Book rack

Stringer — A Reporter’s journey in the Congo

Anjan Sundaram

Penguin, 2013, pp 231, 399

At 21, fresh out of the university, Anjan Sundaram decided to go to the most forbidding place in the world and learn to become a journalist there. This book is an account of a-year-and-a-half that the author spent in Congo.

Jorasanko

Aruna Chakravarti

Harper Collins, 2013, pp 406, 350

High politics, romance, tragedy and the little things that make up a family life in Jorasanko, Kolkata — the family home of the Tagores. Jorasanko was right at the hub of the Bengal Renaissance, with the family at the forefront of the movement, its women playing a pivotal role.

Ambedkar’s World

Eleanor Zelliot

Navayana, 2013, pp 303, 295

The book is a classic monograph on the Mahar movement in western India. It documents the social and political forces that shaped B R Ambedkar, and the manner in which he shaped the destiny of Dalits in the country.

THe Hunters

Chris Kuzneski

Hachette, 2013, pp 502, 350

Financed by a billionaire philanthropist, this elite team — an ex-soldier, a historian, a computer whiz, a weapon’s expert and a thief — is tasked with finding the world’s most legendary treasures. The team is now on the look out for a century-old treasure, which could not be traced even by the best.

How Eskimos keep their babies warm —
Parenting wisdom from around the world

Mei-Ling Hopgood

Macmillan, 2013, pp 292, 499

How do parents in other cultures raise their children? And what secrets can we learn from them? Offering a fascinating look at child-rearing methods from around the world, this refreshing approach to parenting will inspire, delight and entertain.

The Tailor’s needle

Lakshmi Raj Sharma

Penguin, 2013, pp 330, 350

Cambridge-educated Sir Saraswati Chandra Ranbakshi is a towering public figure in early 20th century India. A firm believer in the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, he also has faith in the virtues of the British Raj. This tussle between the old and the new values is reflected in his children — the daredevil Maneka, the timid Sita and Yogendra.

Voices from chernobyl

Ingrid Storholmen

Harper Perennial, 2013, pp 175, 299

On 26 April 1986, things fell apart overnight in the quiet Ukranian town of Chernobyl. The steam generator of Reactor Four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station malfunctioned. This elegic novel is the story of what came after. Contaminated food, metallic water, poisonous rain, disfigured progeny, and the slow-dying bereaved that the dead left behind.

Clifton Bridge — Stories of innocence and
experience from pakistan

Irshad Abdul Kadir

Harper Collins, 2013, pp 210, 250

A mujahid’s child with his Christian lover is being brought up by a Hindu vegetable vendor. A globe-trotting professor and a Urdu editor cope with cultural barriers. This debut collection of short stories, set in modern Pakistan, represents the diversified social cluster of the country.

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