Book Rack


Perumal Murugan, translated by Kalyan Raman

Westland, 2018, Rs 499, pp 173

An old man is watching the sun set over his village one evening and a mysterious stranger turns up with the gift of a day-old goat kid, Poonachi. The little black goat's fragility becomes the cause of wonderment to those around her. This book weaves a complex tale of the simple themes of life.

Across The Universe

Ajoy Bose

Penguin, 2018, Rs 699, pp 314

This etches in lyrical detail a picture of the world's greatest band torn apart by their inner dissensions. Full of characters and happenings delightful and evil, the book traces the path the Beatles took to India and the dramatic denouement of their sojourn at the
Himalayan ashram.

Letters to my Ex

Nikita Singh

Harper Collins, 2018, Rs 199, pp 138

The writer puts forth her thoughts on heartbreak on paper in this romance novella. As she calls it, bleeding on paper. It is an attempt to deal with the grief and get closure. It is also an attempt at connecting disjointed information and trying to make sense of it all.

 The Skull of Alum Bheg

Kim A Wagner

Penguin, 2018, Rs 599, pp 287

In 1963, a handwritten note and a skull are found in a pub in south-east England. The skull is revealed to be that of Alum Bheg, an Indian soldier in British service who was blown from a canon for his role in the 1857 Uprising. His head was brought back by an officer as a war-trophy.


Natasha Diddee

Notionpress, 2018, Rs 399, pp 241

The gossip-driven friendship of four women is truly tested when, over the course of a fateful evening, catastrophic secrets are revealed that make them question how well they really know each other.

Where the Indus is Young

Dervla Murphy

Speaking Tiger, 2018, Rs 450, pp 266

One winter in the mid-1970s, Dervla Murphy, her six-year-old daughter Rachel, and Hallam, a hardy mule, walked into Baltistan, close to Pakistan-held Kashmir, the frozen heart of the Western Himalayas. For three months they travelled along the Indus Gorge and into the nearby valleys. This is their experience.

White Noise

Shruti Upadhyay

Bee Fiction, 2018, Rs 199, pp 141

This book is a psychological thriller and a dark romance. The male protagonist is irresistible, a non-conformist and brutally ambitious, while the female protagonist is a dreamer, readily giving into the man and leaving herself at his peril even as it destroys her sanity little by little.

Five Lies My Teacher Told Me

Chandan Deshmukh

Westland, 2018, Rs 199, pp 132

Success might mean different things to different people, but wanting success is universal. You can achieve the heights of success inspite of what you've been told. This books unwraps the concept and defines it in simple terms.

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