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The House on Mall Road
Mohyna Srinivasan
Penguin, 2010, pp 320, Rs 325

Seven-year-old Parvati’s world came crashing down the night the bomb fell on her house and she lost her mother and grandmother. Her father, an army officer deployed in Kashmir during the ‘71 war, also went missing that night. A unique glimpse of life in the army — the hospitality of the people, their kindness and affection, the quaint yet charming traditions that uphold authority and valour while always maintaining respect and camaraderie.

Committed:
A Sceptic Makes Peace With Marriage
Elizabeth Gilbert
Bloomsbury, 2010, pp 285, 12.99 pounds

At the end of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian born Australian citizen. Resettling in America, they swore eternal fidelity but also swore never to get married. But when the US government intervened, they faced a stark choice: either marry, or Felipe could never return to the US. Effectively sentenced to wed, Gilbert delved into the subject of marriage, debunking myths and celebrating love.

Killing The Water
Mahmud Rahman
Penguin, 2010, pp 201, Rs 250

Rahman’s stories journey from a remote Bengali village in the 1930s at a time when George VI was King Emperor, to Detroit in the 1980s, where a Bangladeshi ex-soldier tussles with his ghosts while flirting with a singer in a blues club. Generous in its exploration, Rahman’s imagination extends from an interrogation in a small-town police station by the Jamuna river to a romantic encounter in a Dominican laundromat in Rhode island.

Inspector Singh Investigates:
A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul
Shamini Flint
Hachette, 2009, pp 294, Rs 295

Inspector Singh is back, but this time on secondment to Bali. A bomb has exploded and Singh has been sent to help with anti-terrorism efforts. But there’s a slight problem: he knows squat about hunting terrorists, he’s much better suited to solving murder! The second installment in Singh’s new series, where he travels throughout Asia busting crimes.

Rajmohan’s Wife
Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay
Penguin, 2009, pp 154, Rs 199

First serialised in 1864, this book marked Chattopadhyay’s debut as a writer. The beautiful and passionate Matangini, married to a villainous man and in love with her sister’s husband, represents the vitality of women who remain strong in the face of brutality and the confining expectations of middle-class society.

Beneath The Stars
Kanasu Nagathihallo
Christ University, 2009, pp 132, Rs 150

No tall claims, no grand statements, no hankering after great themes. Simple and sensuous, the author’s poems take us through everyday experiences to reveal ancient mysteries hidden in the ordinary.

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