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Like A Diamond In The Sky

Shazia Omar
Zubaan-Penguin, 2009, pp 252, Rs 250
The characters in this novel represent the despair, hopes and aspirations of a generation struggling to survive in the harsh realities of life in modern Dhaka. A hard-hitting and intensely moving debut novel.

Bimal Roy: The Man Who Spoke in Pictures
Edited by Rinki Roy Bhattacharya
Penguin Viking, 2009, pp 256, Rs 499
Hailed as a pioneer by Satyajit Ray, he was perhaps the first to bring in shades of grey to the black-and-white screen. Roy’s spare storytelling and nuanced understanding of the human condition are reflected in classics. This book is not just a eulogy to this great director, but also an insight into Roy, the man and his art.

Do You Suppose It’s The Wind?
Stories From Pakistan
Edited and Translated by Muhammad Umar Memon
Penguin, 2009, pp 296, Rs 299
Retaining the flavour of the original, Muhammad Memon’s translations from Urdu offer sharply observed snapshots of life in the subcontinent and celebrate the secular heritage of the language. A rich collection of well-known classic and contemporary stories from Pakistan.

Empire of the Moghul: Raiders From The North
Alex Rutherford
Hachette, 2009, pp 434, Rs 495
The empire of the Moghuls rose out of Central Asia in the 16th century. In a compelling series of novels, beginning with this, the author will tell the largely untold story of the Moghul emperors, chronicling the rise and fall of one of the most powerful dynasties in history.

Little Man From The East:
Marching through Tumultous Decades
Maj. Gen. (Retd) M K Paul
Harman, 2009, pp 402, Rs 680
The author, born way before India gained freedom, writes about what it was like to live in India in the 1930s and 40s that were crowded with events of historical significance.

The Fanatic Four
Vidit Chopra
Frogbooks, 2009, pp 150, Rs 195
A story about four best friends who never wanted to become geeks and so ended up getting low grades in school. This debut novel gives much insight into the lives of teenagers, their highs and lows, dexterously encapsulating their emotional journey as they strive to achieve their goals.

Malacious Medicine: My Experience with Fraud and Falsehood in Infertility Clinics
Anitha Jayadevan
Translated by Dr P K R Warrier, F R C S and C S Unni
Penguin, 2009, pp 105, Rs 150
The author recounts the story of eight harrowing years of her life when she frequented fertility clinics, as she was unable to conceive. In this book, she argues on why there must be a code of laws to regulate the use of ART (assisted reproductive etchnology) in India.