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Mirrored Mind — My Life in Letters and code
Vikram Chandra
Penguin, 2013, pp 258,
499

Vikram Chandra has been a computer programmer for almost as long as he has been a novelist. In this extraordinary book, he returns to his early days as a writer, when he was beginning Red Earth and Pouring Rain, and looks at the connections between these two worlds of art and technology.

Teatime for the firefly
Shona Patel
Harlequin, 2013, pp 427,
299
Despite being born under an inauspicious horoscope, she is raised to be educated and independent by her eccentric grandfather, Dadamoshai. And, by cleverly manipulating the hand fortune has dealt her, she has even found love with Manik Deb — a man betrothed to another. Layla’s life as a newly married woman takes her away from home and into the jungles of Assam.

Brahmaputra and the Assam Valley
Ranjita Biswas, Photographs by Prasanta Sarkar
Niyogi Books, 2013, pp 162,
1,495
The book is an illustrated journey in the company of the Brahamaputra as it intertwines itself with the life of Assam. As it enters the land through the eastern Himalayan foothills and flows into the sea in the west, it tells many stories: of kings and queens, of heroism and poetry, and of festivals and dance.

Pig’s Foot
Carlos Acosta
Bloomsbury, 2013, pp 333,
 499
Oscar Mandinga, great-grandchild of the founders of a small hamlet of wooden shacks and red earth deep in the Cuban hinterland, is a sardonic teller of tales — some taller than others — of slavery, revolution, family secrets, love and identity, spanning four generations. 

Mahi — The Story of India’s Most Successful Captains
Shantanu Guha
RayRoli Books, 2013, pp 193,
295
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has emerged as one of India’s most successful captains this cricket-crazy country has seen. The book charts the dynamic rise of one of India’s most talented and charismatic cricketers and captains.

Resist
Sarah Crossan
Bloomsbury, 2013, pp 359,
 399
The sequel — and conclusion — to Sarah Crossan’s Breathe. Three teen outlaws must survive on their own in a world without air, exiled outside the glass dome that protects what’s left of human civilisation. Gripping action, provocative ideas and shocking revelations in a dystopian novel that fans of Patrick Ness and Veronica Roth will devour. 

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