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Scarecrow and the army of thieves

Matthew Reilly
Hachette, 2011, pp 400, 595
Dragon Island, a top secret abandoned Soviet base in the Arctic, has been taken over by terrorists calling themselves an ‘Army of Thieves’. It is now up to team Scarecrow, a group of Marines and civilians, to get to the base in time and stop the terrorists.

Get to the top
Suhel Seth
Random House, 2011, pp 187, 250
Offering tips on getting ahead in life, this book talks about how to do the right things, and know the right people, in order to become a people magnet, impress the powerful, and cultivate a circle of powerful  friends.

Waiting for the dalai lama
Annelie Rozenboom
Jaico, 2011, pp 204 295
Journalist Annelie Rozenboom interviews Tibetan people, Chinese residents, and the Dalai Lama himself on the issue of Tibet. This book offers the reader a chance to understand their opposing stands, and their justification of the same.

Empire, media and the autonomous woman
Esha Niyogi De
Oxford, 2011, pp 150, 745
This feminist critique of postcolonial thought argues that the individual has been indigenised in modern non-Western cultures through two examples — the rise of humanism in the colony, and the growth of new individualism in contemporary, liberalised India.

Ear to the ground: selected writings on caste and class
K Balagopal
Navayana, 2011, pp 471, 550
Largely drawn from Economic and Political Weekly to which the author was a regular contributor, this volume comprises essays that deal with representations and practices of class and power as they exist in tandem with state authority and caste identities.

The asocial networking
Dhiraj Kumar
Wordizen Books, 2011, pp 321, 195
The author discusses the weaknesses that are revealed on a social networking platform, and how best to mask these in order to seem irresistible in both the electronic and real world. The book looks into the future of mankind in light of the social network.

Instant city — life and death in karachi
Steve Inskeep
Penguin, 2011, pp 245, 599
This account makes an interesting analysis of Karachi, a city of most intriguing nature. The author observes that the decision to split Pakistan and India for religious reasons in 1947 only ended up in a further divided Karachi.

Enrich your personality
Moid Siddiqui
Macmillan, 2011, pp 197, 215
Divided into five parts, the book contains multiple tips that addresses different aspects of one’s personality. The author aims to develop both the interior and exterior aspects of the self, and help the reader in achieving a perfect balance between the two.

Lucknow boy
Vinod Mehta
Penguin, 2011, pp 306, 499
A memoir of Vinod Mehta’s life, one of the most influential editors in India. He speaks of his experience with media proprietors, relives his encounters with political, business, film and media personalities, and revisits some of his best scoops.

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