Book Rack

The cousins
Prema Raghunath

Zubaan, 2011, pp 209, 325
Set in the early 20th century Madras, this novel is about family relationships, the search for love and a sense of belonging.

The Prayer Room
Shanthi Sekaran
Harper Collins, 2011, pp 382, 350
The book re-examines the meaning of family — the living members as well as people who exist only in our memories.

Burnt Toast
Sandy Kundra Verma
Rupa and Co, 2011, pp 238, 195
This story proves that life cannot be a perfect cream-cake — it’s a piece of burnt toast.

The Prince and the Sannyasi
Partha Chatterjee
Hachette, 2011, pp 650, 395
Set in 1921 Dhaka, this is a retelling of the notorious Bhawal Sannyasi case, one of India’s best-known legal battles.

Deadly Embrace
Bruce Riedel
Harper Collins, 2011, pp180, 499
This book explores the turtuous path of relations between two very different nations — Pakistan and US.

Manik-Da: Memories of Satyajit Ray
Nemai Ghosh, translated by S K Ray Chaudhuri
Harper Collins, 2011, pp 107, 199
This book is an endeavour to depict Satyajit Ray behind the director’s mask from a photographer’s view.

Prisoner No 100
Anjum Zamarud Habib, translated by Sahba Husain
Zubaan, 2011, pp 226, 325
Set in Kashmir, this is a real story of a searing indictment of draconian state policies and a woman’s extraordinary life in prison.

First Day First Show: Writings from the
Bollywood trenches
Anupama Chopra
Penguin, 2011, pp376, 499
This book is a guide to the dazzling world of lights, camera and stars of Bollywood and also of its shadowing darkness.

Simla: The Summer capital of british India
Raaja Bhasin
Rupa and Co, 2011, pp458, 395
This book is a tribute to Simla the summer capital of British
India.

Adapt: Why success always starts with failure
Tim Harford
Hachette, 2011, pp 309, 499
This book guides us on how to adapt — improvise rather than plan and work from the bottom up.

Chutnefying English: The Phenomenon of Hinglish
Edited by Rita Kothari and Rupert Snell
Penguin, 2011, pp 235, 299
This book takes a serious look at the widespread phenomenon of our times called ‘Hinglish’ that pervades our daily lives.

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