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The aryavarta chronicles: Govinda (Book 1)

Krishna Udyasankar
Hachette, 2012, pp 472, 350
In Aryavarta, descendants of Vasishta Varuni and protectors of the Divine Order on earth, have dominated. The Angirasa family of firewrights, weapon-makers to the kings and master inventors, has defied them. Now, the last Secret Keeper of the Firewrights is dead, killed by a violent hand, and the battle for supreme power in the empire is about to begin.

No one had a tongue to speak: The untold story of one of history’s deadliest floods
Utpal Sandesara and Tom Wooten
Rupa, 2012, pp 411, 495
In 1979, the Machhu dam collapsed after incessant rains, almost washing away the town of Morbi. The loss to life and property was followed by a blame game. This book gives an account of the tragedy that wiped out entire families, and brings to light the human errors that culminated in disaster.

Rip it up: The simple idea that changes everything
Richard Wiseman
Macmillan, 2012, pp 371, 599
Psychologist Richard Wiseman presents a radical new insight into your body and brain: actions are the most powerful way to instantly change how you think and feel. He shows how this simple idea can be used to increase motivation, overcome depression, lose weight, stop smoking and even slow ageing.

Subhan & I: My adventures with the angling legend of india
Saad Bin Jung
Roli Books, 2012, pp 223, 295
Set in the heart of Indian bush, this book is about angling for the hump-backed mahseer, under the most harrowing circumstances, in a swim which many experts believe cannot hold big fish, whilst others state, even if they were there, landing them would be impossible.

Towards just and equitable development: Durgabai deshmukh memorial lectures
Edited by Rajiv Balakrishnan
Konark, 2012, pp 241, 695
Grounded in Durgabai’s social development concerns and delivered by scholars and activists from diverse backgrounds, the Durgabai Deshmukh Memorial Lectures examine social policy issues, critique development policy in the country and chart out paths that need to be tread.

Resilience: Why things bounce back
Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy
Hachette, 2012, pp 323, 599
Resilience uncovers the hidden connection between systemic failures, both natural and man-made, and shares lessons in recreating stability and sustainability in a volatile world. This is a dazzling exposition of fresh thinking about how the world works.

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