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Sita — An Illustrated Retelling of Ramayana
Devdutt Pattanaik

Penguin, 2013, pp 318, 499
Even though Sita plays a pivotal role in the Ramayana, when you actually seek her out you realise she is but a prop, appearing and disappearing, with her marriage, her abduction, her rescue, and finally her banishment. Who is she really? There are tantalising clues in classical as well as subaltern literature and in folk traditions, but nothing else.

Reed Albergotti & Vanessa O’Connell
Hachette, 2013, pp 364, 599
Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded.

Jo Nesbo
Harville Secker, 2013, pp 374, 1,572
Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and Harry has been sent to investigate. It’s clear that the ambassador’s family is hiding some secrets of its own, but few people are willing to talk.

The Third Curve
Mansoor Khan
Mansoor Khan, 2013, pp 202, 495
Financial markets are under threat. Growth rates are dropping. The age-old remedies prescribed to boost economic growth are proving ineffective, if not outright dangerous. Five years after the 2008 global financial crash, nothing seems to work as per projections. But what if the rules of the game have inverted? We need a new lens to understand this economic reality.

Crown of Midnight
Sarah J Maas
Bloomsbury, 2013, pp 422, 299
Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful — the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin the world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart.

What I did not learn at IIT
Rajeev Agarwal
Random House, 2013, pp 214, 150
Sir Alex announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United after 27 years in the role. He has gone out in a blaze of glory, with United winning the Premier League for the 13th time. He is considered to be the greatest manager in the history of British football. In this book, he reveals his amazing story.

The Madras Mangler
Usha Narayanan
Leadstart Publishing, 2013, pp 280, 195
Five pretty girls are enjoying college life, until a serial killer moves into town. He eludes ace criminologist Vir Pradyumna and snatches a girl he protects. Ruthless politicians, bumbling cops and cyber criminals run amuck.
India at risk
Jaswant Singh
Penguin, 2013, pp 202, 299
India has failed when confronted with challenges to national security. Having directly handled the responsibility of managing security-related challenges, Jaswant Singh provides an analysis of the major challenges that India has faced over the last 66 years.

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