Looking back

In an old ruined city, emptied of most of its inhabitants, Ustad Ramzi, a famous wrestler past his prime, and Gohar Jan, a well-known courtesan whose kotha once attracted the wealthy and the eminent, contemplate the former splendour of their lives and the ruthless currents of time and history that have swept them into oblivion.

Between Clay and Dust

Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Aleph Book Company

Rs. 450

Inside Bhanupur

‘It is the first duty of kingship to be as the people wish to see me.' This fictional account of events in the court of the princely state of Bhanupur, a hundred years ago, is a tale of intrigue, politics and image-building.

What was going through the mind of Maharaja Amar Singh II in the key moments of his reign? How much did he rely on the advice of his clever Prime Minister Chatterjee, the wily Bengali? How did he solve sensitive issues like undertaking a voyage across the seas to attend the coronation ceremony of the British king, without polluting his caste?

Return to Bhanupur

Giles H.R. Tillotson

Penguin India

Rs. 250

Engaging stories

In Connectivity , a retired bureaucrat's telephone line is accidentally connected to that of a grieving man's, while a heart surgeon helps his patient across the great abyss in Song without End . The skilful grooming of a poet is described in A Lane in Lucknow , and a senile old nawab finds himself a stranger to an altered world in The Taste of Almonds .

In Through the Looking Glass , a man losing his sight finds he can get to the heart of all the books in his library by an inexplicable miracle, and in Play , the roles an actor enacts are a source of important life lessons. Song without End and Other Stories is a collection of 15 short stories by Neelum Saran Gour.

Song without End and Other Stories

Neelum Saran Gour

Penguin India

Rs. 299

Unlikely bonds

Jonathan Langley's life took a devastating turn when he lost his eyesight to a rare illness. Once a successful painter and printmaker, Jonathan now lives in complete darkness, rarely leaving his apartment and angry at the world. When he encounters his precocious 11-year-old neighbour, Lupe, the two form an unlikely friendship. Her cheerful presence shatters his hardened exterior, revealing a gentle man struck by tragedy. Lupe leads him to a fresh perspective by showing him the power of kindness, compassion, and love. 

Painting The Future

Louise L. Hay, lynn lauber

Hay House

Rs. 199

Solving the diet puzzle

Do you ever feel frustrated or confused about food, eating, diets or health? Would you like to better understand your eating habits, and how you can open up to a new way of thinking, feeling or being around food? Eat Right for Your Personality Type is a new take on food and eating that shines a light on how what we eat and rink — and why — shapes not only our body, but every single aspect of our life. This book holds the secret to the 10 different eating styles that exist and the gifts and challenges each one holds, showing the reader how each style can be used to create the experiences they want in their own life.

Eat Right For Your Personality Type

Hay House

Rs. 350Karen Knowler