Friday, December 16, 2011

Merry Christmas - Join us !

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Here’s another reminder for all of you who will like to come for our Christmas Party at Sassoon Hospital (Pediatric Ward) tomorrow (Sat, 17th Dec).

The party (magic show, singing etc) happens at the Pediatric ward and starts by 4pm. For those of you coming directly, please assemble on the ground in front of the pediatric ward, and you are sure to spot a few familiar twistntales faces 

Before we proceed, a big thank you to all of you who have donated so generously. And to those of you living outside Pune, who wrote back asking for online transfer facility, a very very big thank you. All your monies have been received, and needless to say, our cup of joy is overflowing! All the items on the list that we put up have now found sponsors, and we have more to spare! Thank you once again! We will shortly put up the names of donors on our blog.

Our young students have been singing Christmas Carols every evening at the Store (from 7 to 8pm) and it is a joy to listen! Do drop in and enjoy!

We have received a tremendous variety in new books and some adorable books / box sets that make wonderful christmas gifts, make sure you check them out.

New Books

“Grand Pursuit – The Story of Economic Genius” by Sylvia Nasar @ Rs. 499/-

From the bestselling author of ‘A Beautiful Mind’ comes this exceptional book of the story of how different ideas were born in the golden age before World War I, challenged in the catastrophic interwar years by two World Wars, the rise of totalitarian governments and a great depression; and has now come to be revived in the second golden age after World War II. It’s a study of the history and life of ‘ideas’ and their thinkers, and how after having transformed societies around the world, these continue to do so, even today. A brilliant, thought provoking read!

“1Q84” by Haruki Murakami @ Rs. 999/- (pgs 925)

Here’s a long awaited treat for Murakami Fans! Nominated for the Man Asian Literature Prize 2011, this mesmerizing story of Anomame and Tengo and the strange parallel universe they inhabit is sure to delight and surprise you. This hypnotically addictive novel is a work of startling originality and as the title suggests is a mind bending ode to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four. (The number 9 in Japanese is pronounced like the letter ‘Q’.)

“Calcutta Exile” by Bunny Suraiya @ Rs. 299/- (pgs 249)

Set against the richly textured backdrop of 1959 Calcutta- a time when the city’s social and cultural mosaic included Indians, the British and Anglo-Indians this book evokes a bygone era of one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world. Tracing the transition of this empire through the metaphor of family; it also raises questions about individual and collective Identities, the foremost among which is the search for a home.

“The Tennis Partner: The Story of a Friendship” by Abraham Verghese @ Rs. 399/-

When Abraham Verghese, a physician meets David Smith, a medical student recovering from Drug Addiction, the two Men learn how intertwined their lives are. And by playing tennis which allows them both to shed their inhibitions and find security; here is a brave and heart baring story of friendship and survival! Abraham Verghese is the bestselling author of Cutting for Stone.

“The Sealed Letter” by Emma Donoghue @ Rs.499/- (pgs 397)

There are two friends- Helen Codrington and Emily Fido Faithfull. One unhappy in her marriage whilst the other a successful woman in Business. An affair is aided. Trust is on the table and when it becomes known, more than just friendship is destroyed by a mysterious sealed letter! Based on blow-by-blow newspaper reports of the 1864 Codrington divorce, here is gripping drama full of wicked dialogue and thought provoking mystery of friends, lovers and marriage! Emma Donoghue is the best selling author of Room. (Short listed for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes)

“Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi” by Steve Inskeep @ Rs.599/- (pgs 284)

Here is an incisive, intriguing portrait of Karachi, Pakistan outlined by Steve Inskeep based on his interviews with a broad cross section of Karachi residents, from doctors to architects and shopkeepers. He also explores how migration in recent decades has transformed Karachi instantly, illuminating the perils and possibilities of rapidly growing metropolises all over the World!

“Grammar Rules: Writing with Military Precision” by Craig Shrives @ Rs.250/-

Do you know how to use semicolons, where to put your apostrophes and when to use commas? What is the difference between hyphen and a dash? When to use into and in to? When double or single speech marks? Well, that is the sort of stuff this wonderful book is full of. It aims to brush up and perfect your grammar skills whether eight or eighty!

“Snuff” by Terry Pratchett @ Rs.799/- (pgs 378)

Snuff, the latest in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchet is out. It’s fantastical and irresistible. Commander Sam Vimes is on a holiday, but ‘No’ not for very long. The universally acknowledged truth that a policeman taking a holiday will barely have time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse rests proved here. And when there is a crime, the finding, chase and punishment which follows is not far behind!
Other noteworthy books:

“The Kashmiri Storyteller” by Ruskin Bond @ Rs.250/-
“Out of the Blue: Rajasthan’s Road to the Ranji Trophy” by Aakash Chopra @ Rs.299/-
“Pakistan: A Personal History” by Imran Khan @ Rs.599/- (pgs 389)
“Death comes to Pemberley” by P.D. James @ Rs.499/- (pgs 310)
“Gandhi: A Manga Biography” by Kazuki Ebine @ Rs.499/-
“Screw Business as Usual” by Richard Branson @ Rs.599/-
“Moral Materialism: Sex and masculinity in Modern India” by Joseph S Alter @ Rs.499/-
“The Prague Cemetery” by Umberto Eco @ Rs.550/-
“Narcopolis” by Jeet Thayil @ Rs. 499/-
“Dubai: The Making of a Megapolis” by Pranay Gupte @ Rs.699/-
“The Bartenders Guide” @ Rs.395/-
“The Lives we have Lost: Essays and Opinions on Nepal” by Manjushree Thapa @ Rs.350/-
“Jerusalem: The Biography” by Simon Sebag Montefiore @ Rs.695/-
“Girl Meets Boy” by Ali Smith @ Rs.225/-
“The man who would be Queen: Autobiographical Fictions” by Hoshang Merchant @ Rs.250/-
“Letters to Friends, Family and Editors” by Franz Kafka (translated by Richard and Clara Winston) @ Rs.299/-
“The Rivered Earth” by Vikram Seth @ Rs.399/-
“How to Love your Body and get the Body you Love” by Yaana Gupta @ Rs.199/-
“Krishna Coriolis Series” by Ashok K. Banker
Book 2: Dance of Govinda @ Rs.199/-
Book 3: Flute of Vrindavan @ Rs.199/-
“Can Love Happen Twice” by Ravinder Singh @ Rs.125/-
“Open the Windows to the World around you” by Sukant Ratnakar @ Rs.299/-
“Understanding Michael Porter” by Magretta @ Rs.795/-
“Being Ethical- Ethics as the Foundation of Business” by S. Manikutty @ Rs.299/-
“Wild Child and other Stories” by Paro Anand @ Rs.150/-
“Inside Steve’s Brain: Business Lessons from Steve Jobs, the Man who Saved Apple” by Leander Kahney @ Rs.399/-
“The Slap: Whose side are you on?” by Christos Tsiolkas @ Rs.350/-
“Too Asian, not Asian enough: Fiction from the new Generation” edited by Kavita Bhanot @ Rs.399/-
“Seal Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama Bin Laden” by Chuck Pfarrer @ Rs.499/-
“The Maths Handbook: Everyday Maths Made Simple” by Richard Elwes @ Rs.299/-
“The Complete Harry Potter Collection” by J.K. Rowling @ Rs.3299/-
“Postcards from Ladybird: 100 Classic ladybird covers in One Box” @ Rs.599/-
“Demand: Creating What People Love before They Know They Want It” by Adrian J. Slywotzky with Karl Weber @ Rs.299/-
“The Marriage Plot” by Jeffrey Eugenides @ Rs.399/-
“Heart to Heart: Remembering Nainaji” by Vidya Rao @ Rs.199/-
“Sold: Can she ever be Free” by Patricia McCormick @ Rs.245
“The Average Indian Male” by Cyrus Broacha @ Rs.199/-
“Delirious Delhi: Inside India’s Incredible Capital” by Dave Prager @ Rs.399/-
“The Sea is my Brother: The Lost Novel” by Jack Kerouac @ Rs.699/-

Enjoy your books!

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