Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll
The story is a dream sequence but it tells us so much about life. When Alice asks one of the “chess pieces” why he’s running and still not moving ahead the answer is—“Oh we need to run to stay where we are or we go back. If we want to move ahead we have to run twice as fast”. I actually learnt how to play chess to be able to read this book!
Books to watch out for in 2009
There’s a lot of quality entertainment coming your way this year, especially if you’re a graphic novel fan.
The Story of My Assassins,
Tarun Tejpal Editor of legendary news site www.tehelka.com, Tarun Tejpal returns with a second novel, an intense and funny commentary, tracking the life of an iconoclastic journalist, and the attempts on his life. Due early 2009 from Harper Collins
Solo, Rana Dasgupta
Tokyo Cancelled, positioned Dadgupta as Salman Rushdie’s heir, according to The Guardian. So hopes are high for his latest novel, Solo, set in Bulgaria. Expect lyricism and fantasy. Due early 2009 from Harper Collins
Cricket: Beyond the Blues, Aakash Chopra
Ranji player and Delhi captain Aakash Chopra takes the scalpel to India’s 2008 domestic cricket scene, that oft-overlooked microcosm of the international cricketing world. Due early 2009 from Harper Collins Manto: Selected Stories, translated by Aatish Taseer Salman Rushdie calls Sadat Hasan
Manto: Selected Stories, translated by Aatish Taseer
Salman Rushdie calls Sadat Hasan Manto the “undisputed master of the Indian short story”. When he died in 1955, he had published more than 20 collections, all dangerous and troubling. This is yet another masterpiece— written from the mid-’30s on, when Partition changed the country. Released in November 2008 from Random House
Leela: A Union of Indian Erotic Verse and Art, curated by Alka Pande
Art historian Alka Pande has compiled the most sensual of India’s ancient poetry and art into a glossy book. A sure crowd-pleaser at any party. Due early 2009 from Harper Collins