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An Appetite for Wonder — The Making of a scientist

Richard Dawkins
Bantam Press, 2013, pp 308, 699
Born to parents who were enthusiastic naturalists and linked through his wider family to a clutch of accomplished scientists, Richard Dawkins was bound to have biology in his genes. In An Appetite for Wonder, we join him on a personal journey back to an enchanting childhood in colonial Africa.

The Roof Beneath Their Feet

Geetanjali Shree, translated by Rahul Soni
Harper Perennial, 2013, pp 156, 299
Chachcho lives with her frigid husband in Laburnum House. She leads a lonely life until she takes in Lalna. Suddenly one day, Lalna has to leave, to return only after Chachcho’s passing. Chachcho’s nephew tries to piece together his memories of the two women, one of whom is his mother.

Nonalignment 2.0

Penguin Viking, 2013, pp 199, 399
This book lays out the opportunities that India enjoys in the international sphere and defines the approach that India should adopt to maximise its strategic autonomy. It emphasises the need for a broad consensus among political parties, the government, the corporate community, civil society and the media, if India is to successfully pursue its national development goals.

Love Potion Number 10

Betsy Woodman
Random House, 2013, pp 302, 299
Hamara Nagar is rocked by an espionage scandal. Now that the dust has settled and the town is safe from the threat of being flooded by a dam, all eyes are on Jana and her feisty parrot, now the target of kidnapping. Meanwhile, love is in the air and thanks to the appearance of an old flame and the intoxicating elixir Love Potion Number 10.

Pakeezah — An Ode to a Bygone World

Meghnad Desai
Harper Collins, 2013, pp 152, 250
Meghnad Desai tracks the film’s tortuous journey and reveals fascinating, little-known aspects of it. He sees the film as a Muslim social set in a Lucknow of the Muslim imagination; as a woman-centric film with a dancing heroine at a time when they were a rarity...

Warp And Weft

Vinay Jalla
Vinay Jalla, 2013, pp 392, 480
Narayana, the protagonist, is orphaned at an early age. He is looked after by his aunt. His aunt dies due to an illness, making Narayana homeless. He wanders on the streets of Zarivaram like a vagrant looking for something to eat. He makes a selfish pledge to himself: to earn money and become the richest person in his village.

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