BOOK RACK

Gaysia — Adventures in the queer east
Benjamin Law
Random House, 2013, pp 325, 350
Gaysia is Benjamin Law’s wildly witty investigation of gay life in the biggest continent. We follow him as he takes an in-depth look at resorts for gay nudists in Bali; transsexualism in Thailand; China’s underground gay resistance; religious fundamentalists keen on curing homosexuality in Malaysia and gay pride parades and encounters with gay royalty in India.

The Scatter Here is too Great
Bilal Tanweer
Random House, 2013, pp 203, 350
Comrade Sukhansaz, an old communist poet, is harassed on a bus full of college students minutes before a blast. His son, a wealthy middle-aged businessman, yearns for his own estranged child. A young man, Sadeq, has a dead-end job snatching cars from people who have defaulted on their bank loans.

Bones of the tiger — Of Man-eating tigers and Tiger-eating men
Hemanta Mishra & Jim Ottaway Jr
Penguin, 2013, pp 258, 299
Majestic and beautiful, ferocious and lethal, the tiger has captivated the imagination of people across the world. Inspiring myth and folklore, this big cat has long paced the jungles of Asia. A true adventure tale, the book tells the fascinating story of one man’s quest to save the man-eating tigers of Nepal.

Nothing Holds back the night
Delphine De Vigan
Bloomsbury, 2013, pp 334, 699
Only a teenager when Delphine was born, Lucile raised two daughters largely alone. She was a former child model from a Bohemian family, younger and more glamorous than the other mothers: always in lipstick, wayward and wonderful. But as Delphine grew up, Lucile’s occasional sadness gave way to overwhelming despair and delusion.

Master Laster
Sumit Chakraberty
Hay House, 2013, pp 206, 299
This book takes you beyond Sachin Tendulkar’s career aggregates and passionate assertions. It sets the Tendulkar debate against specific data, taking it beyond career aggregates and passionate assertions. Master Laster covers the variables in the game and its infinite possibilities. It also deals with why this game fascinates so many of us.

Miracles
Ranjit Lal
Inked, 2013, pp 281, 299
Trisha is hugely embarrassed by her hip mom. But along with her exuberant little sister, Shivi, they make for a quirky threesome, as Trisha adjusts to a new school, explores her talent for singing and falls for Akshay. Trisha’s world comes crashing down when a fatal illness befalls her mother.

Four Miles to Freedom
Faith Johnston
Random House, 2013, pp 182, 350
When Flight Lieutenant Dilip Parulkar was shot down over Pakistan on 10 December 1971, he quickly turned that catastrophe into the greatest adventure of his life. On 13 August 1972, Parulkar, along with Malvinder Singh Grewal and Harish Sinhji, escaped from a POW camp in Rawalpindi. This is their story.
 
Laila ke Khutoot
Qazi Abdul Ghaffar; translated by Scheherazade Alim
Niyogi Books, 2013, pp 252, 395
Laila ke Khutoot has been hailed as the ‘first specimen of psychoanalytical fiction in Urdu’. Set in the early 20th century, the book is a courtesan’s search for identity and an exposition of exploitation of women by a complacent and hypocritical society.

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