Book rack

All about bacteria

Ravi Mantha
Harper Collins, 2013, pp 235, 299
In this book, health activist Ravi Mantha argues for the prevention of illness rather than the search for cure. The first step to this is understanding our bacteria. Combining the latest in medical research with preventive techniques, this book will shift your focus from pills and products and take you along on the path to achieving and maintaining excellent health.

All is well

Louise L Hay & Mona Lisa Schulz
Hay House, 2013, pp 219, 399
This book explores the affirmations made in Louise Hay’s bestseller ‘You Can Heal Your Life’. Structured around seven emotional centres, which mirror our chakra system, the authors examine the connections between these centres and the body. Affirmations, intuition and medical science form a powerful triad that enables us to achieve maximum health and well-being.

Zen: dang dang doko dang

Osho
Penguin, 2013, pp 269, 399
In these lectures on Zen, Osho shows the way to self-realisation without believing in God. He argues that the mind is our barrier to happiness and that Zen teaches you how to detach yourself from it. Lucid and profound, and told with great simplicity, this book will transform the way you live and perceive the world.

Change your words, change your world

Andrea Gardner
Hay House, 2013, pp 159, 299
We use words every day to communicate, to express our thoughts and feelings, but we often forget how powerful they can be and how important it is to choose them with care. In this heart-warming story, the author shares the ups and downs of her journey from near-bankruptcy to prosperity, and from disease to well-being, using the medicine of words.

Blind spot

Mahzarin R Banaji & Anthony G Greenwald
Penguin, 2013, pp 167, 599
This book is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Writing with simplicity and verve, the authors question the extent to which our perceptions of social group — without our awareness or conscious control — shape our likes and dislikes and our judgements about people’s characters, abilities and potential.

Island of thousand mirrors

Nayomi Munaweera
Hachette, 2012, pp 225, 399
Straddling opposite sides of the long and brutal civil war in Sri Lanka, two girls, one Sinhala and other Tamil, navigate their histories, sibling rivalries, adolescent heartbreaks and harsh demands of survival. Written in stirring prose that evokes the beauty of Sri Lanka and the bloodshed that has destroyed it, this debut novel is a haunting tale of lives distorted by violence.

The secret gardener
Kalpana Swaminathan
Penguin, 2013, pp 241, 299
24, Patwardhan Cross. Inspector Savio thinks that the solitary bone that surfaced in the garden there doesn’t mean anything much. But Lalli finds it curious. Later, a dying gigolo whispers the address of 24, Patwardhan Cross in terror and a mummified finger with a chic manicure turns up at the garden. As Lalli investigates, she discovers a gruesome tale.

Why nations fail
Daron Acemoglu & James A Robinson
Hachette, 2013, pp 462, 599
Based on 15 years of research, and answering the competing arguments of authors ranging from Jeffery Sachs to Jared Diamond, this book blends economics, politics and history to provide a powerful and persuasive way of understanding wealth and poverty. Engagingly written, this book answers questions that have stumped experts for centuries.

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