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The old drift
Namwali Serpell
Hogarth, 2019, pp 576, Rs 499
In the Great Zambian Novel, the lives of three 
generations of families — one black, one brown, one white — unfold over 200 years. Their lives become 
entwined as each is plagued by a curse. 
Also expect a Marquez twist in it.

The 108 Upanishads
Roshen Dalal
Penguin, 2019, pp 425, Rs 399
This is a well-researched primer on the 
108 Upanishads, philosophical treatises that 
form a part of the Vedas, the revered Hindu 
texts. The author explains the concepts 
at the core of each Upanishad.

Instructions for a Funeral
David Means 
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019, pp 208, Rs 999
In a return to his most-loved form, short story, the 
author writes on fatherhood, marriage, a homeless brother, the nature of addiction, and the death of a friend at the hands of a serial-killer nurse. He even transmutes a fistfight in Sacramento into a tender, life-long love story.

Caste as social capital 
Prof R Vaidyanathan
Westland, 2019, pp 131, Rs 299
This examines the workings of caste through 
the lens of business, economics and 
entrepreneurship. It interrogates the role caste 
plays in the economic sphere in terms of facilitating the nuts and bolts of business and entrepreneurship: finance, markets and workforce.

Bangkok wakes to rain 
Pitchaya Sudbanthad 
Sceptre, 2019, pp 358, Rs 1,475
In this tapestry of lives around a building in 
Bangkok, time collapses and the stories of a 
missionary, a jazz pianist, savvy teenagers et 
al mesh with each other with the backdrop of 
the ever-changing city.    

Zucked 
Roger McNamee
Harper Collins, 2019, pp 336, Rs 599
This is the dramatic story of how a noted 
tech venture capitalist, an early mentor to 
Mark Zuckerberg and investor in his 
company, woke up to the serious damage 
Facebook was doing to our society and set 
out to try to stop it. 

Sing to it 
Amy Hempel
Scribner, 2019, pp 160, Rs 1,466
Replete with moments of revelation and 
transcendence, this collection of short stories 
introduces us to characters who are lonely 
and looking for connections. In Greed, a spurned wife examines her husband’s affair with a married woman.

Act natural: A Cultural History 
of Misadventures in Parenting
Jennifer Traig
Harper Collins, 2019, pp 352, Rs 1,487
Moving from ancient Rome to Puritan 
New England to the Dr Spock craze of mid-century America, the author explores historical and 
present-day parenting techniques ranging 
from the misguided to the nonsensical, 
to the truly horrifying. 

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