Rs 175 pp 122
I f someone being detected with cancer is not tragic enough, registering the news that one is carrying the disease has its own physical and mental knock-out punch. Dr Umanath Nayak, a head and neck surgeon, has collated true stories of people diagnosed with the Big C. Instead of redoubling our fear of the very word, Nayak tells us incredible stories of people living with cancer — with dignity and hope. This isn’t just a book that provides comfort; it also tells us that all does not end when one thinks it does.
Marriage a la mode
The (In)eligible Bachelors
Ruchita Misra, Rupa Rs 195 pp 242
As our commonplace notions of what constitutes tradition and modernity collide, books like Ruchita Misra’s debut novel are bound to increase in their appeal. Much like Misra, her protagonist, Kasturi Shukla is a top-notch MBA, her globalised career potentials out of sync with the demands of arranged marriage being made on her. Her rollercoaster ride while on that hunt for a life partner is what this book is all about. So what’s new? Nothing, except that Misra’s humour is fresh and salvages what could have been a diary entry.
Stick your neck out
The Neck Connection
Rs 3,500 pp 216
F orget all the silly blurbs by Prince Charles, Sylvester Stallone and Andrew Lloyd Webber. They’re endorsing the doctor, not the doctor’s book. And, yes, the self-publicity is very off-putting. But if you suffer from neck pains — which most of us seem to have in these non-ergonomical times — Dr Mosaraf Ali knows his stuff. The British doc offers tips on how to deal with simple strains, neck and spine problems arising from stroke, coma, nervous disorders and birth injuries. The book can be ordered from www.drmali.com and costs a bob. But it is handy.