Smart CHange

Art Markman

Piatkus, 2014, pp 275, 350
Every day millions of people log on to Facebook to connect with friends. Each time we do this we are creating and reinforcing habits. We have routines for checking news from friends, looking up birthdays and family updates. Premier cognitive scientist Art Markman draws on all the latest scientific research to help you succeed in beating those bad habits.


Sowmya Aji

Harper Collins, 2014, pp 205, 299
Every time TV journalist Anjana Gurunath sees hot young cricketer Avinash Katagi, her heart starts pounding, her mouth goes dry and she forgets she is married. By the look of things, Avinash seems to have been hit by the love bug as well. Anjana is curious as to why one of the country’s most sought-after bachelors is wooing her. What is his intent?

Maverick UNchanged, unrepentant

Ram Jethmalani

Rupa, 2014, pp 273, 495
Ram Jethmalani remains an enigma to many. As a public figure, a politician always in demand, the highest rated criminal lawyer in the country, he is held in high esteem. Being an active politician, he has never allowed political allegiance to compromise his values. The book is a searing critique of the disease inherent in government.

Operation Mom

Reenita Malhotra Hora

Harper Collins, 2014, pp 234, 299
Seventeen-year-old Ila Isham has a lot to worry about. There’s the angst of being an Ali Zafar groupie, for one. Then there are the extra layers of fat she has inherited from her part-Punjabi lineage. Add to this parents who have separated, an enthusiastic best friend. Her life takes an exciting turn when she decides to hunt for the perfect partner for her single mother.

Getting away with Murder

Heraldo Munoz

Viva Publications, 2014, pp 272, 395
On December 27, 2007, after a major election rally, Rawalpindi, a suicide bomber fired shots at former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and detonated explosives strapped to his chest. With impeccable research and insight, Munoz situates Bhutto in a surprisingly deep, decades-long history of US-Pakistan ties and the emergence of global terrorism.

India’s Muslim Spring

Hasan Suroor

Rupa, 2014, pp 217, 395
There is a new generation of Muslims who want to rid the community of its insular and sectarian approach by concentrating on things that affect their everyday lives. This book focuses on the current Muslim mood in India, particularly that of the youth who are trying to move the community into a more positive direction.

Sahir Ludhianvi — The People’s Poet

Akshay Manwani

Harper Collins, 2013, pp 320, 399

Sahir Ludhianvi is probably the only songwriter in Hindi films whose poetry was accepted in its purest form and incorporated as a film song. So great was his stature as an Urdu poet that he never had to mould his poetry to suit the demands of film songwriting, instead producers and composers adapted their requirements to his poetry. This exhaustive biography traces the poet’s rich life.

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