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Three’s company

Simon Winchester is a force of nature. No, literally. The man follows natural disasters like a geologist-meteorologist in heat. Mercifully, his latest offering is on a calmer natural body, the Atlantic Ocean.

books Updated: Apr 08, 2011 23:24 IST

It’s His nature

Atlantic
Simon Winchester
harpercollins
Rs399 pp 671


Simon Winchester is a force of nature. No, literally. The man follows natural disasters like a geologist-meteorologist in heat. Mercifully, his latest offering is on a calmer natural body, the Atlantic Ocean. He jumps off from the board provided by the geological past, and goes into the history of trade (including that of slaves), wars, emigration and cultures flourishing across the seaboard. Heavily detailed, the narrative style takes care of any seasickness. Now for his book on the Pacific.

Hope and despair

Broken Melodies
Gajra Kottary
harpercollins
Rs299 pp 271

Niyati is related to people she can’t relate to. Add to it a troubling, ‘good for nothing’ neighbour. So she busies herself with solving crosswords, being a passive participant in the daily ruckus at home and falling back on her elder sister, Nisha, who helps the young one come of age, though not without passing on some of her prejudices in her. Gajra Kottary, in her new avatar as a novelist after making her mark as a scriptwriter for TV shows and movies, takes us inside an innocent mind to understand the complexities of growing up and answer some unasked questions.

Swift sailing

Love On The Rocks
Ismita Tandon Dhankher
Penguin
Rs150 pp 211


‘H aving suspects also implies there has to be a motive’. But when the chief cook of Sea Hyena is found dead under mysterious circumstances, and when a theft is reported from the captain’s room, all that lacks are the motives for both the ‘accidents’. This ruins the vacation plans of the leading lady Sancha, who’s on-board the vessel with her better half, as the evidence seems to point at her husband. A fun-filled read for those who like their whodunnits racy and crisp.