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A window into the minds of the masters

Have you read Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Gunter Grass’ The Tin Drum or Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude?

Sacred & scarred

Believers beware! Here’s a book which read you must. But be sure to tighten your seat belts, keep your air sickness bags handy. For the journey you must embark on — its destination Mecca, after all — is bumpy, full of nasty air-pockets, treacherous, often nauseous.

Memoirs, mysteries & bestsellers

And then one day, he told it all

Diary of a PM wife: Great War, up close and personal

Margot Asquith

When Margot Asquith’s name crops up these days, it is usually in a retelling of the story about her meeting Jean Harlow, sexy star of the silver screen, who repeatedly called her Margotte.

A story about fighting the odds in Assam

Once there was  a Rani By Basudha Banerji, Daastaan Media Communications

Eminent columnist and former editor of The Sentinel D.N.

Ancient and modern intel on secret writing

Prisoners, Lovers and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qa’eda By Kristie Macrakis

The libidinous Roman poet Ovid was long thought to have made the earliest surviving written reference to invisible ink in his manual The Art of Love. He recommended young lovers to use ‘new milk’ made visible with a sprinkling of coal dust.

Dark side of beauty

My beautiful shadow, by Radhika Jha Harper Collins India,  pp. 208, Rs 499

In her new novel, author Radhika Jha explores the pursuit of beauty

‘Pain is not defined by its origins’

Rasleen Syal

Rasleen Syal’s debut novel Happily Murdered recently hit the bookshelves. When she is not reading or writing whodunits, Rasleen is happily playing detective in her domestic life.

Life after death

Arnab Ray

Arnab Ray’s novel follows the journey of a 32-year-old man who wakes up in the middle of nowhere, and is told by a stranger that he is already dead


Kashmir’s history is dotted with natural calamities and man-made disasters. And over the centuries the people of Jammu and Kashmir have perfected the art of rising from the ashes. They have seen famines and epidemics, floods and earthquakes, blazes and mayhem, organised violence and massacres, forced and voluntary migrations, incarcerations and worse.