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Rogue Elephant
Simon Denyer
Bloomsbury, 2014, pp 440, 599
At the beginning of the 21st century, India seemed to stand on the brink of an exciting new era. Second only to China as the fastest growing major economy in the world. Yet a decade later, the dream has crumbled. Denyer exposes the battles taking place all across the nation between powerful vested interests and those trying to foster change.

Aavarana — The veil
S L Bhyrappa, translated by Sandeep Balakrishna
Rupa, 2014, pp 389, 395
Lakshmi, a rebellious, free-spirited and intelligent film-maker, breaks ties with her staunchly Gandhian father to marry Amir. However, she is shocked to discover that her husband is not the open-minded, progressive individual he claimed to be. This sets her off on a personal journey into India’s history.

The bad boys of bokaro jail
Chetan Mahajan
Penguin, 2014, pp 209, 250
When Chetan Mahajan is wrongfully sent to Bokaro Jail, he encounters a world different from his corporate life in Delhi. From picking the best prison ward, getting cellphone access and upgraded food and training for his upcoming marathon in the tiny prison yard, Chetan soon learns to work the prison system. 

Pure & special: Gourmet Indian Vegetarian 
Cuisine
Vidhu Mittal
Roli Books, 2013, pp 224, 1,295
Bestselling author Vidhu Mittal’s cookbook delves into the nuances of Indian vegetarian food and offers a collection of recipes that takes the food lover to the next level of vegetarian cooking. A mix of traditional, festive dishes, contemporary favourites and innovative renditions, each recipe extols the virtue of vegetables. 

No looking back
Shivani Gupta
Rupa, 2014, pp 246, 295
Shivani had thrown a party one evening and awoken the next morning in hospital, her spine shattered by a car crash. Paralysed and then wheelchair-bound, it took Shivani years of pain, struggle and determination to regain control of her life and her body, to demand and receive respect from the world. 

Women extraordinaire
Suchita Malik
Rupa, 2014, pp 295, 295
This is a story of Kaushalya who is a lot like the women of today. She likes to live life by her own terms, and questions the customs and traditions that have been followed by her community from time immemorial. Kaushalya married into a middle class family which is not conventional for someone of a higher social status. 

Left Brain, right stuff
Phil Rozenweig
Hachette, 2014, pp 322, 399
Dozens of books have been published recently on the errors and biases that affect our judgments and choices. Drawing on cognitive science, their lessons are excellent for many kinds of decisions — consumer choice and financial investments. The author shows this sort of decision-making relies on mastering two very different abilities.

The Avatari
Raghu Srinivasan
Hachette, 2014, pp 500, 399
When Henry Ashton, a retired British Army officer, receives a letter from a monk entreating him to prevent a hidden treasure stolen from a Laotian monastery from being misused, he finds himself honour-bound to respond.
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