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Writing on the wall
Tom Standage
Bloomsbury, 2013, pp 278,

Writing on the Wall reveals how an elaborate network of letter exchanges forewarned of power shifts in Cicero’s Rome, while the torrent of tracts circulating in sixteenth-century Germany triggered the Reformation. Standage traces the story of the rise, fall and rebirth of social media over the past 2,000 years. 

Stories II
T C Boyle
Bloomsbury, 2013, pp 918,

The book comprises three later volumes of short fiction — After the Plague, Tooth and Claw and Wild Child — along with a new collection, A Death in Kitchawank. These 58 stories explore the mundane, the devastating, the figurative and the implausible in a masterful and enthralling collection.

Shut up and Train!
Deanne Panday
Random House, 2013, pp 381,

From the bestselling author of I’m Not Stressed comes one of the most comprehensive workout books that will give you the exact insight that you need to get started and guide you towards a healthy lifestyle. Right from weight training to body building, Deanne Panday will share the tricks of the trade to help sculpt your body in a pure, scientific way.

Ghalib Danger
Neeraj Pandey
Penguin, 2013, pp 255,

Kamran Khan is a cocky young taxi driver trying to make it big in Mumbai. But his life transforms when he saves a don called Mirza from being killed. However, in a single moment, Kamran loses everything dear to him. This is when Mirza takes Kamran under his wing and the young man gets drawn into the mafia, dangerous world of cops and rival gangsters.

Faction — Short stories by 22 film personalities
Edited by Khalid Mohamed
Om Books International, 2013, pp 293,

The book is a brilliant collection of untold stories from by-invitation-only set of Bollywood personalities. This collection is edited by Khalid Mohamed, veteran critic, filmmaker, playwright and author, and features stories by 22 Bollywood stalwarts.

The Einstein Pursuit
Chris Kuzneski
Headline, 2013, pp 453,

A lab destroyed. An explosion in Stockholm claims the lives of an elite collection of scientists. Evidence suggests the blast was designed to eliminate all traces of their research. It’s up to Interpol director Nick Dial to uncover the truth about the lab and the attack.  

A Little book of friendship
Ruskin Bond
Rupa, 2013, pp 160,

In this beautiful collection, Ruskin Bond puts together his favourite sayings on friends and friendship. From his own observations to famous sayings by celebrated writers, poets and philosophers, this is a delightful compilation of thoughts on love, friendship and family. 

Confidence — The surprising truth about how much you need and how to get it
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
Hachette 2013, pp 258,

Drawing on the latest scientific research, the author argues that confidence can actually get in the way of achievement, and that self-esteem is nothing without the competence and core skills to back it up.

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