Book Rack

Adoor Gopalakrishnan
A life in cinema
Gautaman Bhaskaran

Penguin, 2010, pp 218, Rs 599

This is the first authorised biography of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner, Adoor Gopalakrishnan which traces the ebb and flows of this enigmatic director. From his birth during the Quit India movement to his lonely childhood at his uncles’ house. His cinema manages to frame details that often escape our everyday glance, turning the mundane into the magical, the commonplace into the startling.


Under the dome
Stephen King
Hachette India, 2010, pp 880, Rs 350

This is the story of the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine which is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No  one can get in and no one can get out. The normal rules of society are suddenly changed and when food, electricity and water run short, the community begins to crumble.

Voices in the wilderness
Edited by Prerna Singh Bindra
Rupa & Co, 2010, pp 237, Rs 395

This book brings together over 20 distinguished figures in the field-naturalists, scientists, and authors, whose writings paint a vivid picture of India’s amazing wildlife, from the charismatic tiger to the ‘lowly’ caterpillar. The spectrum of articles and essays is as varied as the country’s bio-diversity.


A home for Gori
Habib Rehman
Lotus Roli, 2010, pp 116, Rs 150

The author captures the joy and anguish of loving and saying goodbye to Gori, his canine companion of many years. As a pup smuggled into their home by his wife, Rehman refuses to have anything to do with Gori. Not one to give up, she soon warms her way into his affections. This book will remind dog-lovers of the canine companions they have loved, and lost.


Saraswati park
Anjali Joseph
Harper Collins, 2010, pp 261, Rs 399

Saraswati Park is a book about love and loss and the noise in our heads-and how, in spite of everything,life, both lived and imagined, continues. As the novel unfolds, the lives of each of the three characters are thrown into relief but the comical frustrations of family life: annoying relatives, unspoken yearnings and unheard grievances.  

The golden gandhi statue from america
Subimal Misra translated by V.Ramaswamy
Harper Collins, 2010, pp 139, Rs 199

Every story hits hard, gripping the reader with its intensity and an underlying fantastical horror that is firmly rooted in reality. V Ramaswamy’s exceptional translation brings to the fore the contemporaneity of Subimal Misra’s work while retaining the verve and pungency of the original. These anti-establishment  stories by a writer whom many consider to be a cult figure in Bengali literature resonate with truth.

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