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Indian Preview: Our Top New Releases from April

  1. Anita Gets Bail by Arun Shourie

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Anita Gets Bail brings into focus different facets of the working of our courts – the district courts, the High Courts as well as the Supreme Court – through actual instances and judgments. Care has been taken [i] not to impute any motive to any judge or court; [ii] to base every observation on court records and judgments; [iii] to ensure that when an example is taken up, it is discussed in detail so that no one can allege that we are just picking a sentence here and a sentence there; [iv] to infer constructive lessons from each example on how things may be improved.

 

2. Mind Full to Mindful by Om Swami

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Many of us struggle to remain calm during the day or to fall asleep at night. Our restless, treacherous minds make us feel good one moment and terrible another. From where does negativity and anguish engulf us and how to go about being serene and peaceful?
Zen shows us the art of attaining that inner quietude without rituals or dogma. It is about seeing beauty, bliss and truth in our everyday life. Driving to work or washing dishes, every act could easily be meditation. Based on the original Zen teachings, this beautiful book offers a life-changing perspective on life itself.
Bestselling author of many transformational books, Om Swami shares with you the art of happiness with plenty of humour, stories and wisdom as he takes you on a journey from being mind full to mindful.

 

3. The Story of a Long-Distance Marriage by Siddhesh Inamdar

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Rohan and Ira’s life takes an unexpected turn when Ira decides to leave for New York to study. They’ve been married for only fifteen months, but this is the opportunity of a lifetime, and Rohan is not going to come between his wife and her dream. So, sad but supportive, he stays back in Delhi, where he is on the brink of a promotion at a national daily. After all, his relationship with Ira is strong enough to survive the distance.
Rohan prepares for a year without Ira, getting by with a little help from his friends: Yusuf, his on-call confidant who lives in Bangalore; Alisha, a colleague he likes catching up with over tea; and Tanuj, his new role model at work. Life without Ira is going surprisingly well. Until the day, that is, she reveals the real reason she left.

 

4. Longform by Various

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Longform Annual presents stories that subvert conventional narrative; stories about ordinary people; autobiographies; travel tales – and through these stories establish comics as a permanent feature on a reader’s shelf. The name ‘Longform’ is inspired by a Joe Sacco essay on the shrinking space to tell long graphic stories. The anthology takes us through the streets of Rome and Kolkata, modern day Tehran and ancient Bhutan, around-the-corner dystopias, imaginary cities and kaleidoscopic dreamscapes. The artists presented here include well-known names from India and elsewhere, such as Prakash Moorthy, Barroux, Venkat Shyam, Allen Shaw, as well as emerging artists.

 

5. How I Became a Farmer’s Wife by Yashodhara Lal

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Mild-mannered Vijay is the perfect good Indian husband – responsible and predictable.
Well, at least he was, until he decided to turn Farmer!
Vijay’s unsuspecting wife Yashodhara is caught off guard when, tired of the rigours of city life, he actually rents land and starts dairy farming! As if Yash didn’t have enough going on already, what with her high-octane job, three children and multiple careers.
As Vijay dives deeper into his quirky hobby, the family is plucked out of their comfortable life in the steel-and-chrome high-rises of Gurgaon, and thrown headfirst into a startlingly unfamiliar world – complete with cows and crops, multiple dogs and eccentric farmhands, a shrewd landlady and the occasional rogue snake.
Will these earnest but insulated city-dwellers be able to battle the various difficulties that come with living a farmer’s life?

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