Friday, September 30, 2011

Navratri and Dasera Greetings !

Hi all,

Greetings of Navratri and the festive season!

Lots of new books to read and enjoy … with a few days break for the festive season, here’s a chance to catch up on your reading!

We are a little short of working hands, and some of you have found us closed in the afternoons. Hopefully, it’s a temporary phenomena and before the Diwali break, we should be back to full day working (10.30 to 2030 hrs).

Kindly join us on Dassera day (thurs), 6th Oct for our Annual Saraswati Puja at twistntales. Hope to see you then.

So many many new books, so lets get on with it!

Grassroots Comics – a tool for democracy and others

There are five comic books from World Comics India. World Comics India (WCI) is a collective of grassroots activists, cartoonists, artists, development journalists and students using comics as a communication tool as well as medium for self expressions.

The titles in this series:

“Grassroots Comics – a tool for democracy” @ Rs. 75/-

Here’s a rather different book and a novel idea! These comics are the voices of commoners from all over the World raising their voices to fight corruption. This Silent majority tell stories affecting their day to day lives which they are extremely passionate about! And their passion is clearly reflected in these comics developed on A4 sized papers with simple, lucid illustrations coupled with the local language which make it an absolute WOW!

“Understanding Gandhi through Cartoons” @ Rs.75/-

These Cartoons are an attempt to provide an easy and effective insight into the making of the Mahatma! The Focus is on Gandhiji’s social concerns and the impact he made on the History of India and the World. Resurrecting Gandhian Values, these pages truly seek to inspire and rekindle in us the hope to a brighter future!
This collection of cartoons are an outcome of a workshop conducted by Shri Sharad Sharma of World Comics India, as part of the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti’s Annual Gandhi Summer School.

“Half World Four Frames” @ Rs.150/-

The Comic strips produced here are on Gender. Views on Gender as perceived in different parts of the world- respected and put forth without being Opinionated! Again a creation of a number of Workshops conducted in South Asian Countries by WCI.

“Whose Development???” @ Rs.100/-

These Stories collected from Jharkhand, Assam, Kashmir, Rajasthan, and many other parts of the country present a reflection of the ‘accomplishments’ of development there. The caricatures herein are crude and endeavor to portray the picture as realistically as possible. Come, walk along the path of development, which is the magic word for politicians, as much as it is for us!

“Parallel Lines” @ Rs.100/-

The ongoing Bodo movement in lower Assam, the ugly truth behind the Beautification of Delhi in lieu with the commonwealth games, the legal victory of farmers over BT cotton in Madhya Pradesh and other such contemporary issues has been voiced here, simultaneously resulting in interesting, moving and engaging Comics!

Other New Books:

“A Tangled Web: Jammu and Kashmir” Edited by Ira Pande @ Rs. 699/-

A series of essays by noted social commentators like Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Meghnad Desai, Jagmohan etc. familiarize us with the tangled views on History, Politics, and autonomy pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir, thereby examining the various political, cultural, economic and social issues at play. Accounts by various ordinary men and women who have borne the brunt of decades of unrest bring to life the whole picture! Adding to this is the portrayal on the beauty, art and food typical of the area, which flavours this book just perfectly!

“The Book of Answers” by C.Y. Gopinath @ Rs. 499/-

Would’nt it be just perfect to lay hands on a book which will provide you with answers to all of your Problems? That’s just what Patros, the protagonist got his hands onto, or rather inherited! This book is an irrepressible satire about manipulation and corruption in governance! And what all does this ‘Book of Answers” contain and what all trouble does it lead onto, to find out, read this humorously woven narrative!

“Reach For the Skies: Ballooning, Birdmen and Blasting into Space- a Personal History of Aviation” by Richard Branson @ Rs.399/-

It’s a story of Pioneers. From the World Famous Montgolfiers and the Wright Brothers, to the lesser known trailblazers who are today bringing outer space within our reach, Sir Richard Branson explores the History of Flight through the Stories and People who have Inspired Him! It’s a Thrilling tale with a motivational message- ‘Aim for the Stars. Atleast you will have reached the Skies!’

“Partitions” by Amit Majmudar @ Rs.299/-

The Countries- they parted in 1947. And that year the people did too. This book is the story of the people, their unforgettable account of separation and how they stood up, shaped themselves up again and moved on in the journey called - Life! ‘Amit Majmudar’ interjects three story lines here in his Debut; writing poetically with piercing beauty and great Human Dramatization.

“The Bad Boy’s Guide to the Good Indian Girl or the GOOD INDIAN GIRL’S Guide to Living, Loving and Having Fun” by Annie Zaidi and Smriti Ravindra @ Rs.295/-

Who is this ‘Good Indian Girl’? Is she for real? Does she even exist? Yes, yes- here are stories based on real events in Real Women’s lives! Come, discover her, in all her marvelous complexity with Annie Zaidi and Smriti Ravindra as they look around the subcontinent into the lives, limits and longings of Girls who have been born and raised to become - “The Good Indian Girl”!

“The Google Guys: Inside the Brilliant Minds of Google Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin” by Richard L Brandt @ Rs.399/-

‘The Google Guys’ skips past the well- known Google story and focuses on what really motivates the company’s two Founders- ‘Larry Page’ and ‘Sergey Brin’; thereby examining Google’s Business decisions in light of it’s founders’ ambition and beliefs. Through interviews with Current and Former Employees, Competitors, Partners and Senior Google Management plus conversations with the founders themselves, Richard L Brandt demystifies the World’s most powerful Internet Company for us Illiterates! Read it!

“Noon” by Aatish Taseer @ Rs.499/-

Set in the background of a difficult period in India and Pakistan- Join Rehan Tabasssum, the Protagonist in this journey of political upheavals, danger and most importantly ‘Change’! A Compelling, elegantly crafted read!

“Trouble at Taj” by Sonja Chandrachud @ Rs.199/-

There’s some serious trouble at the Taj. The Chief Detective of the Taj Mahal, Ustad Ahmed Lahauri had been kidnapped and the DOA detective agency is out to solve this out–of–this–world mystery. Will they be able to ensure that the magnificent Taj gets built? To Find Out, Read this Witty, suspicious, adventure story, going back into History; by our very own ‘Desi Rowling’- Sonja Chandrachud! Pick your signed copies from twistntales!

After ‘Potion of Eternity’ and ‘Pearls of Wisdom’ this is Sonja Chandrachud’s first book in her New Series- DOA Detective Files. The book makes good reading for children above 9 yrs of age.

“Pilgrim’s India: An Anthology” edited by Arundhathi Subramaniam @ Rs.399/-

‘Pilgrim’s India’ is about Journeys and Destinations; Wanderers, Pilgrims; their trails and the idea of the sacred! It brings together Essays and Poems from the Katha Upanishad, Fa- Hien, Basavanna and Kabir to Paul Brunton, Richard Lannoy, Amit Chaudhuri, Arun Kolatkar and others- about various aspects of trips undertaken in the name of God! It’s Revelation, both Mystical and Magical!

“The Fish on your Plate: Why we Eat what we Eat From the Sea” by Paul Greenberg @ Rs.399/-

Here’s a rather interesting book! Paul Greenberg takes us on an eye- opening Culinary Journey through the Oceans, traveling from fair trade Eskimo Outposts to Norwegian mega Salmon Farms and Down to the Depths of the South Pacific in search of the story behind - the Fish on Our plates! Along the way he feeds us with incredible facts about Fish and why we take, what we take from the Sea!

“Uncommon Ground: Dialogues between Business and Social Leaders by Rohini Nilekani @ Rs.499/-

‘Uncommon Ground’ brings together titans of Industry and Leaders of Civil Society to explore highly relevant themes like Livelihoods and Job Creation, Food Security, Energy, Business and Environment Sustainability and more, and will thereby provide you with a rich, nuanced understanding of the Key Social and Economics Challenges facing India today. Based on Rohini Nilekani’s 2008 show on NDTV, these conversations explore the middle ground between the ideological divisions that often polarize the Business and Voluntary Sectors.

“Three Satires from Ancient Kashmir” by Kshemendra @ Rs.250/-

Corruption in Governance, Hypocrisy in Religion, Superstition, Anomalies in Education and a host of other ills of one thousand years ago in Kashmir are the targets of Kshemendra’s Satires. These find Resonance amongst our lives in India even today.

‘Kshemendra’ is an important Name in Classical Sanskrit Literature and is a prolific, multi faceted writer on a wide variety of Subjects. This book is a translation from Sanskrit by A.N.D Haksar.

“Welcome to Americastan” by Jabeen Akhtar @ Rs.499/-

Thoughtful looking at the Pakistani Community in America through the eyes of the Protagonist ‘Samira’ the story investigates the Double Lives led by the Young who debate the significance of animal sacrifice while sipping Cocktails; Atheists who agree to having a ‘Maulvi’ perform at their Wedding just to please their Parents; and Parties with an Open Bar but Only for the Goras! It’s Hilarious! Come aboard the Ship to “Americastan” and be delighted!

Other new books!

“Undercover Muslim: A journey into Yemen” by Theo Padnos @ Rs.599/-
“Table for Four” by K.Srilata @ Rs.250/-
“Rajiv Gandhi: The Flight of the Scion” by Benny Aguiar @ Rs.299/-
“The Fat Years: The Notorious Thriller they Banned in China” by Chan Koonchung @ Rs.550/-
“The Bourne Dominion” by Robert Ludlum @ Rs.299/-
“The Spy” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott @ Rs.299/-
“The First Women in Love” by D.H. Lawrence @ Rs.399/-
“Spud: Learning to Fly” by John Van De Ruit @ Rs.299/-
“Gift in Green” by Sarah Joseph @ Rs.350/-
“My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About me” by Hilary Winston @ Rs.399/-
“Flight of the Alone to the Alone: Talks on the Kaivalya Upanishad” by Osho@ Rs.499/-
“Release and other Stories” by Rakhshanda Jalil @ Rs.299/-
“The Spirit of the Buddha” by Martine Batchelor @ Rs.250/-
“The History of Tipu Sultan” by Mohibbul Hasan @ Rs.300/-
“Joothan: A Dalit’s Life” by Omprakash Valmiki (tr. Arun Prabha Mukherjee) @ Rs.220
“Lose your Mother: A journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route” by Saidiya Hartman @ Rs.350/-
“Heroes, Gundas, Vamps and Good Girls: Hindi Pulp Cover Art” by Shelle @ Rs.295/-
“Waking is Another Dream: Poems on the Genocide in Eelam” edited by Ravikumar @ Rs.180/-
“The Rani of Jhansi: Rebel Against Will” by Rainer Jerosch @ Rs.295/-
“Mumbai’s Dabbawala: The Uncommon Story of the Common Man” by Shobha Bondre @ Rs.300/-
“Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming Obstacles between Vision & Reality” by Scott Belsky @ Rs.399/-
“Malabar Mind: Poems” by Anita Nair @ Rs.199/-
“What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for becoming a more Effective Leader and Reaching your Potential” by Robert Steven Kaplan @ Rs.750/-
“The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators” by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Clayton M. Christensen @ Rs.995/-
“A Tale of Two Indians” by Maharshi Patel @ Rs.250/-
“The Vintage Sardar” by Khushwant Singh @ Rs.250/-
“I’m Not Stressed: Secrets for a Calm Mind and a Healthy Body” by Deanne Panday @ Rs.199/-
“Egyptian Dawn: Exposing the Real Truth Behind Ancient Egypt” by Robert Temple @ Rs.499/-
“Berlin at War: Life and Death in Hitler’s Capital, 1939-45” by Roger Moorhouse @ Rs.499/-
“Man of a Thousand Chances” by Tulsi Badrinath @ Rs.395/-
“Songs of Kabir” translated by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra @ Rs.350/-
“The Art of Stress- Free Living” by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar @ Rs.299/-
“Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon” by Jonathan Stroud @ Rs.299/-
“Our Lady of Alice Bhatti” by Mohammed Hanif @ Rs.499/-
“Aleph” by Paulo Coelho @ Rs.325/-
“A Night in London” by Sajjad Zaheer @ Rs.299/-
“Kiss, Kiss” by Roald Dahl @ Rs.350/-
“The Spell of the Flying Foxes” by Sylvia Dyer @ Rs.299/-
“Sorrows of the Snow” by Upendra Nath Ashk @ Rs.250/-
“Bernie Madoff: The Wizard of Lies” by Diana B Henriques @ Rs.399/-
“Madame Tussaud” by Michelle Moran @ Rs.299/-
“I Never Thought I Could Fall in Love: My journey from Lust to Love” by Chanchaldeep Singh Sandhu @ Rs.99/-
“The Girl in the Garden” by Kamala Nair @ Rs.495/-
“The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh @ Rs.499/-
“The CIO Edge: 7 Leadership Skills you Need to Drive Results” @ Rs.995/-
“Secrets” by Ruskin Bond @ Rs.250/-
“Upwardly Mobile: Behaviour and Business Skills for the New Indian Manager” by Ranjini Manian @ Rs.250/-
“A Monsoon of Music” by Mitra Phukan @ Rs.450/-
“The TCS Story…and Beyond” by S.Ramadorai @ Rs.699/-
“That Used to be US: What went wrong with America- And how it can Come Back” by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum @ Rs.599/-
“Jamie’s Great Britain: Over 130 Reasons to Love Our Food” @ Rs.899/-
“The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller @ Rs.499/-
“Water: Asia’s New Battleground” by Brahma Chellaney @ Rs.699/-
“The Tailor of Giripul” by Bulbul Sharma @ Rs.299/-
“The Shadow Market: How Sovereign Wealth Funds Secretly Dominate the Global Economy” by Eric J Weiner @ Rs.399/-
“Football- Bloody Hell: The Biography of Alex Ferguson” by Patrick Barclay @ Rs.399/-
“Crushes, Careers & Cell Phones: Quick Notes from a Mum to a Teenager, Rejoinders from 10 to 25-year olds across the World” by Manjiri Gokhale Joshi @ Rs.195/-
“Chapter Eleven” by Amit Shankar @ Rs.245/-
“The Secret of the World’s Worst Cook” by Subhadra Sen Gupta @ Rs.199/-
“Good Food Good Living” by Karen Anand @ Rs.250/-
“The Novice – A remarkable story of love and truth” by Thich Nhat Hanh @ Rs. 450/-
“Beyond the MBA Hype: A Guide to Understanding and Surviving B- Schools” by Sameer Kamat @ Rs.250/-
“Awakening: The Story of the Bengal Renaissance” by Subrata Dasgupta @ Rs.299/-
“B.T.Road/ The Hollow: Two Novellas” by Samaresh Basu @ Rs.350/-
“The Best of Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest: 1000 Quiz Questions, 100 Fun Facts!” @ Rs.175/-“Doing Business in India” by India Briefing (Dezan Shira and Associates)” @ Rs.299/-Constant Craving: What your Food Cravings mean & How to Overcome them” by Dorren Virtue @ Rs.350/-“Time Riders: The Eternal War” by Alex Scarrow @ Rs.299/-
“Tit For Tat to Treat for Tat: A Holistic Journey- No One loves you, you make yourself Lovable” by Dr. Pal @ Rs.250/-
“The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Twelfth Grade Kills” by Heather Brewer @ Rs.250/-
“Gods without Men” by Hari Kunzru @ Rs.599/-
“Bishan: Portrait of a Cricketer” by Suresh Menon @ Rs.299/-
“Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking illuminate the Universe and the Modern World” by Lisa Randall @ Rs.999/-
“How did That Happen: Holding People Accountable for Results, the Positive, Principled Way” by Roger Connors and Tom Smith @ Rs.550/-
“Controversially Yours” by Shoaib Akhtar @ Rs.499/-
“The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family” by Peter Firstbrook @ Rs.399/-
“Far from my Father’s House: Survival is Hard in a Land where No Woman can Live alone” by Jill McGivering @ Rs.299/-
“Capitalism 4.0: The Birth of a New Economy” by Anatole Kaletsky @ Rs.399/-
“1888 Dial India” by Anuvab Pal” @ Rs.150/-
“The Arty Farty Party: 100% Proof High Spirits” by Pratik Basu @ Rs.295/-
“Birds, Beasts and Bandits: 14 Days with Veerappan” by Krupakar and Senani (Translation by S.R Ramakrishna) @ Rs.250/-
“Hive: Aftershock” by Mark Walden @ Rs.299/-
“You Can Create an Exceptional Life” by Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson @ Rs.250/-
“The Path of Tibetan Buddhism: The End of Suffering and the Discovery of Happiness” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama @ Rs.299/-
“Wisden on India: An Anthology” Edited by Jonathan Rice @ Rs.599/-
“Babies From the Heart: A Complete Guide to Adoption” by Nandini Sengupta @ Rs.299/-
“The Magic of Reality: How we Know what’s Really True” by Richard Dawkins @ Rs.1099/-

Young Adults

“To the Blue King’s Castle: Adventures in the Underground Forest” by Prasenjit Gupta @ Rs.199/-
“The Magic Thief Found” by Sarah Prineas @ Rs.299/-
“The 39 Clues: Vespers Rising” (book 11) @ Rs.475/-
“Dear Dumb Diary: My Pants are Haunted!” by Jim Benton @ Rs.199/-
“BigNate Boredom Buster” by Lincoln Peirce @ Rs.199/-
“Celebrate Dussehra & Durga Puja: Super Sories, Fab Folktales, Myths and Legends” @ Rs.195/-

Have fun reading and see you at the Store!

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