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More ghost stories of shimla hills
Minakshi Chaudhry
Rupa, 2012, pp 147, 150

The foothills of Himalayas present the perfect
setting for the dark and sinister world of phantoms and apparitions. Many spirits wander about these hills: the English nurse, the theatre manager, the English lord and his sister, even a family of local ghosts. Many of these are real encounters narrated by the inhabitants.

March of the aryans
Bhagwan S Gidwani
Penguin, 2012, pp 657 599

Gidwani tells us why the Aryans left India and shows us their triumphant return. Here are characters like  Sindhu Putra, with his message of love; Bharat, who inspired the dream of unity, equality, human rights and dignity for all; the sage Dhanawantar and his wife; peace-loving Kashi after whom Varanasi is named; and Nila, who gave his name to River Nile.

Painted years
Dolly Saxena
Good Times, 2012, pp 269, 195

Painted Years is all about who Rya is, apart from being an author. This is a story of a daughter, a wife, a mother, a worker, all in one. Rya’s illness adds to the piquancy of the story; she is terminally ill, and is balancing her life to suit that of her family and the people she loves. And she loves everyone with her whole heart.

Goat days
Penguin, 2012, pp 225, 250

Najeeb’s wish is to work in the Gulf and earn enough money to send back home. He achieves his dream only to be propelled by a series of incidents into a slave-like existence herding goats in the middle of the Saudi desert. With memories of his village and family haunting him, the lonely young man contrives a hazardous scheme to escape his desert prison.

The kiss of death...XO
Jeffery Deaver
Hachette 2012, pp 416, 695

When Kayleigh Towne gets a phone call, playing the first verse of the song, one of her crew is murdered, in a terrible echo of Your Shadow lyrics. Kathryn Dance is drawn in to the attempt to find the killer. An expert in body language and behaviour, she knows that stalking crimes are never just one-time encounters. And then, a second message comes...

Classic satyajit ray
Satyajit Ray
Penguin, 2012, pp 411, 399

Ray’s short stories explore the macabre and supernatural, and are marked by the sharp characterisation and trademark wit that characterises his films. This collection brings together Ray’s best short stories — including such timeless gems as Khagam, Indigo, Fritz, Bhuto, The Pterodactyl’s Egg, Big Bill, Patol Babu, Film Star and The Hungry Septopus.

Just married please excuse
Yashodhara Lal
Harper Collins, 2012, pp 255, 199

Yashodhara, a girl from the big city, is hitched to Vijay, a laidback boy from a small town. The couple must learn to adjust to married life and to each other. With the unexpected arrival of baby Anoushka a.k.a Peanut, the battles escalate, fuelled by their vastly divergent views on raising a child. Have they just bitten off more than they can chew?

Poor little rich slum
Rashmi Bansal and Deepak Gandhi
Westland, 2012, pp 189 250

These are the stories of the little people who make up the Big Idea of Dharavi: a slum of energy, enterprise and hope. Where every hand is busy, every head is held high. Where people could be miserable but choose to be happy. A choice each of us can make.

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