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Mastani

Kusum ChoppraRupa, 2012, pp 272, 195History has revealed little about Mastani. Fascinated for years by the secrecy behind Mastani’s life and death, the author unravels the mysteries surrounding the deaths of both Peshwa Baji Rao I and his second wife. The novel explores Mastani’s royal lineage and the elegance of a warrior princess caught in the political web of a changing empire. 
The inexplicable unhappiness of ramu hajjanTaj HassanHachette, 2012, pp 240, 295Bhagatpur is populated by the land-owning farmer caste. ‘Low-castes’ live in neighbouring Tesri, looking after the needs of Bhagatpur’s ‘high-born’. This balance of power has never been questioned until the day the local barber Ramu Hajjam is beaten for accidentally cutting Subedar Singh’s cheek. His son realises the only justice open to them is the brutish kind.
Gypsy escapadesWilliam J JacksonRupa, 2012, pp 311, 250In our precarious world of old grudges and ruthless high-tech terrorism, smart young American graduate student, Jill Rothchild, and her three Indian friends, Venkie (a RAW agent), Sing and Kinnari (two Narikuravas), zigzag north across India’s landscapes, dodging lethal attacks, going all out to avert a catastrophe. 
Flame: the story of my mother shahnaz husainNelofar CurrimbhoyHachette, 2012, pp 236 295Recognised as much for her flaming tresses and her style as for her global entrepreneurial success, Shahnaz Husain is a legend in the world of cosmetology. Recreating the incredible ups and downs of her mother’s extraordinary life, her daughter, Nelofar Currimbhoy, provides a fascinating insight into Shahnaz Husain’s personal and professional life.
Simmering sandsBaqir SharmaLancer, 2012, pp 256, 395Two federal agents from US interrogate the Rajput scion of Barmer about the Rathore Mining Corporation in Barmer, which is a few miles away from international border in Pakistan. It is revealed that Rathore Mining Corporation was also dealing in uranium deposits. Was a nuclear warhead being made for India?
It’s your move, wordfreakFalguni KothariRupa, 2012, pp 282, 250Wordfreak and Worddiva hit it off right from their first online Scrabble game. Playing game after game every night leads to fun and flirty chats and a cerebral attraction so potent that it sizzles the broadband connection between them. As reality intrudes, the rules of the game change forever. Soon, the two realise that some words cannot be taken lightly.
The meadowAdrian Levy and Cathy Scott-ClarkPenguin, 2012, pp 510 499In 1995, six tourists were kidnapped in Kashmir. The ransom note demanded the release of Maulana Masood Azhar. While one prisoner escaped, another was found beheaded by his captors. The army, police etc tried to follow the trail. But the remaining four hostages were never found, their case forgotten, until now. 
The man without a face: the unlikely rise of vladimir putinMasha GessenPenguin, 2012, pp 314, 550An account of how a low-level KGB operative came to control Russia and made the country a threat to her own people and to the world, once again. 

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