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No Rest for the Dead
Ed by Andrew F Gulli & Lamia Gulli |Simon & Schuster| Rs 499

This multi-author mystery featuring capital punishment, revenge and alcoholism was put together by the managing editor of The Strand, the legendary British mystery magazine. Inspired in part by past experiments such as The Floating Admiral published by the Detective Club in 1930s, this book took brother-sister duo six years to complete. Gulli, who is friends with many crime authors, initially roped in 12 writers but the result was ‘frustrating’, so he expanded it to 26. He wrote the prologue for it and handed it over to the writers, to pen a chapter each. The list of contributors includes celebrity thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, who has written the latest James Bond sequel, Carte Blanche. Available as e-book and audio book on Amazon.


How to Love Your Body
Yaana Gupta| Penguin| Rs 199

Though dubbed as ‘the next generation diet book’ this slim book shuns all diets. Instead, it advises you to eat wisely and listen to what your body needs. The learning for Yaana came from her modeling career in which she starved and binged in turn. In the book, the pretty Czech reveals that she came from a broken home, started modeling at 15 and aspired to be Christy Turlington. But her modeling career never took off in Europe because of her short height. She made it in Japan and India though. In India she observes, the models were skinny “all bones, no ass, no boobs” and “height did not matter”.

Himalayan Art
Swati Chopra| Roli Books| Rs 695

This coffee book provides a simple introduction to the art and crafts of the Himalayan region. Stretching from Afghanistan to North East India it is nearly impossible to codify the influences that shaped it. Yet, Chopra attempts to give it a voice by setting aside specifics of art objects and emphasising the dominant religious philosophy and rituals. The vast swathes of Himalayas from Tibet, Ladakh, Sikkim, Lahoul and Spiti, parts of Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan are thus capped as Vajrayana Buddhist; Himachal and Uttranchal as Brahminical Hinduism; Nepal, a melting pot of Hinduism and Buddhism; Afghanistan of Hellenic art; and Kashmir, of Bhakti-Sufi and Shaiva-Tantric practices. Beautiful colour plates make for an interesting flip through.

(An edited version of the above reviews appeared in the Sunday edition of the Mail Today, New Delhi, dated 1 January 2012)

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