Home Boy
H M Naqvi
HarperCollins, 2009, pp 216, Rs 399

They are renaissance men. They are boulevardiers. They are three young Pakistani men in New York City at the turn of the millennium. A bittersweet and sharply observed immigrant’s tale, a story of love and loss as well as a unique meditation on Americana and notions of collective identity.

If I Could Tell You
Soumya Bhattacharya
Tranquebar, 2009, pp 200, Rs 350

An unnamed narrator writes a series of letters to his daughter, explaining how his life has gone wrong. The letters, spanning the narrator’s life in India and England, from the 1970s till the stock market crash of 2008 and having as their unwavering focus his daughter and the relationship between them, speak of mislaid dreams and trust betrayed. A well-crafted story of longing, love and loss.

A Time Elsewhere
J P Das
Penguin, 2009, pp 454, Rs 350

In this novel, fiction and history come together in a sweeping narrative spanning 50 years to create a minutely detailed portrait of nineteenth-century Orissa. The novel revolves around the fortunes of the ruling family of Puri. It is also an engaging portrayal of the great intellectual and cultural ferment that marked the clash of the east and the west as figures from Oriya history who played crucial roles in culture and politics during that tumultuous time are brought to life.

Sentinel House
Allen Mendonca
Raintree, 2009, pp 348, Rs 225

Harry aka Harivanshrai is mean, ruthless, smart, civilised and unstoppable. As the media baron runs roughshod over lives and morals, his powerful family breaks from within and the media world is thrown into chaos. A dark saga of the lives of the people who make the news, this is also a poetic tale of tender love and innocence triumphing in a harsh world.

Blaft, 2009, Rs 395

When a shooting star crashes into a tree in primordial Halahala, it sets in motion the evolution of a world that darkly mirrors our own. In the shadow of the guiding hand, a strange dystopian future unfolds... in which trees weep, robotic birds whirr through the skies and scientists grow cities from seeds.

Days Spent Well
A Cricketing Odyssey
Rajan Bala
The Marine Sports, 2009, pp 325, Rs 395

Rajan Bala is India’s best known cricket author and journalist. With over four decades of experience in the field and having worked for most of the prominent Indian English dailies, he brings into his cricket writing insights which players have appreciated. The book deals with Rajan’s experiences with cricketing nations, cricketers, officials and other cricket-writers.

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