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HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week

This week’s books include a collection of poetry, one on Indian design, and another about a dynamic business community

books Updated: Oct 27, 2017 21:55 IST
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Poetry, design and business; great reads all!
Poetry, design and business; great reads all!(HT Team)


In India, to understand objects in terms of design one has to re-imagine design itself. Design in India is not entirely determined by the aesthetic appeal fo the object, but by the significance of the object in everyday life, and is often influenced by its users. In some instances, the age-old practices established by ancient Indian wisdom determine the design of an object, sucha as the datum (neem tree twig) recommended for oral care or agarbatti (incense) used to heal and protect. On the other ahnd, the lota (a kind of metal pot) has been a part of everyday Indian life for centuries and its design remains unchanged even today.

Puka Indian or Purely Indian brings together jhundred objects that are the most coveted symbols representing Idnian culture and design. This illustrated book celebrates the diversity, versatility, vibrancy, and colour sof design icons – ranging from kulhad to the kolhapuri chappal, Nano to the Nehru jacket, and autorickshaw meter to the Ambassador – that set them apart in a country as multifarfrrious as India. Each oof these hundred profiles compliments the intrinsically Indian nature of eveyr object, and how they have impacted design, culture and, in turn, every Indian.*



Rupi Kaur is a top ten Sunday Times bestselling author and illustrator of two collections of poetry. She started drawing at the age of five when her mother handed her a paintbrush and said - draw your heart out. After completing her degree in rhetoric and professional writing, she published her first collection of poems, milk and honey, in 2015, which quickly became an international bestseller. It has since sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide and been translated into over 23 languages. Her long-awaited second collection, the sun and her flowers, continues her exploration of themes including love, loss, trauma, healing and femininity. Along with writing and illustrating, Rupi had performed her poetry to sold out audiences across the world.*



Guided by their sharp business acumen and adaptability, Sindhis have braved Partition, fled from one nation to another, and weathered ups and downs in the economy to set up some of the biggest companies in the world. In Paiso, Maya Bathija, former head of content of the Sindhian, brings to you the extraordinary stories of five Sindhi families and the empires they have built over the years: Gary and David Harilela of the Hong Kong–based Harilela Group, renowned for their hotels: Ramola Motwani, chairwoman and CEO of the real estate investment and development company, Merrimac Ventures; Harish Fabiani, India’s first individual angel investor and chair man of Americorp Ventures and India Land; Dilip Kumar V Lakhi, head of Lakhi Group – one of the biggest diamond suppliers in the country; and Jitu Virwani, real estate kingpin and CMD of Embassy Group.

Through the journey of these incredibly successful companies, built painstakingly by many generations, this book takes a close look at the Sindhi way of doing business.*

*All copy from book flaps or from the pages of these books

First Published: Oct 27, 2017 21:54 IST

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