaty Gupta
Rupa and Co, 2011, pp 138, Rs 95

This book explains the history of FM in India, the pre-requisites of being a good radio jockey, and career opportunities available in radio.

Chopped Green Chillies in Vanilla Ice Cream
Sam Mukherjee
Rupa & Co, 2011, pp 287, Rs 195

This book is about Chinmoy Bose who is devoted to his family and friends in a humble neighbourhood in Kolkata. He aspires to leave the country for perceived riches but, surprisingly, a betrayal threatens to short circuit his dream.

The Cloud Messenger
Aamer Hussein
Harper Collins, 2011, pp 195, Rs 250

This book unfolds Mehran’s adult life in London: he discovers the  joys of poetry, faces the trials of love and work, and spends his dreaming hours ‘sending cloud messages to other places’.

The Secret Keeper
Mitali Perkins
Harper Collins, 2011, pp 211, Rs 199

This is the story of Asha who is overwhelmed by all that’s happening around her and pours her heart out into her diary, her secret keeper.

Paper Bastion and other stories
Meera Kant, translated from Hindi by Ranjana Kaul
Rupa & Co, 2011, pp 213, Rs 195

This is an insightful collection of tales based on themes as varied as the suffering of women to the alienation of Kashmiri diaspora.

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