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The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey
Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
Aleph, 2014, pp 210, 295
Rupi birthed her eldest son squatting in the middle of a paddy field, shin-deep in mud and slush. Soon after, Gurubari, her rival in love, gave her an illness that was like the alakjari vine which engulfs the tallest, greenest trees of the forest and sucks their hearts out. Now Rupi, once the strongest woman in her village, lives out her days on a cot in the backyard, and her life dissolves into incomprehensible ruins around her.

Lights out — A True Story of a Man’s descent into Blindness
L Subramani
Random House, 2013, pp 159, 299
The book deals with the six months of the author’s gradual, incurable and rather debilitating process of going blind (having seen the world normally until that point), the impact of slow loss of vision, the total cluelessness of the situation, and how he overcomes the condition.

Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister
Tabrik C
Hachette, 2014, pp 319, 350
India has a new prime minister, but is Siddhartha Tagore the product of his genius or of his dangerous mind. Ringing Shiva’s damaru in and out of Parliament, a sudden turn of karma catapults outsider Siddhartha Tagore — a conflicted genius, music maestro and prodigal son — into prominence.

A comma in a Sentence
R Gopalakrishnan
Rupa, 2013, pp 164, 295
In the 1800s, in the small, sheltered village of Vilakkudi in Tanjore district, Ranganathan, a small-time landowner, was raising his children, unaffected by British rule in India or upheavals in the rest of the world. As time passed, railways were built and newspapers appeared, isolated villages like Vilakkudi were exposed to social and cultural change.

A Red, Red Rose — Search for an Identity
Partridge, 2014, pp 420, 1,817
Deepak searches for an ideal — true love: symbolically, a red rose which motivates a person to sacrifice his all for his love. He becomes a successful writer. A girl from his school days, Sheena, whom he loved passionately, appeals in her letter for his help, stating that she had been molested and would die happily if she was avenged. He reaches out and kills for his love!

Bird in a banyan Tree: My Story
Bina Ramani
Rupa, 2013, pp 310, 500
The book is the account of Bina Ramani’s tumultuous journey through life. From arriving as a refugee child in India during Partition to having Binatone, a successful electronics brand, named after her; from her passionate relationship with screen idol Shammi Kapoor, from a loveless marriage and a bitter divorce to opening her own stores.

Leonardo and the Last supper
Ross King
Bloomsbury, 2014, pp 336, 399
Author Ross King tells the complete story of the creation of ‘The Last Supper’ — the adversities suffered by the artist during its execution; the experimental techniques he employed, the models for Christ and the Apostles that he used, and the numerous personalities involved — everyone from Leonardo’s young assistant to Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, who commissioned the work.

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