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They’ll make you think

We tell you about some great written books like Finding Delhi, Our Kind of Traitor, Nine Man-Eaters and One Rogue and more. Pick up any of these books for the ultimate cerebral thrill ride

books Updated: Oct 17, 2010 00:18 IST

1. Book:Finding Delhi
Written by: Bharati Chaturvedi
Published by: Penguin India
Priced at: Rs.399

A century after the British built New Delhi as the capital of India, it is in the middle of furious, sometimes haphazard, growth, in a race against time to become a “world-class” city. As the metropolis is re-imagined, dug up and built upon, the lives of its 20 million inhabitants, and the ways in which they negotiate the sprawling city, are also changing. Finding Delhi examines the nature of this transformation: what kind of spaces and opportunities are becoming available to some of the 20 million, and how much is being taken away from others.

2. Book:Our Kind of Traitor
Written by: John Le Carre
Published by: Penguin Books
Priced at: Rs.299

Britain is in the depth of recession. A young left-leaning Oxford academic and his barrister girlfriend take a holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua. They bump into a Russian millionaire called Dima who owns a peninsula and a diamond-encrusted gold watch. He also has a tattoo on his right thumb, and wants a game of tennis. What else he wants propels the young lovers on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps, to the murkiest cloisters of the City of London and its unholy alliance with Britain’s Intelligence establishment.

3. Book: MI6:The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949
Written by: Keith Jeffery
Published by: Bloomsbury/Penguin-Books
Priced at: Rs.799

This unprecedented study is the authoritative account of the best-known intelligence organisation in the world. MI6... is a uniquely important examination of the role and significance of intelligence in the modern world.

4. Book: Nine Man-Eaters and One Rogue
Written by: Kenneth Anderson
Published (reprinted) by: Rupa & Co
Priced at: US $10 (approximately Rs.450)

A wildlife classic, which narrates the hunting episodes of several man-eating tigers, leopards and a rogue elephant that roamed the southern Indian jungles of Mysore, Chennai, Hyderabad and northern Malabar. It is one man’s crusade to save lives in the jungles of India in the first quarter of the last century. A Scotsman, Anderson officially shot eight man-eating leopards, seven tigers and twenty panthers.