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Books to look forward to…

Books to look forward to…

books Updated: Aug 06, 2012 12:52 IST
Khushwant Singh
Khushwant Singh

From an exposé on love or lust in Khushwant Singh On Women, Sex, Love and Lust or the controversies of cricket in Doosra: A Tale of Cricket, Crime and Controversy, the book shelf is brimming with exciting books. Read on.

Doosra: A Tale of Cricket, Crime and Controversy by Rajiv Rajendra Published by Rupa

The 2011 Word Cup is on. Hot favourites India are playing their penultimate group match. Amidst this, Tarun’s world comes crumbling down with allegations of assault, numerous affairs and match fixing. He becomes a villain in the eyes of his billion and counting fans. Only three people can help him – star journalist Aditi, whiz-kid Sunny and ex-bookie Godse. Tarun needs redemption, a platform to prove his innocence and regain the faith of a nation. The only way to do this is to gain strength from his remaining supporters and play the game he loves.

Resident Dormitus by Vikas Rathi

Published by Rupa

Resident Dormitus by Vikas Rathi uniquely captures the hitherto unexplored territory when a youngster steps out of university and merges into the real world. It expounds upon the feeling of ‘Being lost’ after the initial euphoria of ‘Having arrived’ gets over. The novel’s protagonist is Dostoyevsky’s Idiot and Albert Camus’s Meursault rolled in one and the story follows him through a series of seemingly disconnected events which culminates into a dawning realization. He lies. He abuses – drugs, friends, family and life. He flirts – with morality and with death. He aids and abets suicide. He kills. At once, an accidental journey of self discovery and a deliberate free fall, the story is a potent potion of dark and trivial and witty yet profound. A distinctive novel that forces readers to question their own existence and the choices that led to it.

Khushwant Singh On Women, Sex, Love and Lust

Compiled and edited by Ashok Chopra

If you are looking for answers to eternal questions like which came first -love or lust, or debates pertaining to celibacy, chastity or arranged marriages, Khushwant Singh delivers his unique exposé. Whether he is analysing the fine dividing line between obscenity, pornography anderotica, describing sex from Chaturbhani (200-350 B.C.) or his ideas of a composite Indian woman, Khushwant holds the reader’s attention effortlessly. His deliberations reveal an unexpected side to Khushwant . . . in these pages you’ll also find a rare glimpse of Khushwant the feminist. Women, Sex, Love and Lust abounds with Indian as well as foreign myths, legends, proverbs, and poems ranging from Chaucer, Shakespeare, Whitman to Kalidas, Iqbal and Faiz. This is definitely a book you can’t afford to miss!

The Google Guys: Inside the brilliant minds of google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin by Richard L. Brandt

The Google Guys skips past the general Google story and focuses on what really drives the company’s founders. Richard L. Brandt shows the company as the brainchild of two brilliant individuals and looks at Google’s business decisions in light of its founders’ ambition and beliefs. Larry is the main strategist, with business acumen and practical drive, while Sergey is the primary technologist and idealist, with brilliant ideas and strong moral positions. But they work closely together, almost like complementary halves of a single brain. Through interviews with current and former employees,competitors, partners, and senior Google management, plus conversations with the founders themselves, Brandt demystifies the company while clarifying a number of misconceptions.

William and Catherine: Their romance and royal wedding in photographs

Created by New York Times Bestselling Author/Editor David Elliot Cohen Published by Sterling

As the young managing editor of a photo-news agency, David Elliot Cohen directed a team of five photojournalists who covered the wedding for several major news magazines. Through more than two hundred spectacular photographs (including 80 pages of their wedding alone), William & Catherine recounts the couple’s wildly different childhoods, their romance and engagement, the events leading up to the wedding, and the grand affair itself- watched by over two billion worldwide. Here are the massive crowds lining the parade route, the sparkling celebrities at Westminster bbey, the bride’s spectacular gown, “The Kisses” on Buckingham Palace’s balcony, and the worldwide celebrations. Also included is a rief pictorial history of British royal weddings from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 to Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981. This book magnificently illustrates the pomp, the pageantry, the history and enchantment of the romance that charmed the world.

Twice born by Margaret Mazzantini

Published by Oneworld/ Rs 450/ 464 pp

From the multi award winning Irish-Italian author of Don’t Move comes an international bestseller wrought in the fires of love and war. Penelope Cruz to star in the film of Twice Born An internationally bestselling, acutely moving story set amidst the atrocities of the Bosnian war, Twice Born masterfully plumbs the depths of love, grief, and the all consuming power of motherhood. Gemma has’t been back to Sarajevo in sixteen years. She returns to teach her son Pietro about the city of his birth and the father he never knew. But the visit brings with it impassioned memories of her love affair with Pietro’s father, their determination to have a child whatever the cost, and their deep connection to the city even as war threatened to destroy it. Brought to life by an unforgettable cast of characters, Twice Born is a tale of the acts of brutality and generosity that war can inspire, and of the bonds of family fused in times of crisis

From London With Love

by Jemma Forte

Published by Penguin UK/ Rs 325/ 480 pp Everyone wants to be famous, don’t they? Not Jessica Granger. Herfather was the movie star who played the world’s favourite JamesBond and, worse, her mother was voted sexiest-ever Bond Girl for her role as Heavenly Melons. Like it or not, fame is in her blood. But Jessica dearly wants to be someone in her own right. So she flees Hollywood for London, seeking independence in a city where nobody knows her name. But when she finds a job as a celebrity booker on a chat show she realizes the more friends she makes, the harder it is to keep up the lies about who she is. And when Jessica falls for Paul, a writer on the show, her life as a double agent causes double trouble. With the truth of her past about to explode into her new world, can Jessica convince Paul she’s the real deal? Or maybe a sprinkling of the old 007 magic will spice up her love life?

First Published: Jul 31, 2012 12:04 IST