A Convenient Culprit
Ace crime journalist Joy Dutta is killed, and his arch rival, Jagruti Verma, is accused of using her alleged connection with the dreaded don Chikna Ramu to commit the murder. Their mentor and ex-boss, Ammar Aney, whose exposés had earned him the respect of his fraternity, and whose enemies had conspired to destroy his personal and professional life, is forced out of retirement to get justice for both Joy and Jagruti. As he delves deeper, Aney realizes that the culprits and their motives are more dangerous than he could have ever imagined.
Kamran Khan is a cocky young taxi driver trying to make it big in Mumbai. But his life transforms when he saves a don called Mirza from being killed. What seems like a good deed however has a cruel payback and in a single moment, Kamran loses everything dear to him. This is when Mirza, in gratitude, takes Kamran under his wing and the young man gets drawn into the mafia boss’s dangerous world of cops and rival gangsters, eventually taking over from him. Kamran also inherits Mirza’s philosophy that all of life’s problems can be solved through Ghalib¹s poetry. Soon, the innocent taxi driver has cops, criminals and even cabinet ministers at his beck and call. And he has a new name—Ghalib Danger.
Days of Longing
An Indian student is asked to act as an interpreter for Raina, an Austrian on a holiday in Prague. The professional meeting explodes into an intense, passionate relationship. Prague in winter is a beautiful and moody setting to the feverish love affair. The complicated and inevitably short-lived romance is poignant and deeply moving in its telling by the master of the modern Hindi novel, Nirmal Verma.
Haunting in their unadorned and austere beauty, the five interwoven stories of The Occult have no discernible plots, their terrains are unidentifiable, the characters that inhabit them have no names. Houses possess domains where you are overcome with fear or desire without knowing why. A lone dark cloud that brings sudden rain traverses the interpenetrating landscape of the five stories. Time passes swiftly in some locations and is knotted thickly at others. An exquisitely made artefact could either be the model for a palace or a memorial of it. Has the woman fleeing managed to escape once again or has she drowned in the fast-flowing river? A narrative thread from one story may be taken up and twisted in another. Together the stories create a shimmering maze where meaning is elusive but from which the enchanted reader never wants to exit.
The Red Tin Roof
Set in Shimla, The Red Tin Roof evokes with rare delicacy and precision the interplay of seasons, nature and people, while it broodingly tells the story of a young girl growing into adolescence in the company mostly of older women, but also of a younger brother who trails her. In this exploration of an inner world, Nirmal Verma does not so much tell a story as reminisce. Memory is the seed of his story.
Each summer three siblings visit their bitter grandmother in her dreary seaside home. Faruk, the eldest, is alcoholic, divorced and adrift. Metin, the youngest, dreams of escaping to America. In between is their sister, Nilgün, a fiery revolutionary, hurtling towards womanhood. Over the week, the family face first love, old ghosts and childhood memories. Watching them is the dwarf housekeeper Recep, who has stories of his own.
How It Happened
Dadi, the imperious matriarch of the Bandian family in Karachi, swears by the virtues of arranged marriage. All her ancestors – including a dentally and optically challenged aunt – have been perfectly well served by such arrangements. But her grandchildren are harder to please…
‘A fiendishly funny narrative…with [a] sassy core and stirring imagery’—Daily Times, Pakistan
‘A mix of madcap relatives, hilarious dialogue and a breakneck plot…a delight from cover to cover’—Hello! Pakistan
Sub title: A Memoir
Sharp, insightful, shocking, delightful . . . In this sparkling memoir, Vinod Mehta, India’s most independent, principled—and irreverent—editor finally tells his own story. With its ringside view of some major events of our times, and masterly portraits from the worlds of politics, business, films and the media, this unputdownable book brims over with wit, wisdom, scandal and gossip.
Sub title: The Attack on the Taj
On 26 November 2008, four terrorists entered the Taj Mumbai and took over the hotel. What followed was nearly three days of terror as the world watched the great hotel go up in flames. Now comes the ultimate account of that attack. Telling the stories of guests, staff, police and the National Security Guard, and piecing together transcripts of calls between the terrorists and their handlers, The Siege takes you right into the war zone, showing you what it was like to be in the Taj on those fateful days. Here are heart-stopping stories of guests and staff—of a couple about to celebrate their wedding, a British-Cypriot shipping magnate whose state-of-the-art yacht is docked in front of the hotel, and a young Taj employee who survives because of a stranger’s phone call. Here too are revelations about the training of the terrorists, Headley’s double game and the shocking incompetence of the Indian security forces. Terrifying, gripping and deeply moving, The Siege is unputdownable.
9 to 5 Fit
Sub title: A Working Person’s Guide to Looking Great and Performing Better!
The bestselling author of The Four-Week Countdown Diet brings another unique diet and fitness book—this time completely dedicated to the office-goer
It’s hard to stay fit with a 9 to 5 job. As a wellness expert for twenty-five years, Namita Jain has seen the effects of it all—obesity, heaviness, acidity, hypertension, diabetes, etc. These numerous problems can bog you down and affect your self-esteem and performance.
In this revolutionary new book, Namita Jain creates health plans that work around your schedule. They focus on simple, easy-to-follow diets and exercises that can be done at your desk and solutions for late nights, entertaining clients, irregular eating hours and travelling.
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