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Dr. Hannah Fry discusses a unique way of looking at love, through the eyes of a mathematician. The Mathematics of Love : Patterns, Proofs and the Search for the Ultimate Equation is a book on trying to understand the phenomenon of love with a mathematical vein.

Summary of the Book

Elaborating on her TEDx Talk, Dr. Hannah Fry discusses how we can go about trying to understand love and recognize the patterns before they lead to catastrophes. She discusses how to apply game theory to judge whether or not one calls back one’s prospective date, whether the chance divorce can be predicted early on and whether online dating is for you. Learn how to think like a mathematician when it comes to affairs of the heart and reign supreme with this ultimate guide on pattern recognition in love.

About Hannah Fry

Dr. Hannah Fry is an English mathematician and complexity scientist. She studies patterns in human behaviour and works for the University College London's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis.

Dr. Fry has appeared on YouTube videos, public lectures and in her first TEDx Talk.

THE MATHEMATICS OF LOVE
THE MATHEMATICS OF LOVE
FRY, HANNAH
Rs. 245
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Doctor Who, American Gods and all the bizarre tales that he is famous for come alive in Trigger Warning, Neil Gaiman’s third collection of short stories.

Summary of the Book

The master of fantasy returns to spin his signature short stories in this new collection of short fiction. Including previously published pieces, blending verse with prose, the enigmatic with the realistic, this collection also includes a Doctor Who story that Neil wrote for the 50th anniversary of the series. It also takes readers back to the world of American Gods with Black Dog, a never-before-seen short story set in the same universe. Neil ponders over death in Adventure Story, he takes on tales of piracy with A Calendar of Tales, and he shows his own version of the super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes with The Case of Death and Honey. From his unique creative genius in Clack the Rattlebag, to his fondness for the unreal, Neil Gaiman once again proves that there can be no better way to spend time than with a book.

About Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is an English writer. He is famous for his work on the Sandman series of graphic novels, Neverwhere, Smoke And Mirrors, American Gods, Anansi Boys and Coraline.

His work has won several awards, including the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards for Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances (English)
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances (English)
Neil Gaiman
Rs. 344
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This volume collects two works by Kiran Nagarkar, Bedtime Story, a play in which a grandmother tells stories from the Mahabharata with slight variations in the plot, and Black Tulip, a screenplay in which a cop must work together with a con artist to save Mumbai from terrorists.

Summary of the Book

Black Tulip: A Screenplay

Rani is an experienced con artist and an expert on yoga who has a taste for fancy jewellery. She goes by the moniker of Black Tulip, wanted by the police. ACP Regina Fielding, a daredevil cop who won’t stop until she catches her. Rani is impressed by Regina’s panache, and this unlikely duo must put aside all their differences to face a group of terrorists who are holding Mumbai to ransom.

Bedtime Story: A Play

Telling stories from the Mahabharata, a grandmother makes slight changes to the tales of characters such as Karna, Ekalavya and Draupadi. Her changes make the gender and class violence apparent, and she uses these stories to talk about wars throughout the years. In this play, the themes are the constant nature of history and the unchanging nature of man’s need for battle.

About Kiran Nagarkar

Kiran Nagarkar is an Indian novelist, screenwriter, playwright and critic. He writes in English and Marathi.

Nagarkar’s work includes Ravan and Eddie, Cuckold, God's Little Soldier and The Extras. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and he was shortlisted for The Hindu Literary Prize in 2013.

Bedtime Story: A Play / Black Tulip: A Screenplay (English)
Bedtime Story: A Play / Black Tulip: A Screenplay (English)
Nagarkar, Kiran
Rs. 449
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Partition: The Long Shadow, edited by Urvashi Butalia, presents essays that explore new ground in partition research, delving into areas like art, literature, migration, and ideas of foreignness and belonging.

Summary of the Book

The Partition of India into the nations of India and Pakistan in 1947 and the redrawing of the borders again in 1971 to create Bangladesh were awful political events whose adverse consequences are still evident in the everyday lives of common people in all three nations. This volume brings together essays by scholars in their respective fields that explore significant new ground in Partition research, specifically studying the under-studied areas. It talks about the hitherto unaddressed parts of the partition including the northeast and Ladakh.

About Urvashi Butalia

Urvashi Butalia is one of the most well-known scholars of partition.

The contributors of essays to this title include Prajna Paramita Parasher, Siddiq Wahid, Rita Kothari, Kavita Panjabi, Vishwajyoti Ghosh, Jhuma Sen, Andrew Whitehead, Sanjib Baruah, Sukeshi Kamra, Tarun K. Saint, Jyotirmaya Sharma, Alok Sarin, Sarah Ghani and Sanjeev Jain.

Partition : The Long Shadow (English)
Partition : The Long Shadow (English)
Butalia; Urvashi (Ed.)
Rs. 479
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The Tusk That Did The Damage, by Tania James, is an enchanting collection of three stories that depict love, revenge, sacrifice, truth, myth, and duty.

Summary of the Book

When a young elephant is ruthlessly orphaned by poachers, it begins tormenting the countryside people. He earns his malicious name after killing the humans and burying them with leaves.

Manu, the studious son of a rice farmer, has lost his to a gravedigger. Within no time, he is drawn into the enticing world of ivory hunting.

Emma is making a documentary set in a Kerala wildlife park with her best buddy. She gradually discovers the blurred out boundary between conservation and corruption, soon leading to her own betrayal.

Blending an audacious imagination and arresting prose, these stories poignantly describe how we treat nature and each other.

About Tania James

Tania James's debut novel, Atlas of Unknowns, was a New York Times editors’ choice. It was also shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Three of her stories from aerogrammes were finalists for Best American Short Stories in 2008 and 2011. From 2011 - 2012, she made it as a Fulbright fellow to India, living in New Delhi. James currently lives in Washington, D.C.

The Tusk that did the Damage (English)
The Tusk that did the Damage (English)
Tania James
Rs. 429
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Pluto Poems is an anthology of poems penned by Gulzar. The poet empathizes with Pluto losing its status as a planet once and compares how each of his poems is as tiny as it looks from far away.

Summary of the Book

Gulzar dedicates this collection of his poetic creations to Planet Pluto. In these poems, he addresses some of his favourite themes like relationships, God’s presence and absence, and nature and time with his signature characteristic wit and brevity. Beautifully rendered into English by Nirupama Dutt, Pluto Poems is a must-have title for Gulzar’s admirers to savour and treasure transcendental poetry.

About Gulzar

Sampooran Singh Kalra, better known as Gulzar, is an Indian poet, lyricist and movie director. He is best known as the lyricist behind the song Jai Ho and for writing Dhuan, Half a Rupee Stories, Kharaashein, Autumn Moon and Kuchh Aur Nazmein. Gulzar and A. R. Rahman together won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for Jai Ho at the 81st Academy Awards. The song also won them the Grammy Award. Gulzar was awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Sahitya Akademi Award for his contributions towards the arts.

Pluto Poems (English)
Pluto Poems (English)
Gulzar Translated by Nirupama Dutt
Rs. 239
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Dream with Your Eyes Open brings you the inspirational entrepreneurial story of Ronnie Screwvala, the first-generation entrepreneur and founder of UTV. It hopes to demystify victory, inspire victory, uplift ambitions and help you think big.

Summary of the Book

This title details the entrepreneur’s vast experiences and the numerous lessons learnt from over twenty years of building some successful (and a few not-so-successful) businesses, bringing more clarity to an ever-changing business landscape and presenting an ardent account on the role of entrepreneurship in India's future. It shares thoughts and anecdotes to help you gain better insights into entrepreneurship and give you a fighting chance when it comes to making your dreams come true.

About Ronnie Screwvala

Rohinton Soli "Ronnie" Screwvala is an Indian first-generation entrepreneur and philanthropist. He was the Founder-CEO of the UTV Group. He was the Managing Director of Disney-UTV India, Managing Trustee of the Swades Foundation and Founder & Advisor at Unilazer Ventures Ltd. Screwvala has been named in the Esquire's List of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century. He ranked 78 among the 100 most influential people in the world list by Time 100. He was also one of the 25 Asia’s Most Powerful by Fortune magazine and was called the Jack Warner of India by Newsweek. Ernst & Young named him the Entrepreneur of the Year.

Dream with Your Eyes Open : An Entrepreneurial Journey (English)
Dream with Your Eyes Open : An Entrepreneurial Journey (English)
RONNIE SCREWVALA
Rs. 345
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Paris for One is a short story written by the bestselling author, Jojo Moyes. It is moving, funny and raw by turns, taking readers on a delightful roller coaster ride.

Summary of the Book

Twenty-six-year-old Nell has never seen Paris. She is tired of being called non-adventurous and has not even gone some place unknown with her boyfriend on a weekend. Once, her boyfriend does not show up for their romantic mini-break and Nell decides there is no better time for her to prove to others that she is indeed adventurous by nature. She goes to Paris on her own and meets the enigmatic moped-riding Fabien and his delightful group of easy-going friends. Will the weekend be the most exhilarating experience in Nell’s life?

About Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes was born in London in the year 1969. She completed her education at Royal Holloway, University of London and Bedford New College, London University. In the year 1992, she earned a grant funded by The Independent newspaper to join the postgraduate newspaper journalism course at the City University, London. Jojo consequently worked with The Independent for the next full decade donning many different roles including Assistant News Editor and Arts and Media Correspondent. Sheltering Rain was her debut book, published in 2002. She was honoured with the Romantic Novel of the Year Award from the Romantic Novelists' Association in 2004 for Foreign Fruit and for The Last Letter from Your Lover in 2011. Some of Moyes’s other books include Windfallen and The Girl You Left Behind.

Paris For One
Paris For One
Jojo Moyes
Rs. 167
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Durjoy Datta
Durjoy Datta was born in New Delhi, India and completed a degree in engineering and business management before embarking on a writing career. His first book-of Course I Love You! - was published when he was twenty-one years old and was an instant bestseller. His successive novels-Now That You're Rich! She Broke Up, I Didn't!, Ohh Yes, I Am Single!, If It's Not Forever, Till the Last Breath, Someone Like You, Hold My Hand-have also found prominence on various bestseller lists, making him one of the highest-selling authors in India. Durjoy also has to his credit two television shows, Sadda Haq (Channel V) and Veera (Star Plus), both of which have done exceedingly well on Indian television. Durjoy lives in New Delhi, loves dogs and is an active Crossfitter.
ANUJA CHAUHAN
Rs. 261
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The House that B. J. Built (English)

I'll make my sisters squirm like well-salted earthworms. I won't sell. Even my jutti won’t sell. And if I die na, then even my ghost won't sell! The late Binodini Thakur had been very clear that she would never agree to sell her hissa in her Bauji's big old house on Hailey Road. And her daughter Bonu, is determined to honour her mother’s wishes. But what to do about her four pushy aunts who are insisting she sell? One is bald and stingy, one is jobless and man less, one needs the money to 'save the nation' and one is stepmother to Bonu’s childhood crush-brilliant young Bollywood director Samar Vir Singh, who promised BJ upon his deathbed that he would get the house sold, divide the money equally and end all the bickering within the family. The first word baby Bonu ever spoke was 'Balls' and indeed, she is ballsy, bullshit-intolerant, brave and beautiful. But is she strong enough to weather emotional blackmail by the spade full? Not to mention shady builders, wily politicians, spies, lies and the knee-buckling hotness of Samar’s intense eyes? Sharply observed and pulse-quickening romantic, this is Anuja Chauhan writing at her sparkling best!

My Sunshine Away
My Sunshine Away unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson—free spirit, track star, and belle of the block—experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too. In My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love. Acutely wise and deeply honest, it is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive.
My Sunshine Away
My Sunshine Away
M.O. Walsh
Rs. 1,386
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Review by Tushar Joshi
I started Clifton Chronicles in 2014..After reading the first 2 books,i became hypnotized by the art of writing,the way of narration,the great suspense and above all....THE BRAVERY of the protagonist-HARRY CLIFTON...after reading the 3rd and 4th book,I was eagerly waiting for the fifth installment...and this one has proved to be even better....This is Jeffrey Archer at his very best...too good an experience to share in just few words....Read and enjoy...
Mightier than the Sword (English)
Mightier than the Sword (English)
Archer, Jeffrey
Rs. 333
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