Title: I am a Troll: Inside the Secret World of BJP's Digital Army; Author: Swati Chaturvedi; Publisher: Juggernaut; Pages: 171; Price: Rs 250 "Why does the PM of India alone among world leaders follow some of his country's worst online abusers?" Journalist Swati Chaturvedi asks this damning question and goes to answer it in an explosive expose of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) secret digital world where everyone who disagrees becomes an enemy.
New Delhi: India's largest artist ghetto, Kathputli Colony, is a curious chapter in Delhi's book of shanty clusters. While demolitions and displacements are a constant fear in most slums, the rich artistic heritage and the ethereal way of living with a sense of community and cultural ethos are what sets it apart from others of its kind.
New Delhi: Conflicts are known to fuel creative art but Kashmir has been an exception where there is no institutionalised set-up for aspiring creative writers, says an award-winning Kashmiri journalist-turned-author and academician. Shahnaz Bashir's second book, "Scattered Souls" (Harper Collins/pp 183/Rs 399) -- a collection of 13 short stories about the people of his land battling a predicament of unending violence in their daily lives -- has just been launched.
Mumbai: Few may be aware that the bells ringing in some of the most important temples in modern-day Maharashtra have Christian antecedents and once adorned imposing churches constructed during the early part of the 450-year-long Portuguese rule -- till they were taken away as war trophies by the conquering Maratha armies. This is one resounding piece of Portuguese-Maratha era history that came to light after 25 years of research initiated by Father Francis Correa of Vasai, and guided his team of experts to crystallise it in the past couple of years.
Title: In Wartime - Stories from Ukraine; Author: Tim Judah; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 259; Price: Rs 599 Truth is the first casualty of war, goes the old saying, and this holds most true in civil wars where the arguments over legitimacy of a government, the course and meaning of history (which rarely remains in the past), and the validity of a separate identity and nationalism can be as fiercely contested as territory. Ukraine is a case in point.
New Delhi: Its format is rather unique: part fiction, part history and part travelogue. Pakistani author Haroon Khalid says his third book, "Walking With Nanak", is a "conscious attempt to humanise the saint" and could be the first work of its kind in the country. "I had already done two books which were pure travelogues. I wanted to experiment within the genre so I came up with the idea of fictionalising half of the book -- Nanak's journey ... with his Muslim companion, Bhai Mardana.
Title: A Night in with Audrey Hepburn; Author: Lucy Holliday; Publisher: Harper Collins; Pages: 400; Price: Rs 499 She has been sacked from her miniscule onscreen part which is going to make her pushy mother furious, her alluring sister has hijacked the gorgeous actor who actually talked to her, and her scheming landlord has halved the size of the newly-rented apartment. It couldn't be worse for this modern-day Cinderella and she needs a fairy godmother - but what if this turns out to be Audrey Hepburn?
Title: Uttara: The Book of Answers; Author: (Translated by) Arshia Sattar; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 286; Price: Rs 499 The Uttara Kanda is the seventh and last book of Valmiki's Ramayana. It chronicles events after Lord Rama's exile and as the reinstated king of Ayodhya. As scholar Arshia Sattar says, it acts as an epilogue to the main story whose loose ends are tied up and the narrative closure is provided with Rama's ascent to heaven.
Title: Zindaginama; Author: Krishna Sobti (Translated from Hindi by Neer Kanwal Mani with Moyna Mazumdar); Publisher: Harper Collins; Pages: 452; Price: Rs 550 "One fateful morning, I woke up with the echoes of azaan in my ears, and before my eyes stood one minaret of the village mosque. I knew instinctively that I was committed to carry the powerful internal echo of this voice through the century.
New Delhi: He gave the Hindi film industry its own 'angry young man', became the 'Shahenshah' of Bollywood and revolutionised television with his game show "Kaun Banega Crorepati". Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he doesn't work to cause a revolution. The star has been a phenomenon for almost five decades and has been entertaining movie buffs with his films like "Zanjeer", "Abhimaan", "Deewaar", "Sholay", "Don", "Shahenshah", "Paa" and "Piku".
Title: Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It; Author: Daniel Klein; Publisher: Oneworld Publications/Pan Macmillan; Pages: 220; Price: Rs 350 Upstaged by "TV talk show hosts, smartly dressed motivational speakers, and pop gurus who tend to favour flowing robes", philosophers have themselves to blame. For they have abandoned their central pursuit of finding the meaning of life and how to live it best, to first determine how we can know we know, the nature of reality and truth, and the meaning of meaning.
Title: Band, Baaja, Boys!; Author: Rachna Singh; Publisher: Amaryllis Books; Pages: 215; Price: Rs 225 A university teacher once told me that Allahabad used to be so full of historians and lawyers that you couldn't throw a stone without hitting either of them. But even in its decline, like many other Indian cities where past glories outstrips present potential, it isn't so moribund that it can't host a tale of love's various manifestations -- calculating, aspirational, vengeful and deluded.
Title: The Girl Who Loved a Spy; Author: Kulpreet Yadav; Publisher: Rumour Books India; Pages: 303; Price: Rs 199 A small-time lawyer's murder in a sleepy village near Delhi would have been buried among other unexplained, unsolved crimes had not a journalist come there to probe. Suddenly, bodies start piling up and India's top leaders face a nightmare -- a nuclear device in the capital's vicinity, with a greedy megalomaniac's finger at its detonator. But to deal with dirty bombs, those skilled in dirty work are also around.
Title: Deedara aka Dara Singh; Author: Seema Sonik Alimchand; Publisher: Westland; Pages: 262; Price: Rs 499 It was a tale that wouldn't seem amiss in Bollywood. A boy is pulled out of school and put to work on his family's farmlands, married off at a young age, gets frustrated at the bickering between wife and mother and leaves home for foreign climes to make his career. In a few short years, he is a celebrity sportsman, and a popular film star.
Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Author: J.K. Rowling; Publisher: Hachette (in collaboration with Little, Brown Book Group); Pages: 293; Price: Rs 699 Cinema has emerged as the most intriguing source of modern entertainment, but there are some aspects that a movie cannot show as profoundly as an author who pens a book. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay" is an apt example that readers may relate to.