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Evidence of Suspicion
Amitava Kumar
Picador, 2010, pp 223, Rs 350

Bureaucratic in its convulations and brutal in its deceptions, the war on terror has had an impact on our lives that we do not yet understand. We sense it. A growing claustrophobia, suspicion, the stickiness of constant surveillance. But for those who are actually entangled in it, the trap has teeth and they are fierce. Spanning the subcontinents of India and the USA, this book is part reportage, part philosophy and part protest.

Maria’s Room
Shreekumar Varma
HarperCollins, 2010, pp 324, Rs 299
Beyond the sunny beaches, the music and the feni in Goa, lies a hinterland caught between the past and present. Soon after the Liberation, young Maria is swept off her feet by Marcel, a French artist — an affair that ends in tragedy. Dramatic and intense, this is a story of a man’s struggle to make sense of himself and the world.

A Warrior’s Life: A Biography of Paulo Coelho
Fernando Morais
HarperCollins, 2009, pp 470, Rs 599
Author of the bestseller ‘The Alchemist’, Coelho’s teenage years were defined by rebellion as he struggled for the independence to discover his destiny. But his tempestuous early years gave way to an infinitely calmer life after walking the sacred road to Santiago de Compostela. A portrait of the inner world of one of the world’s most popular authors.

Dork: The Incredible Adventures of Robin
 ‘Einstein’ Varghese
Sidin Vadukut
Penguin, 2010, pp 239, Rs 199
Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese works at a mediocre mid-market management consulting firm largely run by complete morons. Through a series of blunders and mishaps, he begins to make his superiors rue the day they hired him. A novel about office culture, romance and YouTube videos that change your life.

The Suriani Kitchen
Lathika George
Westland, 2009, pp 240, Rs 450
In this book are 150 delectable recipes and the unforgettable stories that accompany them. Authentic and easy to prepare, the recipes are accompanied by a guide to spices, herbs and equipment. Interwoven between these recipes, in the tradition of the cookbook memoir, are tales of talking doves, toddy shops, travelling chefs and killer coconuts.

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