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Cobalt Blue
Sachin Kundalkar, translated by Jerry Pinto
Penguin, 2012, pp 228, 399

A paying guest seems like a win-win proposition to the Joshi family. He’s ready with the rent, he’s willing to lend a hand when he can. But he’s also a man of mystery. He has no family, no friends, no history, and no plans for the future. The siblings Tanay and Anuja are smitten by him. And when he vanishes, he breaks their hearts.

In the shadow of freedom
Laxmi Tendulkar Dhaul
Zubaan, 2013, pp 308 495


In the early 1930s, Ayi Tendulkar, a young journalist from Maharashtra, travelled to Germany to study. He married Eva Schubring, his professor’s daughter. Soon after the marriage broke up, Tendulkar married filmmaker Thea von Harbou. The author traces the turbulent lives of her parents against the backdrop of Nazi Germany and Gandhi’s India.

Risk Management: The New Accelerator
Edited by Narsimharao Venuturpalle & Yerram Raju
Konark, 2013, pp 161, 495


The shadow of global financial crises of 2007 is still cast on the developing countries. This book is a compilation of all the speeches which serves as essential reading for all those who are on the learning curve in the discipline of risk management to provide a new slant to the subject.

The Virgins
Siddharth Tripathi
Fingerprint, 2013, pp 320, 250


With six unmarried sisters and a drunk father, Pinku, a 19-year-old school dropout, has only one dream left — to marry the plump girl who caught him stealing flowerpots. His friend, Bhandu, is not faring any better as his parents are divorcing. Bhandu and Pinku seek solace in the distracting shenanigans of their friend Guggi, a pampered rich brat who can do anything for a thrill.

Skin, a biography
Sharad P Paul
Fourth Estate, 2013, pp 208, 499


An accessible look at skin — our most fundamental organ — by one of the foremost experts in the field. The story goes back to a flat and primeval earth, where the sun was dominant and the seas shallow. It tells a complex tale with many unexpected connections in its exploration of our largest sense organ.

the spy who lost her head
Jane De Suza
Harper Collins, 2013, pp 246 250


A new arrival in the City of Dreams, Gulabi aims to string herself a husband before her lease period is out. Fate, however, has a way of forking things up, and Gulabi finds herself catapulted into a series of crime-busting, penguin-chasing adventures.

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