Book Rack

Welcome to advertising! now, get lost
Omkar Sane
Westland, 2009, pp 230, Rs 395

A sharp-witted look at the advertising industry as it is. An essential read for the initiated as they will discover themseleves and their colleagues, and for the unitiated, to see how the real world of advertising functions.

HUNGER AND OTHER STORIES
Narendra Kohli
Full Circle, 2009, pp 221, Rs 250

These collection of 13 short stories, were written between 1965 and 72’ when the nascent Indian economy was grappling with basic concerns like providing a decent standard of living to the burgeoning large middle class, among others. Hunger, addiction, love, frustration, old age, loss of times in war... are basic human subjects that the author explores.

YOUR’R HIRED!
How To Get That Job and Keep It Too
Nasha Fitter
Penguin, 2009, pp 434, Rs 199

Whether you are applying for a new job or want to perform better in your present position, this book will help you answer those questions you didn’t know whom to ask. An easy, step-by-step guide, written specially for Indian job contexts and situations.

OTHAPPU: THE SCENT OF THE OTHER SIDE
Sarah Joseph
Translated by Valson Thampu
Oxford, 2009, pp 286, Rs 395

A first Malayalam novel of its kinds, this is about a woman’s yearning for a true understanding of spirituality and her own sexuality. The novel is a powerful indictment of the hypocrisy that plagues Christianity in many parts of the Subcontinent.

Slumgirl dreaming: My Journey to the stars
Rubina Ali
Random House India, 2009, pp 175, Rs 195

What does it mean for a little girl to move from slum kid to star so quickly? What will the future hold for her?  This is Rubina’s story — of playing marbles in the gallis of Garib Nagar with her friends, reluctantly going to school, dreaming of acting in films and then having it come true. In the book, she tells us about life on the film set, the aftermath of the Oscars (including the controversy over her father), and how it feels to have the media spotlight on her.

POETRY IN A TIME OF TERROR: Essays in the
Postcolonial Preternatural
Rukmini Bhaya Nair
Oxford University Press, 2009, pp 231, Rs 595

If the law of poetry is that it is ambiguous, then, equally, the law of teror is that it equivocates. This book explores the fundamental conflict between these two seemingly similar, but, in fact, dramatically different codes invented by human society. The essays in this volume dwell on the poetic stances assumed by ‘terror’ in relation to nation, language, translation, borders, gender sexuality, and other forms of difference. Poems, the author argues, are our first language when confronted with the incomprehensible, with sublime joy, or with terror out of the sky.

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