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Where Are You Going, You Monkeys?
Folktales From Tamil Nadu
Ki Rajanarayanan
Blaft, pp 235, Rs 350

The author has spent three-quarters of a century collecting the weirdest and wildest tales from the karisal mannu, the scorched drought-stricken land of Tamil Nadu. This colourful and often hilarious collection includes a gallery of conniving goddesses and jealous husbands, pious sparrows and randy mice, jewel-crazy ghosts and angry star demons.

Laurie Halse Anderson
Penguin India, 2009, pp 316, Rs 399

As the Revolutionary War rages, a 13-year-old-girl pursues her own fight for freedom. A masterfully told novel about a girl who longs to be free in a society that refuses to let her. Isabel and her sister are slaves who in a horrible twist of fate are sold to a malicious New York City couple. Having lost their mother, Isabel vows to protect her younger sister and live with hope.

Molly Fox’s Birthday
Deirdre Madden
Penguin, 2009, pp 221, Rs 299

Alone in Molly Fox’s house, her friend, attempting to finish a play she is writing, finds her thoughts turn to her relationship with Molly and their old university companion Andrew. A moving and truthful novel about identity, friendship and how the past informs the present in ways we might never have imagined.

Branding India: An Incredible Story
Amitabh Kant
HarperCollins, 2009, pp 267, Rs 499

The story of how the author, former joint secretary in the ministry of tourism and his colleagues cutting across various governmental departments put India on the world tourism map with their ‘Incredible India’ campaign. This success story becomes more relevant today as the Indian tourism industry faces a slowdown because of the economic downturm and the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

The Lazy Conman and Other Stories:
Folktales From Nepal
Ajit Baral
Penguin, 2009, pp 196, Rs 250

An engaging retelling of mostly oral folktales, these stories represent the mosaic of cultures that make up the Nepalese nation. With beautiful illustrations by Durga Baral, these stories afford a view of the social and cultural life of Nepal and an opportunity to sample the treasures of an ancient and rapidly changing culture.

God Is Not Dead: What Quantum Physics Tells Us ABout Our Origins and How We Should Live
Amit Goswami
Jaico, 2009, pp 309, Rs 295

A guided tour of quantum phsyics, consciousness and the existence and experience of God. This book helps readers to break free of a Newtonian, materialistic view of reality to the fascinating quantum existence of God. A book that challenges readers to change how they think — the nature of reality, the existence of souls, the power of dreams, the universality of love, and the very mind of God.

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