Showing posts from May, 2015


Flood of Fire By - Amitav Ghosh
About the Book :  It is 1839. The British, whose opium exports to China have been blockaded by Beijing, are planning an invasion to force China’s hand. Their demands—an island base on the Chinese coast from which to continue their trade and a princely sum in compensation for their losses. In Calcutta, Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor, dreams of his lost love and of a way to make his fortunes. His chance comes when the wealthy opium merchant Mr Burnham gives him a job of a lifetime even as his wife provides Zachary with other allures. Heading towards Calcutta is Havildar Kesri with his captain, Neville Mee, to lead a regiment of Indian volunteers in the upcoming war. Alert, battle-hardened, Kesri must turn his ragged, ill-equipped band of men, who know nothing about either China or sailing, into an efficient machine if they are to emerge out of this doomed expedition. In Mumbai, Shireen Modi waits anxiously for news of her opium trader husband on…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 22nd May 2015

By : Rith Rendell 
About the Book : This is the dazzling new novel from Ruth Rendell. When the bones of two severed hands are discovered in a box, an investigation into a long buried crime of passion begins. And a group of friends, who played together as children, begin to question their past. 'For Woody, anger was cold. Cold and slow. But once it had started it mounted gradually and he could think of nothing else. He knew he couldn't stay alive while those two were alive. Instead of sleeping, he lay awake in the dark and saw those hands. Anita's narrow white hand with the long nails painted pastel pink, the man's brown hand equally shapely, the fingers slightly splayed.' Before the advent of the Second World War, beneath the green meadows of Loughton, Essex, a dark network of tunnels has been dug. A group of children discover them. They play there. It becomes their secret place. Seventy years on, the world has changed. Developers have altered th…


The 13th Disciple :A Spiritual Adventure
By : Deepak Chopra

About the Book :  The New York Times bestselling author of Buddha and Jesus weaves together masterful storytelling, historical narrative, mystery and intrigue, to reveal surprising discoveries about the unknown last disciple of Christ, offering a new understanding of who Jesus really was in his final days. A missing nun, a distressed young woman who wants to take back an obituary from the local newspaper and a solid gold reliquary missing from a church in Belgium that suddenly resurfaces in America. These are the ingredients that set off Deepak Chopra's new novel, the 13th Disciple. When a young newspaper man begins to investigate the lost reliquary, at first it seems like another case of a treasure stolen during the chaos of World War II. But it soon becomes apparent that much more is at stake. Inside the medieval reliquary is a sacred relic – a single finger bone – from an anonymous saint. Why should an anonymous person&#…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 8th May 2015

Stolen Years:A Memoir of Simranjit Singh Mann's Imprisonment By - Parvit Kaur About the Book :  Pavit Kaur had a sunny, idyllic childhood till 1984. The daughter of a police officer posted in small towns in Punjab, she enjoyed the carefree, pampered life of the Punjabi feudal aristocracy. She had a courageous, devoted mother, Geeta, and a tall, romantic, deeply religious father with a fanatical streak, Simranjit Singh Mann. There was also an affectionate and loyal extended family. But when her father was posted as commandant of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in Bombay, Pavit’s world suddenly turned upside down. The Indian army stormed the holiest of holy shrines of the Sikhs, the Golden Temple at Amritsar, in a bid to flush out Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his band of militants. Along with Bhindranwale, many others inside the temple were killed. Mann was probably not actively involved with the terrorist movement, but he was an ardent sympathiser of the Khalistani cau…

BOOKS OF THE WEEK - 1st May 2015

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Leading A Digital School By - Mal Lee About the Book :  This important new book informs educational leaders about current developments in the use of digital technologies and presents a number of case studies demonstrating their value and complexity. It encourages leaders to engage in the process of successful change for their own school community by providing guidelines and advice drawn from emerging research. Leading a Digital School is a rich source of information and advice abou…