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Lest We Forget History
P G J Nampoothiri & Gagan Sethi | Books For Change| Rs 300

This document, put together by a retired police officer of the Gujarat cadre and a social activist, is a valuable addition to the material that has been produced on the state sponsored communal violence in Gujarat 2002. Appointed by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to prepare the preliminary report on the gruesome events that shook the nation, the two gentlemen, recount their findings from 2002 and experiences thereafter, with an honesty that deserves both praise and attention. They openly admit that their report is NHRC-centric, but this does not in anyway take away the seriousness of their commitment to justice and fair play.

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All The Single Ladies
Jane Costello| Simon & Schuster| Rs 499

Costello’s first romantic novel, Bridesmaids, made it to The Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers in UK about five years ago. Ever since, the author and her publisher have been milking her “celebrity” status. You could say, that commerce has its own logic, yet the question that begs to be answered is, should you read her? In All The Single Ladies, the writer prods the reader to get on with one’s life after being dumped by a man. Do you really need to spend Rs 500 to learn that? If so, why not visit any random Internet relationship portal that offers the same profound wisdom for free?

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I Never Knew It Was You
Kalpana Swaminathan| Penguin| Rs 299

As far as fictional characters go, Bombay’s most famous detective, Inspector Godbole is impossible to top. So Swaminthan does the next best thing, she invents his alter ego, a 67-year-old silver haired female ex-cop called Lalli. This book features Lalli’s fourth case as a crime buster. Apart from the plot, it’s the writer’s keen eye for detail that will have you asking for more. Take this description of modern-day Vile Parle for instance: “Now all that remains is a heap of rubble, waiting like a parent by the gate. Shops have gone from general stores to shopping centres, but these won’t last. By next year we’ll have a mall.”

(An edited version of the above reviews appeared in the Sunday edition of the Mail Today, New Delhi, dated 8 April 2012)

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