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A Delicate shade of pink
Erkki Tuomioja
Wisdom Tree, 2013, pp 375, 800
At the end of the 19th century, the Murriks, an Estonian family, had four daughters and a son. Two of the daughters, Ella and Salme, became Finnish citizens, with Salme adopting British citizenship later. But both also turned into revolutionaries, who idealised the Soviet state. Which of their roles in the international network of Socialists and wartime political intrigues were real and which were imaginary?

Tidal
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.

Master of arts — A life in dance
Tulsi Badrinath
Hachette, 2013, pp 284, 599
Male dancers provoke extreme reactions — Who wants to watch hairy sweaty men dance half-naked? or, Oh, they are so effeminate. Must be gay! Curious about the boys from low-income families who followed their heart and dedicated themselves to dance, the author presents their struggles to make their mark in this field.

Lost Worlds
Andrew Lane
Macmillan, 2013, pp 357, 299
Callum Challenger is a boy with a mission: to track down supposedly mythological creatures and capture their DNA. But while Callum and his friends want to save these beings, an aggressive pharmaceutical company wants to wipe them out.

Zense for an evolved leadership
Ugesh Joseph
Leadstart Publishing, 2013, pp 191, 495
Zense is the essence of Zen for an individuals positive transformation into a holistic and effective leader and manager. This book takes a refreshing new look at the principles and practices of Zen and meditation, that have growing even critical, relevance today in the spheres of leadership and management. The principles of Zen are now being recognised and incorporated into best man­agement practice.

The House with a thousand stories
Aruni Kashyap
Penguin, 2013, pp 226, 399
It is 2002 and young Pablo, who has mostly lived a sheltered and privileged life in Guwahati, is visiting his ancestral village for his aunt’s wedding. As the wedding preparations gather pace, Pablo is amused as well as disturbed by squabbling aunts, dying grandmothers, cousins planning to elope for love, and hysterical gossips. And on this heady theatre hovers the sinister shadow of insurgency and the army’s brutal measures to cull militancy.

A Salesman’s lessons
C R Jena
Leadstart Publishing, 2013, pp 210, 195
What is the ground reality for a salesman? Do the various laws, theories, hypotheses, anecdotes that we painstakingly read and absorb in order to gain our college degrees, equip us for field situations when we actually go into the real world of sales? The author explores the answers to this question. The book is light reading and fun, but the lessons it contains are both down to earth and serious.

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