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The age of miracles

Karen Thompson Walker
Simon & Schuster, 2012, pp 373, 450
Julia and her parents wake up in their suburban home in California to discover that the rotation of the earth is noticeably slowing. The enormity of this is beyond comprehension. And yet, even if the world is, coming to an end, day-to-day life must go on. Julia, facing the loneliness and despair of an awkward adolescence, witnesses the impact of this phenomenon on the world, community, family and herself.


Raag darbari

Shrilal Shukla
Penguin, 2012, pp 352, 399
Rangnath arrives at Shivpalganj to spend time with his uncle Vaidyaji, the most important person in the village and the man who controls the grain cooperative and the intermediate college. There is a rebellion brewing among the college teachers, and Ramadhin, Vaidyji’s arch-rival, won’t give up the village council without a fight. Factionalism, wheeling and dealing, and corruption take centre stage.

The shadow throne

Arron Raman
Pan Macmillan, 2012, pp 332, 250
A mysterious murder at the Qutub Minar triggers a call to journalist Chandrasekhar from his cop acquaintance, Inspector Syed Ali Hassan. The victim is unlike anyone Chandra has ever seen: a white Caucasian male who has all the looks of a throwback to Greek antiquity. What begins as a murder enquiry morphs into a deadly game of hide-and-seek within the world of Pakistan’s ISI and India’s RAW.

Screwed!: A guy’s gotta do what he doesn’t wanna do

Manoj Bhavnani
Penguin, 2012, pp 216, 150
Nothing hassles Karan, the smooth-talker who enjoys a job as a copywriter. He can always depend on his attitude and wisecracks to get out of any tricky situation. Everything is perfect until Sonia tumbles into his life. Karan falls hard for Sonia, but he can never find the right moment to confess his feelings to her. When he meets Anita, things get really complicated...

Soulmate: a love story

Deepak Chopra
Hay House 2012, pp 290, 299
Raj Rabban, a gifted doctor, thought he knew about love and death. He meets fiery Molly on a Manhattan subway. What begins as infatuation grows deeper than he ever imagined possible. Although he is engaged to Maya, a woman of his parents’ choosing, Molly is the flame that ignites his soul. But Raj’s journey is only beginning; his path ultimately takes him and those closest to him beyond the portals of death.

The woman who died a lot

Jasper Fforde
Hachette, 2012, pp 384, 550
The Book World’s leading enforcement officer Thursday Next is four months into an enforced semi-retirement following an assassination attempt. She is yet to walk without a stick, has double vision more often than she doesn’t, and limited mobility in her left arm. She returns home to Swindon for what you’d expect to be a time of relaxation and recuperation. If only life were that simple...

Framing history: context and perspectives

Bhupendra Yadav
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, 2012,
pp 444, 260
Knowledge has been in the making for over three millenia. History is a part of an evolving commonwealth of learning. In this book, the author, Bhupendra Yadav, a history teacher by profession, has provided an interdisciplinary survey of the changing context and perspectives of history writing.

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