Much Maligned Monsters, Partha Mitter, Rs. 1,795.00

This book traces the history of European reactions to Indian art, from the earliest encounters of explorers with the exotic East to the more sophisticated yet incomplete appreciations of the early twentieth century. This work was first published in 1977 and acclaimed a classic in the years since.

India’s External Intelligence, Maj. Gen. V.K. Singh, Rs. 495.00

This is perhaps the first account of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) by someone who has served the organisation at a senior level and seen its functioning from close quarters. The book brings to light several lacunae in the functioning of the country’s top intelligence agency.

The Artistry of Handwork, Jaya Jaitly, Rs. 395.00

This is a collection of random images that will give the viewer joy at the sight of the simple beauty of handwork. The practitioners of these crafts are anonymous, however each one pursues a dream to excel and find happiness.

The Paradox Of Choice: Why More Is Less, Barry Schwartz, Rs. 399.00

This is a well reasoned book about the promiscuous amount of choice that renders the consumer helpless. In this work the author explains why too much of a good thing has proven detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being.

Fida-e-Lucknow: Tales of the City, Praveen Talha, Rs. 250.00

This is a collection of 22 short stories steeped in the flavours and textures of life in Lucknow. It also talks about the history of the Ganga-Jamuni culture and the changes which came over the city and its people. It is also the story of Lucknow’s women.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Syed Badrul Ahsan, Rs. 595.00

This biography portrays Mujib’s transformations to Bangabandhu. The author traces his evolution from a young follower of the All India Muslim League to a mature political leader who believed that the Bengalis of Pakistan needed to return to their secular traditions, the twists of destiny played out in modern times.

Big Nate Doodlepalooza, Lincoln Pierce, Rs. 250.00

Big Nate is funny, big time; it is a laugh-a-minute book where you meet the comic genius and cartoonist who will make you laugh.

The Quest for Paradise, Saba Risaluddin, Rs. 1,250.00

One of the fundamental myths is that of the lost paradise. This work is well-illustrated with reproductions of paintings, mosaics and textiles on the theme of gardens and the paradise legends from the ancient, pagan world to the present and from the Abrahamic faiths to the faiths of the East.

Punjabi Parmesan, Pallavi Aiyar, Rs. 599.00

The author who moves to Brussels discovers a Europe plagued by a financial crisis, and unsure of its place in a world where new Asian challenges are eroding its old and comfortable certainties. This work takes a panoramic look at Europe’s First-World crisis from a unique India-China perspective.

Jaipur Quilts, Krystyna Hellstrom, Rs. 1,495.00

The Jaipur textile industry has for long, inspired countless artists and designers to create exquisite products of both beauty and utility. The Jaipuri razai is a perfect example of this trend in its display of excellent traditional craftsmanship and aesthetic beauty as well as its high utility value.

(Source: Kochi Books, Fort Kochi. Phone: 2218730. www.kochibooks.com)