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The biggest of the many reasons why A Calmer You is a must read, is that it is funny. A compilation of author Sonal Kalra’s weekly columns in HT City, the book re-introduces familiar characters like Chaddhaji and Pappu Singh and a goof up between turpentine and Valentine becomes a lesson in life.

books Updated: Mar 19, 2010 11:05 IST

BooksTitle: Love Over Coffee

Author: Amrit N. Shetty

Price: Rs 150

Publisher: Penguin

Romance, friendship and office politics are at the heart of this quick-read novel. Anup, a misfit in an IT company, loves Rajni, a co-worker, but they have to keep their romance out of colleagues’ eyes. Anup also has to deal with a strict boss and cutthroat office politics, and depends on friends to bale him out of tight spots. Disillusioned with life in an IT firm, he hopes to take forward his passion for writing. At the end of the day, the book is a breezy, but forgettable, read.

— Girija Duggal

Title: A Calmer You
Author: Sonal Kalra
Price: Rs 245
Publisher: Wisdom Tree

The biggest of the many reasons why A Calmer You is a must read, is that it is funny. A compilation of author Sonal Kalra’s weekly columns in HT City, the book re-introduces familiar characters like Chaddhaji and Pappu Singh and a goof up between turpentine and Valentine becomes a lesson in life. A fast read, the book gives you quick and quirky calmness tricks for dealing with life’s everyday problems. And, don’t miss the punch lines, they’re a riot!

— Damini Purkayastha

Title: Love, A rather bad idea, all it gives is a lousy hangover
Author: Anirban Mukherjee
Price: Rs 100
Publisher: Srishti

Anirban Mukherjee, an alumnus of IIT Delhi and IIM Calcutta, has debuted with the same setting as Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller Five Point Someone. The striking similarity in the plot only makes one feel that he is trying to ape Bhagat’s success mantra. The book is a fast-paced read targeted at the youth. However, punctuating every sentence with an abuse does not make it ‘cool’. If not for the Bhagat-echo, the characters and the humour would have made it an interesting read.

— Aroma Sah