Book Rack

The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters
Hachette, 2014, pp 565,
Rs 599

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, life is about to be transformed and shaken up as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers — specifically Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the clerk class. 

Breaking Out and Making Big: A No-Nonsense Book on Start-ups and Entrepreneurship
Rudrajeet Desai Collins Business, 2014,
pp 360,
Rs 350

Rudrajeet Desai offers simple, real-life, usable suggestions on how to build and manage start-ups. The book provides an in-depth analysis on evaluating business models, building a start-up team, becoming the perfect CEO, investments and venture capital start-up culture and employee management etc.

Throwing Sparks Abdo Khal, translated by Maia Tabet & Michael K Scott
Bloomsbury, 2014,
pp 368,
Rs 499

When an opulent palace is built on the Jeddah waterfront near Tariq’s poverty-stricken neighbourhood, he sees a way out of his life of petty crime. But dream quickly turns into nightmare. The palace is ruled by an enigmatic master. When Tariq succeeds in being appointed to serve the master, it becomes clear that he has been chosen for a single, terrible task.

UnthinkChris Paley
Coronet, 2014,
pp 255,
Rs 350

We think that creativity is reserved for the chosen few: the poets, the painters, the writers. But, it is in all of us. Unthink explores the unconscious decisions we make, and covers a variety of topics ranging from how we choose politicians and romantic partners to more abstract subjects such as whether we can consciously decide to move our fingers.

Seeing the Girl
Anuradha Vijayakrishnan
LiFi, 2014,
 pp 290,
Rs 250

This is the story of three women who live inside one another’s lives dangerously. Janaki is poised to enter into a conventional ‘arranged marriage’ when unanticipated events break out. Janaki narrates this dark story, pausing to let Amma and Leela interweave their versions of the truth. The survivors are merely tired victims who must outlive every fatal tragedy.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------History of International Fashion Didier Grumbach
Roli, 2014, pp 464,

First English translation of the critically acclaimed book opens the door to the universe of fashion. It is not just a history of fashion from the early days of the creation of dressmaking fashion to the development of ready-to-wear business. Its ambition is to be the story of the creation, the evolution, and the implosion of fashion-related professions.

Yatrik — The Traveller
Arnab RayWestland, 2014,
pp 268,

Anushtup Chatterjee is thirty-two years old. His job is a dead end. And his girlfriend has left him. Then one silent moonlit night, he wakes up in a deserted field in the middle of nowhere, with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. He is not alone though — a stranger with a gentle voice and a humble mustache  tells him that he has already died.

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