• Irrationally Rational: Ten Nobel Laureates Script the Story of Behavioural Economics (Penguin/Viking) by V. Raghunathan takes readers through the journey of rational-irrational arguments, showing why economics shorn of psychology may be incomplete. Collating the works of 10 Nobel Laureates largely responsible for the rise of behavioural economics, it makes the subject more accessible. 
  • The Vortex: The True Story of History’s Deadliest Storm and the Liberation of Bangladesh (Harper) by Scott Carney and Jason Miklian chronicles the cyclone of November 1970, that killed over 500,000 people in then East Pakistan, and its aftermath. Scott and Jason piece together the story of how a cyclone spurred the liberation struggle. 
  • Nireeswaran (Vintage Books), a classic from the Kerala Sahitya Akademi-winning novelist V.J. James, uses satire to question blind faith. Translated by Ministhy S., it tells the story of three atheists who install and idol of Nireeswaran to establish that god is a superstition. When miracles start getting attributed to the deity, the trio ask if atheism is a religion in itself.
  • Song of the Forest: Tales from Here, There, and Everywhere (Aleph) by Ruskin Bond brings together his very best tales written in the 21 st century. The title story, ‘Song of the Forest’, has not been published before. There are other engaging stories like ‘A Man Called Brain’ and ‘Rhododendrons in the Mist’.