BOOK RACK

One Day
David Nicholls
Hachette, 2010, pp 435, Rs 295

You can live your whole life not realising that what you’re looking for is right in front of you. 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that?  

THE CURE
Geeta Anand
Random House, 2010, pp 467, Rs 399
When John and Aileen Crowley’s two children were diagnosed with a fatal muscular disorder, their perfect world crashed. So rare was Pompe disease that no drug company had yet produced a cure. ‘The Cure’ is the story of a couple who wouldn’t take no for answer.

SEX IN CINEMA: A HISTORY OF FEMALE SEXUALITY IN INDIAN FILMS
Fareed Kazmi
Rupa, 2010, pp 375, Rs 395
A brave, forthright and well-researche book that analyses, and puts into perspective, the portrayal of women in Hindi films. It is an objective representation of women on celluloid through the generations, from the early films like ‘Pyaasa’ to the more contemporary ‘Salaam Namaste’.

BUDDHA’S ORPHANS
Samrat Upadhyay
Rupa, 2010, pp 460, Rs 295
This novel uses Nepal’s political upheavals of the past century as a backdrop to the story of an orphan boy, Raja, and the girl he is fated to love, Nilu, a daughter of privilege. Apart from being an unconventional love story, this is also a novel permeated with the sense of how we are irreparably connected to the mothers who gave birth to us.

LINCHPIN: ARE YOU INDISPENSABLE?
Seth Godin
Hachette, 2010, pp 244, Rs 550
There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labour. Now there’s a third team: the linchpins. These people invent, lead, connect others, make things happen and create orer out of chaos. Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organisation.

1875: THE ORAL TRADITION
Pankaj Rag
Rupa, 2010, pp 212, Rs 395
This is a unique work, largely using the sources of oral history to reconstruct aspects and facets of the great uprising of 1857 in different parts of India. Through an exploration of folks songs, folk tales and contemporary regional literature, it examines the contours of the massive revolt in parts of Bihar, eastern UP, Bunelkhan, the tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh and Awadh.

FOLLOWING FISH: TRAVELS AROUND THE INDIAN COAST
Samanth Subramanian
Penguin, 2010, pp 167, Rs 250
In a coastline as long and diverse as India’s, fish inhabit the heart of many worlds — food of course, but also culture, commerce, sport, history and society. Throughout his travels, Subramanian observes the cosmopolitanism and diverse influences absorbed by India’s coastal societies, the withdrawing of traditional fishermen from their craft, and the degradation of  beaches from over-fishing.

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