Well-loved tales

This hardback volume is a Malayalam translation of select children’s stories by Bengali litterateur and poet Rabindranath Tagore. Nine of Tagore’s well-loved stories such as ‘Kabooliwala’, a tale of a bubbly five-year-old girl bonding with a fruit-seller from Kabul, ‘Veetamma’ (The Housewife’), a tale of a shy goody-two shoes named Ashu, and ‘Chelabela’, an autobiographical tale, and so on are included in the volume. Accompanying illustrations are by Kabitha Mukhopadhyaya.

Kaboolivalayum Mattu Kuttikkadhakalum – Rabindranath Tagore; Translation by Ramakrishnan Kumaranellor, Rs. 160

For copies: contact: Mambazham Books (An imprint of DC Books), Kottayam

Portrait of a saint

A biographical portrait of Saint Alphonsa. Alphonsamma, as she was popularly known in her native Kerala, is the first person of Indian origin to be canonised as a saint by the Catholic Church and the first canonised saint of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. The book traces the life of this humble nun from Kudamalloor who became a saviour.

Mahacharithamala series – Vishudha Alphonsa, Appukuttan Chingamparambil, Rs. 50

An auteur’s tales

It’s a compilation of stories written by the late auteur P. Padmarajan (1945-1991). The volume includes 18 stories, all of which are deeply insightful tales on romance and relationships. Padmarajan’s ‘Lola’, which was once selected by the late critic K.P. Appan as Malayalam’s best love story, has also been included in the volume. The foreword has been written by publisher and entrepreneur Ravi D.C.

Lola, P. Padmarajan, Rs. 90

Deciphering bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is the application of computer technology to store, retrieve and analyse biological data. The book explains the basic concepts and history of the subject apart from introducing concepts such as computational genomics, all in simplified language, with appropriate pictures/diagrams.

Bioinformatics, Dr. Achuth Sankar S. Nair, Umesh P., Rs. 80

Love in the time of war

This novel, written by a ‘Gulf Malayali’, is set in the time of the Gulf War when Iraq attacked Kuwait. It’s the tale of two Malayali engineers – Sivan and Achuthan – who work in an oil company and Bhama, the woman they both love.

Yuddhakalathe Nunakalum Marakkombile Kakkayum, E. Karunakaran, Rs. 70

For copiescontact: DC Books, Kottayam

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