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March of the aryans
Bhagwan S Gidwani
Penguin, 2013, pp 657, 599

In a remarkable feat of imagination and research, Bhagwan S Gidwani takes us back to the dawn of civilisation (8000 BC) to vividly recreate the world of the Aryans. He tells us why the Aryans left India, their native land, for foreign shores and shows us their triumphant return to their homeland.

Will we ever speak dolphin?
Edited by Mike O’Hare
Hachette, 2013, pp 213, 375

Why do birds sing at dawn? What’s the slowest a plane can fly without stalling and falling out of the sky? And how long can you keep a tiger cub as a pet? Will We Ever Speak Dolphin?, the eagerly-awaited new ‘Last Word’ collection, has the answers to these questions and many more. This collection of wry and well-informed answers to a remarkable range of baffling questions is guaranteed to delight.

Seriously Sitara
Nishat Fatima
Hachette, 2013, pp 323, 299

Sitara Gopalasundaram — single, just-over thirty, high-minded arts editor of Homme magazine, with a mop of uncontrollable hair and no time for Bollywood types — is pissed off. Her dream assignment has fallen prey to office politics and the serious-about-her-arts Sitara has been commanded to interview Bollywood superstud Nasser Khan.

Reva EV
Dr S K Maini, Sandhya Mendonca
Random House, 2013, pp 187, 299

To counter seas of cars, rising petrol prices, and snarling traffic, Reva Electric Vehicle is India’s offering to the world in the shape of a zero emission, green mobility option. Dr Maini recounts the story of Reva, India’s first commercial electric vehicle, from the inception, ideation and designing to taking it to the world. It is a story coloured with hope, determination, disappointment, success and jubilation.

Like it happened yesterday
Ravinder Singh
Penguin Metro Reads, 2013, pp 196, 140

Has anyone ever asked you — What were the best days of your life? That one period of your life you always wanted to go back to? And live that life... one more time? When asked this, I closed my eyes and went back in my own past. When I opened my eyes, it seems like it happened yesterday! Like it was yesterday that I broke my first tooth and fell in love for the first time. Like it was yesterday, when I was about to lose my friend, and suddenly he became my best friend.

The God Argument
A C Grayling
Bloomsbury, 2013, pp 269, 399

There has been a bad-tempered quarrel between defenders and critics of religion in recent years. This book thoroughly and calmly examines all the arguments and associated considerations offered in support of religious belief, and does so in full consciousness of the reasons people have for subscribing to religion, and the needs they seek to satisfy by doing so.

Amanda Hocking
Tor (PanMacmillan), 2013, pp 342, 350

Gemma is facing the fight of her life. Cursed by beautiful but deadly sirens, her extraordinary powers have a terrifyingly dark side, and becoming human once more is proving her greatest challenge yet. As she struggles to break the curse, the sirens, Penn Lexi and Thea, are determined to kill her before she can set herself free.

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