Book rack

Book rack

Perpetual City — A Short Biography of Delhi 

Malvika SinghAleph, 2014, pp 128, 295Drawing upon her unparalleled knowledge of the city, Malvika Singh gives us a book that reveals the pith and essence of Delhi through the memorable people who lived (and live) in it, its great buildings, its extraordinary food, its unforgettable music and the centuries of blood and history that have seeped into every square inch of its soil.

Karachi, You’re killing me!

Saba ImtiazRandom House, 2014, pp 263, 299Ayesha is a 20-something reporter in one of the world’s most dangerous cities. Her assignments range from showing up at bomb sites to interviewing her boss’s niece, the couture-cupcake designer. In-between dicing with death and absurdity, Ayesha despairs over the likelihood of ever meeting a nice guy.

Karma Kurry

Jeroninio Mlameida & Jyoti NandaJaico, 2014, pp 228, 250The book features inspiring stories about Anu Aga, Geeta Chandran, Rohini Nilekani, Chewang Norphel, Gul Panag, Anita Pratap, Gregory Roberts and others — these stories have that power to inspire people to rise and act, to make a difference. A compilation of soul-stirring tales, the book celebrates the journey and triumph of the human spirit. 

Sorry, You’re not my type

Sudeep NagarkarRandom House, 2014, pp 203, 150The final audition for Rajhans College’s prestigious music band brings together three contrasting personalities. Vikrant, a perfectionist, Anamika, a free spirit, who stands up for what she believes is right, and Yuvi, a die-hard music lover. So how does Aditya, a stranger, become a part of their lives? 

The Mouse Merchant — Money in Ancient India

Arshia SattarPenguin, 2014, pp 191, 499Even in ancient India, money is always a good thing and everyone wants it. The stories in The Mouse Merchant, selected from the Sanskrit universe, from the period of the late Rig Veda to the 12th century, tell us how money was dealt with in everyday life in ancient and medieval Indian society. At the heart of these tales is the merchant.

Zen Garden

Subroto BagchiPenguin, 2014, pp 328, 499For the immensely popular column Zen Garden, which he published in Forbes India for over three years, Subroto Bagchi spoke to some interesting people. Many were high performance entrepreneurs. But the one thing that was common to every guest was that they were pathmakers rather than choosing to follow the well-trodden path.

Eagles over Bangladesh

PVS Jagan Mohan & Samir ChopraHarper Collins, 2013, pp 426, 499In December 1971 Bangladesh was born. Its birthing was among the most painful of any new nation. The book recounts the IAF offensive over Bangladesh, commencing with the raids on Dacca on the first day of the war and moving on to the final coup de grace delivered on the Governor’s House in Dacca.

Timeless Malgudi

R K NarayanRupa, 2014, pp 378, 395Timeless Malgudi brings together a selection of the best and the most enduring of R K Narayan’s fiction and non-fiction. The book is as much a showcase of Narayan’s writing as it is a celebration of Malgudi, the town which time does not touch.

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