Book Rack

Who let the dork out
Sidin Vadukut
Penguin, 2012, pp 256, 199

With just 12 months to go before the 2010 Allied Victory Games in New Delhi, there is pandemonium. Preparations are months behind schedule. Badrikedar Laxmanrao Dahake not only has to deal with an irate PM, but also with high intrigue in the Lok Sabha and investigative journalists. He’s about to resign, when he runs into an unlikely saviour...

Asia Bibi
Virago, 2012, pp 160, 350

In June 2009, Asia goes to the nearest well to take a drink, and offers a cup of water to another woman. Suddenly, one of her fellow workers cries out that the water belongs to the Muslim women and that with her actions, Asia — who is Christian – has contaminated it. And, in that instant, with one word, an argument ignites.

My dear bapu
Edited by Gopalkrishna Gandhi
Viking, 2012, pp 356, 599

This 80-odd largely unpublished letters from C Rajagopalachari to Mahatma Gandhi, Devadas Gandhi and Gopalkrishna Gandhi, sourced from family archives and public repositories, covering the years between 1920 and 1955, are presented in this book. They describe the struggle, endeavours, and the inner world of friends, home and hearth.

Trojan horse
Mark Russinovich
St Martin’s Press, 2012, pp 320, 499

Cyber security analysts Jeff Aiken and Daryl Haugen find themselves caught in the middle of a battle between international forces. A new virus created by the CIA and Mossad to attack Iran’s nuclear programme is about to be released. China’s Cyber Warfare Center has developed an insidious new Trojan Horse virus that could upend international politics.

Attia Hosain: distant traveller
Edited by Aamer Hussein with Shama Habibullah
Women Unlimited, 2012, pp 234, 350

Chapters from an unfinished novel and stories comprise this anthology. Attia’s two worlds — the Lucknow she grew up in and the London she later lived and worked in — intersect in the stories and novel excerpts presented here, reflecting her deep and abiding concern with those caught in the cleft stick of history, and how they come to terms with it.

Now for then: how to face the digital future without fear
Ben Hammersley
Simon & Schuster, 2012, pp 547, 499

This is an essential guide to the things we need to know for life in the 21st century. Explaining the effects of the changes in the modern world, and the latest ideas in technology, culture, business and politics, this book will demystify the internet, decode cyberspace, and guide you through the innovations.

The book of nizamuddin aulia
Mehru Jaffer
Penguin, 2012, pp 164, 250

‘The Book of Nizamuddin Aulia’ reveals the life and teachings of the most beloved and revered of medieval Sufi saints. Nizamuddin Aulia was born in 1236, in great poverty. He grew up in a tumultuous world and saw three dynasties and seven sultans wreak havoc over an entire nation in the name of religion. Staying away from the corridors of power, the mystic chose instead to dedicate his life to the Sufi vision of love and spiritual enlightenment and to serving the needs of the poor. This book tells the story of Nizamuddin Aulia, from man to saint.

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