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Book Review

VALMIKI'S DAUGHTER by Shani Mootoo

A hugely entertaining and hypnotically beautiful family saga about the corrosive power of secrets. The story centres on wealthy Trinidadian family – Valmiki, a renowned doctor and loving, if confused, father; and his eldest daughter, Viveka,  lively, intelligent, and intent on escaping the gilded cage that protects but also smothers her.

In Valmiki’s Daughter, Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist and best-selling novelist Shani Mootoo explores family relationships, and the competing pulls of race, class, and sexuality, in a tale laced with humour. The author offers a refreshingly different view of Trinidad, evocatively capturing the island’s cultural ethos, and social conventions at odds with hidden desires and family secrets.

With this masterful novel, Shani Mootoo gives us a vibrant and uplifting book, full of the vigorous stuff of life.

Month: September 2010.

 

ONE AMAZING THING - by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

A group of nine are trapped in the visa office at an Indian Consulate after a massive earthquake in an American city. Two visa officers on the verge of an adulterous affair; Jiang, a Chinese-Indian woman in her last years; her gifted teenage granddaughter Lily; an ex-soldier haunted by guilt; Uma, an Indian-American girl bewildered by her parents’ decision to return to Kolkata after twenty years; Tariq, a young Muslim man angry with the new America; and an enraged and bitter elderly white couple. As they wait to be rescued - or to die - they begin to tell each other stories, each recalling ‘one amazing thing’ in their life, sharing things they have never spoken of before. Their tales are tragic and life-affirming, revealing what it means to be human and the incredible power of storytelling.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of fifteen books including the award-winning short story collection Arranged Marriage, the novels Sister of My Heart, The Mistress of Spices and The Palace of Illusions. Her work has been translated into eighteen languages, and two of her novels have been made into films. Her writings have appeared in various publications including The Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and have been published in the Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Divakaruni also writes for children. She is the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Houston. 

Month: August 2010.

THE SECRET OF GEMS, MOLES, HANDWRITING AND OMENS - - by P. Khurrana

Everything in this world has a hidden meaning in our life. This is based on the belief that nature guides us at every age and every stage. It is important to take a holistic view of the object you look at. It all depends on us to interpret and understand its signals. As astrology has to be studied to know the future, similarly, these signs of the nature just have to be judiciously understood. Ever since its existence, man has been following the signs of the nature to predict the future.

Moles, gems, handwriting and omens are mirrors of human-self and of course a great gift of nature. They help us to know the upcoming events of our life. Accurate interpretation of these may assist us in taking the right decisions. Noted astrologer and T.V. personality P. Khurrana has laid stress to provide the readers a fair knowledge of these indications which have been explained elaborately. Each of these factors has been elucidated in a simple and easy to understand manner.

P. Khurrana has pursued the science of Astrology, Mantrism, Numerology, Sun Signs, Vastu and Tarot Readings with great passion. Columnist, author and a devotee of Lord Shiva, his work has been acknowledged world-wide. He features as an esteemed performer on Live India, Zee TV (Punjabi) and ETC channel. He is often contacted by Bollywood for the mahurat of films. He is an adviser to many VVIPs, actors and business tycoons.

Month: September 2010.

The Complete Guide to Day Trading - by Markus Heitkoetter

A Practical Manual From a Professional Day Trading Coach

Every day hundreds of millions change hands in the markets, presenting you the perfect opportunity to make significant profits through day trading. In this bestselling guide, international day trading coach Markus Heitkoetter lays out a simple, proven system for day trading success. From the basic essentials of day trading to the actual process of making money in the markets, he covers it all: 

  • What is day trading, why day trade, and is it right for you?
  • Getting started - setting goals and how to make a plan to achieve them
  • How much money should you have to get started
  • What you need to get started - the tools, the methods, the mindset
  • How to select the best market to trade: derivatives, stocks, forex
  • Popular trading approaches - and a 7-step approach to developing your own profitable trading strategy\
  • The 10 power principles of profitable day trading
  • Avoiding the 7 common mistakes traders make
  • How to get started without risking a single penny
  • Bonus Material: Ready-to-use trading plan templates, and checklists.

    Loaded with easy-to-use, practical, proven and reliable strategies and guidelines, this book will serve as your own personal day trading profit manual.

    Month: June 2010.

Days and Nights in the Forest - by Sunil Gangopadhyay

‘He lay against the bed of wet earth and fallen leaves and stared at the sky. He felt euphoric, lying totally naked inside the forest. Baring the body had achieved baring of the soul.’

Set in the turbulent 1960s, Days and Nights in the Forests (Aranyer Dinratri) was the second novel that a young Sunil Gangopadhyay wrote. Largely autobiographical, it is the story of a whimsical, impromptu journey that four city youths - Ashim, Sanjoy, Shekhar and Robi - take into the forests of Palamau.

The four friends blithely imagine that their escapade into the wilderness will distance them from ‘civilization’ and take them closer to pristine nature. In reality, the solitude and austere majesty of the forest force them to look deeply into themselves and confront their all-too-human follies and ‘civilized’ foibles in new, unexpected and frightening ways. As they hear the ominous sound of one tree after another being felled, encounter mercenary traders bent on milking the forests for all it is worth, and see the simmering unrest flickering in the eyes of the tribal inhabitants, they are compelled to look well beyond their own time to a plundered and violated world where the forests can never be a pastoral utopia - a world that is, inexorably and inescapably, our own. They return to Calcutta ineffably changed - sadder, older, more introspective.

Days and Nights in the Forest was made into a celebrated film by Satyajit Ray very soon after its publication. Now translated for the first time from the original Bengali into English, this prescient and sophisticated novel remains as sharply relevant more than forty years after it was first written. It has been translated by Rani Ray.

Month: June 2010

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