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The Writer on the HillRuskin BondRupa, 2014, pp 398, 295

The book is a comprehensive selection of Ruskin Bond’s fiction and non-fiction, both popular and little-known. In Masterji, a young man meets his old Hindi teacher on a train platform, in handcuffs. In the excerpt from The Room on the Roof, Rusty stands up to his bullying guardian. In Once Upon a Mountain Time, Bond creates a charming portrait of Mussoorie.

The Nile — Downriver Through Egypt’s Past and PresentToby WilkinsonBloomsbury, 2014, pp 332, 499

Egypt is the most populous country in the world’s most unstable region. It is the key to Middle East peace, the voice of the Arab world, and the crossroads between Europe and Africa. Its historical and strategic importance is unparalleled. In short, Egypt matters. And the key to Egypt — its colourful past, chaotic present and uncertain future — is the Nile. 

More Men on My MindRadha ThomasRupa, 2014, pp 283, 295

From speeding illegally down the avenues of New York with Italian men in their alfa Romeos to the hospitals of Brooklyn with doctors who like stirrups, from charming, silver-tongued oriental drug dealers to musicians who alternately delight and terrorise her, there is nothing predictable about her adventures. 

The Dollar TrapEswar S PrasadPenguin, 2014, pp 408, 699

Eswar Prasad examines how the dollar came to have a central role in the world economy and demonstrates that it will remain the cornerstone of global finance for the foreseeable future. Marshaling a range of arguments and data, and drawing on the latest research, Prasad shows why it will be difficult to dislodge the dollar-centric system. 

The Lives of OthersNeel MukherjeeRandom House, 2014, pp 514, 599

Calcutta, 1967. Supratik has become involved in student unrest, agitation, extremist political activism. Compelled by an idealistic desire to change his life and the world around him, all he leaves behind before disappearing is this note. The ageing patriarch and matriarch of his family, the Ghoshes, preside over their large household, unaware that beneath the barely ruffled surface of their lives the sands are shifting. 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Compelling PeopleJohn Neffinger & Matthew KohutPiatkus, 2014, pp 315, 375

Everyone wants to know how to be more influential. But most of us don’t really think we can have the kind of magnetism or charisma that we associate with someone like Bill Clinton or Oprah Winfrey, unless it comes naturally. In Compelling People, the authors show that this isn’t something we have to be born with, but something we can learn.

The Flower PlantationNora Anne BrownAlma Books, 2014, pp 285, 299

Arthur Baptiste knows little of Rwanda’s past and is unaware of its emerging troubles. He lives with his parents on a flower plantation where he talks to no one until one day Beni appears. Beni, the cook’s daughter, is a child much like Arthur, but one who lives in a world far different from his own. Their friendship will take them towards dark revelations.

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