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House of Cards
Sudha Murty
Penguin, 2013, pp 232, 250

House of Cards is the story of Mridula, a bright young woman with enormous enthusiasm for life, hailing from a village in Karnataka. A chance meeting with Sanjay, a talented but impoverished doctor, leads to love and marriage. The more Mridula sees the world, the more she realises how materialistic people can be.

Meena kumari — A classic biography
Vinod Mehta
Harper Collins, 2013, pp 233, 350

Vinod Mehta’s riveting account of Meena Kumari’s life begins with her death, weeks after the release of her swan-song Pakeezah. He goes back in time to Meetawala Chawl in Dadar (east), where she was born, and to the flats and mansions she lived in, the studios where she worked, the hospital where she died, and the cemetery she was cremated in.

Wise Enough to be foolish
Gauri Jayaram
Jaico, 2013, pp 205, 225

Wise Enough To Be Foolish is a fictionalised memoir that traces the journey of an Indian girl’s life with all its challenges and delightful surprises as she blossoms from an insecure child into a confident young woman.

The Alchemists
Neil Irwin
Hachette, 2013, pp 397, 599

The Alchemists is an account of the most intensive exercise in economic crisis management and an insightful examination of the role and power of central banks. Central bankers uphold one end of a grand bargain that has evolved over the past 350 years. They ensure that people get jobs, whether their savings are secure, and whether their nation prospers or fails.

The Ekkos Clan
Sudipto Das
Niyogi, 2013, pp 282, 350

Someone wants Kratu’s whole family dead. Is it personal vendetta or is it because they have access to Kratu’s grandmother Kubha’s stories, which conceal perilous secrets. The eventful lives of Kubha and her family span a hundred years and encompass turbulent phases of Indian history.

Hitched — The modern woman and Arranged marriage
Nandini Krishnan
Random House, 2013, pp 253, 299

If you are an Indian woman and old enough to legally bear children, chances are that an overweight relative has asked you, “When am I going to eat at your wedding?” Hitched explores in depth the considerations matrimony should involve and the issues that can crop up at different stages of an arranged marriage.

I am Vidya: A transgender’s journey
Vidya
Rupa, 2013, pp 138, 195

Identities are not mere markers we are known by; they define as well as limit us. They can both confine or release a consciousness. I Am Vidya is the story of one such journey, of a declaration, of the claiming of an identity.

Management from the masters
Morgen Witzel
Penguin, 2013, pp 202, 299

The book collects together the 20 essential rules that every manager must be aware of. From the writings of Kautilya,Confucius and Darwin to Pakinson, Deming and Buffett, these are timeless pronouncements on the art of management from thought leaders across the ages.

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