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Here are some of the highlights among all the books we’ve bought in the last few months — from an intimate look at the RSS to an account of a Yoga guru’s business empire, and from twin novels by one of India’s brightest young literary stars to an epic novel about Indian politics, these are books you will want to read over and over:

NON-FICTION

RSS

The Saffron Trail: A Contemporary History of the RSS

Advaita Kala

Who are the RSS? What do they do? Who joins them, and how and why? For the first time comes a book that makes the pracharaks and the workings of this enormous organization come alive from the bestselling novelist and award-winning screenplay writer who has intimate access to the organization.

Ramdev: Godman turned Tycoon
Priyanka Pathak

Having failed as a politician, Baba Ramdev has reinvented himself with the phenomenal growth of his Patanjali empire, which has a projected valuation of Rs 10,000 crores in 2017. How did the transformation happen, and what is the secret of its success? Award-winning business journalist Priyanka Pathak charts the riveting story of how a god-man turned into a business tycoon.

Maharana Pratap
Rima Hooja

A gripping short biography of the Mewar ruler who defied Akbar and his mighty Mughal army.

The Secret History of Burma
Thant Myint-U

From the author of the bestselling River of Lost Footsteps and the leading authority on Burma, comes a dramatic, superbly written account of Burma’s return to democracy under Aung San Suu Kyi after decades of military rule.

How to look like Miss India
Sathya Saran

Miss India stands for beauty, elegance and poise. Now from one of the veteran organizers of the Miss India contest comes the ultimate book that puts together beauty, fashion and fitness lessons, (and lots and lots of short cuts) from all the most important former contestants and celebrity judges who have taken part in the iconic competition.

FICTION

Ambai

As the Day Darkens
Ambai

Ambai, one of the most important Tamil writers today, has reinvented herself as a delightful mystery writer. In this set of three novellas, she creates an Indian Miss Marple, Sudha Gupta, a private detective with sharp eyes, a keen mind and a warm heart.

Benyamin

Jasmine Days & Al-Arabian Factory
Benyamin

Twin novels set against the backdrop of the Arab Spring by one of the brightest young stars of Malayalam literature. Jasmine Days tells the story of Sameera, a young Pakistani woman living in an unnamed Middle Eastern city where she works as a radio jockey. In Al-Arabian Novel Factory, a journalist who visits the same unnamed city finds himself on the trail of the epistolary novel written by Sameera. His search for the novel and his attempts to hunt down an old lover intersect in intriguing ways.

When I Hit You, Portrait of the Young Writer as a Wife
Meena Kandasamy

Seduced by politics and poetry, the unnamed narrator marries a left-wing college teacher, but what for her is a contract of love is for him a contract of ownership. Vivid, unflinching and heartbreaking, this is a harrowing portrait of an abusive marriage.

Anita Sivakumaran

The Queen
Anita Sivakumaran

The Queen tells the story of the rise and fall of a film-star-turned-politician. Gripping, acute and full of drama, this is an unputdownable novel about Indian politics.

Parvati

Naamo Husain & The Family Demise
Parvati Sharma

Naamo’s son Akbar becomes the chief suspect in the murder of her cousin and all the family secrets spill out. A searing comedy, a spare family saga and an intricately plotted whodunnit — all rolled into one provocative novel.

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