Saturday, October 22, 2011

Diwali Hamper of new books !!

Hi all,

First of all, a big thank you to all of you who joined us for the Saraswati Puja on Dusherra day at the Store.

As school vacations begin and the festive spirit catches on, we at twistntales are ready and well stocked up in all sections. Do pay your favorite bookstore a visit and stock up your reading treasures for the Diwali break!

Lots of new books also happening in the next two weeks – the Steve Jobs (God bless his soul) book, the new Grisham thriller, a brand new book in the Wimpy kid series, the Sons of Neptune book in the Heroes of Olympus series (by Percy Jackson), “Inheritance” in the Eldest/ Eragon series by Christopher Paolini series – make sure you have your monies saved for these books! Do keep in touch for more frequent updates on our facebook page,

Apart from Chetan Bhagat, a lot has already happened in the past couple of weeks, Julian Barnes, “The Sense of an Ending” which won the Booker 2011 this week, all already in the Store. A few have been reviewed below.

Twistntales will be celebrating Diwali on 25th Oct, Tuesday evening at the Store and you are most welcome to join us. We will then be closed from 26th Oct (wed) to 31st Oct (mon). We will be open for business as usual from 1st Nov. The last couple of months have been tough on us (we are short staffed) and we had to keep the store closed on some afternoons. Going forward, Nov and Dec, we will be open full day as earlier. So feel free to drop in anytime.

Many of you know the many students who have interned with us in the past 10 years. Most of them join us in the first year of college, after 12th class, and stay with us during the first two years of graduation. When they leave, they take with them more than just the money we pay them. Many of them are equipped with basic managerial skills to start work as junior execs in the corporate world.

Lijya is one such person. She completes a year with us this month, and has earned her spurs to be our “Star of the Month” for Oct 2011. She has single handedly supported the operations of the Store, inspite of her own hectic college schedules and exams, all very willingly and with a smile. Kudos to her and she surely is an example to many youngsters on how to manage what you want to do without compromising too much on other things. Do visit the Store and congratulate her for her efforts :-)

Now on to new books:

Socio Eco

“Water: Asia’s New Battleground” by Brahma Chellaney @ Rs.699/- (pgs 386)

The battles of yesterday were fought over land. Those of today are over energy. But the battles of tomorrow may be over water. Nowhere is the danger greater than in water distressed Asia. Asia is home to many of the world’s great rivers and lakes, and the potential for conflict is further underscored by China’s unrivalled global status. Brahma Chellaney, one of India’s leading strategic thinkers from the Centre for Policy Research, presents a pioneering study of Asia’s murky water politics and the relationships between freshwater, peace and security.

“Capitalism 4.0: The Birth of a New Economy” by Anatole Kaletsky @ Rs.399/- (pgs 423)

Has the Global Financial Crisis ruined Businesses, Banks, and Nations and left you distraught? Is the Capitalist system doomed? If you think yes, then well ‘think’ again with this eye opening book by Anatole Kaletsky who explains how this crisis has contributed to the evolution of a stronger capitalist model- refreshed and reinvented; all set to take-off again! Tracing the development of capitalism through three distinct historical phases, Anatole Kaletsky shows us how these transitions, threatening though they may have been; have actually acted as a catalyst fueling Capitalism to emerge stronger, sharper and superior yet again!


“The Magic of Reality: How we Know what’s really True” by Richard Dawkins @ Rs.1099/- (pgs 271) (Illustrated by Dave McKean)

Have you ever wondered what things are made of? Or for that matter ‘What is the Sun?’ The answer to these questions and much more is right here in this book and is sure to leave you amazed, dazzled and feeling inspired! With explanations of space, time and evolution this book presents the real story of the World around us capturing minds of young adults, adults and octogenarians alike! It is scientific reality spiced with magic and is simply wonderful!

“Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking illuminate the Universe and the Modern World” by Lisa Randall @ Rs.999/- (pgs 442)

One of the most illuminating Science Books in years, Knocking on Heaven’s Door explains with wit and clarity the latest ideas in physics and cosmology. It tells of the aims of the biggest and most expensive machine ever built: the Large Hadron Collider, the enormous particle accelerator which contains within it the hottest and coldest spot in the Galaxy and features the most powerful supercomputer system of all time. Recounting the thrilling progress in our understanding of the universe and examining the role of risk, creativity, uncertainty, beauty and truth in Scientific Thinking ‘Lisa Randall’ leaves our minds sparked!


“Controversially Yours” by Shoaib Akhtar @ Rs.499/- (pgs 280)

Chuuck- Chuuck! : It’s the Rawalpindi Express, with his take on the Game of Cricket, on his Peers, on the fraught tussles between bowlers and batsman and the institutions that control the Sport, including the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board. From the early days of his Struggle to the 2011 World Cup, this is Shoaib’s story in his own words, straight from the heart; making some headlines!

“Bishan: Portrait of a Cricketer” by Suresh Menon @ Rs.299/- (pgs 236)

The name Bishan Singh Bedi conjures up a picture of India’s legendary spin quartet of the 1970’s and here is a fine study of the Connoisseur by none other than India’s well known sports writer Suresh Menon! The biography covers Bedi’s incredulous magic with the ball, his forthright and outward character as well as his clashes and controversies! This is a remarkable portrait leaving no stone unturned!


“The Novice: A remarkable Story of Love and Truth” by Thich Nhat Hanh @ Rs.450/- (pgs 144)

Zen master, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh retells here an ancient Vietnamese Folk Tale. The Story of Kinh- a devoted student and diligent worker at the temple monastery, whose fate, will transform our lives and offer hope is waiting to enlighten you! Read and be inspired!

“The Animator’s Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical Computer Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators” by Richard Williams @ Rs. 1295/-

This definitive working manual on animation from the triple Academy Award winning Director of Animation ‘Richard Williams’ provides the underlying principles of animation that every animator from beginner to expert, classic animator to computer animation whiz needs! Illustrating his points with hundreds of drawings the book is a standard work on all forms of animation for professionals, students and fans!


“Jamie’s Great Britain: Over 130 Reasons to Love Our Food” @ Rs.899/- (pgs 407)

So here is Jamie; wanting to share with you the real essence of British Food, done properly! With 130 of his favorite recipes; some indisputable classics, some versions of classics and others made up by simply picking from the great bounty of regional produce, Jamie’s Great Britain is simply Tempting! Come Indulge!

“Good Food Good Living” by Karen Anand @ Rs.250/- (pgs 188)

The Foodie’s Bible is here; set to satiate the palate of even the most exacting connoisseur. So get set to discover the stories behind those delightful recipes, along with their rich history, with the all important health angle of the food you eat with Karen Anand who brings it out uniquely with her very own original techniques! Slurp!

“Awakening: The Story of the Bengal Renaissance” by Subrata Dasgupta @ Rs.299/- (pgs 480) (History)

Here is a gripping, well researched narrative about the Bengal Renaissance recounted through the lives of its players from Rammohun Roy to Rabindranath Tagore. Well begun with a chronology, ‘Awakening’ tells with colour, drama and passion transporting you into that Golden Era of intellectual flowering!

“Gods without Men” by Hari Kunzru @ Rs.599/- (pgs 383)

Here is a journey full with twists and turns of a handful of human lives set in the background of the Californian Dessert- a four year old autistic boy, a British Rock star on the run, a member of an extraterrestrial worshipping cult and a teenage Iraqi Refugee. Characters quite casual; yet wholly complex give Hari Kunzru’s new book that pacy, un-put-down able mysterious plot!
Hari Kunzru is the Best selling Author of ‘The Impressionist’, ‘Transmission’ and ‘My Revolutions’.

“B.T.Road/ The Hollow: Two Novellas” by Samaresh Basu @ Rs.350/- (pgs 294)
(Translated by Saugata Ghosh)

Presenting one of the stalwarts of Bengali Literature to a new readership this translation portrays two rich novellas. The first concentrates around the slum life at the jute mills of Bengal and the consequent trade union movement that grew around them. The second one is a portrayal of society and its mores through the eyes of ‘Biresh’ and his struggle to free himself from the confines of love, family, profession and politics. Absolutely Gripping!

“The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller @ Rs.499/- (pgs 352)

Reviving the Heroes of Greece and the classic story of the Helen of Troy Madeline Miller has woven this narrative in a contemporary and startling fashion! The story journeys Friendship, love, fear and tests all which one holds dear!

“Far from my Father’s House: Survival is Hard in a Land where No Woman can Live alone” by Jill McGivering @ Rs.299/- (pgs 311)

After the stupendous success of The Last Kestrel, Jill McGivering is now on to her second novel, on a terrain she knows best. As BBC’s senior news correspondent with assignments in Afghanistan and Pakistan, she is best placed to write on this region with some level of intimacy. It shows again with “Far from my father’s house” which is based in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. Touchingly written and achingly told, this is one of those books that give you an insight into what havoc can be caused if we let extremist elements control our politics.

Young Adults

“The Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Cook” by Subhadra Sen Gupta @ Rs.199/- (pgs 163)
By stumbling upon the secret diary of the world’s Worst Cook, discover how Rohin a boy of fifteen who wants nothing to do with Science realizes what it is that he wants to do with his own life. In a family full of MSc- ies, PhD-ies and Doctorates who have taken it for granted that Rohin is to take ‘the Science Stream’ after class ten, come be a part of Rohin’s journey of self discovery; unearthing on the way some hilarious stories of spotted eggs, lots of khanna and other culinary disasters!

“Really Daft Ideas” by D.I Saster @ Rs. 250/- (pgs 157)

I am sure that you shall roll off onto the floor laughing when you set your humble hands onto this book! ‘Really Daft Ideas’ is just Hilarious! Some ideas that should never have made it further than the half witted minds they originated from are here to make you laugh out loud and cringe!

“Stage a Poetry Slam” by Marc Kelly Smith with Joe Kraynak @ Rs.399/- (pgs 275)

Well its showtime! And ‘Stage a poetry Slam’ explains how to get the stage prepared for groups both large and small! Covering everything from finding an appropriate Venue, to Lighting and Sound, managing Performers and getting Publicity; this book puts it all together proficiently coming from the Father of Poetry Slam himself- ‘Marc Kelly Smith’!

“Take the Mic: The Art of Performance Poetry Slam and the Spoken Word” by Marc Kelly Smith with Joe Kraynak @ Rs. 399/- (pgs 295)

If you have ever climbed up the stage and struggled with the words in your mouth or felt apprehensive staring at that mic; fret not. As it’s here! - Your book, which will teach you everything you need to be a confident performer! From writing a powerful Poem to stage techniques ‘Take the Mic’ is carefully filled with lots of insider tips, backstage advice and tons of examples of slam poems that will surely wake an Audience and leave you inspired!

Other new books at the Store:

“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/-
“TOI Bloggers’ Park” @ Rs.199/-
“Beyond the MBA Hype: A Guide to Understanding and Surviving B- Schools” by Sameer Kamat @ Rs.250/-
“Celebrate Dussehra & Durga Puja: Super Sories, Fab Folktales, Myths and Legends” @ Rs.195/-
“Revolution 2020 – Love, Corruption Ambition” by Chetan Bhagat @ Rs. 140/-
“The Best of Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest: 1000 Quiz Questions, 100 Fun Facts!” by Derek O’ Brien @ Rs.175/-
“Doing Business in India” by India Briefing (Dezan Shira and Associates)” @ Rs.299/-
“Constant Craving: What your Food Cravings mean and How to Overcome them” by Doreen Virtue @ Rs.350/-
“Time Riders: The Eternal War” by Alex Scarrow @ Rs.299/-
“The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Twelfth Grade Kills” by Heather Brewer @ Rs.250/-
“How did That Happen: Holding People Accountable for Results, the Positive, Principled Way” by Roger Connors and Tom Smith @ Rs.550/-
“The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family” by Peter Firstbrook @ 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 3rd Alternative: Solving Life’s Most Difficult Problems” by Stephen R. Covey @ Rs.799/-
“Solving the Ice- Cream Dilemma: Help Your Child Choose the Right Career” by Steven Rudolph @ Rs.299/-
“Late for Tea at the Deer Palace: The Lost Dreams of my Iraqi Family” by Tamara Chalabi @ Rs.399/-
“Mothers Work: How to get a Grip on Guilt and make a Smooth Return to Work” by Jessica Chivers @ Rs.799/-
“Ithaca” by David Davidar @ Rs.499/- (pgs 276)
“The Fatal Eggs” by Mikhail Bulgakov, translation by Roger Cockrell @ Rs.299/-
“The Kite Runner: Graphic Novel” by Khaled Hosseini @ Rs.699/-
“The Death Relic” by Chris Kuzneski @ Rs.299/- (pgs 502)
“Shadow of the Moon” by M.M. Kaye @ Rs.399/- (pgs 614)
“Tattoo Nation: Portraits of Celebrity Body Art” by Rolling Stones @ Rs.695/-
“Garden Getaways: Havens at Home” by Michael Glassman @ Rs. 495/-
“Simply Stunning Beaded Jewelry” by Donatella Ciottic @ Rs. 495/-
“Ideas for Great Decorations” by Scott Atikson, Christine Barnes, Barbara J Braasch, Susan Lang @ Rs.995/-
“The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music: From Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues and Hip Hop to Classical Folk, World and More” edited by Paul Du Noyer @ Rs.1995/-
“Pilots, Man your Planes: The History of Naval Aviation” by Wilbur H Morrison @ Rs. 995/-
“Gross Me Out: 50 Nasty projects to Disgust your Friends and Repulse your Family” @ Rs. 399/-
“The World of Flowers in Wool” by Lily Simon @ Rs.495/- (pgs 128)
“Books: The Little Black Book; A Century of the greatest Books, Writers, Characters, Passages and Events that rocked the Literary World” edited by Lucy Daniel @ Rs.995/- (pgs 800)
“Management Tips” by Harvard Business Review @ Rs.395/- (pgs 214)
“The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes @ Rs.499/- (pgs 150)
“India Inside: The Emerging Innovation Challenge to the West” by Nirmalya Kumar and Phanish Puranam @ Rs.795/- (pgs 177)

Happy Reading and see you at the Store,

Wishing all of you and your families a very happy, safe and prosperous Diwali,

From the team at


1 comment:

Spikey said...

Awesome Lijya...grrr you guys have all the fun!!