Book Rack

Book Rack

Demand

Adrian J Slywotzky with Karl Weber
Hachette, 2011, pp 377, 299
While one company’s product or service creates a worldwide buzz, another is met with total indifference. Using examples of products like Amazon’s Kindle and Pret A Manger’s Nespresso, this book seeks to find the right method to maintain a steady level of demand.

Narcopolis
Jeet Thayil
Faber and Faber, 2011, pp 292, 499
This rich hallucinatory dream of a novel captures Bombay in the 1970s. With a cast of pimps, pushers, poets, gangsters and eunuchs, this book, spanning 30 years of Bombay, portrays the city in collision with itself.

Tin Fish
Sudeep Chakravarti
Harper Collins, 2011, pp 208 250
Barun Ray and his friends set about irreverently on hilarious rebellions against their regimented fishbowl existence in a changing India. In doing so, they struggle to make sense of incomprehensible adults, Indira Gandhi, the Emergency, urine therapy and girls.

Dance of Govinda
Ashok K Banker
Harper Collins, 2011, pp 261, 199
Krishna, the prophesied slayer of Kamsa, is born and smuggled out to Mathura. With the help of Putana, a powerless demoness, Kamsa regains his strength and powers. An interpretation of the nature of evil in world so engrossed in violence.

The Time of My Life
Cecelia Ahern
Harper Collins, 2011, pp 390, 250
Lucy Silchester is invited to a meeting with ‘Life’.  Lucy is too busy for this as she is much too involved in despising her job, lying to her friends and avoiding her family. A touching story that explores what happens when one ignores the vagaries of their own life.

Death In Mumbai: A True Story
Meenal Baghel
Random House, 2011, pp 229, 299
An aspiring actress, Maria Susairaj, and her boyfriend, were accused of killing Neeraj Grover, a TV executive, and hacking him to pieces. What went wrong? Was it the pressure of Mumbai, or was there a darker motive behind it all?

Journeys Through Rajasthan
Edited by Amrita Kumar
Rupa, 2011, pp 252, 395
A great companion for the wandering traveller and the armchair one interested in the memories and
discoveries that emerged from the skilled pens of those who chose to look beyond the familiar picture-postcard images of the fabled land — Rajasthan.

Moral Materialism: Sex and Masculinity In Modern India
Joseph S Alter
Penguin, 2011, pp 211, 499
This is an attempt to bypass the traditional notion of the masculine in modern India by offering a new
interpretation of Indian ‘maleness’, through interrelated lenses of nationalism, yoga, wrestling, brahmacharya, etc.

Death Comes to Pemberley
P D James
Faber and Faber, 2011, pp 310, 499
Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years with two sons now occupying the Pemberley nursery. While all seems fine, their peace is soon threatened by the rekindling of old misunderstandings and sins.

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