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TRICKSTER CITY
WRITINGS FROM THE BELLY OF THE METROPOLIS
Translated by Shveta Sarda
Penguin, 2010, pp 315, Rs 499


It is a composite of writings on Delhi, by a group of young people who draw from experiences, events and biographies to inscribe an image of the city that is rarely available. It is a reflection of the experiences, ideals and aspirations of the underbelly of the metropolis alongside the harshness of everyday existence.

RUKMINI DEVI : A LIFE
Leela Samson
Penguin, 2010, pp 243, Rs 550


A biography of Rukmini Devi, a celebrated artist and dancer who brought Bharata Natyam as a dance form on stage. The book offers an intimate portrait of an extraordinary woman through her family, friends, associates and stalwart of dance and music, and the reminiscences of luminaries like Annie Besant, Tagore, Pandit Nehru and Dalai Lama.

THE QUARANTINE PAPERS
Kalpish Ratna
HarperCollins, 2010, pp 404, Rs 499


Written by surgeon duo Ishrat Syed and Kalpana Swaminathan, this book tells the story of a few ordinary citizens  during the year 1992 in Bombay. It weaves history, medicine, passion, betrayal and murder, into a story of love and death where Bombay gets written in hate and sometimes redeemed in love.

MUMBAI POST 26/11
AN ALTERNATE PERSPECTIVE
Ram Puniyani & Shabnam Hashmi
Sage, 2010, pp 154, Rs 395


Written in the immediate aftermath of the 26/11 attacks, the book bears the imprint of the pain and anguish they caused. This compilation analyses the terror attacks from various angles and discusses terrorism, law, Indo-Pak relations, the role of the state and media, the political motive behind such killings and the planning to bring such devastation.

DREAMS IN PRUSSIAN BLUE
Paritosh Uttam
Penguin, 2010, pp 202, Rs 150


Set in Mumbai, this is the story of Naina and Michael who get into a live-in relationship while too young. Temperamental and selfish, Michael is far from what Naina had imagined him to be. And when he is left blind after an accident,  Naina is forced to fend for the both of them. A tale of two people who have to come to terms with reality and eventually forgive each other in the process.

Rise and Fall of The Coorg State:
Kodagu’s Loss, Karnataka’s Gain
P T Bopanna
Rolling Stone Publications, 2009, pp 99, Rs 100


This book is for those who have always wondered about the people and events that led to the unpopular merger of Coorg with Karnataka. In this book, you could find answers to what really happened, the forces at work that made the people take the decisions they did, why the situation in Kodagu is as bad as it is today and what the road map for the future could be.

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