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Notes From A Small Room
Ruskin Bond
Penguin, 2009, pp 171, Rs 225

An enchanting collection of essays, a celebration of the uncomplicated pleasures of a life well-lived. Whether contemplating the sound of a tropical downpour, or the fragrance of lime trees in the Himalayas or a year spent with his cat, Bond transports us to a quieter, more elegant world where time moves at a gentle pace. A vintage Bond!

Burning Bright
Irom Sharmila and The Struggle For Peace in Manipur
Deepti Priya Mehrotra
Penguin, 2009, pp 219, Rs 275

Irom Sharmila, a young Manipuri has been arrested, released and re-arrested innumberable times for going on an indefinite hunger strike until the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (which empowers military and paramilitary personnel to arrest, shoot, even kill anyone on the grounds of mere suspicion) is repealed. This is a moving portrait of her life.

Secrets and Lies
Jaishree Misra
HarperCollins, 2009, pp 406, Rs 275

The story of three school friends reuniting after many years. But the women have to confront a secret that has haunted their adult lives. The secret that binds them can also destroy them. Can their friendship stand the strain, or are some things better left unsaid? Find out in this book about friendship and memories.

Sand Storms, Summer Rains
Asha Iyer Kumar
Frog Books, 2009, pp 452, Rs 450

This book is a moving narration of dreams and deprivations, sorrow and sacrifice, love and loss of two men and their families, a story that in the end prods us to evaluate our own priorities and preferences in a world that is incorrigibly materialistic. It is life watched at close quarters.

Of Sadhus and Spinners:
Australian Enounters with India
Edited by Bruce Bennett, Santosh K Sareen,
Susan Cowan, Asha Kanwar
HarperCollins, 2009, pp 205, Rs 299

Despite a shared history of British imperialism and commonalities like the English language, a democratic polity and a craze for cricket, Australians and Indians know very little about each other. This book attempts to correct this with a range of stories that trace the chequered history of interactions between the two nations.

Why I Am A Believer:
Personal Reflections on Nine World Religions
Edited By Arvind Sharma
Penguin, 2009, pp 378, Rs 450

The upsurge of religious fundamentalism worldwide poses a strong challenge to a centuries-old religious pluralism. In this collection of essays, prominent scholars share their experiences as followers of their religions, touching on such basic questions as why people believe and why they don’t, how beliefs are affected by encounters with other traditions and so on. The outcome is revealing.

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