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Good Governance: Never On India’s Radar
Madhav Godbole

The book offers an insightful look into the problems plaguing Indian politics today. India is clearly divided into two worlds — the much-touted ‘shining India’ signifying the glossy, superficial, highly westernised sections of society and the ‘left-behind India’, which consists of the poor, deprived and marginalised sections of society.

Rupa, 
2014, 
pp 300, 
Rs. 500

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That Autumn in Awadh
Rachna Singh

Young, impetuous Samar Solanki and Sara Shergill try furiously to avoid falling in love but slowly succumb. 
 
All hell breaks loose as Samar’s Rajput family swears vendetta, locking Samar away on the eve of their clandestinely-planned wedding. 

They vow to eliminate Sara, the audacious girl, who has dreamt of sullying their pedigreed lineage, from Samar’s life. 

Alchemy, 
2014, 
pp 258, 
Rs. 200

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A Rebel And Her Cause — The life and work of Rashid Jahan
Rakhshanda Jalil

Despite a brief and slender literary career, Rashid Jahan blazed like a meteor in the progressive firmament of India. 

Rakhshanda Jalil offers readers an unusual document: a warm and informed biography — based on archival material, extensive interviews and critical commentaries — together with fine translations of Rashid Jahan’s best-known stories and plays. 
 
Women Unlimited, 
2014, 
pp 248, 
Rs. 395
 

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Mango Cheeks, Metal Teeth
Aruna Nambiar

Sridevi rules the box-office and Kapil Dev is yet to retire. 

Geetha, elevenish, is off for the annual family vacation in Kerala and is looking forward to all the fun with her cousins, visits to the beach and trips to the market. 

But as the summer unfolds, Geetha finds herself spending more time instead at the back of the house with the free-spirited cook, the hypochondriac cleaner, the virile gardener, a cheeky helper girl. 

And Babu, son of Koovait Kannan, the bumbling plumber who made good.

Tranqebar, 
2014, 
pp 233, 
Rs. 350

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The connected age
Sudhakar Ram

Based on his widely followed blog The New Constructs, The Connected Age presents Sudhakar Ram’s ideas on how the world can come out of the dystopian environment that it has brought upon itself. 

Starting with the idea that we are still harbouring age-old policies that are rooted in the Industrial Age, he presents his case for improvement.

Collins Business, 
2014, 
pp 238, 
Rs. 350

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The Mute Anklet
Radhika Nathan

It’s the 1790s in India. 

The beauteous Uma Brooke, an Englishman’s daughter in the care of the Maharajah of Mysore, is embroiled in a personal conflict. 
 
The Maharajah wants her to marry Captain Ashton Trevelyan of the British Army. Uma has no desire to hurt her gentle guardian, yet, she cannot conceive of a future with a Briton. 

Westland, 
2014, 
pp 285, 
Rs. 295 

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Relatives
T N Sreekantaiya, translated by T S Nagabhushana

Late Prof. T N Sreekantaiya, popularly known as TeeNamSree, has made a significant contribution to Kannada literature. 

His collection of light essays in Kannada Nantaru is read by lakhs of Kannadigas. 

This is now rendered into English as Relatives by his son, Prof T S Nagabhushana.

T S Nagabhushana, 
pp 159, 
Rs. 120

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