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The Race of My Life

The Race of My Life

Milkha Singh, Sonia Sanwalka

Milkha Singh has led a life dominated by running, running, running? From a boy who narrowly escaped death during Partition (most of his family was not so lucky), to a juvenile delinquent who stole and outran the police, to a young Army recruit who ran his very first race to win special privileges for himself (a daily glass of milk). After that first race, Milkha Singh became an athlete by default. And what followed was the stuff legends are made of. In this remarkably candid autobiography, Milkha Singh shares the amazing highs of winning India’s first ever gold in athletics at the Commonwealth Games, the unbridled joy of being hailed as the Flying Sikh in Pakistan, as well as the shattering low of failure at the Olympics. Powerful and gripping, The Race of My Life documents the journey of an impoverished refugee who rose to become one of the most towering sport figures.

Month: January 2014.

 

COMBAT OF SHADOWS

COMBAT OF SHADOWS

Manohar Malgonkar

Harry Winton, the British manager of a tea estate in Assam leads a blessed life, a job which gives him power over scores of men; a rambling bungalow perched on the edge of a cliff; and an unencumbered, solitary existence in the verdant reaches of the Assam highlands until the Anglo-Indian beauty, Ruby Miranda, enters his life. Beneath her charming demeanor, Ruby conceals a throbbing desire: to become a pucca memsahib to an Englishman.

But when Harry goes on leave to England and returns with an English wife, his relationship with Ruby takes an ominous turn. An irreversible web of deceit, adultery and revenge begins, which culminates in a chilling denouement.

One of Malgonkar’s most complex and layered novels, Combat of Shadows is a finely etched portrait of a society in flux.

Month: January 2014.

The New Struggles for survival

M. Riaz Hasan

It is a great pleasure for me to review this book and comment on the topical essays included in it. l knew the author as a young student at Nizam College when I taught him chemistry more than half a century ago. Chemistry has a large scope and it can lead to many paths. His essays on varied topics bear the stamp of his broad vision and deep insight and also confirm his sense of inquiry and critical evaluation of the problems that stare in our face today. The book and the essays contained in it also corroborate that whatever path he chose in life he did full justification to it. At the stage of life that both the teacher and the taught have reached and when people usually rest and relax the author has undertaken the arduous task of producing a book based on his writing in the past. I am sure the readers would enjoy it as much as i did.

Dr. Taqi Khan, Professor Emeritus, Chemistry, Osmania University and former principal, Nizam College, Hyderabad.

Month: March 2014

ADVANTAGE LOVE

Madhuri Banerjee

When Trisha Mathur leaves Lucknow for Delhi with stars in her eyes, little does she realize how drastically her life is about to transform.

In the din and drama of college student politics, she meets debonair politician-in-the-making Vedant Kirloskar, who sweeps her off her feet with his poetry and rakish charm. When irreconcilable differences drive them apart, a broken-hearted Trisha becomes wary of love and men. That is until the dashing tennis star, Abhimanyu, comes along and fills her life with love and laughter. All at once she finds herself in the midst of the glamorous tennis circuit which is in stark contrast to her small-town moorings.

Even as Trisha embarks on a path of love and self-discovery, fate brings Vedant back into her life, asking that they rekindle their old romance. Will Trisha dare take a second chance with Vedant or move on to play match point with Abhimanyu?

Advantage Love is a compelling and passionate contemporary Indian romance that explores the complexities of love, friendship and career in a woman s life.

Month: March 2014.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

by Jeff Kinney

Wimpy Kid is the new kid on the block. Let me rephrase that: He has been the most popular kid on the block for some years now. I think it has got to do with the plot and the illustrations but of course that probably most kids, in any part of the world can relate to Greg’s growing up problems and life.

 

In this latest instalment, Greg enters middle school and life is not going to be the same. Rowley, his best friend is no longer at his side and he just cannot seem to make new friends. This is the classic dilemma of most children or teens and Kinney does a fantastic job of connecting with kids and their lives through this series. We have all gone through this phase. Kinney brings it to life with a lot of humour and some loveable characters.

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