The Last Illusion
By: Porochista Khakpour
Pages: 324 Publisher: Bloomsbury
Price: Rs 450
In an Iranian village, Zal’s demented mother, horrified by the pallor of his skin and hair, becomes convinced she has given birth to a ‘White Demon’. She hides him in a birdcage for a decade. Freed from his cage and adopted by a behavioural analyst, Zal awakens in New York to the possibility of a future.
The Aryavarta Chronicles: Kurukshetra
By: Krishna Udayasankar
Pages: 436 Publisher: Hachette
Price: Rs 350
Aryavarta Empire stands on the brink of destruction. Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa can do no more than watch as their kin destroy one another on the fields of Kurukshetra. Driven to madness by betrayal, Govinda Shauri has become the greatest enemy that Aryavarta must face.
The Green of Bengal and Other Stories
By: Gautam Benegal
Price: Rs 299
A guest with gastric trouble, the besieged political campaigner, the cruel critic, the secret murderer, the grandfather who pines for the home he lost. Gautam Benegal’s short stories are peopled with characters we almost recognise bringing alive the Calcutta of the late 1980s and the early ’90s.
Nature Chronicles of India: Essays
Edited by: Ananda Banerjee
Pages: 158 Publisher: Rupa
Price: Rs 195
This compilation of essays on the natural wealth of India is divided into two sections. In the first are field narratives by some of the finest biologists and naturalists. The second features stories by officers of the Raj posted across British India.
By: Gary Smith
Pages: 326 Publisher: Duckworth Overlook
Price: Rs 399
In Standard Deviations, economics professor Gary Smith walks us through the various tricks and traps that people use to back up their own crackpot theories. The book demystifies the science behind every day’s new discoveries and brings into stark relief the fraud that surrounds us all.