Agatha Christie: The TT30 zone will stock 140 titles from the grand dame of crime fiction whose work has sold over 4 billion copies. Need we say more?!
Collins Classics: Around 86 timeless titles, from Pride and Prejudice to Wuthering Heights.
The Immortals of Meluha by Amish [Westland, Rs 195]: A mythological fantasy tale on Lord Shiva, this 2010 sleeper hit still tops the bestseller charts.
The Secret of the Nagas by Amish [Westland, Rs 195]: The sequel to The Immortals of Meluha sees Lord Shiva go on a thrilling quest in search of the “evil” Nagas.
Jaal: Book 1 of the Kaal trilogy by Sangeeta Bahadur [Pan Macmillan India, Rs 299]: A fantasy tale based on Indian mythology with gods, demons, warriors and serpents, this book sets the stage for epic action with a promise of much more in the sequels.
I’ll Do It My Way by Christina Daniels [Om Books International, Rs 495]: The simplicity with which the author encapsulates the rather extraordinary life of the thinking man’s superstar, Aamir Khan, is worth a read.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho [HarperCollins, Rs 250]: Coelho’s biggest yet, the book’s central theme “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” has inspired many around the world (including SRK’s Om in Om Shanti Om!) to follow their dreams.
Coup D'État by Ben Coes [Pan Macmillan India, Rs 350]: The threat of a nuclear war between Pakistan and India looms large, forcing the US to intervene. Only one man can execute a nearly impossible plan, Dewey Andreas. Now all the White House has to do is find him.
Travelling Diva by Ritu Dalmia [Hachette India, Rs 499]: A must-read, must-eat and must-buy book! An entertaining gourmet guide to plan that perfect dinner, Ritu’s personal notes and stories makes it almost like cooking with a friend.
Don’t Lose Your Mind Lose Your Weight by Rujuta Diwekar [Random House India, Rs 199]: Star dietician Rujuta helps you learn about your body, create the right plan for it and adjust your food habits. She even lets you in on Kareena Kapoor’s secret for that size-zero bikini bod in Tashan.
The Flying Man by Roopa Farooki [Headline Review, Rs 499]: Maqil aka Mike, Mehmet, Mikhail or Miguel is a charlatan. Criminally clever, he charms his way to a new identity in each country, abandoning wives and children and careers in his wake.
River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh [Penguin, Rs 699]: This beautifully written sequel to Ghosh’s Booker shortlisted Sea of Poppies takes us on a fascinating journey from Mauritius to Bombay and onwards to Canton in British times.
Calico Joe by John Grisham [Hachette India, Rs 350]: A moving story about fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, crushing failures and triumphs, set in the world of American major league baseball.
Theodore Boone — The Accused by John Grisham [Hodder Paperbacks, Rs 250]: The third book in the Theodore Boone series follows young Theo as he tries to solve a case in which he is implicated. A must-read for teens, adults will love it too.
Ambani and Sons by Hamish McDonald [Roli Books, Rs 395]: The story of one of the wealthiest families in the world and how Dhirubhai built his empire, it also provides glimpses of the not-so-happy side of India’s growth story.
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino [Abacus, Rs 350]: This gripping story with an “unputdownable” ending is an international rage. Though a murder mystery, there’s no doubt about the murderer, the catch is how a math whiz helps the “innocent” murderer outsmart the cops. An absolute must-read for crime fiction lovers.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini [Bloomsbury, Rs 350]: Little Amir has a traumatic secret that he tries to forget as he leaves his country, Afghanistan. The story follows his journey to adulthood when he must finally face his past and seek redemption. A little gem.
Ignited Minds: Unleashing the power within India by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam [Penguin, Rs 150]: Pick it up to understand what a “thinking” person is all about and how an imaginative mind can achieve things that tech-savvy morons cannot. It explains why India is not producing Nobel winners despite the mad rush for an IIT seat. An inspiring gift for young minds.
Barack Obama: The Making of the Man by David Maraniss [Atlantic Books, Rs 899]: The “real” story of Barack Obama’s beginnings, his dual identities as the son of a black man and a white woman, his upbringing in Hawaii by his white grandparents and his political ambitions that led him to the White House.
Mindbenders and Brainteasers by Rob Eastaway David Wells [ANOVA Conway Maritime Press, Rs 37]: 100 puzzles ranging from the neatly lateral to the downright perplexing.
Poor Little Rich Slum by Rashmi Bansal & Deepak Gandhi, photographs by Dee Gandhi [Westland, Rs 250]: A slum of energy, enterprise and hope, where every hand is busy, every head held high, where people could be miserable but choose to be happy. A choice each of us can make.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling [Bloomsbury, Rs 599]: The seventh and final dose of magic from Rowling sees Harry Potter and Voldemort face off for a fight to the finish. If you still haven’t read it, here’s your chance.
The Edge of Desire by Tuhin A. Sinha [Hachette India, Rs 150]: Can a woman’s humiliation change the destiny of a nation? It did in The Mahabharata. And it does, once again, in the lawless Bihar of the 1990s. A political potboiler that makes for a racy read.
Men of Steel by Vir Sanghvi [Roli Books, Rs 95]: Senior journalist Vir Sanghvi manages to ferret out many lesser-known facets of India’s biggest biz brains, from Ratan Tata to Azim Premji, Kumar Mangalam Birla to Sunil Bharati Mittal.
The Innocent by David Baldacci [Pan Macmillan India, Rs 350]: Assassin Robie refuses a kill and becomes a target himself. He meets an orphaned teen and realises that she’s at the centre of a massive cover-up. A fast-paced thriller that will keep you turning the page till the end.
The Terrorist by Juggi Bhasin [Penguin, Rs 250]: Suvir and Murad, both victims of circumstances, choose to deal with their loss differently. One crosses the border and becomes a dreaded terrorist, the other joins the special forces.
The Affair by Lee Child [Bantam, Rs 325]: A woman has her throat slit behind a bar in Mississippi. Just down the road is a big army base. Is the murderer a local guy, or is he a soldier? This is the prequel to Child’s bestselling debut novel Killing Floor, also featuring his maverick hero Jack Reacher.
Pregnancy: All your Questions Answered [Octopus Publishing Group, Rs 450]: Packed with information on all aspects of pregnancy with illustrations on how the body changes month by month and how the baby grows. Special features include relaxation techniques, the partner’s role and water births.
50 Beautiful Houses in India (Vol 1) by Rajiv Saini [White Flag, Rs 2,995]: An informative read for all those who love their homes or dream of that perfect home. A ready reckoner for architects and interior designers too.
Planet Google: One Company’s Audacious Plan To Organize Everything We Know by Randall Stross [Free Press, Rs 350]: NYT columnist Stross takes readers deep inside Google. Are you ready to “search”?
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