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Classic Satyajit Ray
Transl. by Gopa Majumdar | Penguin | Rs 399

In this collection of 49 stories you will not meet Professor Shanku or Feluda. But you will encounter the macabre, the supernatural and the ordinary. Just as his films, Satyajit Ray’s short stories have captured the imagination of generations of readers who have coveted his wit and skill at story telling. Mostly available to Bengali readers, these have now been translated into English and collated by Penguin as a ‘classic’. Included in the collection are time-tested favourites such as: Khagam, Indigo, Fritz, Bhutto, Patol Babu: Film Star and The Hungry Septopus. Pity the paperback version of this book, is typeset in eye-taxing tight-knit typeface.

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Beautiful Disaster
Jamie McGuire | Simon & Schuster | Rs 350

EL James’ Shades of Grey appears to have opened the floodgates to a new trend in adult romances where ‘cruelty’ is the new ‘love’. In Beautiful Disaster, two young adults (Travis a bad boy and Abby, the bad girl) given to emotional violence, possessiveness and control mania are thrown together into a vortex of emotional-interdependence. Some have denounced the book as a story about ‘domestic abusive hero’ others have hailed it as gritty and unconventional. The book comes with fair amount of wordy slugfests and graphic sexuality. It’s for you to figure, how you read it.

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The Book of Emotions
Salman Akhtar | Roli Books | Rs 250

In this pocket book on emotions, Akhtar, a clinical psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in Philadelphia, gives us glimpses of the many shades of what a human heart is capable of.  Writing of people given to self-flagellation he says, “They lack the healthy capacity for indignation that most mature and well-adjusted people possess.” While talking of courage he reminds the reader of the hanging of Dara Shikoh, shunning of Mirza Ghalib and hounding of MF Husain, all of whom had the courage to ‘think-out-of-the-box’. And on hope, he quips, “Hope is a petrol of life’s automotive and the best antidote against suicide.” Simple, lucid, readable.

(The above reviews appeared in the Sunday edition of the Mail Today, New Delhi, 9 September 2012)

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Six Meters of Pavement
Farzana Doctor | Rupa | Rs 295

In Six Meters of Pavement the author integrates the life of three characters to tell a story about loss and redemption. In it we meet Ismail Boxwala, a middle-aged Toronto resident, who can never forgive himself for causing his daughter’s death, his neighbour, Celia and a young bisexual woman Fatima Khan around whom the plot is built. Kicked out of her home for her ‘perverted’ lifestyle, Fatima approaches Ismail to mediate with her conservative Indian parents. This book, her second novel after Stealing Nasreen, won Farzana Doctor, a Canadian writer based in Toronto, the 2012 Lambda Literary Award in the lesbian fiction category.

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I Heart New York
Lindsey Kelk | HarperCollins | £ 6.99

This picture perfect teen novel encourages young women a change of scene to overcome their love troubles. In this case the heroine moves from London to New York to re-invent her life. While in England she does pretty little in New York she hits the web with a daily blog about her sex life. It gets her the attention she craves and of course, a job with a magazine. In between we are treated to sightseeing trips in and around New York. This is Kelk’s third book in the series after I Heart Hollywood and I Heart Paris.

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Content is Currency
Jon Wuebben | Nicholas Brealey Publishing | Rs 595

In Content is Currency, web strategist Wuebben explains the fine art of content development and marketing by utilising Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Social Media Marketing (SMM) techniques. “From what I’ve seen in the business world 80 per cent of businesses know only limited amount about the web and mobile content and how it affects them, no matter what they may think they know,” he says in the opening chapter of the book. Each of the chapters offers an overview of a ‘content type’, industry trends, best practices, how-to advice and case studies. Useful for any business, you may be engaged in.

(An edited version of the above reviews appeared in the Sunday edition of the Mail Today, New Delhi, dated 15 July 2012)

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