Book rack

Punjabi Parmesan
Pallavi Aiyer
Penguin, 2013, pp 318,
599

In 2009, journalist Pallavi Aiyar moved to Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union, to discover a Europe plagued by a financial crisis and unsure of its place in the world. With a lively mix of memoir, reportage and analysis, Aiyar takes the reader on a romp across the continent.

One Part Woman
Perumal Murugan
Penguin, 2013, pp 240,
399

All of Kali and Ponna’s efforts to conceive a child have been in vain. Despite being in a loving and sexually satisfying relationship, they are relentlessly hounded by the taunts of people. Ultimately, all their hopes and apprehensions come to converge in the temple of the half-female god Ardhanareeswara. 

Unbreakable — An Autobiography
M C Mary Kom
Rupa, 2013, pp 155,
199

A childhood of hard labour prepared her body for the sport as well as any fitness training might have. Her own will and aggression carried her through the minefield of politics that any sport in India is. M C Mary Kom is not yet ready to call it a day, but here she tells her story so far. 

Suki
Suniti Namjoshi
Penguin, 2013, pp 132,
 299

In Suki, the author weaves a witty and delightful tapestry from threads of longing, loss, memory, metaphor and contemplation. She draws in a stunning evocation of the love and friendship shared between herself and her super cat, Suki, a lilac Burmese. Suki suggests that she could be a goddess, and Namjoshi her high priestess.
 
What God Said
Neale Donald Walsch
Hodder, 2013, pp 349,
350

Inspired by his nine-book Conversations with God series, many people have asked Neale Donald Walsch to find a way to deliver the most essential pieces of God’s message in a more succinct way. The result is a concise text detailing and expanding just what we need to know about life and how to live it. 

The Treasure of Kafur
Aroon Raman
Pan Macmillan, 2012, pp 399,
299

Hindustan, 1580 AD. The Mughal Emperor Akbar is at the height of his power. But 20 years of war have earned him many enemies, led by Asaf Baig, the tyrannical ruler of Khandesh. Baig has stumbled upon the knowledge of the whereabouts of the fabulous lost treasure of Malik Kafur, which will guarantee victory to Akbar’s enemies.

The destruction of Hyderabad
A G Noorani
Tulika Books, 2013, pp 388,
825

The fascinating story of the fall of the Indian princely state of Hyderabad has till now been dominated by the ‘court historians’ of Indian nationalism. Noorani offers a revisionist account of the Indian Army’s ‘police action’ against the armed forces and the government of Hyderabad, ruled by the wealthy Nizam.

City of fear 
Robin David
Harper Collins, 2013, pp 265,
 399

At a time when the memory of the riots has already faded in the minds of many, City of Fear documents the varied forms of fear that people in Gujarat experienced during that period, especially those of the author’s own Indian Jewish Bene Israeli family.

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